• Are you having a baby? Here’s a handy, downloadable PDF with a list of 50 essential items you’ll need for your new baby. Whether you’re sorting through your baby shower gifts or drafting your shopping list, these tips may help you figure out what you need most.

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  • Although vacationing during the cold winter months is exciting, it’s important to take care of all the mundane details before leaving your home for a significant amount of time. Nobody wants to worry about the safety of their home while vacationing, and you won’t have to if you take these steps.

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  • 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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Fed Releases January Consumer Credit Numbers Today – Market Update

Fed Releases January Consumer Credit Numbers Today – Market Update

Bonds are opening down from Friday’s close ahead of this week’s Treasury auctions, and as the market continues to closely watch the escalating situation in Libya. Following last week’s heavy economic data which depicted an improving economy, this week’s calendar is light. Today, the Fed will release the January consumer credit numbers, and on Friday, the February Retail Sales report will be released.

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Mardi Gras:  Fun Facts and Ways to Celebrate in The Big Easy or at Home

Mardi Gras: Fun Facts and Ways to Celebrate in The Big Easy or at Home

In a departure from the topics I normally write about here in Quicken Loans Mortgage News, I wanted to share some interesting and timely information about something I’ve always been fascinated with – the celebration of Mardi Gras. Check out a little bit of Mardi Gras history as well as tips on enjoying festivities whether you are in New Orleans or your own home.

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Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Drop for 3rd Straight Week!

Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Drop for 3rd Straight Week!

Great news for home buyers or those waiting to refinance. Mortgage rates are down and now is the time to take advantage of a lower payment! The Wall Street Journal reported this week on Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of mortgage rates, showing rates in a decline for the third straight week.  Here’s a bit from the article: “Mortgage rates eased again last week, with long-term rates continuing their decline from the current-year high set three weeks ago, according to Freddie Mac’s (FMCC) weekly survey. Rates had seen a recent rise, hitting their highest level since April last month. They had slumped most of last year as Treasurys had declined amid economic uncertainty. The rates generally track the yields, which move inversely to Treasury prices.” Read the full article on the Wall street Journal blog. If you’re one of the people waiting for rates to come back down, your day has come. Act now or you might be sorry!

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The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

Great video from NBC’s Today Show. Some of America’s top financial experts dicuss why right NOW is one of the best times in recent history to buy a home. They urge folks not to wait (with the hope mortgage rates may go lower). Rates are actually still extrememly low and with very low home prices in many markets across the country, now truly is a great time to buy.

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Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Bonds rallied on Friday and are up again this morning on the news of more conflict in Libya which is driving folks to the relative safety of Treasuries. The conflict in Libya is driving oil prices higher too, which also benefits Treasuries on concern that the higher gasoline prices will strain our economic recovery. Economic data released this week includes the ISM reports along with the unemployment report.

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