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The real estate Market Changes,  thats what makes it a “MARKET”.   The following Real Estate News is provided to you, via keeping current matters, for you to keep a pulse on the market, learn about trends and changes.   To Search for Homes in Clark County, (and beyond), go to my property search page at: https://principalpropertybrokers.com/search-all-homes .  There you will find a complete list of options for searching.   Need help?  got Questions,  us the Contact me form in the right margin:)

 

  • How to Paint Your Garage a Faux-Wood Finish
    You can transform any steel or wood garage door with Giani Wood Look Paint. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Understanding AFCI and GFCI Outlets: What You Should Know
    Arc-fault and ground-fault circuit interrupters offer protection from electrical hazards, but that — and their two buttons — is where their similarities end. AFCI and GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and fires — a leading cause for home blazes — but each has a certain function, and it’s important ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • This Technology Makes Any Garage Door Smart
    These days, you can control just about everything in your home with your smartphone — and garage doors are no exception to the rule. If you buy a new garage door, chances are, it’s gonna have that technology where you can open and close it from your smartphone or tablet. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • 5 Surprising Uses for WD-40
    Who doesn’t have a can of WD-40 around the house? But if you’re using it just to stop squeaks and cut through rust, you’re missing out on a lot of other good uses including cutting through grease. Try spraying a greasy tool with a little WD-40 — you don’t need ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Signs Your Home May Have Termites
    When it comes to termites, there are two types of these pests to be aware of. Drywood termites and subterranean termites, each with distinct indications of their presence, wreak havoc on homes every year, causing over $5 billion in property damage annually. Knowing the signs of termites can help you ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Beginners’ Tips for Building Your Own Furniture
    Making your furniture will save you money and ensure the piece is unique. These tips will have you making furniture in no time. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Ep 19. Butcher Block Protection & Porch Paint Problems
    Listen to learn how to keep butcher block surfaces in tip-top shape and how to repair a chipped concrete paint job. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-19
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly
    A kitchen can be both attractive and eco-friendly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • Exploring the Color Psychology of Spring Interior Design
    Do you know color psychology in interior design? Here's how spring décor affects a person's mood! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Accessible Without Remodeling
    The kitchen doesn't have to intimidate, especially if you have hand paralysis. Here's how to make it work for you! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    Whether you’re entertaining outdoors, dining ‘alfresco’ or curling up with a book, the patio offers a nice escape from indoor living — and that’s why it’s important to maintain it. Concrete is beautiful, durable and long-lasting on its own, but performing regular maintenance will prolong your patio’s life and keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • How to Build a Concrete Block Wall
    Want some backyard privacy? A concrete wall is easy to build, durable, and blocks nosy neighbors. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • What is Really Happening with Home Prices?
    Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 7 Tips to Create Industrial Style in Your Home
    Exposed brick walls, bare steel columns and timber roof trusses are examples of industrial design. Want to follow this trend, but not sure where to begin? Here's a crash course. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 6 Tips to Build Your Ultimate Home Theater
    Designing the home theater of your dreams is like piecing a puzzle together — you need all the right elements for the perfect result. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • May Home Maintenance To-Do List
    With the weather too nice to be stuck inside, most of this month's home maintenance to-do list focuses on getting the outside of your home ready for summer picnics and barbecues. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • 4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer
    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • How to Install an Under-Deck Drainage System
    Installing an under-deck drainage system allows you to use the space beneath your elevated deck for storage or additional living space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level a Subfloor
    No matter what kind of flooring you’re installing, it’s important to make sure the surface beneath it is level, smooth, and flat. Watch this video to find out how. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-11
  • 3 Advantages of Concrete Countertops
    Kitchen countertops come in a range of materials to fit any style and budget. From affordable options — such as laminate, ceramic tile and butcher block — to pricey ones — such as granite, marble and quartz — there’s something for every homeowner. However, the unmatched combination of beauty, durability ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Ep 18. Repairing a Rotted Deck & Cleaning Calcium Stains off Brick
    Listen to hear a proactive way to keep deck posts from rotting and how to install them correctly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Why a Metal Roof Gives This Gulf Coast Couple Peace of Mind
    Learn why a Gulf Coast couple's metal roof makes them feel safe during hurricane season. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • How to Finish & Install Wood Countertops
    Butcher block is one of the more affordable types of countertop, and installing it is easy. Here's the step-by-step process. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Texas Couple Win Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone’s Backyard Paradise Contest
    Jason and Charity Lewallen, of Richardson, Texas have won Today's Homeowner and Pavestone's Backyard Paradise Contest. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Finally! A Light, Ergonomic Carbon Fiber Tacker
    DeWalt's Carbon Fiber Tacker is strong as steel but 50% lighter, and it's also 25% easier to squeeze. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Portable Generator Features Carbon Monoxide Sensor
    Ryobi's Easy Start portable generator keeps you connected and protected with its carbon monoxide detector. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Find Wood Imperfections with Mineral Spirits
    You can spot wood imperfections with mineral spirits. Joe shows you how! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Hurricane Preparedness To-Do Checklist
