Advice for Buying a Flipped House

Many home buyers wrongly assume that a newly renovated home is, well, just that: new. They perceive it as move-in ready and free from hassles. A newly renovated flipped house — one that the seller purchased less than one year earlier — typically pulls in… Read More ›

Too Picky When Home Buying

If you are shopping for a home, it’s nice to think you won’t settle for anything less than perfection. But that’s kind of like holding out for the “perfect” life partner—romantic, but unrealistic. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you’ll never find a… Read More ›

Homeowner Expenses Renters Don’t Have

For many, buying a home represents a rite of passage in life. Most of us strive for it, and most American households do own their homes. However, today more people are choosing renting over buying, and the home ownership rate in the United States has… Read More ›

Sellers’ Housing Market

Demand for real estate is growing strong in many parts of the country, and entry-level buyers find little inventory but lots of competition, leading to a frustrating sellers’ housing market. For sellers, this means quicker and easier sales, if they price appropriately. For buyers, this… Read More ›

Curb Appeal Curb Appeal

Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal. I cannot emphasize it enough. If you want buyers to be interested in your home for sale, then curb appeal is the first impression that will hook them into looking deeper. The exterior appearance of your home is not… Read More ›

Put Your Tax Refund into Your Home

Are you getting a tax refund this year? The average refund is about $3,000 — enough to reinvest in your home, which can pay off in the future. Whether you’re expecting a few hundred dollars back or a few thousand, put some of it to… Read More ›

Home Pricing

Unlike the cost of a gallon of milk or a flat-screen television, a home’s price can be hard to pin down. It’s complicated because each home is unique, and has its own story to tell. When it comes to home pricing, the only thing to… Read More ›

Easements

Consider this hypothetical: A man named Mark decides to purchase a parcel of land in a remote, mountainous area. He looks forward to enjoying it as a getaway retreat. But there’s a problem. It turns out he can’t access the property without going through his… Read More ›

Why You Need a Home Warranty

When you are purchasing an existing home, you need to know about a home warranty. After a home buyer has investigated the condition of an existing home and signed off on repairs before completing the home purchase, they may be in for a shock when… Read More ›

Home Remodeling that Pays Off

While homeowners may dream of putting in a hot tub, building in an awesome entertainment center, or redesigning closets, a new report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) finds that homeowners’ money would be better spent on other home remodeling projects if they are considering… Read More ›