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  • Mortgage Rates Fall to Lowest Levels This Summer

    Over the past week, mortgage rates have trended to their lowest levels since the last few days of May, and have overall lost half the increase recorded since mid-January. For borrowers with prime credit and an 0.8 loan-to-value ratio, the fixed 30-year mortgage rate stood at 4.36% on July 16th, down from a 4.45% peak

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  • Mortgage Rates Mostly Steady

    Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing that mortgage rates were once again mostly flat over the past week, inching backward slightly. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says mortgage rates moved sideways, primarily because of the mixed bag of economic data released this week. “Manufacturing output

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  • The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

    Although asphalt shingles may be the most common type of roof covering, metal roofing has started to catch the eye of some homeowners. Realtor.com’s Jennifer Geddes says it had a 14% market share in 2016, up from 11% from the year before. Like most building material choices, the product has its advantages, such as durability,

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  • DEFYING EXPECTATIONS FOR MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES

    Urban Land Magazine takes a look at how master planned communities are turning conventional wisdom on its head. Millennials and baby boomers were expected to transform the housing market as they grew older. Finicky younger buyers would demand new designs and urban lifestyles, shunning their parents’ suburban neighborhoods. At the same time, downsizing boomers would

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  • THE FORT MILL MASSACRE OF JULY 16, 2018

    Here’s why builders expect regulatory burden to get worse, not better, in the months and years ahead. By John McManus Fort Mill, a township of about 40,000 residents in South Carolina’s York County, is considered one of Charlotte, N.C.’s “sleepy suburbs.” It boasts a school district with a reputation right up there among South Carolina’s very

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  • NIOSH OFFERS FREE HEAT INDEX APP FOR WORKERS

    Workers are encouraged to use the Heat Safety Tool app to check the heat index and be more aware of the potential dangers of working outdoors. Here’s a nifty tool to keep workers safe in extremely hot and humid conditions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offereing a free Heat Safety Tool

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