Homeowners' value perceptions hold steady in August

The average homeowner continued to have a reasonably accurate idea of their property's value in August, according to the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Although homeowners continued to overestimate the value of their property, it was only by...

Waterfront, ranch style among picks in survey on ideal home

Contemplating the perfect home is a common daydream among both renters and homeowners. A recent survey by the home design site Porch.com found that waterfront properties and a ranch style home were the most commonly desired qualities of an ideal...

Preparing the garden for winter

You'll want to make sure your garden is well-prepared for the freezing temperatures. This late season work can help keep your plots in good shape and give you a head start on the growing season once spring arrives.

Economic optimism pushes up home purchase sentiment in August

While Americans had more pessimistic views on the housing market in August, they also expressed more positivity on household income and job security. Fannie Mae said this was enough to boost its Home Purchase Sentiment Index for the first time in...

Report: Urgent sales more likely in households with young children

Home sellers were more likely to have a sense of urgency when listing their property if they had children under the age of 18 in the household, according to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors. Buyers with young children were...

Property Transactions September 21, 2018

Property Transactions September 21, 2018

Can you pay your mortgage with a credit card?

Charging your credit card to make mortgage payments can greatly increase the rewards you get through the card, but can also make it easier to lose control of your debt.

Buyers frequently regret choice of neighborhood, survey finds

When looking at the available home listings on the market, a buyer can easily forget to evaluate the neighborhood as well. A recent survey from the real estate site Trulia determined that this oversight is fairly common, with more than one-third of...

Cleaning a room air conditioning unit

Air conditioners should be cleaned at least once a year. However, the Department of Energy says filters will usually need to be replaced every month or two.

Squeeze in a late season harvest of turnips

The vegetable grows best in cool conditions, and its rapid development allows you to harvest before winter arrives.

Why sellers should use an electronic lockbox system

While this may appear to be less "secure" than the traditional "I'll meet you there" way of showing a home, the use of electronic lockboxes has proven to be not only convenient but an extremely safe way to sell your home.

Avoiding common home renovation mistakes

Renovating your home is an exciting time, since the updates will usually let you get more enjoyment and use out of the property. But the process can also cause a lot of stress and anxiety if you run into one of several common problems during the...

Property Transactions September 14, 2018

Property Transactions September 14, 2018

Staying safe when using a ladder

If a ladder is not set up correctly, or if you lose your balance through unsafe practices such as overreaching, you can suffer a fall that may result in serious injury or death. Knowing how to properly use a ladder will greatly increase your...

Study: Millennials without mortgages often coping with low credit scores

Young buyers face a number of challenges when purchasing a home, ranging from persistent student loans to high prices on available properties. A new analysis by the credit bureau Experian suggests that low credit scores are also inhibiting for many...

Pending sales fall for seventh consecutive month

The number of pending transactions of home sales continued to shrink in July, according to the National Association of Realtors. This marked the seventh straight month of year-over-year declines.


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