Kitchen perks most likely to result in home sale premiums

Trendy kitchen features help a home command higher prices during a sale, according to an analysis by the real estate site Zillow. However, the features don't necessarily result in faster sales.

Consumer enthusiasm rebounds in Fannie Mae survey for March

Sentiments toward buying and selling a home improved at the start of the spring season, according to a regular monthly survey by Fannie Mae. Attitudes toward personal finances remained relatively steady.

Report: Typical home sale comes with nearly $21K in expenses

While many homeowners have built up a considerable amount of equity and will receive a handsome sum upon a sale, the typical seller also has to spend a hefty amount of money in the process.

Homeowner value perceptions widen considerably from appraisals in March

Appraisals recorded in March fell short of homeowner estimates by a wider margin than in the previous month and previous year, according to the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans. However, the typical estimate still fell within 1 percent of...

Creating a balcony garden

Despite the limited space, however, balconies can usually be transformed into vibrant gardens. The deck and railings can be outfitted with planters to provide you with beautiful flowers and maybe even some fresh herbs and vegetables.

Property Transactions April 19, 2019

Property Transactions April 19, 2019

What's the best day to list a home?

People who list their home for sale on Thursdays typically have a more successful sale than sellers who put their home on the market on other days, according to the real estate site Redfin.

Flowering tobacco bring smoldering delight to your garden

Flowering tobacco does contain nicotine and other alkaloids which render it toxic, and it should be kept away from pets and children. But it also produces long-lasting blooms of colorful trumpet-shaped flowers, making it ideal for ornamental display...

Lingering adult children influence Gen X home buying decisions

Members of Generation X are the most likely to buy a multigenerational home, according to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors. This trend is a result of adult children in the generation who have moved back in with their parents...

Pending home sales continue to decelerate in February

Pending transactions for existing home sales fell on an annual basis for the 14th straight month in February, according to the National Association of Realtors. The organization said indicators still point to the possibility for health spring sales,...

Inspecting your roof to stop problems in their tracks

Even if you recently fixed or replaced your roof, it always helps to look up and give it a periodic inspection. Doing so might identify a problem which can be easily fixed before it develops into a serious problem.

10 tricks for hosting an open house that make buyers say "Wow!"

An open house is a buyer's opportunity to give your house a try. For the seller, an open house is a chance to open the doors and impress buyers with the big reveal. These tricks can help you make your open house a success.

Property Transactions April 12, 2019

Property Transactions April 12, 2019

How paying off your mortgage affects your credit score

It seems like clearing a sizable debt off your record would result in a corresponding boost to your credit score. But paying off the mortgage will likely have a minimal effect on this score, and in some circumstances may even result in a slight dip...

Are aging pipes a problem in your home?

Most types of plumbing will be reliable for several decades, but pipes will ultimately need to be replaced when they are no longer reliable. Keeping an eye out for problems can warn you about imminent trouble before it leads to catastrophe.

Zinnias provide simple, beautiful blooms

One of the easiest ways to add a burst of color to your garden is to plant zinnias in the spring. The flowers grow quickly, require minimal maintenance, and come in a variety of styles and brilliant hues.


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