Here’s What to Look for in Your Real Estate Agent
Posted Friday July 20, 2018 in Real Estate

Picking a real estate agent is a huge step toward becoming a homeowner. However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. There are often more than enough agents in your area to choose from, but how do you know when you’ve found the right one? If you’re about to enter the real estate market, this post […]

Check Your CC&Rs Early To Avoid Buyer’s Remorse
Posted Monday July 9, 2018 in Real Estate

HOA rules: Read them If you fall in love with a home in with a homeowners association (HOA), check the HOA rules as soon as you can. There may be deal-breaking provisions in that document. For instance: Many associations ban outdoor smoking They may also tell you what kind of plants you’re allowed to have […]

To Live in the City or Commute From ‘Burbs?
Posted Friday June 15, 2018 in Real Estate

Many homebuyers face a tough decision: To live in the city or commute from the suburbs. In some city centers, the cost of living is actually not as high as the outlying metro area, while in other cities homeowners will find more purchasing power in the metro area. SmartAsset, a personal financing resource, broke down […]

Top Factors First-Time Buyers Should Look For During Their Home Search
Posted Tuesday June 12, 2018 in Real Estate

For many people, a home search is an overwhelming process. After all, it’s a huge decision. It can be hard to sort out which qualities are crucial for a smart buy, especially for first-time homebuyers. Luckily, though, you don’t have to go through this process alone. If you’re ready to start your home search but […]

Your 4 Most Important Considerations For Buying A Rental Property
Posted Friday June 1, 2018 in Real Estate

Location, location, location You may have heard that location is the most important factor when buying a home — and that’s true. However, when choosing a location for your rental property, there’s no single hard-and-fast rule to follow. The ideal location for you depends on the type of renter you’re hoping to attract. Those hoping […]

Zillow: Tax Cut Savings Going Into Housing
Posted Friday May 18, 2018 in Real Estate

Homeowners and renters will put $13.2 billion in savings generated by the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act back into housing market in 2018 through the purchase or rental of new homes, according to a data analysis by Zillow. Furthermore, an additional $24.7 billion in savings from the tax reform legislation will be spent […]

Confidence in Housing at New Peak
Posted Tuesday May 8, 2018 in Real Estate

Confidence in housing is at a new peak, with enthusiasm among sellers soaring, according to the April Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 91.7, the Index plowed through its previous record, climbing 3.4 percentage points month-over-month and five points year-over-year. “The latest HPSI reading edged up to a new survey high, showing that […]

New-Home Prices Are Beginning to Heat Up
Posted Tuesday April 24, 2018 in Real Estate

It’s not just the weather that’s heating up as we move into spring. The cost of a newly constructed home is rising as the housing market enters its peak buying months. The median price of a new home climbed to $337,200 in March, according to a joint report by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. […]

The Most-and Least-Affordable Places for Locals to Buy Homes
Posted Wednesday April 18, 2018 in Real Estate

Where are locals most likely to buy an affordable home of their own? Not in California, that’s for sure. As prices surge faster than incomes, average Janes and Joes have a better shot of becoming homeowners in the Midwest and the Rust Belt, according to a joint report from® and the National Association of Realtors®. […]

How to Triumph in a Bidding War
Posted Thursday April 12, 2018 in Real Estate

With a record low number of listings this spring, more buyers may be finding themselves in a bidding war for the home they want. CNBC recently highlighted a few tips on how buyers can be successful in a bidding war, including: Set the maximum price from the start. Home shoppers should factor in the monthly […]

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