Homeowner value perceptions nearly on par with appraisals

The gap between appraised values and homeowner perceptions of their property's worth continued to narrow in April, according to the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans.

Property transactions May 25, 2018

Property transactions May 25, 2018

Animals have an impact on home buyers

When looking for a home, 95 percent of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals and 81 percent of U.S. households say that animal-related considerations will play a role in deciding on their next living situation.

More people plan to buy in the spring, but increasingly report challenges

A smaller share of potential buyers expect to buy a home in the next year, according to recent research by the National Association of Home Builders. In addition, buyers were also increasingly likely to report frustrations with affordability,...

Housing confidence hits record high in Fannie Mae survey for April

Although confidence in the housing market has been volatile in recent months according to Fannie Mae's monthly surveys, respondents were much more confident as the spring real estate market kicked into high gear.

Planning a shade garden

The preponderance of light-loving plants can be depressing to gardeners who have shaded areas they would like to incorporate into their landscaping. While you won't be able to include certain types of plants in these areas, they can still support a...

Property transactions May 18, 2018

Property transactions May 18, 2018

Bathroom upgrades top home remodeling requests in NAHB survey

Homeowners continued to eye their bathrooms and kitchens for remodeling, according to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders. At the start of 2018, bathrooms reclaimed the top spot as the most requested home upgrade.

What are the best hours for an open house?

One crucial question sellers holding an open house need to consider is when the event take place, and how long it will last.

Study: Young adults often overconfident on DIY home improvement abilities

Millennials were more likely than any other generation to describe themselves as handy around the home, according to a survey by the home improvement site Porch.com. However, the survey also found that young homeowners' confidence on their ability...

Public servants often priced out of the communities they serve, report finds

A recent report by the real estate site Trulia finds that higher home prices can be particularly troubling for teachers, first responders, and other public servants. These professionals are rarely able to find a home they can purchase in the...

Solar panels, Craftsman design command premiums in entry level homes

A wide variety of home features can help entry level homes bring a higher sales price, according to an analysis by the real estate site Zillow. Solar panels and Craftsman style design were most likely to boost offers for lower priced homes, but...

Report: Foreclosures down from pre-recession levels for sixth straight quarter

The number of properties in foreclosure in the United States were down from the previous year at the start of 2018 despite an increase from the previous quarter and sharp jumps in foreclosures in several markets, according to the real estate...

Pending home sales inch up in March

The traditional spring buying season started with a modest increase in pending home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. However, the rate of pending sales also dropped from the previous year for the third month in a row.

Cathedral bells help you ring in warmer temperatures

In some areas, vines in the Cobaea genus will propagate so rapidly that they are considered invasive species. In colder climates, however, gardeners can enjoy their beauty and rest assured that wintry temperatures will keep the plant in check.

Spring landscaping ideas for homeowners who hate yard work

To give your yard a dose of charm and add curb appeal without a ton of effort, try these four ideas perfect for spring. No gardening prowess required.

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