• Characterized by bright colors, woven fabrics and handcrafted pieces, southwestern-style decorating takes influences from Native American, Spanish and Mexican art. Whether you live out west and want your home to reflect your surroundings, or you simply want to incorporate colorful or handmade items into your existing decor, here are some tips to help you...

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  • A new phenomenon is affecting the mortgage and real estate industries. People who bought a home or refinanced in the last few years have such a ridiculously low mortgage rate that they don’t want to move and have to accept a new mortgage with a higher rate. But the reality is that these people...

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  • This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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Quicken Loans Sets the Record Straight on West Virginia Court Decision

Quicken Loans Sets the Record Straight on West Virginia Court Decision

Detroit, Mich. – Feb. 24, 2011 - Based on the incredible unconscionable facts and events you will read below, Quicken Loans will certainly appeal this gross miscarriage of justice as well as ask federal authorities to conduct an investigation into all of the persons and parties in the state of West Virginia whose inexplicable actions have resulted in the irrational and incomprehensible result that will most assuredly be overturned. The Facts In May 2006, Lourie Brown (now Lourie Jefferson) filled out an online inquiry seeking to refinance her property. As a result of that online inquiry, she received calls from several lenders, including Quicken Loans (QL). Ms. Brown moved ahead with QL by completing a full loan application. When the full application was received at QL, Ms. Brown estimated the value of her property to be $250,000. This seemed reasonable based on the fact QL was provided an insurance certificate that this 4,200 square foot colonial located in Wheeling, WV was currently insured for over $374,000. Based on this preliminary information and an assessment of her goals and objectives, Quicken Loans proposed a loan in the amount $112,850 (or less than 50% of Ms. Brown’s own estimated value of her home). After receiving Ms. Brown’s full application, an appraisal on the property was ordered from a local qualified licensed appraiser. The appraiser conducted a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the property and determined that the market value of the property was $181,700, far below the value…

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Fed Expected to Auction $29B of 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Fed Expected to Auction $29B of 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Treasuries opened up higher this morning on more news out of Libya which has also pushed oil over $100 per barrel. The Fed is expected to auction $29 billion of 7-year notes later today. In economic news, both initial and continuing jobless claims fell more than predicted, and the durable goods report showed that orders rose 2.7 percent, which was in line with consensus estimates.

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December S&P/Case-Shiller Report Matches Expectations – Market Update

December S&P/Case-Shiller Report Matches Expectations – Market Update

This shortened week will include a fairly busy schedule of economic releases starting with today’s December Case-Shiller home prices report. The December S&P/Case-Shiller composite-20 home price index was expected to show a -.05 percent month-over-month decline, matching the decline seen in the previous report. The actual reading came in near expectations at -.41 percent.

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