Real Estate Blog & News

Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

Typically the end of the Holiday season and New Years signal the advent of Spring, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Spring Equinox might be the perfect option for you. Markets vary, so only…

Know Your Style: Country French Style

Know Your Style: Country French Style

Originally called French Provincial, Country French Style evokes the casual simplicity and rustic elements of a country home in the South of France. By paying tribute the region’s sunny, warm landscape, Country French style adds cheerful vitality to a home’s…

How to Survive Transition

How to Survive Transition

Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home is tricky, to say the least. Rarely does it work out that you move directly from one home to…

Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Extended families living in one home are more the norm these days. When looking for a home to share with your older parents, consider that while they may be completely mobile now, in the future they may need assistance to…

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online…

Favorite Features from 3 Dream Homes

Favorite Features from 3 Dream Homes

Thanks to those visually stunning video tours, the HGTV Dream Homes have become top-of-mind for buyers looking for the latest and greatest in home design. Each year’s home showcases innovation in concept, layout, building materials and design. Here are three…

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Spring is just around the corner and the lure of a new home has you thinking about putting yours on the market. Your neighbor added a new bathroom last year and you’re wondering if you should upgrade yours before you…

Curb Appeal for Condo Sellers

Curb Appeal for Condo Sellers

You know that curb appeal is important to buyers of single-family homes, but you are selling a condominium in a large building full of similar units. How do you make yours stand out? Here are a few tips for prompting…

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher…

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

You know that you need to move, and the market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you…

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer…

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase…

Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

Which is which? Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvantages of…

Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

So, you’re thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in…

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your house and score big time with March Madness fans and…

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house…

Capturing Clutter

Capturing Clutter

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn’t always easy. The problem isn’t that you lack resources. In…

Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models to…