12 Tips for Creating Great Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything and your home is no exception. When your home is listed for sale, you’ll want the initial look to create a positive impression that invites house hunters indoors More »

FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. “It has now become More »

Adding Value with Home Repairs

Selling your home? Don’t overlook some easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that can add real value to your home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs More »

12 Tips for Creating Great Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything and your home is no exception. When your home is listed for sale, you’ll want the initial look to create a positive impression that invites house hunters indoors to see what’s inside. “You should be getting your home picture-ready as soon as you know for sure that you’ll be selling it.  […]
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FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. “It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty pristine credit rating finds it awfully hard to get a mortgage,” she says. Lenders aren’t […]
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Adding Value with Home Repairs

Selling your home? Don’t overlook some easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that can add real value to your home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repairs and maintenance suggestions have universal appeal and may help you sell more quickly—and for a better […]
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U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of non-waterfront houses, according to a new analysis by Zillow®. In the U.S. at the time of this […]
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Great Spaces: The Most Absurd Features of Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC Apartment

Leonardo DiCaprio is a baller. Though he may be sans-Oscar (hopefully not for much longer), this “Wolf of Wall Street” can still afford to drop $ 10 million on a two-bedroom apartment in an eco-friendly New York City high rise. But calling this building “eco-friendly” is the understatement of the century, because the amenities Leo now […]
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Vinyl Is the Most Widely Used Siding on New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2013 (31 percent), followed by brick or brick veneer (24 percent), stucco (22 percent), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (17 percent). Far smaller shares […]
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The Great Delay: Student Loan Debt and Homeownership

A record number of Millennials, individuals aged 18 to 34 years, are delaying household formation. This “Great Delay,” instead of the forbearance of impending doom, may actually be a sign of prudent economic decision making from a generation coming of age during turbulent economic times. Instead of forming a household, many have enrolled in college […]
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Making Home Construction Less of a Disruption

(MCT)–Did you know that remodeling your home can be as stressful as moving into a new one? You may have decided to remodel the old kitchen, or perhaps you’re adding on to your home so that mom or dad can live with you. These days, if you’re part of the Sandwich Generation, your grown child […]
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The Most Affordable Cities for Millennial Buyers

It’s no secret young buyers have faced challenges when it comes to saving money to purchase a home of their own thanks to limited job opportunities and skyrocketing debt. Despite all this, the millennial generation still believes in homeownership. To help them achieve that dream, the National Association of REALTORS® has identified five cities where […]
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Buying a Multigenerational Home

(MCT)—Suppose you’re buying a home. And suppose, too, that you have an elderly parent or adult child who’d like to live in your home with you. Why not buy a home together as a family? If that sounds smart to you, you’re not alone. Multigenerational living is “in.” In fact, a recent study by the […]
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