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Seeing Flat Rates, Pennies, and Mighty Mouse!

Seeing Quote of the Day: “My spirit has ways of seeing that my eyes cannot comprehend.” – Philippe Benichou Did’ja Know: Benjamin Franklin designed the first US penny in 1787, and instead of E Pluribus Unum it was emblazoned with the motto: MIND YOUR BUSINESS. (*sounds like he consulted with my grandmother on that one). […]

Cold, Gold, and Rates!

Well… today in Chicago will be colder than Siberia, Antarctica, and Mt. Everest so here’s a 19 -second pick me up of summer – we will get there again, Mortgage Fans- hang in there, we’ve always got tomorrow… Tomorrow Quote of the Day: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would […]

Dollars, Pennies, and Traps – Oh My!

This really has nothing to do with mortgages but I always get a kick out of reading this plot synopsis for the Wizard of Oz. Okay, onto today’s blog… Trap Quote of the Day: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help make the big choices in life. […]

Pros & Cons, Rates, and the Number 50

Pros and Cons Quote of the Day: “Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen. If progress means to move forward, then what does congress mean?” – Nipsy Russell This Week in Economic History: It was on January 18th, 1978 that Jonny Paycheck’s song Take This Job and Shove It hit # 1 […]

Resolutions, Rates, and Robocalls

Welcome to the first blog of 2019, and Happy New Year, Mortgage Fans! I predict this will be the best year of your life – so sit back, relax, and let’s get to it: New Year’s Resolution Quote of the Day: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” – Joey […]

Smelly Fruit, Lower Rates, and Being Ignorant

Ignorance Quote of the Day: “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer (*I don’t know who this guy is but $5 says he wrote this quote after asking a girl out on a date and getting turned down)  Today in Economic History: It was […]

Rates, Santas, and Tests!

Butter Quote of the Day: “With enough butter anything is good.” – Julia Child This Week in Economic History: It was on December 6th, 1994 that one of the wealthiest counties in the country – Orange County – racked up debts of around $2 billion and decided to declare bankruptcy. Pretty shocking news, right? It […]

Glitter, Coffee, Rates, and 1,000 Books to Read

Glitter Quote of the Day: “Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.” – Demetri Martin Today in Economic History: It was on this day back in 1942 that due to rationing the government asked the American people to forgo coffee to help the war effort. (side note: for future wars I’m okay with giving up […]