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  • Details That Count: Five Designer Tips for an Amazing Kitchen

    Many design professionals will tell you design is all about the details. In kitchens, the small details are especially important because the room is typically used mostly for function. Houzz contributor and San Francisco “based designer Barbra Bright gives her tips on how to create a beautiful kitchen that also function with ease. Check out

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  • Fannie Again Ups GDP Forecast

    The Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group again revised upward its full-year 2018 economic growth forecast to 3.0% – from 2.8% in the prior forecast – on expectations that third and fourth quarter inventory restocking will outweigh slowing consumer spending growth and a decline in net exports, according to its August 2018 Economic and

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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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