Home purchases made with cash drop to lowest point since 2009

Investors and all cash purchases are less prevalent in the United States housing market, making it easier for first-time homebuyers or "move up" buyers to acquire a property, according to an analysis by the housing data company RealtyTrac.

Report: Effect of student debt on buying a home varies widely based on market

Student loans can be a burden to young adults who are trying to save up to buy their first home, as each monthly payment is that much less you can put in the bank. A recent study by the real estate site Trulia says that while this debt is an...

Remodeling becoming more common among older homeowners, but many homes still lack accessibility

Homeowners above the age of 55 are making up an increasing share of those who have remodeling work done on their homes, according to a report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. However, many existing homes lack...

Down payments have bigger effect on willingness to buy than mortgage rates, report shows

The ability to make a smaller down payment is more likely to motivate someone to purchase a home than the availability of a lower interest rate, two economists for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York conclude in a recent study.

Determining if a house has good water pressure

There are many factors one takes into consideration when looking for a home, and that list is likely to include water pressure. You don't want the pressure to be so low that the shower does little more than dribble, but the pressure can also damage...

Arugula makes a spicy addition to your vegetable garden

Some people are perfectly content with using the neutral greens of iceberg and romaine lettuce in their salads. If you have a love for spicier food, try adding arugula to these plates as well.

Property Transactions - July 31, 2015

East Haddam 79 Lake Hayward Rd: Ozimek, Stanley M to Ozimek, Philip S, $60,000. East Lyme 175 Boston Post Rd: Jutila Gladys M Est & Holmes, Diana M to Carpenteri, Steven, $130,000. 6 Eldon St: Jensen Edgar H Est &...

Give your home decoration a destination with maps

Maps can be an ideal decorative element in the home. Whether you create a wall display or spruce up another building element, there are plenty of options to add a cartographical touch to your rooms.

Options for storing your garden hose

A garden hose is essential for wetting down garden plots, clearing debris out of the nooks and crannies of your home's exterior, and just having fun on a hot day. If you don't have a storage option for this hose, though, it can quickly become a...

Screen in your porch and keep mosquitoes at bay

Screening in a porch requires some effort, but it's a manageable project to do on your own.

Surveys: First-time homebuyers gearing up to enter market, willing to make sacrifices

Two recent surveys seeking to gauge the attitudes of first-time homebuyers suggest that a majority of buyers are hoping to purchase a home within the next couple of years. Younger buyers also indicated that they are willing to eliminate certain...

Forget-me-nots can be an indelible part of any garden

Forget-me-nots are a good choice for providing ground cover around trees, shrubs, or other flowers, though it is also an excellent choice for a wildflower garden.

Rooting gophers out of your garden

There are many strategies for getting gophers off your property. These range from trapping them to simply putting up additional protection for your prized garden plots. There is even the possibility of an explosive attack, though one that is perhaps...

Property Transactions - July 24, 2015

Bozrah 80 Lake Rd: Wells Fargo Bank NA to Ohara, William & Ohara, Maureen E, $60,000. 208 South Rd: Thompson Helen G Est & Charron, Mary A to Ortiz, Jimmy, $158,000. Canterbury 176 Wright Pond Rd: Wagner, Herbert G...

Before you buy, get a loan pre-approval

The real issue with real estate financing is not getting a loan (virtually anyone willing to pay lofty interest rates can find a mortgage). Instead, the idea is to get the loan that's right for you – the mortgage with the lowest cost and best...

Getting a copy of your house's blueprints

In some cases, it will take a bit of effort to locate the blueprints for your home. This detective work will be well worth it to get a better understanding of your home systems.

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