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The priciest ZIP code in the country boasts a median home price of more than $4.5 million, according to a list by Forbes that tracked home prices of more than 20,000 ZIP codes nationwide to determine the most expensive areas.  Appraiser Jonathan Miller, chief executive of New York’s Miller Samuel, told Forbes that he’s seen an increase in listings that fall under the luxury bracket this year...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By John Askins]
Minneapolis-St. Paul serves as the best local market predictor of where nationwide housing prices will be heading over the next year. On the other hand, you don't want to try to apply Texas price trends to your local market, a new study suggests. That may be good news for sellers, considering that Twin Cities' home prices were up 4.7 percent year-over-year in June, with a median sales p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
Some people ask why should they still use a Realtor, when today's technology allows clients the ability to search information online?Why?  Because home shoppers may not be getting a full or accurate picture when they view listing information on some of the most popular real estate Web sites, suggests a study conducted by the WAV Group on behalf of Redfin. The study evaluated the a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
The perfect Heights Bungalow everyone is looking for on one of the most sought after streets in the neighborhood. Kitchen features glass front cabinets and lots of storage with center island. Stroll to the dining room via the arched and enjoy meals under the coffered ceiling. Take the French door to outdoor dining/entertaining on the brick patio situated under a pergola. Master has separate seatin...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
 “If you are selling a home this fall, engage a  staging professional to make your house look its best.”If cost weren’t a factor, most everyone would agree with that advice. But is staging really worth the price? Can staging  actually help you sell your home? Of course, without being able to predict the future, a definitive answer isn’t possible. But there are at least thr...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By Connie Inmon]
Closing is about you becoming the legal owner of your home. Here is a list of some costs buyers and sellers might see at closing. Closing costs for the buyer might include appraisal fee, origination fee, pre-paid interest, pre-paid insurance, flood certification fee, tax servicing fee, credit report fee, bank processing fee, recording fee, notary fee, and title insurance.Closing costs for the...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Accepting Offers now! on a beautiful 5 Acre Estate. Fully fenced in! Large oak trees large pond with fountain in enter of pond. Large yard for children. 5 bedrooms with a possibly 6th bedroom.4 full bath. Large front and back balconies. PRICED TO SELL! ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Juan Hernandez]
Houston's next real estate hotspots: Off-the-radar locales — former hooker haven included — are rising By Ralph Bivins ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Existing-home sales were on the rise in July, with sales moving to the highest pace of this year, the National Association of REALTORS® reports in its latest housing data release. It also marked the fourth consecutive month of gains in sales. NAR’s chief economist expects the growing momentum in home sales to continue for the rest of the year. “The number of houses for sale is higher than a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
A study of real estate agents in Ontario, Canada, found that smoking can reduce a home’s resale value by 20 percent. The study was commissioned by Pfizer Canada, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Selling the home can pose quite the challenge too. Eighty-eight percent of the agents surveyed say that it’s more difficult to sell a home where the residents were smokers.  Lingering smells in a home...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
The water temperature may be just right, but the cost of buying and operating a pool is scalding.Anyone who contemplates owning a pool should expect it to cost at least $3,000 a year, or $5,000 if they turn the job of maintaining it over to a pool service, estimates Susan Elser, a certified financial planner in Indianapolis.Installing a pool along with the required extras like a high fence costs a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
No matter how many times you do it, moving doesn’t really get any easier. If you have a family, an action figure hobby or pretty much anything other than a minimalist lifestyle, the concept of packing up everything you own into tidy boxes is intimidating. Unless friends and family can rally a fleet of large SUVs, trucks and plenty of muscle, most people have to hire professional movers. That inve...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Susan Roddy]
A bad neighbor can bring down the value of a home, possibly by even up to 10 percent, according to the Appraisal Institute. “I’ve seen many situations where external factors, such as living near a bad neighbor, can lower home values by more than 5 to 10 percent,” says Richard L. Borges II, president of the Appraisal Institute. “Home owners should be aware of what is going on in their neighborhoo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By John Askins]
I am writing this blog out of complete frustration with the lack of understanding it seems on WHO benefits and WHY there is an "Option Period" (or a Termination Option) on our contracts here in Texas.   Let me start with a bit of explanation for those who are not familiar with our Texas Real Estate contracts (which may in fact include some of the agents I have been co-oping with!):If it ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Renee Buckhoff]
This goes without saying, but it's worth saying over and over. Whether you are buying a house, selling a house, or both, look at everything without letting your emotions get the better of you. Try to think of every part of the process as business/a business decision. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Loretta Morehead]
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