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Tuesday, January 31, 2023   /   by Brittany Aspenson

Recession Or Not, Mortgage Market Is Starting To Come Back Strong

The United States economy continues to produce mixed signals about whether or not the country is headed for a recession. This past week the Commerce Department reported that the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.9% in Q4—only slightly higher than the 2.8% GDP prediction from investors. 
Yields on Treasury notes rose after the release of the report with the 10-year yield climbing 2 basis points to 3.485%. The yield on the 2-year Treasury note also increased, moving up by 3 basis points to 4.166%. The 10- and 2-year yields have been inverted since June of 2022 which is typically a strong indicator of a recession. 
The labor market also continues to show resilience with jobless claims continuing to decline week-over-week. That is a sticking point for the Federal Reserve as it continues its quantitative tightening (QT) measures to try and reign in inflation. A strong labor market may indicate that QT measures are not working and need to be tighte ...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022   /   by Brittany Aspenson

Thrifty Ways To Furnish Your New Home For Less

You've bought your first home—congratulations! It’s a huge milestone you finally accomplished after what could be years of saving up for the down payment. However, once you’ve moved into your new home, that’s when it hits you. Your house now requires far more furniture than the tiny apartment you rented. And the furniture is expensive. 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022   /   by Brittany Aspenson

5 Easy But Helpful Tips To Manage Stress This Holiday Season

If you're starting to feel the stress of the holidays, just know it’s normal since this season demands a lot for most of us. Thankfully, here are some practical strategies to keep stress under control and make it a truly enjoyable season.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022   /   by Brittany Aspenson

7 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe From Burglars This Holiday Season

It's the season of gifts, food, decorations, a lot of festivities, and of course- burglaries. Wait, what? Unfortunately, it’s the less cheerful reality of the holiday season. According to the FBI, 18 percent of home burglaries happen in December, and police only solve 13 percent of them. And if you’re going away on a holiday vacation, the last thing you’d want is to find that your place has been ransacked, with your valuable items missing.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022   /   by Brittany Aspenson

4 Ways To Avoid Going Over Budget On A Home Renovation

Whether you are renovating to make your space more comfortable, to increase your home's value, or just trying the style you always wanted from Pinterest, one of the biggest obstacles you can face when updating your home is staying within your budget.

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