Consumer confidence on the rise?

Consumer confidence on the rise | Mortgage Rate News

Is consumer confidence trending higher?

Despite all the doom and gloom headlines, it seems like consumers are feeling pretty good these days. The August Consumer Confidence Index® came in at 103.2, up from 95.3 in July. Some of the upbeat mood comes from lower gas prices, now averaging $3.81 a gallon nationwide. Also, consumer spending was down a bit over the summer months while people were out on vacations.

The hope is we see stability in the way people are spending, which could make for a kinder, gentler recession that might not last that long. As for mortgage rates, it seems likely that they’ll continue hovering in the 5-percent range for the remainder of the year until we get additional data.

Real estate agents give inside info on homebuying secrets

If you can’t afford to plunk down six or seven figures in cash for a home, you have to think outside the lot lines. Maybe consider a fixer-upper. Boost your earnest money. Add an escalation clause. Get the inside scoop from some savvy real estate agents and brokers on how to lock down a good deal in this challenging market.

First-time homebuyers guide: part 10

Finding the perfect neighborhood is just as important as finding the perfect home. Do you want a grocery store and post office within walking distance? What about parks for the kids and the dog? A local coffee shop for you? To get a feel for any neighborhood you need to immerse yourself in it.

Drive around, walk the streets, talk to the people. While this will take a little extra time, it’s well worth it to make sure you feel at home in your new neighborhood.

in 10 minutes?

The pre-approval process is lightning fast, and can be completed
in under 10 minutes. Grab a few important documents to get started.
  1. Tax Returns
  2. Copies of W-2s (or 1099s for independent contractors,
    freelancers and the self-employed)
  3. A payroll stub
  4. A bank statement
  5. Loan obligation info (student loans,
    auto loans and credit cards)

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