Monthly Archives: September 2010

Local and National Job News

Recent headlines and announcements have been filled with positive news about jobs both here and nationally. Along with some positive employment figures, news about job openings in Austin lead us to believe that the local economy is remaining strong and … Continue reading

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First-Time Homebuyers – What Do They Want?

First-time homebuyers generally want less expensive, smaller, existing homes. At least that is what we gleaned from the recent survey conducted by the Deparment of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This extensive study examines buyer traits … Continue reading

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Butler Park Pitch and Putt

This is entry number seven in our category called “Austin Gems” (see the side bar on the right for a link to past posts). Austin boasts some very well known golf courses, including The Hills, Barton Creek, and Onion Creek and if you are a … Continue reading

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Credit Scores and Mortgage Rates

The Associated Press today released a story by Eileen AJ Connelly regarding the relationship between credit scores and mortgage rates. The primary focus of the story was to explain how efforts to increase credit scores above 720 (FICO) may not yield … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Economic Indicators, Part 3

Q&A WITH MARK SPRAGUE Mark Sprague is a noted and respected expert on the real estate industry and the Austin market, in particular. He is also the Director of Business Development for Mission Mortgage and we are fortunate to have … Continue reading

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Four Things To Do In Austin This Week

This feature highlights four events or activities in Austin and the surrounding area every week. If you have suggestions for events to be mentioned, please email them to info@missionmortgage.com. 1. Since Stone Temple Pilots postponed their Saturday show at the … Continue reading

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Artist Reception – The Gallery At Mission Mortgage

Mission Mortgage hosted our first Artist Reception at our new gallery space, located in our corporate offices in Austin last evening. Our featured artist, Jared Dunten, spent time meeting the guests, talking about his artwork and his mission, and sharing … Continue reading

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Condos in Downtown Austin See Success

The Austin skyline has changed dramatically in the past two years as numerous high-rise luxury condo buildings have been built throughout downtown. With thousands of square feet of new residential space becoming available at the same time that the national real … Continue reading

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New Home Starts and Permits Up

The month of August saw new home starts increase 10.5% over the previous month, far surpassing economists estimates. In fact, the consensus estimates pointed to an expected decrease in new home starts. While the majority of the increase came from notoriously … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Buy a Home

With so much doom and gloom in the media regarding home ownership lately, we would like to share with you an article from the Wall Street Journal that outlines the benefits of purchasing a house. These are not new concepts or … Continue reading

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