From Houzz and Dreambuilder: Creating the Farmhouse Style

We came across this article on Houzz outlining nine ways to create the farmhouse style in your own home.  While a couple of the items had to do with furniture, several had to do with the architecture and finishes of the home.  We were happy to see that these elements are clearly represented in our recently completed farmhouse in Pablo Creek Reserve, Dreambuilder 18:

Dreambuilder 03 5208 Commissioner 3631)  The wrap around porch:  Dreambuilder 18 features a beautiful wrap-around porch, complete with open-rafter detailing at the eaves.




Rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.59%

By Marcy Gordon, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – May 24, 2013 – Average rates on fixed mortgages rose for the third straight week, hitting their highest levels since mid-March. Still, mortgage rates remained close to historic lows, a trend that should help sustain the housing recovery.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 3.59 percent this week. That’s up from 3.51 percent last week. And it is above the rate of 3.31 percent reached in November, the lowest on records dating to 1971.

The average on the 15-year loan jumped to 2.77 percent. That’s up from 2.69 percent last week. The record low of 2.56 percent was hit on May 2.