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WhatsApp Soon to Go Dark for Millions of Users
Posted on 12/12/2019
WhatsApp Soon to Go Dark for Millions of Users
Image by Arpit Patel from Pixabay If you are using outdated devices, you will soon be cut off from using the popular smartphone messaging app, WhatsApp. WhatsApp announced that millions of users will be locked out come Feb. 1 if they are using older versions of Android, Apple, and Windows phones. WhatsApp urged users to update their phones...
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Fewer New Homes Are Adding Basements
Posted on 12/11/2019
Fewer New Homes Are Adding Basements
Image by 亚坤 郭 from Pixabay Out here in Portland, OR.; very few new homes are constructed with basements today. Unless you live where very cold winters require the foundation to be attached to ground that will not freeze, new home builders across the country are moving away from basements. It costs more to add to home space...
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The Right Way to Clean Granite
Posted on 12/10/2019
The Right Way to Clean Granite
Image by LiudmilaB from Pixabay If you own granite countertops, here is a excellent article on what is the correct product to clean them and avoid damaging them. It’s important that those granite countertops gleam during showings, but some cleaning products may actually harm them. White vinegar, for example, has been a popular cleaning agent because it’s inexpensive...
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First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account
Posted on 12/09/2019
First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account
Image by David Mark from Pixabay Here is updated information on Oregon's First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account . Previously I have posted a blog on this great program. Did you know, creating a savings account to buy a home can help reduce your taxes? Oregon’s First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account law allows residents to save money for first-time...
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Condo Boards Increasingly Scrutinize Owners’ Pets
Posted on 12/09/2019
Condo Boards Increasingly Scrutinize Owners’ Pets
Image by Wayne Feickert from Pixabay We consider our pets part of the family. Now it seems condo boards are considering them much like their human owners, an integral part of the daily life inside their buildings. As such they want to know they will be good neighbors to others in the complex. Here are more details about...
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4 Things You Can Do This Fall to Prep for Winter
Posted on 12/08/2019
4 Things You Can Do This Fall to Prep for Winter
Spring may be the time for an annual cleaning marathon, but tackling some specific maintenance and cleaning chores in the fall ensures your home is in ideal condition before cooler weather arrives. This time of year is the best time to put your summer things away and pull out your cooler weather pieces, from flannel sheets and down...
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Specialty Rooms Are in Demand: Which Rank Highest?
Posted on 12/07/2019
Specialty Rooms Are in Demand: Which Rank Highest?
Photo by Juliano Ferreira from Pexels Information on what is the latest trends in home shoppers preferences for rooms with a special purpose. These are especially important to millenials. Here are more details about which rooms are most attractive to home buyers. Home shoppers—particularly millennials—are ranking specialty rooms high on their priority list during their search. These rooms...
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Mortgage Rates Stay Steady This Week
Posted on 12/07/2019
Mortgage Rates Stay Steady This Week
Source: Freddie Mac In spite of low unemployment and high economic activity, mortgage rates continue to be a historic bargain. Here are more details of what is happening this week in the mortgage market. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage didn’t budge this week, maintaining its same 3.68% average from last week. “This week the economy sent mixed signals, leaving...
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Caps Removed for VA Loan Limits
Posted on 12/05/2019
Caps Removed for VA Loan Limits
Image by Kim Heimbuch from Pixabay This is great news for those who have served our country and their familes. Giving them an option to purchase in higher cost places or find better housing. Here are more details. Veterans may be eligible to buy larger homes in pricier communities—still without a down payment—starting next year. Those taking out...
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‘Nightmare Neighbors’ Shift Owners’ Housing Priorities
Posted on 12/05/2019
‘Nightmare Neighbors’ Shift Owners’ Housing Priorities
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Neighbors matter: More than half—52%--of Americans say they’ve lived next door to what they consider a “nightmare neighbor.” And because of that, more than three-quarters say the potential neighbors would be a factor into their decision when choosing a new home to buy, according to a new survey from Ally Financial of...
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These States Have the Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rates
Posted on 12/04/2019
These States Have the Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rates
Photo by Milly Eaton from Pexels In Oregon, we had 78% of the mortage refinace applications approved higher than the national average. With an average credit score of 751, Oregon ranked near the top of credit worthy home owners. Oregon home equity has increased 39% since 2012. Here are more details: Over the past year, mortgage interest rates...
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 Cohabitating Unmarried Couples Are on the Rise
Posted on 12/04/2019
Cohabitating Unmarried Couples Are on the Rise
Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay Here is information on a growing trend and acceptance of unmarried partners in our society. These important facts will shape our future needs and buying habits. I hope you find the article of interest. The share of American adults who live with an unmarried partner has more than doubled...
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