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Finance

    Real Estate & Market Report: August 22, 2014

    There seems to be little standing in the way of the stock market rising these days. Through the first 4 trading days of the week the market is up 275 points.

    Despite all of the doom and gloom predictions that the markets were going to get hurt as the Fed continued to taper their stimulus program, none of that has come to be.  Additionally, mortgage rates were expected to have risen by now.

    What is interesting is that just this week mortgage rates hit the lowest point in a year according to Freddie Mac.

    Does It Make Sense For You To Roll Over Your 401K?

    By Arif Halaby

    Have you left a company where you had a retirement plan, let's say a 401k, and are wondering what your options are after you have left that job?

    You may be asking yourself if you should you leave it, cash it out, roll it over to your own Individual Retirement Account, or maybe even put it into your "new" 401k plan? These are great questions to ask, but what's most important is making the best choice for you.

    Uncommon Tips For Safe Travel Before And After Your Retirement, Part 2

    Just as promised I have some more travel tips for you as we all get ready to take our last vacations before the summer is over. Follow these couple of tips and you are guaranteed to save yourself a little money and have a lot of fun.

    First off, be careful when renting a car be aware of the fees associated with excess mileage and any possible vehicle damage.  For example, watch out for "pitted" windshield.  Rental car companies use this "new windshield " as a possible source of revenue.

    Real Estate & Market Report: August 01, 2014

    It's amazing how  home values here in California keep rising, just last week we closed a loan for a client that was unable to refinance their home just a year ago because they did not have enough equity at the time.

    This saved our client a ton of money each month and now have a plan to pay their home off sooner. If I can help you, your friends or good neighbors please call and we can see how we can  help you take advantage of these currently low rates. Now on to this week2019s report!

    Uncommon Tips For Safe Travel Before And After Your Retirement

    By Arif Halaby

    I love to travel. In fact, since my father worked for the airlines, I was able to travel all over the world. I have been to more than 30 countries on 5 continents and I have a few travel tips you might not find anywhere else that will hopefully make traveling a little easier.

    Real Estate & Market Report: July 21, 2014

    While the corporate profit reports being released as of late are stronger than expected, geopolitical concerns are dragging down the stock market in a big way. On Wednesday the DOW hit another record high which kept the upward momentum of the market going. However on Thursday the market did a turnaround and dropped 161 points. 

    City Of Santa Clarita Receives Award For Purchasing Policies

    The National Procurement Institute recently awarded Santa Clarita with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2014 in recognition of the city’s purchasing policies and practices.

    Real Estate & Market Report: July 11, 2014

    It seems clear that we are in the summer trading season in which stock trading volume has been lighter than normal.  Combine that with the lack of market moving economic data this week, and combine it with coming off the July 4th holiday weekend, there has been little to talk about.  Even the release of the FOMC minutes on Wednesday did little to impact the markets.

    Real Estate & Market Report: July 03, 2014

    By: Fred Arnold

    It has been quite some time since we have had a week of so much positive economic news coming out in such a short period of time. From housing, to employment, to manufacturing, to construction spending...they are all improving at a rate faster than almost anyone expected. 

    Although this is only a report for one month, there definitely seems to be signs of an improving trend in many areas which bodes well for the future.

    Real Estate & Market Report: June 20, 2014

    In a week loaded with economic news and data investors seemed to be most interested in the words delivered from Janet Yellen, the Fed Chairman.  On Wednesday, the Fed completed their monthly FOMC meeting and announced that they did not expect interest rates to rise until 2015.