From the monthly archives:

December 2011

How To Improve Your Credit Score In 2012

December 31, 2011
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Credit scores might be widely feared for how they can derail a loan application (or even a job application), but for such a powerful number, they are widely misunderstood. Many people falsely believe that they have only one credit score, or that they share a credit score with their spouse, for example. In the latest […]

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Pending-Home Sales Hit 19-Month High

December 31, 2011
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The housing market showed signs of improvement as the number of Americans signing contracts to buy existing homes increased in November to the highest level in 19 months. The National Association of Realtors’ seasonally adjusted index for pending sales of existing homes increased 7.3% on a monthly basis to 100.1. Sales increased in all four […]

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How Low Can Rates Go?

December 31, 2011
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If your New Year’s resolutions include buying a house or refinancing, the Federal Reserve has you covered. It has committed to keep long-term interest rates low through next year, so a 30-year mortgage will be pegged about where it is now – 4.32 percent in New York – at least through spring, said Frank E. […]

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4 Ways To Start Your Kids With Credit

December 31, 2011
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Most parents with heavy credit card debt want their kids to avoid the same mistake. But they are not sure how to coach them and, according to a new survey, would love for credit card management to be a required class in high school. It’s not, and may never be. But every day brings another […]

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The 15 Best Cities For Young Adults

December 31, 2011
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Forbes ranked the 100 largest U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on projected job growth rates for 2010 to 2012 and cost of living data, median salaries for 24 to 34 year old employed college graduates, unemployment rates, Census Bureau data on the number of small businesses and large businesses per capita, and the percentage of […]

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Las Vegas Home Sales Rise As Demand For Homes Priced Under $200,000 Grows

December 31, 2011
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Home sales in Las Vegas increased 11.2% year-over-year in November thanks to soaring demand in the sub-$200,000 market, DataQuick said. Last month was the 11th consecutive month in which Vegas re-sales experienced annual price gains. Still, the average sales price is low, with more affordable homes dominating the market. The number of November home sales […]

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Mortgage Servicers, Investors Save Millions With Credit Counseling

December 31, 2011
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Benefits that distressed homeowners receive from credit counseling translate into mortgage servicers saving millions of dollars, according to The Stratmor Group. Counseling enables borrowers to remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure, short sales or deed‐in‐lieu transfers of their property to the lender, allowing servicers to avoid substantial losses on the loans. Statmor found the […]

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Lennar Atlanta New Home Consultants Honored By Atlanta Sales And Marketing Council

December 31, 2011
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Earlier this month, the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association had their annual holiday luncheon. The Lennar Atlanta team came out to enjoy a great lunch with their peers and had a great surprise. Paula DiCiccio and Diane Barker, New Home Consultants for the Lennar Hanover Pointe townhome community in Alpharetta, […]

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Las Vegas: Summerlin Offers 50 Floor Plans

December 31, 2011
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More than 50 home floor plans are currently available in the master-planned community of Summerlin. “Summerlin is a great place to live because it has so many recreational, social, educational and cultural offerings conveniently located in quaint neighborhood settings,” said Kevin Orrock, executive vice president of master-planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of […]

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Behind The Numbers: Daylight For New-Home Sales?

December 28, 2011
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Has the struggling home-building industry finally hit bottom? That’s what industry watchers are asking after new-home sales climbed a third straight month during November and came in at the highest level since April. Sales ticked up 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000 from October, the Commerce Department said. When compared to a […]

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