Holiday House Hunting Tips

Conventional wisdom in the real estate industry says that once the Holidays season rolls around, buyers might as well batten down the hatches and wait it out until after New Years to be able to close their transaction. But there are some benefits to not taking this approach and staying focused on the house hunting, including; Lower competition for your dream home because less buyers are looking Very motivated sellers Can't-miss properties that won't wait Conserving your cash for … [Read more...]

Give your home a boost with these 5 trending designs for 2013

Wondering what the home design trends are?  A team from Realtor.com attended the Dwell on Design 2013 show in Los Angeles and reported back on some of their findings. For the third year in a row, the realtor.com team attended the Dwell on Design show at Los Angeles Convention Center to see the latest trends in design. This year’s show was the most energetic in recent years, with more exhibits than ever. The last few years focused on green and sustainable designs, and while sustainability was … [Read more...]

What are easements and how do they affect the buying and selling of homes?

As you search for a home, you may run across the term "easement" in a property listing.  We found an article that helps explain what an easement is. An easement is a legal arrangement by the owner of the property and a nonowner to use the property in some fashion. You may see this term used in listings where a home is located near a public recreational area. For example, the property may come with a walking easement to the nearby lake. You can read the entire article here … [Read more...]

15 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Home Builder

Experts agree these 15 questions are a great place to start to help you select the right builder for your new home. Selecting the right builder is a key step in the journey that leads to your dream home. Asking builders the 15 questions below will help you choose the right builder to create your new home — and give you confidence in your choice. These questions will also help you better understand key steps in the building process and the decisions you’ll make, in partnership with the … [Read more...]

8 Inexpensive Ways to Perk Up Your Porch

First impressions are everything when you’re trying to sell your home. Even for homes that aren’t on the market, owners know that neighbors often make snap judgments based on a glimpse at a front porch or yard. Litter and overgrown landscaping are doing nothing to increase your curb appeal. The great news is that it doesn’t cost a bundle to make some big changes in your home’s exterior appearance. Each of these eight fixes costs less than $50. Make one improvement or a handful, and before you … [Read more...]

Three Tips for Avoiding Closing-Day Glitches

Closing day is the most exciting day in the home-buying process. The long journey is finally over, and you will sign your papers and get your keys. Once you’ve been told that your home mortgage has a closing date, you may want to move in immediately. But while most home-sale transactions are smooth, some may hit speed bumps on the road to ownership bliss. The most important part of the transaction is getting all the necessary parties and documents together on the right day at the right time. … [Read more...]

How to Get the Most Value From Your Home Inspection

Once an offer on a property is accepted, most buyers hire a professional home inspector to assess the condition of the home. The inspector will write a detailed report for the buyer to use in deciding how to proceed with the purchase. Should the buyer cancel the contract and terminate the purchase; ask for the seller to complete repairs; or request a price reduction or purchase credit from the seller to cover repairs? Unfortunately, many buyers fail to realize the importance of the home … [Read more...]

Navigating a Final Walkthrough on Your New Home

Before you buy paint and order new furniture there's one more step that shouldn't be overlooked: the final walkthrough of your new home. This is the last chance before closing to make sure everything is working properly, there aren't any imperfections in the finishes, and the house is move-in ready. Our friends at Allstate put together this great piece on how to navigate your walkthrough, what to look for and how to take action on any repairs. A final walkthrough can not only help you … [Read more...]

Avoid These Costly Remodeling Mistakes

Thinking about a remodel before you sell or planning a major upgrade? Consider these costly mistakes that many homeowners make when planning a remodeling project.   AUTHOR:VERA GIBBONS for Zillow While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Some errors to avoid: Not knowing exactly what you want If you don’t know exactly what you want or specify what you want, you’re going to get what the … [Read more...]

6 Tips For a Spring Lawn Makeover

Spring is here and the forecast calls for some sunny days and longer nights. It's time to break out the honey-do list you've been preparing all winter long and tackle some of those outside home projects. Here's a great list to get you started from The Home Depot and Yahoo. Step 1. Boost overall soil health. Spring is an excellent time to check soil health. If your lawn is compacted, aerating it will help. The holes created by the aerator allow air and water to reach roots and fertilizers to … [Read more...]