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Soup Kitchens tend to be overwhelmed during the Christmas holiday season.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to give back and add more meaning to your holiday.  Here is a short list of places you can volunteer.  I'll see you in the kitchen..1) The Grace Church Community Center - White Plains ...
Home loan demand fell 14 percent last week, as higher interest rates sent refinancing down 17 percent. This was the biggest drop of the year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey.Applications for mortgages to purchase homes fell 5 percent last week compared to the previous ...
With Thanksgiving right around the corner there are a few events and activities I'd like to bring to your attention.  Forget about the Christmas shopping right after, stay in the moment and enjoy the ballooooooooooons!1) Big Balloon Blow-up NYC - Nov 24 - Watch the gigantic Macy's Thanksgiving Da...
Here is a short list of fun tech tips that I came accross, enjoy!1) Have you ever sent an email and wondered whether the recipient received it? If so here's a great way to track your e-mails and not only find out if it was properly delivered, but also if it was read- how long it was read - if it ...
Last year's Recovery Act  expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit. Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit This credit equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on eligible energy-saving improvements, up to a ...
Jumbo mortgages are more readily available than they have been for the last two years. Both small and regional banks are beginning to offer them again.In the second quarter of this year, jumbo lending rose 30 percent compared to the first quarter, according to Inside Mortgage Finance Publication,...
Freddie Mac reports that rates on fixed mortgages in Westchester County NY and other areas again fell to their lowest levels in decades this past week, with the average interest on 15-year loans dipping to 3.57 percent from 3.63 percent a week earlier, and the average interest for 30-year loans s...
Applications to purchase homes rose 5.5 percent last week compared to the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association weekly survey.On an unadjusted basis, purchases increased 3.1 compared over the previous week. This was the third consecutive week ...
By having lots of windows facing south, you are enabling your home to capture optimal solar heat. Once the heat is captured, it must be absorbed. Brick walls or slab floors covered in tile (an exposed surface) work their magic by absorbing the natural energy. Then "thermal mass" is what stores th...
Fed stimulus Plan   As expected, a week packed with major economic events produced a great deal of daily volatility in mortgage rates. The Fed's announcement was positive for mortgage rates, the Employment report was negative, and the election results were neutral. In the end, mortgage rates fin...

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