- Home Buying 101
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 19:51:13 GMT
(TNS)—No matter the age or life stage, everyone makes mistakes when it comes to home-buying. Whether it’s picking the wrong location or buying more house than you can afford, the mistakes are often universal, says Ilyce Glink, author of “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask.” “When you’re in your 20s, your life isn’t […]
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Date: Thu, 10 May 2018 20:48:59 GMT
Over the last decade, homebuyers have become more tech-savvy, beginning with a simple shift of traditional in-store shopping and REALTOR® office visits to Cyber Monday shopping and searching for house listings online. As the real estate industry continues to grow, consumers have come to adopt, and expect, a self-sufficient, on-demand technology experience, where they have […]
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Date: Thu, 03 May 2018 20:05:53 GMT
(TNS)—Even when a seller and buyer agree on a price for a home, the deal can collapse if the property appraises for less than that price. For example, let’s say a seller lists his house for $325,000, the buyer offers $275,000, but they settle on $300,000. A week before closing, the appraisal comes in at […]
Date: Wed, 02 May 2018 20:50:03 GMT
Mold. Radon. Lead. For many homebuyers, these are words that strike fear and introduce uncertainty into a real estate transaction. Depending on how severe the conditions are, they not only may be hazardous to the health of the home dwellers, but also may be deal-killers, as well. So, what’s the best way to manage a […]
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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:01:25 GMT
(TNS)— A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep. “We want to teach them how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past […]
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Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2018 17:00:20 GMT
(TNS)—If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there are some vital things to do before you start shopping. Follow these steps to make buying a second home a smooth process: The best way to start the search […]
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:43:15 GMT
Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process along? A: If you’re a seller, it behooves you to get your own home inspection prior to putting your house on the market. But why spend money on one […]
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Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:37:25 GMT
(TNS)—Buying a home is a huge investment—probably the most significant purchase of your life. It’s not something you should do without preparation. Before you start on the road to homeownership, make sure you are ready. Improve your credit score. A high credit score snags you the best deals. “Below 660 or 680, you’re either going […]
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:23:54 GMT
There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If that’s the only changing economic variable, you’re generally going to see a negative impact on both home sales and home prices. This means as interest rates rise, the buyer pool for your home is going to shrink. In […]
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Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:05:42 GMT
(TNS)—With housing inventory far lower than demand and mortgage rates poised to rise, it’s going to be a competitive market for homebuyers this spring. If you’re looking to buy a home this season, here’s how to prepare yourself to enter the fray. Get your financial house in order. Unless you plan on paying for the […]
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- Consumer News and Advice
Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 19:51:49 GMT
Americans’ earnings, generally, have gotten a lift on payday as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With cuts come more discretionary spending—and, although there are changes to homeowner incentives, almost $40 billion of it is going into the housing market, according to a new report by Zillow. “Despite new limits to two […]
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Date: Mon, 21 May 2018 19:52:21 GMT
Appreciation and demand go hand in hand, and for investors, both are key to profit, according to a new report. Assessing the association between growing interest and mounting prices, analysts at HouseCanary found that appreciation is higher where inbound migration numbers are swelling. Boise, Idaho, for example, has had a high influx of new residents, […]
Date: Mon, 21 May 2018 19:37:34 GMT
(TNS)—If you live in an area of Hawaii that’s been impacted by the Kilauea volcano eruption, your mortgage lender may offer you relief. The eruption has destroyed 26 homes (at press time), and more homes are still at risk. Wells Fargo and Bank of Hawaii have implemented disaster relief policies for those affected by Kilauea. […]
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Date: Sat, 19 May 2018 04:01:49 GMT
Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video doorbells and smart shades to lighting and scheduled deliveries—within the homebuilder’s model homes, calling these […]
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Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 19:58:39 GMT
How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]
Date: Thu, 03 May 2018 20:07:45 GMT
Homebuyers often idealize their wants on their wish list—and, for many, location is at the top. The aspiration for a certain location, however, may be just that: an aspiration, according to a new report by Zillow that identifies what areas buyers are interested in the most: Led by L.A.’s The Oaks, Atlanta’s Tuxedo Park and […]
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Date: Tue, 01 May 2018 20:15:29 GMT
(TNS)—The April 18 federal tax-filing deadline has come and gone. Your taxes are paid, and maybe you already have your refund in hand. Nothing to do now but sit back and chill for eight months or so, right? The Internal Revenue Service respectfully disagrees. Given recent changes in tax tables created by the Tax Cuts […]
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 20:27:15 GMT
Across the country, buyers are competing in what has been called the “harshest market yet“—but for millennials, the competition is fiercest in higher-income metros, according to an analysis by realtor.com®: San Jose, Calif. List Price (Median): $1,244,000 Millennial Income: $109,800 Millennial Population: 14.3 percent Seattle, Wash. List Price (Median): $553,000 Millennial Income: $78,300 Millennial Population: […]
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:01:58 GMT
Who says you need “green” to get a green home? According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes, there are also affordable pockets outside the Golden State—and, in many markets, eco-features […]
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Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:01:21 GMT
Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in. Mark and Sue knew their timing wasn’t ideal. The […]
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