    Hurricane preparation is nothing to delay until the last minute — especially since there’s so much to do! If you plan to evacuate during severe weather, you need to gather important papers and have road maps on hand — yes, the paper kind, since there’s no guarantee that internet connections will work. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Prepare Now: Hurricane Supplies Checklist
    The best defense against a hurricane is preparation. Check this list to stock up on what you need before a hurricane hits! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • How to Deodorize a Room with a Portable Fan
    Have a room that needs freshening up? Here's how to deodorize with a portable fan! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • Ep 17. Fixing a Flaking Chimney & Dishwasher Debacle
    A homeowner needs help with her flaking chimney and, how you can repair a flooding dishwasher with this simple step. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Ways to Save Water and Energy with Your Dishwasher
    Want to stretch your dollar while washing dishes? Save water and energy with these tips! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Hidden Electrical Fire Hazards in Your Home
    Electronic appliances, equipment and wiring are modern conveniences that keep our homes lit, cool and connected. But these same luxuries can create hazards and cause electrical fires that result in serious injury and property damage. Fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction are the third leading cause of accidental home ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Protect Your Home with AFCI Outlets
    Arc-fault circuit interrupter outlets interrupt power when they detect hazards such as nails inadvertently driven into wires, loose electrical connections or power cords accidentally damaged by furniture or pets. Almost 50 percent of home electrical fires are preventable with AFCIs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and installing an ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Smart Lighting and Ventilation Solutions for Your Home
    People always want to know how they can make their homes smarter, and here are two awesome products to do just that! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • Surprise Siding & Creating an Antique Flower Pot
    A homeowner had a pleasant surprise when she found fiber cement siding or Hardie Board hiding under vinyl. What she needs to do now to make the Hardie board look good as new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • National Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford Showcases Smart Technology
    Home improvement expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV and Radio, Danny Lipford, launches a national media event to help homeowners navigate the world of smart technology. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • May Lawn & Garden To-Do List
    Much of the country will experience the last frost of the season during May, bringing us to the heady days of spring gardening. So whether you’re just getting your hands dirty for the first time, or already have calluses from digging, here are some tips and chores for the May ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How to Steam-Clean Your Microwave in Minutes
    To easily clean a microwave, use this Simple Solution that starts with a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • 3 Tips to Light, Ventilate and Secure Your Smart Home
    Home automation’s benefits include convenience, comfort and safety, and that’s why the smart home phenomenon is here to stay. The following products will transform your lifestyle with the flip of a switch and swipe of a screen. You’ll be able to save time, effort and energy, and let the app ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Enlarge a Hole in Wood
    Working with wood and need to enlarge a small hole? Joe has a Simple Solution. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • HUSKY’s Cordless Ratchet Gets Into Tight Spaces
    HUSKY’s 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Ratchet charges quickly and helps you turn nuts and bolts in tight spaces. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Build Storage in a Door Opening
    No longer need a door? You can easily transform it into storage space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Ep 16. Fixing Fiber Cement Siding & Eliminating Door Hinge Dust
    A homeowner discovered fiber cement siding underneath vinyl siding. The steps she needs to follow to get the fiber cement siding looking like new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • How to Broom-Finish Concrete — and Why It’s Important
    Adding a concrete patio is an easy, affordable way to enhance a blank-slate backyard. Anyone can use Quikrete concrete mixes to pour a slab and extend their living space outdoors; it doesn’t require special training or skill sets — just follow the package’s instructions. But before you get to work, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Termite Protection & Spray Foam Insulation PT.2
    This week we look further into how spray foam insulation impacts termite protection. Hear from an expert about how this issue is moving closer to a conclusion. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Spray Foam Affecting Termite Control & Updating an Old House
    A homeowner needs is struggling to find termite protection that will work alongside spray foam insulation. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • 4 Ways to Create a Sensory-Friendly Space
    April is designated as National Autism Awareness month, and since 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*, chances are you know or live with someone with ASD. Many with ASD experience heightened sensitivity, to things they see, hear and touch. Luckily, there are some specific steps ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Do It! How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle Gro packs everything you need is in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • How to Safely Chop Kindling
    Here's a safer way to chop kindling using just a piece of scrap wood and a screw. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House
    Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by state. Only 11 states have a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
    Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21
  • 4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash
    There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago. Here are four reasons why today’s market is much different: 1. There are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-20
  • Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream
    As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices. This has been great news ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-19
  • Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market
    As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell? Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire: 1. The Price Sometimes when the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!
