From the monthly archives:

May 2010

How To Green Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2010
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This Memorial Day Weekend, take advantage of some eco-friendly tips that will make your barbecues and outdoor picnics sizzle. For party supplies, use biodegradable utensils, bowls and cups to cut down on waste. Guests can also write their names on cups to set a limit on the number doled out, according to Yahoo Green. Also, […]

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Fannie Mae’s Delinquency Rate Falls For First Time In Three Years

May 28, 2010
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The percentage of past due loans held by the nation’s largest mortgage financier has fallen. In its monthly summary report just released, Fannie Mae said the serious delinquency rate on single-family mortgages in its portfolio dropped to 5.47 percent in March, down 12 basis points from 5.59 percent in February. It’s the first time the […]

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Lennar To Build In Marietta, Georgia

May 28, 2010
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Lennar Corp. has acquired land at the unfinished Caswell Overlook subdivision in Marietta, according to the builder’s Web site. Lennar will likely announce its plans for the site soon, as building is expected to start this summer. Miami-based Lennar announced in January a move to the Atlanta market but didn’t say where it would build. […]

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10 Ways To Make Any Job Healthier

May 28, 2010
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The news earlier this year that prolonged sitting can be deadly seemed to confirm many office workers’ sneaking suspicion that they weren’t meant to spend all day in a desk chair. It isn’t just the sitting. It’s the stress, inflexible schedules, ever increasing pressure to perform, layoffs, and windowless cubicles. It’s a recipe for high […]

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Mortgage Rates Near Record Low Aid Buyers Who Missed Tax Credit

May 28, 2010
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U.S. mortgage rates moved still lower in the past week, closer to a record low set in early December, according to a survey released on Thursday by Freddie Mac. Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, the most widely used loan, averaged 4.78% for the week ended May 27, down from last week’s 4.84%, the survey […]

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Luxury Sales Bounce Back

May 28, 2010
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After a near-disastrous 2009, the luxury market appears to be making a comeback, driven by growing buyer confidence, improved financing conditions and more-realistic seller pricing. Despite the housing downturn, attractively priced homes in some of the nation’s most coveted neighborhoods are selling, sometimes fast and sometimes with multiple offers. Nationwide, sales of homes selling for […]

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Hanley Wood Market Intelligence Key Indicator Summary – Life After The Tax Credit

May 28, 2010
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Homebuyers flooded the market in the last two months leading up to the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit. Both new and existing home sales increased again in April, driving new home sales to its fastest annual pace since May 2008 and existing home sales to its quickest annual rate since November 2009. While the […]

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Income Growth Outpaces Spending In April

May 28, 2010
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Total personal incomes outpaced spending in April, a signal that the economy could be on firmer ground, the Commerce Department estimated Friday. Total personal income rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in April to an annual rate of $12.27 trillion. Adding to the sense of strength, income in March was revised upward to a 0.4% […]

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Lennar Sales Successes Lead To Sell-Out Of Five Communities In Tampa Bay Region

May 28, 2010
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The Central Florida division of Lennar has been very successful in Tampa the past several months and recently announced that five of its communities in the Tampa Bay region will be sold out over the next 60-90 days. Mark Metheny, president of Lennar’s Central Florida Division, said only one home remains for sale priced at […]

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Credit Score Tips For The Best Mortgage Rates

May 28, 2010
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In a misguided attempt to improve their credit scores, too many mortgage borrowers are taking steps that end up doing more harm than good. Among other blunders, they are paying off judgments when they don’t have to, closing out old accounts and opening up new ones when they shouldn’t, and unnecessarily consolidating their credit cards. […]

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