07/16/18 9:00am

In this week’s Mortgage Report, our most-trusted mortgage expert gives you a peek behind the curtain — how exactly can you determine when it’s an auspicious time to lock in a mortgage rate. Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) gives us a primer on how to read those often confusing economic charts, specifically the 100-day and 25-day moving averages.  (more…)

07/11/18 9:00am

The sunlight falling on an area this size would power the USA.

No, it’s not April Fools’ Day, it’s the future.

When you look at the types of renewable power available – hydro, geothermic, wind, etc. – only one has the potential to completely supply the world’s energy needs — solar power. Did you know that harnessing just 0.02 percent of the solar energy that reaches the Earth would power the world? The map above shows how much surface area is required to power the entire U.S. using solar power. (more…)

07/06/18 1:00pm

Realtors will tell you that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. What happens if there is no kitchen?  Investment bank UBS recently issued an investment note to customers titled, “The End of the Kitchen?” Not being a UBS-caliber customer, I’ve only been able to glean snippets from the private report from across the internet.

In a nutshell, UBS is taking note of the fast rise in food delivery services like Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, and yet to enter the US, Deliveroo and Foodora. The report postulates what happens to the food distribution and preparation market as food delivery grows in popularity. It’s all part of the larger trend of people outsourcing tedious tasks to those willing to do them for pennies. (more…)

06/27/18 7:30am

A hidden hazard on your property is not the kind of thing you’re going to stub your toe on. At least not the kind of hidden hazard that we’re talking about here.

In the title business, a hidden hazard is an issue that is not uncovered in a traditional search of property records. Most title companies are really good at finding potential problems in the research of deeds, maps and plats, mortgages, tax records, court records, liens, abstracts of judgment, probate and divorce actions, etc. (more…)

06/25/18 12:00pm

I live in a high-rise with terrible cellular coverage (nature of the beast). I bet many of you have issues with cell phone coverage in your single-family, townhouse, or whatever homes too. All manner of obstacles can degrade a signal from four bars on your patio to a crackly, jittery mess when moving a few feet indoors. That awful signal may be all that’s keeping you from cutting your landline. (more…)

06/22/18 10:00am

Every year the job-listing site Careercast.com ranks the top 10 most stressful jobs in the United States, based on 11 factors such as competition, physical demands, and work environment. Taking their rightful place at the top of the list are first responders like police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and the military. But there were two years in 2010 and 2011 that a new most stressful job appeared on the list: real estate agent. Well, clearly.

Our maven of zen, Shelby Skrhak, talks us through some relief here.