    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.  1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-17
  • 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-14
  • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping
    Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-13
  • Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019
    Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-12
  • How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-11
  • What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?
    National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-10
  • The Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-07
  • 2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?
    Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last seen during the crash, some are afraid that we may be repeating last decade’s mistake. However, a closer look at ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-06
  • Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?
    The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search. Below is a ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-05
  • Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!
    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-03
  • Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-30
  • Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again
    Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red flags and are suggesting that we are headed back ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-29
  • 24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home
    In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the market ready ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-28
  • The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House
    Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-27
  • Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!
    Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slowed by a Lack of Listings [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.22 million, which is up 1.4% over last month. This reverses the six-month trend of dips in sales every month. The inventory of existing homes is still below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-23
  • Thank You for Your Support!
    Have a great holiday! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-22
  • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?
    The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-21
  • Females Are Making It a Priority to Invest in Real Estate!
    Everyone wants a place to call home; a place that gives them a sense of security. We are currently seeing major interest from females who want to achieve this dream, and the numbers are proving it! In 2018, for the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-20
  • 7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season
    Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-19
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-16
  • Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable
    Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-15
  • Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale
    According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-14
  • Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?
    Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-13
  • How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday
    One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-12
  • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million active duty service members which helps them achieve their dreams of homeownership. In 2017, $189 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-09
  • 75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed
    Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-08
  • Why Has Housing Supply Increased as Sales Have Slowed Down?
    According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale this year compared to last year has increased for the last four months, all while sales of existing homes have slowed compared to last year’s numbers. For over ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-07
  • 5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home
    The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-06
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that, “Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited saving for a down payment as an ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-05
  • The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  596 Homes Sell 278 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.20 Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-02
  • How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?
    There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-01
  • Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process
    A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-31
  • Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?
    Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-30
  • Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-29
  • Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts: 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-26
  • Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?
    There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-25
  • Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!
    According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-24
  • How to Paint Your Garage a Faux-Wood Finish
    You can transform any steel or wood garage door with Giani Wood Look Paint. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Understanding AFCI and GFCI Outlets: What You Should Know
    Arc-fault and ground-fault circuit interrupters offer protection from electrical hazards, but that — and their two buttons — is where their similarities end. AFCI and GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and fires — a leading cause for home blazes — but each has a certain function, and it’s important ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • This Technology Makes Any Garage Door Smart
    These days, you can control just about everything in your home with your smartphone — and garage doors are no exception to the rule. If you buy a new garage door, chances are, it’s gonna have that technology where you can open and close it from your smartphone or tablet. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • 5 Surprising Uses for WD-40
    Who doesn’t have a can of WD-40 around the house? But if you’re using it just to stop squeaks and cut through rust, you’re missing out on a lot of other good uses including cutting through grease. Try spraying a greasy tool with a little WD-40 — you don’t need ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Signs Your Home May Have Termites
    When it comes to termites, there are two types of these pests to be aware of. Drywood termites and subterranean termites, each with distinct indications of their presence, wreak havoc on homes every year, causing over $5 billion in property damage annually. Knowing the signs of termites can help you ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Beginners’ Tips for Building Your Own Furniture
    Making your furniture will save you money and ensure the piece is unique. These tips will have you making furniture in no time. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Ep 19. Butcher Block Protection & Porch Paint Problems
    Listen to learn how to keep butcher block surfaces in tip-top shape and how to repair a chipped concrete paint job. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-19
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly
    A kitchen can be both attractive and eco-friendly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • Exploring the Color Psychology of Spring Interior Design
    Do you know color psychology in interior design? Here's how spring décor affects a person's mood! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Accessible Without Remodeling
    The kitchen doesn't have to intimidate, especially if you have hand paralysis. Here's how to make it work for you! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    Whether you’re entertaining outdoors, dining ‘alfresco’ or curling up with a book, the patio offers a nice escape from indoor living — and that’s why it’s important to maintain it. Concrete is beautiful, durable and long-lasting on its own, but performing regular maintenance will prolong your patio’s life and keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • How to Build a Concrete Block Wall
    Want some backyard privacy? A concrete wall is easy to build, durable, and blocks nosy neighbors. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • What is Really Happening with Home Prices?
    Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 7 Tips to Create Industrial Style in Your Home
    Exposed brick walls, bare steel columns and timber roof trusses are examples of industrial design. Want to follow this trend, but not sure where to begin? Here's a crash course. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 6 Tips to Build Your Ultimate Home Theater
    Designing the home theater of your dreams is like piecing a puzzle together — you need all the right elements for the perfect result. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • May Home Maintenance To-Do List
    With the weather too nice to be stuck inside, most of this month's home maintenance to-do list focuses on getting the outside of your home ready for summer picnics and barbecues. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • 4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer
    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • How to Install an Under-Deck Drainage System
    Installing an under-deck drainage system allows you to use the space beneath your elevated deck for storage or additional living space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level a Subfloor
    No matter what kind of flooring you’re installing, it’s important to make sure the surface beneath it is level, smooth, and flat. Watch this video to find out how. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-11
  • 3 Advantages of Concrete Countertops
    Kitchen countertops come in a range of materials to fit any style and budget. From affordable options — such as laminate, ceramic tile and butcher block — to pricey ones — such as granite, marble and quartz — there’s something for every homeowner. However, the unmatched combination of beauty, durability ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Ep 18. Repairing a Rotted Deck & Cleaning Calcium Stains off Brick
    Listen to hear a proactive way to keep deck posts from rotting and how to install them correctly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Why a Metal Roof Gives This Gulf Coast Couple Peace of Mind
    Learn why a Gulf Coast couple's metal roof makes them feel safe during hurricane season. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • How to Finish & Install Wood Countertops
    Butcher block is one of the more affordable types of countertop, and installing it is easy. Here's the step-by-step process. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Texas Couple Win Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone’s Backyard Paradise Contest
    Jason and Charity Lewallen, of Richardson, Texas have won Today's Homeowner and Pavestone's Backyard Paradise Contest. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Finally! A Light, Ergonomic Carbon Fiber Tacker
    DeWalt's Carbon Fiber Tacker is strong as steel but 50% lighter, and it's also 25% easier to squeeze. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Portable Generator Features Carbon Monoxide Sensor
    Ryobi's Easy Start portable generator keeps you connected and protected with its carbon monoxide detector. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Find Wood Imperfections with Mineral Spirits
    You can spot wood imperfections with mineral spirits. Joe shows you how! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Hurricane Preparedness To-Do Checklist
    Hurricane preparation is nothing to delay until the last minute — especially since there’s so much to do! If you plan to evacuate during severe weather, you need to gather important papers and have road maps on hand — yes, the paper kind, since there’s no guarantee that internet connections will work. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Prepare Now: Hurricane Supplies Checklist
    The best defense against a hurricane is preparation. Check this list to stock up on what you need before a hurricane hits! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • How to Deodorize a Room with a Portable Fan
    Have a room that needs freshening up? Here's how to deodorize with a portable fan! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • Ep 17. Fixing a Flaking Chimney & Dishwasher Debacle
    A homeowner needs help with her flaking chimney and, how you can repair a flooding dishwasher with this simple step. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Ways to Save Water and Energy with Your Dishwasher
    Want to stretch your dollar while washing dishes? Save water and energy with these tips! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Hidden Electrical Fire Hazards in Your Home
    Electronic appliances, equipment and wiring are modern conveniences that keep our homes lit, cool and connected. But these same luxuries can create hazards and cause electrical fires that result in serious injury and property damage. Fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction are the third leading cause of accidental home ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Protect Your Home with AFCI Outlets
    Arc-fault circuit interrupter outlets interrupt power when they detect hazards such as nails inadvertently driven into wires, loose electrical connections or power cords accidentally damaged by furniture or pets. Almost 50 percent of home electrical fires are preventable with AFCIs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and installing an ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Smart Lighting and Ventilation Solutions for Your Home
    People always want to know how they can make their homes smarter, and here are two awesome products to do just that! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • Surprise Siding & Creating an Antique Flower Pot
    A homeowner had a pleasant surprise when she found fiber cement siding or Hardie Board hiding under vinyl. What she needs to do now to make the Hardie board look good as new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • National Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford Showcases Smart Technology
    Home improvement expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV and Radio, Danny Lipford, launches a national media event to help homeowners navigate the world of smart technology. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • May Lawn & Garden To-Do List
    Much of the country will experience the last frost of the season during May, bringing us to the heady days of spring gardening. So whether you’re just getting your hands dirty for the first time, or already have calluses from digging, here are some tips and chores for the May ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How to Steam-Clean Your Microwave in Minutes
    To easily clean a microwave, use this Simple Solution that starts with a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • 3 Tips to Light, Ventilate and Secure Your Smart Home
    Home automation’s benefits include convenience, comfort and safety, and that’s why the smart home phenomenon is here to stay. The following products will transform your lifestyle with the flip of a switch and swipe of a screen. You’ll be able to save time, effort and energy, and let the app ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Enlarge a Hole in Wood
    Working with wood and need to enlarge a small hole? Joe has a Simple Solution. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • HUSKY’s Cordless Ratchet Gets Into Tight Spaces
    HUSKY’s 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Ratchet charges quickly and helps you turn nuts and bolts in tight spaces. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Build Storage in a Door Opening
    No longer need a door? You can easily transform it into storage space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Ep 16. Fixing Fiber Cement Siding & Eliminating Door Hinge Dust
    A homeowner discovered fiber cement siding underneath vinyl siding. The steps she needs to follow to get the fiber cement siding looking like new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • How to Broom-Finish Concrete — and Why It’s Important
    Adding a concrete patio is an easy, affordable way to enhance a blank-slate backyard. Anyone can use Quikrete concrete mixes to pour a slab and extend their living space outdoors; it doesn’t require special training or skill sets — just follow the package’s instructions. But before you get to work, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Termite Protection & Spray Foam Insulation PT.2
    This week we look further into how spray foam insulation impacts termite protection. Hear from an expert about how this issue is moving closer to a conclusion. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Spray Foam Affecting Termite Control & Updating an Old House
    A homeowner needs is struggling to find termite protection that will work alongside spray foam insulation. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • 4 Ways to Create a Sensory-Friendly Space
    April is designated as National Autism Awareness month, and since 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*, chances are you know or live with someone with ASD. Many with ASD experience heightened sensitivity, to things they see, hear and touch. Luckily, there are some specific steps ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Do It! How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle Gro packs everything you need is in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • How to Safely Chop Kindling
    Here's a safer way to chop kindling using just a piece of scrap wood and a screw. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House
    Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by state. Only 11 states have a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
    Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21
  • 4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash
    There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago. Here are four reasons why today’s market is much different: 1. There are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-20
  • Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream
    As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices. This has been great news ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-19
  • Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market
    As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell? Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire: 1. The Price Sometimes when the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!
    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.  1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-17
  • 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-14
  • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping
    Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-13
  • Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019
    Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-12
  • How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-11
  • What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?
    National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-10
  • The Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-07
  • 2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?
    Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last seen during the crash, some are afraid that we may be repeating last decade’s mistake. However, a closer look at ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-06
  • Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?
    The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search. Below is a ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-05
  • Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!
    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-03
  • Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-30
  • Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again
    Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red flags and are suggesting that we are headed back ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-29
  • 24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home
    In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the market ready ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-28
  • The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House
    Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-27
  • Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!
    Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slowed by a Lack of Listings [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.22 million, which is up 1.4% over last month. This reverses the six-month trend of dips in sales every month. The inventory of existing homes is still below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-23
  • Thank You for Your Support!
    Have a great holiday! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-22
  • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?
    The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-21
  • Females Are Making It a Priority to Invest in Real Estate!
    Everyone wants a place to call home; a place that gives them a sense of security. We are currently seeing major interest from females who want to achieve this dream, and the numbers are proving it! In 2018, for the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-20
  • 7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season
    Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-19
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-16
  • Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable
    Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-15
  • Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale
    According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-14
  • Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?
    Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-13
  • How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday
    One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-12
  • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million active duty service members which helps them achieve their dreams of homeownership. In 2017, $189 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-09
  • 75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed
    Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-08
  • Why Has Housing Supply Increased as Sales Have Slowed Down?
    According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale this year compared to last year has increased for the last four months, all while sales of existing homes have slowed compared to last year’s numbers. For over ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-07
  • 5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home
    The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-06
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that, “Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited saving for a down payment as an ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-05
  • The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  596 Homes Sell 278 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.20 Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-02
  • How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?
    There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-01
  • Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process
    A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-31
  • Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?
    Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-30
  • Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-29
  • Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts: 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-26
  • Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?
    There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-25
  • Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!
    According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-24
  • How to Paint Your Garage a Faux-Wood Finish
    You can transform any steel or wood garage door with Giani Wood Look Paint. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Understanding AFCI and GFCI Outlets: What You Should Know
    Arc-fault and ground-fault circuit interrupters offer protection from electrical hazards, but that — and their two buttons — is where their similarities end. AFCI and GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and fires — a leading cause for home blazes — but each has a certain function, and it’s important ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • This Technology Makes Any Garage Door Smart
    These days, you can control just about everything in your home with your smartphone — and garage doors are no exception to the rule. If you buy a new garage door, chances are, it’s gonna have that technology where you can open and close it from your smartphone or tablet. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • 5 Surprising Uses for WD-40
    Who doesn’t have a can of WD-40 around the house? But if you’re using it just to stop squeaks and cut through rust, you’re missing out on a lot of other good uses including cutting through grease. Try spraying a greasy tool with a little WD-40 — you don’t need ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Signs Your Home May Have Termites
    When it comes to termites, there are two types of these pests to be aware of. Drywood termites and subterranean termites, each with distinct indications of their presence, wreak havoc on homes every year, causing over $5 billion in property damage annually. Knowing the signs of termites can help you ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Beginners’ Tips for Building Your Own Furniture
    Making your furniture will save you money and ensure the piece is unique. These tips will have you making furniture in no time. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Ep 19. Butcher Block Protection & Porch Paint Problems
    Listen to learn how to keep butcher block surfaces in tip-top shape and how to repair a chipped concrete paint job. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-19
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly
    A kitchen can be both attractive and eco-friendly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • Exploring the Color Psychology of Spring Interior Design
    Do you know color psychology in interior design? Here's how spring décor affects a person's mood! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Accessible Without Remodeling
    The kitchen doesn't have to intimidate, especially if you have hand paralysis. Here's how to make it work for you! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-18
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    Whether you’re entertaining outdoors, dining ‘alfresco’ or curling up with a book, the patio offers a nice escape from indoor living — and that’s why it’s important to maintain it. Concrete is beautiful, durable and long-lasting on its own, but performing regular maintenance will prolong your patio’s life and keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • How to Build a Concrete Block Wall
    Want some backyard privacy? A concrete wall is easy to build, durable, and blocks nosy neighbors. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • What is Really Happening with Home Prices?
    Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 7 Tips to Create Industrial Style in Your Home
    Exposed brick walls, bare steel columns and timber roof trusses are examples of industrial design. Want to follow this trend, but not sure where to begin? Here's a crash course. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 6 Tips to Build Your Ultimate Home Theater
    Designing the home theater of your dreams is like piecing a puzzle together — you need all the right elements for the perfect result. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • May Home Maintenance To-Do List
    With the weather too nice to be stuck inside, most of this month's home maintenance to-do list focuses on getting the outside of your home ready for summer picnics and barbecues. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • 4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer
    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • How to Install an Under-Deck Drainage System
    Installing an under-deck drainage system allows you to use the space beneath your elevated deck for storage or additional living space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • How to Level a Subfloor
    No matter what kind of flooring you’re installing, it’s important to make sure the surface beneath it is level, smooth, and flat. Watch this video to find out how. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-11
  • 3 Advantages of Concrete Countertops
    Kitchen countertops come in a range of materials to fit any style and budget. From affordable options — such as laminate, ceramic tile and butcher block — to pricey ones — such as granite, marble and quartz — there’s something for every homeowner. However, the unmatched combination of beauty, durability ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Ep 18. Repairing a Rotted Deck & Cleaning Calcium Stains off Brick
    Listen to hear a proactive way to keep deck posts from rotting and how to install them correctly. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Why a Metal Roof Gives This Gulf Coast Couple Peace of Mind
    Learn why a Gulf Coast couple's metal roof makes them feel safe during hurricane season. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • How to Finish & Install Wood Countertops
    Butcher block is one of the more affordable types of countertop, and installing it is easy. Here's the step-by-step process. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Texas Couple Win Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone’s Backyard Paradise Contest
    Jason and Charity Lewallen, of Richardson, Texas have won Today's Homeowner and Pavestone's Backyard Paradise Contest. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Finally! A Light, Ergonomic Carbon Fiber Tacker
    DeWalt's Carbon Fiber Tacker is strong as steel but 50% lighter, and it's also 25% easier to squeeze. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Portable Generator Features Carbon Monoxide Sensor
    Ryobi's Easy Start portable generator keeps you connected and protected with its carbon monoxide detector. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Find Wood Imperfections with Mineral Spirits
    You can spot wood imperfections with mineral spirits. Joe shows you how! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Hurricane Preparedness To-Do Checklist
    Hurricane preparation is nothing to delay until the last minute — especially since there’s so much to do! If you plan to evacuate during severe weather, you need to gather important papers and have road maps on hand — yes, the paper kind, since there’s no guarantee that internet connections will work. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • Prepare Now: Hurricane Supplies Checklist
    The best defense against a hurricane is preparation. Check this list to stock up on what you need before a hurricane hits! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • How to Deodorize a Room with a Portable Fan
    Have a room that needs freshening up? Here's how to deodorize with a portable fan! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-05
  • Ep 17. Fixing a Flaking Chimney & Dishwasher Debacle
    A homeowner needs help with her flaking chimney and, how you can repair a flooding dishwasher with this simple step. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Ways to Save Water and Energy with Your Dishwasher
    Want to stretch your dollar while washing dishes? Save water and energy with these tips! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • 3 Hidden Electrical Fire Hazards in Your Home
    Electronic appliances, equipment and wiring are modern conveniences that keep our homes lit, cool and connected. But these same luxuries can create hazards and cause electrical fires that result in serious injury and property damage. Fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction are the third leading cause of accidental home ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Protect Your Home with AFCI Outlets
    Arc-fault circuit interrupter outlets interrupt power when they detect hazards such as nails inadvertently driven into wires, loose electrical connections or power cords accidentally damaged by furniture or pets. Almost 50 percent of home electrical fires are preventable with AFCIs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and installing an ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • Smart Lighting and Ventilation Solutions for Your Home
    People always want to know how they can make their homes smarter, and here are two awesome products to do just that! ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • Surprise Siding & Creating an Antique Flower Pot
    A homeowner had a pleasant surprise when she found fiber cement siding or Hardie Board hiding under vinyl. What she needs to do now to make the Hardie board look good as new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • National Home Improvement Expert Danny Lipford Showcases Smart Technology
    Home improvement expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV and Radio, Danny Lipford, launches a national media event to help homeowners navigate the world of smart technology. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • May Lawn & Garden To-Do List
    Much of the country will experience the last frost of the season during May, bringing us to the heady days of spring gardening. So whether you’re just getting your hands dirty for the first time, or already have calluses from digging, here are some tips and chores for the May ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How to Steam-Clean Your Microwave in Minutes
    To easily clean a microwave, use this Simple Solution that starts with a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • 3 Tips to Light, Ventilate and Secure Your Smart Home
    Home automation’s benefits include convenience, comfort and safety, and that’s why the smart home phenomenon is here to stay. The following products will transform your lifestyle with the flip of a switch and swipe of a screen. You’ll be able to save time, effort and energy, and let the app ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Enlarge a Hole in Wood
    Working with wood and need to enlarge a small hole? Joe has a Simple Solution. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • HUSKY’s Cordless Ratchet Gets Into Tight Spaces
    HUSKY’s 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Ratchet charges quickly and helps you turn nuts and bolts in tight spaces. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How to Build Storage in a Door Opening
    No longer need a door? You can easily transform it into storage space. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Ep 16. Fixing Fiber Cement Siding & Eliminating Door Hinge Dust
    A homeowner discovered fiber cement siding underneath vinyl siding. The steps she needs to follow to get the fiber cement siding looking like new. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • How to Broom-Finish Concrete — and Why It’s Important
    Adding a concrete patio is an easy, affordable way to enhance a blank-slate backyard. Anyone can use Quikrete concrete mixes to pour a slab and extend their living space outdoors; it doesn’t require special training or skill sets — just follow the package’s instructions. But before you get to work, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Termite Protection & Spray Foam Insulation PT.2
    This week we look further into how spray foam insulation impacts termite protection. Hear from an expert about how this issue is moving closer to a conclusion. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Spray Foam Affecting Termite Control & Updating an Old House
    A homeowner needs is struggling to find termite protection that will work alongside spray foam insulation. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • 4 Ways to Create a Sensory-Friendly Space
    April is designated as National Autism Awareness month, and since 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*, chances are you know or live with someone with ASD. Many with ASD experience heightened sensitivity, to things they see, hear and touch. Luckily, there are some specific steps ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Do It! How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle Gro packs everything you need is in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • How to Safely Chop Kindling
    Here's a safer way to chop kindling using just a piece of scrap wood and a screw. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House
    Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by state. Only 11 states have a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
    Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21
  • 4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash
    There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago. Here are four reasons why today’s market is much different: 1. There are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-20
  • Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream
    As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices. This has been great news ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-19
  • Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market
    As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell? Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire: 1. The Price Sometimes when the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!
    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.  1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-17
  • 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-14
  • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping
    Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-13
  • Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019
    Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-12
  • How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-11
  • What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?
    National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-10
  • The Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-07
  • 2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?
    Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last seen during the crash, some are afraid that we may be repeating last decade’s mistake. However, a closer look at ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-06
  • Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?
    The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search. Below is a ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-05
  • Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!
    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-03
  • Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-30
  • Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again
    Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red flags and are suggesting that we are headed back ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-29
  • 24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home
    In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the market ready ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-28
  • The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House
    Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that is when they will have the most ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-27
  • Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!
    Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-26
  • Existing Home Sales Slowed by a Lack of Listings [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.22 million, which is up 1.4% over last month. This reverses the six-month trend of dips in sales every month. The inventory of existing homes is still below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-23
  • Thank You for Your Support!
    Have a great holiday! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-22
  • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?
    The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-21
  • Females Are Making It a Priority to Invest in Real Estate!
    Everyone wants a place to call home; a place that gives them a sense of security. We are currently seeing major interest from females who want to achieve this dream, and the numbers are proving it! In 2018, for the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-20
  • 7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season
    Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-19
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-16
  • Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable
    Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-15
  • Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale
    According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-14
  • Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?
    Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-13
  • How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday
    One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-12
  • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million active duty service members which helps them achieve their dreams of homeownership. In 2017, $189 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-09
  • 75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed
    Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-08
  • Why Has Housing Supply Increased as Sales Have Slowed Down?
    According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale this year compared to last year has increased for the last four months, all while sales of existing homes have slowed compared to last year’s numbers. For over ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-07
  • 5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home
    The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-06
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that, “Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited saving for a down payment as an ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-05
  • The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  596 Homes Sell 278 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.20 Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-02
  • How Will Home Sales Measure Up Next Year?
    There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources: Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – As the leading advocate for the real estate finance industry, the MBA enables members to successfully ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-01
  • Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process
    A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-31
  • Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?
    Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-30
  • Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-29
  • Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts: 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-26
  • Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?
    There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-25
  • Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!
    According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-24