• 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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  • Summer has arrived! Keeping your kids occupied and off the couch can be a difficult task. Here are five lifesaving backyard activities that are easy and fun for everyone!

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  • In recent months, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a house. Fortunately the search is over, but in the course of looking for our dream home, we were treated to a few – shall we say – interesting approaches to decorating. These screaming, shrieking examples of what NOT to do,...

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Market Update – Ireland's Bailout Does Little to Stabilize Credit Markets

Market Update – Ireland's Bailout Does Little to Stabilize Credit Markets

Sunday’s announcement of the $113 billion bailout of Ireland is doing little to stabilize the credit markets as continued skepticism remains of a future potential need to also bailout Spain and other countries in the European Union. Some of the key economic releases slated for this week include Wednesday’s ISM manufacturing index, Thursday’s jobless claims report and Friday’s unemployment and payrolls report.

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Quicken Loans Honored with National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Corporation Award

Quicken Loans Honored with National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Corporation Award

  During the holidays you may notice a lot more people volunteering & giving their time to help others in need, but at Quicken Loans, community service is hardly occasional. “Doing the right thing” is instilled throughout the entire organization.  The Community DIFF makes it possible for team members to help make a difference in each other’s lives, their clients lives and the community. Maybe this is why The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter has awarded Quicken Loans with the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Corporation Award! Click HERE, to read the article and join The Community DIFF!

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Market Update – Jobless Claims and Consumer Spending Improve

Market Update – Jobless Claims and Consumer Spending Improve

Yesterday’s FOMC meeting minutes showed that most Fed officials backed the plan to increase asset purchases in an attempt to boost economic growth by pushing long-term interest rates down. This morning, Treasuries are down ahead of the government’s $29 billion 7-year note auction. In economic news, jobless claims came in better than expected and in fact haven’t been this low since July 2008. In addition, consumer spending improved from last month’s numbers.

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J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Quicken Loans Inc. the Highest In Customer Satisfaction Among all Home Mortgage Lenders in the United States

J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Quicken Loans Inc. the Highest In Customer Satisfaction Among all Home Mortgage Lenders in the United States

Consumers rate 50-state home lender highest among all of its peers Detroit, Mich. – Nov. 23, 2010 – Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online lender and a top-five retail mortgage lender, announced it ranked highest in “customer satisfaction” among all home loan lenders in the United States in a benchmark study of the mortgage industry by J.D. Power and Associates, the global marketing information services company. Quicken Loans serves clients in all 50 states from its centralized Internet lending centers in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company far exceeded the industry average on many key performance indicators, receiving the highest score in three key factors of the study: The mortgage application and approval process (quality and convenience) The mortgage closing experience (ease and speed) Contact and communication (keeping clients clearly updated in real time throughout the entire mortgage process) “I am proud of the entire organization and our 4,000-plus incredible, curious, aware and motivated brainforce for achieving the accomplishment of being named the top home lender for client satisfaction in America. Our technology and process driven home lending platform continues to separate itself from the entire industry with its unparalleled capacity, speed, geographic reach and client experience,” said Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. “The fact that we were able to close record loan production and still deliver the highest rated client experience in our industry is a demonstration of our empowering culture. Our core strategy, initiated years ago, is and has been to develop a…

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Market Update – Treasuries Up Amid Tension in Korea

Market Update – Treasuries Up Amid Tension in Korea

Treasuries are up this morning on a flight to safety after North Korea fired on South Korea. In terms of economic releases, the GDP report showed that the U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate last quarter. Later today, the minutes of the November 2-3 FOMC meeting will be released, which will help the market determine how committed the Fed is to the $600 billion QE2 program.

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