• 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...

    + -
  • 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...

    + -
  • 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.

    + -

Private-Sector Jobs Experience Largest One-Month Gain in Three Years – Market Update

Private-Sector Jobs Experience Largest One-Month Gain in Three Years – Market Update

Mortgage bonds are lower this morning as talks of a strong European Central Bank response to the European debt crisis has quelled fears of it spreading. A report today indicated that more jobs (93,000 private-sector jobs) were added in the U.S. in November than originally forecasted. This is the 10th consecutive month of gains and the largest one-month gain in three years.

Continue Reading
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Reveal Declines – Market Update

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Reveal Declines – Market Update

Bonds are up this morning on concern of a Euro debt contagion to Spain, Portugal and Italy. In economic news, the S&P home price index showed that real estate prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at the slowest pace in 8 months. Data through September 2010 indicates that the national home price index declined 2.0% in the third quarter after rising 4.7% in the second quarter, and 18 of the 20 cities covered by the index, reported declines.

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading