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2014 

May is Asian American Heritage Month and also Pacific Islander Heritage Month, called Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in combination.  It's a nationally recognized month-long celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  Here are some fun facts about this month and also ...
05/17/2014
Does it make sense to pay extra toward your mortgage?   The easy answer to that question is, “yes,” as it is factual you’ll save a lot of money on interest by making extra payments to your mortgage.  However, does the savings pack as much punch as you think, and under what circumstances is it no...
05/17/2014
There are three schools of thinking when it comes to real estate: the Old School, the New School, and the Right School.  I’ll explain all three.      Old School: Much of our financial advice comes from our parents, or parents’ parents, who pass down ultra-conservative, Depression era thinking wh...
05/17/2014
Last week, we wrote about 10 great marketing strategies loan officers and mortgage professionals could use to build a bigger audience and boost sales.  Back by popular demand, here are 10 more to help you separate yourself from the competition and thrive!   1. Release a regular informational repo...
05/17/2014
Loan officers and mortgage lenders have to compete more than ever to get business, and increased regulations leave less fat on the bone for commissions. Therefore, it’s of primary importance that each independent loan officer has a marketing campaign that’s dynamic and efficient yet still person...
05/17/2014
  In our wild jungle of real estate, the luxury home niche is definitely the lion, king of all the land.  The days of high-priced homes sitting vacant and gloomy are certainly gone, as a recent survey by Realtor.com reports that 13% of consumers are ready to buy a luxury home.  That data comes fr...
04/30/2014
  On any given night, 57,849 U.S. veterans are homeless, forced to live on the streets – huddled up in alleys, under bridges, on park benches, or, if their lucky, on heating grates or in shelters. Additionally, up to 140,000 will spend at least one night without shelter each year, according to th...
04/30/2014
What does the average person make at their job? That question is easy to answer, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average wage for working adults in America is $45,790.  But what jobs pay the best and the worst?  Answering that took a lot more digging because our paychecks vary wide...
04/30/2014
Recently, satellite images have surfaced of a large shadowy figure under the water’s surface in Loch Ness in Scotland.  About 100 feet long with a big head and two flippers, the images are reinvigorating speculation about the Loch Ness monster and even leaving skeptics scratching their heads at ...
04/30/2014
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