• 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 – U.S. Labor-Market Report Tempers Losses in the Bond Market

Market Update – U.S. Labor-Market Report Tempers Losses in the Bond Market

Mortgage bonds are mixed this morning as European Union and International Monetary Fund officials are in Dublin to discuss a possible aid package for Ireland’s banks. In the U.S., today’s weekly initial unemployment claims report was expected to be 441,000, an increase of 6,000. The actual number increased less than forecasted at 439,000, reversing part of last week’s decline to 435,000.

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Quicken Loans Inc. Named #1 in Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces in Michigan 2010 Rankings

Quicken Loans Inc. Named #1 in Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces in Michigan 2010 Rankings

Sister Company Quizzle also included in #1 Slot; Fathead, One Reverse Mortgage and Title Source also Recognized as Top Workplaces in Michigan Detroit, Mich. – Nov. 15, 2010 – Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online lender and top-five retail mortgage lender, and Quizzle LLC, a free online tool that helps consumers better manage their home, money and credit, today announced they ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces in Michigan 2010 list. Quicken Loans’ sister companies Fathead LLC, the leading brand in sports and entertainment graphic products; One Reverse Mortgage LLC, the nation’s third largest retail provider of reverse mortgage home loans; and affiliate Title Source, one of the largest independent title agencies in the country, also were named as top workplaces by the Free Press. “We are proud to be recognized by the Detroit Free Press as the #1 place to work in Michigan,” said Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson. “The best part of this news is that our dedicated team members’ independent feedback heavily weighed in determining these rankings. The Detroit Free Press’ research partner Workplace Dynamics conducted an extensive survey of 950 applicants on topics ranging from workplace diversity to respect and compensation. The surveys were used to select the 105 companies appearing on the “Top Workplaces” list. “We built a unique and special culture where our productive team members can positively impact the outcome of many initiatives, processes, ideas and execution,” said Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. “The barriers of bureaucracy…

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Quicken Loans & Quizzle Named Detroit Free Press’ #1 Workplace in Michigan

Quicken Loans & Quizzle Named Detroit Free Press’ #1 Workplace in Michigan

Last week, Quicken Loans and sister company, Quizzle, were named #1 in the Detroit Free Press‘  Top Workplaces in Michigan 2010. Maybe these cool photos of the vibrant Detroit office will help explain why! Check them out HERE. This has been quite the monumental year for Quicken Loans- The #1  workplace in Michigan, one million loans closed and celebrating 25 years!

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Market Update – Several Important Economic Reports Are Released This Week

Market Update – Several Important Economic Reports Are Released This Week

Several important economic releases are slated for this week, including today’s retail sales and manufacturing data, the Producer Price and Consumer Price index inflation numbers, jobless claims, housing starts and building permits. Today’s retail sales report showed that sales rose again, which initially sent bonds down further on the potential of an economic recovery fueled by higher consumer spending.

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