Mortgage Rates Tick Up Slightly

© REALTOR® MAGAZINE The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage inched up this week, but still remains well below averages from a year ago. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage closed the month of August by averaging 3.6%, nearly a full percent lower than a year ago, Freddie Mac notes. “Low mortgage rates along with a strong labor market are…

A Fix or Flop

Some homeowners take on more than they should with do-it-yourself home projects. They could wind up hurting their home value. Homeowners hope to save money through DIY takes on projects, but some lose that savings when they sell. Chicago-area home inspectors recently shared with The Chicago Tribune some of the common DIY mishaps they most often see,…