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Certified Mortgage Planner, Certified FICO Pro and Certified Military Housing Specialist blogging about mortgages, real estate, economics, politics and community events.
Yesterday, I received a surprise package from Sara Bonert of Zillow. Before I tell you want she sent me, let me tell you how I originally met Sara. Back in the latter part of June this past summer, I had the pleasure of attending Real Estate BarCamp Chicago held at the corporate headquarters of t...
It has occurred to me recently that a vast number of Realtors® love to post their listings here on ActiveRain. This is clearly evident when looking at the ActiveRain Blog Dashboard. Sometimes listings will fill the entire time line. What is even more disturbing is the fact that I have see many ag...
Did you miss your chance at a deal of a lifetime over the weekend? Maybe not. Just as Black Friday is the most anticipated retail shopping day of the year, a relatively new trend has occurred since 2005 that is just as important for online retailers. Cyber Monday is the first Monday following Bla...
Thanksgiving holiday weekend is coming to an end and now it is time to get back to work. Even though Cyber Monday will be a major distraction as workers try to capture deals they missed out on Black Friday, many in the financial markets will be keeping an eye out on this week's economic reports. ...
Although I am not a fan of waking up in the early hours of the morning, I do have a wife and son who look forward to the shopping bonanza that was to have taken place. Even though there were some new block buster deals, the majority of what was offered was nothing more than the best deals that ar...
Just when I was coming to peace with the Existing-Homes Sales report, another headline thumped me right on my head. It wasn't the downward revision to GDP nor the marginal tick up in the Consumer Confidence Index as reported today. Something else caught my attention that could pull the rug right ...
With the announcement of "Existing-Home Sales Record Another Big Gain, Inventories Continue to Shrink"  today, many have already jumped on the band wagon as to an extended and upward home purchase season. There may be some truth to this with the extension and expansion of the tax credit along wit...
Did you hear? Existing-Home Sales Jump To Highest Level in 2-1/2 Years as reported early this morning. According to the official release from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) existing-homes sales surged a surprising 10.1% in October. The only thing surprising about this number is the f...
The holiday feeling is stirring in the air and in shopping centers everywhere. Due to another holiday shortened week, there will be plenty of economic reports and news events that will keep home shoppers on the edge of their seat. Monday will start with October's Existing Home Sales and expectati...
Friday is the most celebrated day of the week. There is so much love and affection towards this day that people often give reverence in the form of Thank God It's Friday. Even folks on micro-blogging sites such as Twitter have proclaimed the day as Follow Friday with hash tags of #ff and/or #foll...

James K Barath, CMPS

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