Market Updates

May 30, 2019

6 Ways to Embark on an Eco-Friendly Renovation


Eco-friendly living is all about choosing materials and practices that are beneficial to the environment. But did you know this can also include your renovation process and the materials you use?

“There are five things everyone should consider for an eco-friendlyrenovation: water conservation, air quality, energy savings, recycling, and ...

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May 29, 2019

Should You Do Home Upgrades Now ... or Right Before You Sell?


Home sellers are often told to make upgrades to their house before they sell ... but when is the best time to get those home improvements underway, in terms of scoring the best ROI?

It's a tough balance to strike. After all, the sooner you remodel your kitchen or retile ...

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April 30, 2019

A Guide to Mortgage Interest Rates: Why They Go Down and Up, and What to Do

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Mortgage interest rates are a mystery to many of us—whether you're a home buyer in need of a home loan for your first house or your fifth.

After all, what does “interest rate” even mean? Why do rates swing up and down? And, most important, how do you nab ...

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March 8, 2019

Home Seller Secrets: 'The Best Home-Staging Advice I've Heard, Ever'


When it comes to selling a house, appearances are everything. That's why more and more homeowners hoping to impress buyers are investing in home staging. But between decluttering, styling, and making your house look its absolute best, this process can make you want to pull your hair out.

To make this ...

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Feb. 28, 2019

6 Things in Your Bathrooms That Are Freaking Out Potential Buyers


Bathrooms are, by design, private spaces. After all, there's a door and a lock for a good reason.

But when your house hits the market, dozens of strangers will suddenly be tramping through your bathrooms—and everything that once felt so private will now become painfully public. And those strangers ...

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Feb. 27, 2019

The Year's Top 6 Kitchen Design Trends Will Make Your Mouth Water

kitchen-trends-2019For years, our kitchens have been dominated by bland, white-on-white palettes, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. "Neutral" has been the reigning buzzword.

But are you growing weary of playing it safe? Eager to put your decor in the blender and mix it up? Luckily, 2019 is delivering for change agents ...

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Jan. 24, 2019

The New Rules of Neighborly Etiquette: Do You Know Them All?


Neighborhoods just aren't the same as they used to be.

Gone are the days when everyone on your street knows you and waves when you pass one another by. One recent study by the City Observatory found that only about one-third of homeowners know their neighbors by name! That ...

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Jan. 4, 2019

How to Stage a House for Free: 7 Ideas That Don't Cost a Dime


One of the most common mistakes sellers make is assuming they need to sink a bunch of money into home staging. Some choose the expensive route—swapping out their furniture and art at the behest of a hired professional home stager—but that's not the only way to impress potential buyers ...

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Dec. 19, 2018

7 Reasons to Accept the First Offer on Your House


How do you know you've found The One? The one offer on your home worth taking, that is. It's entirely natural for sellers to consider multiple offers from interested buyers, but in certain circumstances, the first offer you receive may actually be the one you should accept.

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Dec. 7, 2018

The No. 1 factor that can drive up your mortgage costs

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Time is not on your side when it comes to an escrow.

The mortgage process can be a bureaucratic, complicated gauntlet that punishes today's borrowers more often than not. One of the many factors that borrowers must consider is the opportunity to lock in a mortgage rate.

A rate ...

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