Preparing for a kitchen renovation

Remodeling a kitchen will put one of the most important rooms in your home out of commission. It's important to get the room prepared for the project and make sure you're ready for any inconveniences.

Home purchase sentiment hits new high in Fannie Mae survey

Americans had rosier views about homebuying in Fannie Mae's monthly housing survey in July, as respondents were more likely to report perceived job security and expect favorable mortgage rates. However, Fannie Mae said other factors such as...

Just how important is location?

A National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that although affordability ranks high in importance, buyers' focus on neighborhood, distance from work, access to shopping and schools demonstrate that location is indeed significant.

Property Transactions August 16, 2019

Property Transactions August 16, 2019

Keeping vines from harming your trees

Manual removal and herbicide can be effective in targeting invasive vines before they strangle a tree.

Don't forget to clean these places when selling your home

When putting a home on the market, it's important to clean it first. Potential buyers may be willing to overlook a few dust bunnies, but a dirty bathroom or mountains of clutter can easily mask any home's good qualities.

Salvaged building materials offer advantages, but should be used with caution

Many different types of building materials can be reused in another home after being removed from a residence that is being remodeled or demolished. Some homeowners will specifically seek out reclaimed building materials due to their aesthetic...

Amenity shortfalls a common regret among homebuyers

You can't always get what you want when you're searching for a new home. According to a new survey by the home improvement site, this lack of desired amenities is the main cause for disappointment among buyers.

Pending home sales see first annual increase in 17 months

The pending sales of existing homes were proceeding at a stronger pace than the previous year in June, breaking a 17-month period where these transactions have slowed on an annual basis.

Property Transactions August 9, 2019

Property Transactions August 9, 2019

Don't let a "blooper room" botch your home sale

Problematic spaces can be particularly glaring in listings that are otherwise appealing. Real estate agents have started referring to these as "blooper rooms," warning sellers that they could dissuade a buyer from making an offer.

Applying for a mortgage after a foreclosure

A foreclosure doesn't necessarily preclude you from owning another home. In fact, "boomerang buyers" who previously lost a home and are now returning to the market have made up a substantial share of recent home purchases. However, anyone looking to...

Hiding bulky outdoor air conditioning units

Several options are available to hide or minimize the appearance of the air conditioner. However, you'll also want to make sure that the solution you choose doesn't inhibit the operation of the unit.

Existing home sales fall 1.7 percent in June

The pace of existing home sales fell back in June despite some favorable homebuying conditions, according to the latest monthly report from the National Association of Realtors.

Survey: Millennials less likely to rely on supplemental sources for home purchase

Fewer millennials were planning to use assistance from family members, roommates, or other supplemental income options to purchase their first home, according to a recent survey by the real estate brokerage Redfin.

Do swimming pools add value to homes?

Who doesn't want a pool right in their own back yard? But by now you're getting an inkling that the cost might be a bit more than you thought, and wondering if this is a dream that'll end up drowing in regrets.


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