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13 Tips for Selling Your Home
Selling a home is one of the most personal and financially heavy sales you'll ever make. Here's expert advice to sell faster and for more money.
These tips and shortcuts will have your home gleaming in no time.
Take this guided tour of your home — from the kitchen and bathroom to the bedroom and living areas — to learn the basic rules of cleaning that will help you clean thoroughly and efficiently, starting now.
It's Tax Time! 4 Great Apps for Tracking Expenses
Eliminate the stress and mess of organizing receipts. It's easy to snap a quick photo of your receipts with your mobile device. Combine that with a snazzy app for managing expenses, and you just made your life a lot easier.
6 Tips for Using Flowers to Boost Curb Appeal
Unleash some flower power to increase your home's curb appeal. There's a method to leveraging all those petals to help your property bloom. Here are some tips for getting started.
3 Steps to Launch the Homebuying Process
You've decided you're ready to buy a home – now what? Start with these initial steps.
3 Tips for Tackling Spring Cleaning
Before the springtime festivities begin, homeowners have a task that many would probably prefer to skip Spring cleaning. Here are a few ways to get organized and tackle clutter so you can get back to enjoying the warmer weather.
Technology and real estate can be confusing, but fear not! These tech tools can help simplify the lives of any homebuyer or seller. #Technology
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Our best "furriends" can struggle with moving to a new home. Help your favorite four-legged animal adjust to a move with these 5 tips. #LoveYourPetDay
Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Follow these tips to reduce your pet's anxiety during a move.
Millions of singles are out there and they, too, want a piece of the American Dream — homeownership. #SingleAwarenessDay
Single homebuyers are flocking to these cities that combine low housing costs with easy access to local attractions.
Will Phil see his shadow this year? #GroundhogDay
Bust out your coveralls and grab a brush—beat cabin fever by splashing a new pop of color onto that bedroom wall or hallway to brighten things up! #WinterBlues
If the chilly weather has you stuck inside and you've played every board game and binge-watched your favorite show to the series' end let's focus some of that holiday spirit back onto your house!
Today is the day for dreaming. Happy MLK Day. #MLKDay
How to organize your business with 5 easy apps!
Many of us feel like we increasingly have to do more with less time. Fortunately, there are some great apps out there that can sensibly bring more order to your life and business!
Millionaire to Millennials: Don’t Rent a Home… Buy!
In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach went on to...
Whether You Rent or Buy, Either Way You're Paying a Mortgage!
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazin...
5 Reasons Homeowners Can Throw Better Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you
Bidding Wars Abound… How Long Will They Continue?
Just like with any product or service, the law of supply and demand impacts home prices. Any time that there is less supply than the market demands, prices increase. In many areas of the country, the supply of homes for sale in the starter and trade-up home markets is so low that bidding wars hav
Study Shows "Millennials Deserve More Credit"
When it comes to talking about millennials, there are many stereotypes out there that have influenced the way the public feels about the generation. Whether it’s the assumption that millennials are irresponsible with money and would rather buy avocado toast than save for a down payment, or that mi...
2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.” Myth #1: “I Need a ...
U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today!
Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes. Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT N
5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennial
If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!
Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME! How did we finish 2017? New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade. Sales of previous
Gap Between Homeowners & Appraisers Narrows to Lowest Mark in 2 Years
In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 4% or more over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. When prices
Why You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home
Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream homes or if they should first try to go through the buying process on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional! You Need an Expert Guide If You Are Traveling a Dang...
Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 54% Of US Counties
According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2018 Rental Affordability Report, “buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 240 of 447 [or 54% of] U.S. counties analyzed for the report.” For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions compared recently released fair mark...
Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017. Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in a row followed by W
What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?
Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from th
61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%
According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and hav
Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?
There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current
Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time
It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the sp
The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers. 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to v
93% Believe Homeownership Is Important in Attaining the American Dream
Americans continue to believe that homeownership is important in achieving the American Dream. A recent survey by NeighborWorks America reported that: “Owning a home remains a core element of the American Dream.” When asked “How important a part of the American dream is owning a home?” 18% o
FICO® Scores on Approved Home Loans Drop Again
According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report, the average FICO® Score on all closed loans dropped to 722 which is its lowest mark since April. The average includes all approved refinance and purchase loans. FHA and VA loans showed the most opportunity for millennials looking to enter the ma
The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market
The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue t
712,000 Homes in the US Regained Equity in the Past 12 Months!
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that “over the past 12 months, 712,000 borrowers moved into positive equity.” This is great news, as the share of homeowners with negative equity (those who owe more than their home is worth), has dropped more than 20% since the peak in Q4 of 2009 (26%...
4 Reasons to Sell This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the
Time on the Market Drops to New Low in 2017
According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median amount of time a home spent on the market hit an all-time low of only three weeks in 2017. Strong buyer demand, a good economy, and a low inventory of new and existing homes for sale created the perfec
The Benefits of Homeownership Go Beyond the Financial
Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. As evidence of that, 91% of Americans believe that owning a home is either essential (43%) or important (48%) to achieving that “dream.” In a market where some people may be unsure about the benefits and possibilities of buying a home, it is i...
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