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kitchen_primoz_jenko_450For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home — a room in which we greet the day, make important plans and break bread with family and friends. Given the significance of this gathering place, it seems like a given that the colors used to decorate it should be both energizing and easy to live with. Which hue is right for you? The choice is a personal one, but we’ve found 10 inspirational examples to point you in the right direction.

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interest__max5128_450Mortgage rates dipped for the second consecutive week, with the most popular loans falling to their lowest marks since late November.

Key rates saw a sharp dip last week amid signs that the economy and housing market may be too weak to handle a large upswing in home prices.

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menhouse_sellingpix_450zillow.com - Before any lender will loan you money to buy or refinance a home, the lender will attempt to get some idea of what the property is worth. After all, the real estate serves as the collateral that you will be putting up to secure the loan.

Typically the lender will order an appraisal report. The value returned on this report will determine how much the lender is willing to lend.

Here is a simple guide to help you understand this sometimes very confusing document.

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interest__max5128_450zillow.com - Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose again this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.25 percent, up from 4.14 percent at this same time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate spiked to 4.22 percent on Wednesday and hovered between 4.23 and 4.28 percent for the majority of the week before dropping to the current rate this morning.

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houseinhand_voronin_450homes.yahoo.com - Underwater on your mortgage and still haven't refinanced? You may think that you missed the window or are not eligible, but with interest rates still near historic lows and an expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) it may be within your reach.

While it's true that home prices have risen steadily over the past year and a half, approximately 24 percent of American homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages. This is especially true of those living in areas hardest hit by the housing and economic crisis. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) estimates that there are between 1 million and 2 million borrowers eligible for HARP who are underwater are paying above-market interest rates. You could be one of them.

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housekeys_voronin_450money.cnn.com - Typically, Fannie and Freddie require lenders to verify a borrower's income with the Internal Revenue Service before closing on a mortgage. But last week, some lenders reported that they could not approve the mortgages because the shutdown had severely curtailed the IRS's operations.

The government-backed mortgage giants have since said lenders could continue to issue new loans even without the IRS's confirmation.

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moneyhouse_oleg-doroshin_450finance.yahoo.com - Most upgrades, renovations, and home improvement projects raise a home’s resale value. But in this episode of Destination Home Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV’s "The High/Low Project," reveals five renovations that can do just the opposite. 

That is, Soto qualifies, if you're planning on selling in the next five years. “If you’re going to stay in your home for a long time, do whatever makes you happy — surround yourself with Pepto Bismol pink if that's what you like,” she tells Destination Home. But if resell value matters, here’s what to avoid:  Converting bedrooms into other spaces, Hot tubs,  Colored trim and textured walls,  Children's theme bedrooms, and Too much landscaping.

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househill_sellingpix_450The real estate market is open 365 days a year – yes, even on holidays – but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and housing availability, but some are based on season.

Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale. Read on to learn the advantages of buying in the fall.

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interest__max5128_450money.cnn.com - The rate for a 30-year, fixed loan fell to 4.32% from 4.5%, according to a weekly survey from Freddie Mac.

While that represents only a small savings for borrowers - $21 a month on a $200,000 balance - it's still good news for the housing market. Mortgage rates have been moving higher in the last few months, which analysts feared could put the brakes on the real estate recovery.

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housegreenkeys__anthonycz_450Stephen Hussey, a Boston-area home inspector and real estate agent, sees it too often: home buyers blowing deals because they simply weren’t ready to compete in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.

Up against five or more bidders for the same home, these slow-off-the-mark shoppers did not prepare well, and then blamed themselves or others for not nabbing the dream home that seemed within their grasp

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