Home Sales Back Where They Were!

Well, it’s taken a long time, but home sales are back at the top! For over a year now, everyone has been claiming recovery, but a “recovery” never feels real until it has surpassed the previous highs. We see it with the stock market all the time. The market “recovers”, but takes a while longer to surpass the previous high. For home sales, we just surpassed the April, 2006, number — the high prior to the Great Recession. Let the good times roll!

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

With summer officially over a week old, it’s probably time to start planning out your maintenance schedule. For some of you, this may be an annoying chore; for others, an exciting opportunity to spend some quality time on the DIY projects you love so much. But, whichever side of that line you’re on, the fact remains that home maintenance needs to be done, and it’s often best and easiest to break it up into seasonally-appropriate projects. Here’s a checklist to make sure you get to everything you need this summer (as a bonus, price estimates are included!).

Behind The Scenes: Big Banks Still Not Playing Nice

As everyone learned in 2008, the bank that issues your initial mortgage may not keep it for very long. Banks sell bundles of mortgages, and the servicing of mortgages. Unquestionably, much improvement has come since the big meltdown. However, many big banks still aren’t complying with customer-service standards imposed in 2011. But it’s not all bad news. Although regulators have now restricted Wells Fargo, Chase, U.S. Bancorp, Santander Bank, EverBank Financial Corp. and HSBC Holdings; they’ve also lifted restrictions on 3 large banks that have made improvements.