Looking up and expanding home space with lofts

A loft allows you to capitalize on a high ceiling by establishing elevated floor space within the home. You may be able to use this area as an extra bedroom, but it will also work well for functions such as a home office or playroom.

Decline in pending sales continues in August

Pending sales in the United States dropped for the eighth consecutive month in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. However, the organization said there are also indications that more homeowners may be considering putting their...

Realtors hear from Peter Gioia on the state of Connecticut's economy

Realtors® and home builders associations work hard year-round to ensure that issues affecting housing are either supported or defeated. Recently, Peter Gioia of PGEcon.com and former CBIA Chief Economist, addressed a small audience of...

Property Transactions October 12, 2018

Property Transactions October 12, 2018

Seller optimism hits high point in HOME report

A record high share of respondents to the latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey said they consider it a good time to sell. At the same time, a dwindling share of buyers considered it a good time to buy a home.

Walls, misdirection, and other ways to hide the toilet

The toilet isn't exactly something you can remove from the bathroom. But there are some options for making it less noticeable when making changes to the room.

Existing home sales hold steady in August

Sales of existing homes were flat in August as slower sales in the West and South offset gains in the Northeast and Midwest, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were also down on an annual basis for the sixth month in a row.

Convenient heating and cooling tops list of non-negotiable home amenities

People looking to buy a home or move into a new apartment are often advised that they should be prepared to make compromises, since it's unlikely that they'll find a place with everything they want. But a new survey by the home design site Porch.com...

Keeping your fireplace and chimney safe

Here's what to look for to ensure your fireplace is safe and up to snuff.

Property Transactions October 5, 2018

Property Transactions October 5, 2018

Converting a garage into a living space

An attached garage can easily add several hundred square feet to your residence, giving it an alternate purpose such as a home office or children's playroom. Detached garages can be transformed into a guest house, artist's studio, or similar getaway.

Incentives can help attract buyers to your home

Financial offers, furnishings, and interesting perks ranging from boats to gym memberships have helped sellers make their home more appealing to buyers.

Leaving a note (or hidden message) for your home's next buyers

Hiding a message for a future homeowner can be a fun and simple way to surprise someone who will live in the property in the future. If you are selling your home, you can also leave a note that will be discovered more easily.

Down payment sums increase in Q2 2018

Homebuyers were making record high down payments on residences purchased in the second quarter of 2018, according to a recent analysis by the real estate data company ATTOM Data Solutions. The report also found that more homeowners were tapping into...

Lenders temper expectations as affordability pressures cut into demand

Pessimistic expectations on profit margins persisted in the third quarter of 2018 as lenders faced increased competition and shrinking mortgage demand, according to the latest Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from Fannie Mae.

Sponges and squeegees make for a thorough window washing job

Washing your windows with sponges, squeegees, and soapy water will give you a more thorough clean. The process can also clean up your screens and frames to ensure that your windows look their best.


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