• 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: Treasury Auctions Weigh On Market

Market Update: Treasury Auctions Weigh On Market

The $72 billion of Treasury auctions this week have been weighing on the markets. The 10-year auction had a weaker bid to cover ratio which caused bonds to end down on the day yesterday. In economic news, jobless claims fell last week to the lowest level since July. Also, the total number of people collecting unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 11/08. The trade balance report showed that the trade deficit narrowed as a drop in the dollar pushed exports to the highest level in 2 years. Last, the Fed will release the schedule of its next round of treasury purchases at 2PM EST today.

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Quicken Loans Closes 1 Millionth Loan; Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Quicken Loans Closes 1 Millionth Loan; Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Company started in 1985 now among nation’s five largest retail mortgage lenders Detroit, Mich. – Nov. 09, 2010 – Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online lender, and a top-five retail mortgage lender, today announced it recently closed its 1 millionth home loan. This milestone comes in the same year the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Quicken Loans, founded in 1985 by Dan Gilbert, its current chairman, has grown into the nation’s largest online home lender, assisting clients and closing loans in all 50-states from centralized Internet lending centers in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. “We believe the success we have achieved in the last quarter century has two primary pillars; first and foremost, is the unique, special and highly empowering environment and culture we have created for the 4,000-plus incredible, curious, aware and motivated team members who make up our brain-force. Second, is our core strategy, initiated years ago to develop a technology driven, process-focused, large scale capacity to process and close home loans in all 50 states and 3,000 counties from a centralized environment with a level of client care and experience unparalleled in our business,” said Gilbert. To celebrate, Todd and Jill Biedermann of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania – whose recently closed mortgage became the company’s 1 millionth loan, were surprised at their home by Quicken Loans leaders with the good news that the company awarded the Biedermanns an amount equal to their mortgage payments for a full year. The Biedermanns also received an iPad with a congratulatory message…

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Market Update – Fed Hopes Lowering Long-Term Costs For Consumers Will Boost Economy

Market Update – Fed Hopes Lowering Long-Term Costs For Consumers Will Boost Economy

Bonds are down as the market continues to digest the news of the Fed’s larger than expected QE2 stimulus plan. The sale of three-year notes begins today with 10-year notes on Tuesday and 30-year bonds on Wednesday. The Fed hopes that lowering the long-term costs for businesses and consumers will help boost the economy which is still facing an unemployment rate of 9.6%.

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Market Update – Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged Despite Job Growth

Market Update – Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged Despite Job Growth

It was expected that non-farm payrolls were going to rebound from the dip experienced in September. Estimates were that non-farm payrolls grew by 60,000 last month. The actual number showed growth of 151,000, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6%, as expected. This is applying minimal pressure to bonds as the figures may not be strong enough to prevent yields from falling further.

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