Predicting Mortgage Rates

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

 What are Mortgage Rates based on? Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The candlestick chart above shows a pattern of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond that […]

Austin, TX: Quenching a Thirst

October 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tracking rainfall back in time through the growth rings of trees tells us exactly how the current drought will end: flood. History tells us that in this region, a cycle of extreme drought is always broken by floods. Strong September rains remind us of this eventuality.   To catch valuable run off during these torrents […]

FICO FITNESS for Best Mortgage Rates

November 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Gail Boston, Partner & Realtor The lending pendulum has swung and at present, FICO scores have a humongous impact on home buyers. Scores range from 300 to 850. As regulations get tighter, lenders are defraying risk of default by loading loans with discount points or higher interest rates. If a future home buyer can […]

Watering Distressed Trees

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Remember to care for your trees during this time. Tactical information is provided below by The City Arborist Program. A few extra steps will make a tremendous difference for the trees in your area. Tree Watering for Distressed Trees The exceptional drought central Texas has experienced this year is taking its toll on Austin’s trees. […]

East Side Studio Tour = Garage Sale

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Why in the world would the City try to shut down the East Side Studio Tour? This has quickly become a favorite Austin yearly activity. Why not simply treat the direct sale of art, occurring once a year, in the same way home owners are allowed garage sales? Artists elevate a community in so many […]

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