Rates Rising Ahead Of 2017: What Home Buyers and Owners Need To Know

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

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3 Easy DIY Ways to Clear Clogs in Bathroom Sink Drains

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Getting a clog in a bathroom sink drain can be a pain, but it’s definitely something you can attempt to clear on your own.

You might be surprised to know that there are a number of options for taking care of the problem yourself. And you can save lots of money in doing so.

Troubleshooting the clog

How you should proceed in treating a clogged drain depends upon the severity of the clog, and how far it is down the pipe. Your best bet is to try the easiest solution f…

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Getting a clog in a bathroom sink drain can be a pain, but it’s definitely something you can attempt to clear on your own.

You might be surprised to know that there are a number of options for taking care of the problem yourself. And you can save lots of money in doing so.

Troubleshooting the clog

How you should proceed in treating a clogged drain depends upon the severity of the clog, and how far it is down the pipe. Your best bet is to try the easiest solution f…

Trump has homebuilders feeling fantastic: Here's why

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A monthly reading of homebuilder confidence spiked 7 points in December, its first measure done after the presidential election….

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A monthly reading of homebuilder confidence spiked 7 points in December, its first measure done after the presidential election….

Holiday Spending 101: Financial Bloggers Tell All

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The holidays tend to arrive much faster than we expect. From gift-giving and parties to decorations and other celebratory indulgences, we often forget that holiday costs add up quickly.

And while the winter season is often considered the most wonderful time of the year, it’s not uncommon to feel the financial pressures associated with holiday spending.

To keep your festive chee…

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The holidays tend to arrive much faster than we expect. From gift-giving and parties to decorations and other celebratory indulgences, we often forget that holiday costs add up quickly.

And while the winter season is often considered the most wonderful time of the year, it’s not uncommon to feel the financial pressures associated with holiday spending.

To keep your festive chee…

How to Feel at Home, No Matter Where You Are

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So it turns out, despite our best efforts, we don’t all actually have the kind of “home” that commercials and catalogs like to pretend we do.

Not that we wouldn’t want it. Who could say no to a quaintly historic house towering over the neighborhood like an architectural cupcake? Who would turn down a wraparound porch, complete with attractive spouse and loyal Golden Retriever?

Catalogs represent an ideal, but the reality is the concept of home is hardly universal (for example, s…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/feel-at-home-wherever-you-are-209083/

So it turns out, despite our best efforts, we don’t all actually have the kind of “home” that commercials and catalogs like to pretend we do.

Not that we wouldn’t want it. Who could say no to a quaintly historic house towering over the neighborhood like an architectural cupcake? Who would turn down a wraparound porch, complete with attractive spouse and loyal Golden Retriever?

Catalogs represent an ideal, but the reality is the concept of home is hardly universal (for example, s…

Incredibly, The Appraisal Institute is taking chapter “excess cash” and charging them for the privilege

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After last week’s post went viral: “Sadly, The Appraisal Institute is now working against its local chapters“, I thought I’d follow up with additional thoughts on AI Nation…

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After last week’s post went viral: “Sadly, The Appraisal Institute is now working against its local chapters“, I thought I’d follow up with additional thoughts on AI Nation…

How a housing squeeze is tightening on first-time buyers

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It's becoming harder to get started on the American Dream of home ownership….

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It's becoming harder to get started on the American Dream of home ownership….

See 10 of the Most Outrageous Listings of 2016

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

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Mortgage applications fall 4 percent as refinancings hit by postelection rates

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/14/mortgage-applications-fall-as-refinancings-hit-by-skittish-borrowers.html

Borrowers are still adjusting to a housing market with higher rates….

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Borrowers are still adjusting to a housing market with higher rates….

5 Celebs Who Bought Spectacular Homes in 2016

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

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Editor’s note: ‘Tis the season – not only to celebrate the year’s end, but to look back at highlights of the past 12 months and start thinking about what we hope the coming year will bring. This week on Porchlight, we’ll reminisce about some of 2016’s bright spots, and help you get ready to greet 2017. 

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-209066" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ThemeWeekBann…