Market Updates

March 8, 2019

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

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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.

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Feb. 28, 2019

6 Things in Your Bathrooms That Are Freaking Out Potential Buyers

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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Dec. 5, 2018

7 things that can increase the cost of selling a house

Slide 1 of 9: Selling your home can be an expensive process riddled with hidden fees. Staging, pre-sale inspections, real estate commission fees and closing expenses are among the many costs that can easily add thousands to selling a house.These costs also vary significantly depending on where you’re selling. For instance, some states require that sellers hire a real estate attorney, while others don’t. Real estate transfer taxes also differ by state and, in some cases, by city. Some states don’t have them at all. Fees also can vary by mortgage lender. “You have to look at where the variations are bank to bank, municipality to municipality and state to state,” said Linda Page, the 2018 National Association of Realtors (NAR) regional vice president for New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you’re selling your home, you should be aware of the expenses that can be involved. We’ve broken down some of the most common costs associated with selling a home so that you know what to be prepared for.

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Nov. 14, 2018

'Tis the Season (to Sell): 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Take Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays

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As we careen at warp speed toward Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the joyous (read: stressful) festivities in between, you might be tempted to take your home off the market—or hold off on listing it—until after the new year. After all, you’re swamped with cooking, shopping, and decorating, and the ...

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Nov. 5, 2018

Existing-Home Sales Increase for the First Time in Six Months

October existing-home sales increased last month, after six straight months of decreases, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday. Three of four major regions saw gains in sales activity last month.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 1.4 percent ...

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