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Existing homes were selling faster and at higher prices in September 2014. But buyers may find they have fewer choices when they head out to shop.After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.The med...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The world of real estate has dramatically changed over the past few years. Before the power of the internet, a home searcher would have to contact an agent to run a Comparative AnalysisReport in order to determine what a piece of property is worth. Now, due to the increase of real estate sites, somebody can find the estimated value of a home by turning to the internet. The most popular of these si...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
With stairs being one of the first elements home buyers see when they enter the front door of many homes, sprucing up the steps can be a great investment."People think of stairs and hallways as strictly utilitarian —a place to get somewhere else," says Genevieve Gorder, host of HGTV's Dear Genevieve. "But they are some of the most beautiful places to decorate."Gorder offers these ideas for making ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
(BPT) - No one ever said "trendy" translates to "cheap." Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don't have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer's dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish. Home website Houzz polled users and asked what bathroom upgrades they most...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Home buyers all have different scents they love. Some might like the smell of fresh baked cookies, while others dispise the smell. The best thing any home seller can do is use a scent that is all natural so that it does not distract any potential buyers. Some of the best scents to use in any open house or during showings include lemon, green tea, cedar, basil, pine, and vanilla. Some of the worst ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Some housing deals come with sweet incentives for the real estate agents who can bring in a buyer, everything from big bonuses to fancy cars. But if you’re not careful, you might get in trouble for 'steering', some real estate professionals warn. One home seller in Virginia offered a C-Class Mercedes, priced at $37,900 — or a $30,000 bonus— plus commission to a buyer’s agent who is able to ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Have you thought of downsizing your home in Texas? Sometimes downsizing can be a big step before retirement. As you read this post, it is important to prepare for retirement, and real estate is a great way. If you are purchasing your first home or an additional home, smaller might be better.The number 1 reason to downgrade is to get a smaller mortgage. What is a better way to save f...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
You might want to take a closer look at your home's curb appeal: Upgrading your landscaping from average to excellent can help raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by addi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Q: We signed a contract to purchase a house. When we finished the inspections, we amended the contract to provide that the seller perform certain repairs. During our walk-through on the day of closing, we discovered nothing had been repaired. The seller refused to delay the closing or perform the repairs. What is our next step? A: This is a people-problem. You appear to have done everything rig...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
In the recent past, low appraisals have been blamed on delaying—or even canceling—many real estate transactions over the last few years. While real estate professionals are limited in how much involvement they can have in the appraisal process, they can do a few important things to help ensure their sellers receive a fair valuation. Be there. Appraisers and other real estate agents say that being ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
NewsUSA - You’re supposed to check your roof twice a year. You know this. But somehow you just never got around to it. Now the weather has turned sharply colder, and who relishes the idea of climbing up a ladder to check the health of your roof — even if it means saving a few dollars on your heating bill, since the roof is the key to a home’s energy efficiency? As it turns out, while even a qui...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Susan Roddy]
If the listing for your home hasn’t been attracting buyers for a few weeks in a fast-paced real estate market, or for a few months in a slower one, you certainly have good reason to be worried.A home doesn’t sell due to a variety of factors, some of which you can control and some of which you can’t.Let’s start with the things you can control, which also happen to be the most important elements of ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
DO NOT PUT YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET IN HOUSTON BEFORE YOU READ THIS SPECIAL REPORT!!FREE REPORT AT:http://www.HoustonHomeSellerSite.com ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
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