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Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Off

The short answer is “yes,” but know what you’re signing up for. In a seller’s market it seems like most homes should sell — given enough time and exposure on the market. But there are some situations where a home…

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are…

How to Save on Closing Costs

How to Save on Closing Costs

You’ve saved up the money for a down payment and are finally ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality. Congratulations! Buying a house is one of the most exciting – and one of the most stressful…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…

Watch Out for These Moving Scams

Watch Out for These Moving Scams

If you’re getting ready to move to your new home, you’ve no doubt been advised to research moving companies. While it may seem like a huge inconvenience to spend time vetting movers, there are some out there that are less…

Living Small

Living Small

No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access…

Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

If you’re in the market for a new home, perhaps you’ve browsed listings and come across a foreclosure or two that you like. Maybe you’ve even noticed that some of these homes have listing prices that are below the typical…

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting…

Tips for Home Buyers

Tips for Home Buyers

Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like dating – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you…

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers Some people are great at articulating exactly what they want in their next home. But some of us know what we want yet find it tough to explain that vision to someone else. It usually comes…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural…

Greening an Older Home

Greening an Older Home

Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance…

Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Have you considered refinancing your home lately? If so, you are not alone. According to the Freddie Mac Quarterly Refinance Report, many homeowners throughout the United States lowered monthly mortgage payments, shortened the length of their loans, and utilized fixed…

Your Home Options Increase After 55

Your Home Options Increase After 55

Have you found that your home no longer suits your needs and lifestyle? Perhaps your family size has changed or you have recently retired and are just seeking something new. If you are in the 55 and over age bracket,…

Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

While your home is unique and a reflection of you and your lifestyle, when it comes to home buying, as with most things, societal trends are noted through at-large studies and statistics, not individual results. Study pools are often segmented…

NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a Good Idea

NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a Good Idea

Was buying your home a good financial decision? According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), most people living in the United States would answer that question affirmatively. The 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey revealed that…

NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

There’s been lots of talk of mortgage rates and tax credits and cuts in the news lately and it can be hard to understand how it all applies to you and your home. A recent analysis by economists at the…