Market Updates

Nov. 5, 2019

The One Thing Home Sellers Forget to Hide Before an Open House


When getting ready to sell your house, there’s a lot to worry about—home staging, repairs, keeping rooms tidy for home tours, and more. But there’s also one important thing that many sellers forget to do: hide their prescription drugs.

Sorry to break it to you, but some "buyers" touring your ...

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Aug. 5, 2019

6 Surprising Things You Never Knew You Had to Do Before the Movers Arrive


Moving is stressful, so you’d be forgiven if after packing the last box you thought that you were finally done. Now it’s just time to wait for the movers to arrive, right?

Not exactly.

Working with professional movers is a great option for people making big moves, moving with kids ...

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July 26, 2019

How Important Are Schools to Homebuyers

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Home Buyers Forego Garages for School Districts

  • 78 percent of buyers in their preferred school district gave up home features to get there
  • Most common compromises include a garage, large backyard, and updated kitchen
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents say good schools were important to their search

 Today’s ...

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July 24, 2019

What Is an Amortization Schedule? Mapping Out Your Mortgage Payments

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What is an amortization schedule? When you borrow money to buy a home, one of the documents you’ll see is an amortization schedule provided by your mortgage lender who could be a retail bank, a mortgage bank, a mortgage broker, or other lender. The word “amortization” refers to the repayment of ...

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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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