6 factors that influence a home’s value

6 factors that influence a home’s value
Factors to consider when pricing a home are: historic sales price, quality of the neighborhood, the market, nearby features and the size, appeal, age and condition of the home. Trying to price a home accurately, whether you’re preparing to sell a house or you’re ready to make an offer on one, is challenging. Even if you’ve had experience in the real estate market, home prices can differ substantially from your initial evaluations. Effective home valu

What Does a Home Inspector Look For? A Whole Lot

What Does a Home Inspector Look For? A Whole Lot
Hiring a home inspector to check out a house before you buy it takes time, but it can save you big money in the end. But what does a home inspector look for in your home? A home inspector can check for major flaws that might need to be fixed. After all, even if a house looks like it's in great condition, appearances can be deceiving. What does a home inspector look for? In short: a whole lot. “We’ve got 1,600 different items on our list that h...

12 Fresh Updates To Get Ready For Spring

12 Fresh Updates To Get Ready For Spring
It’s that tricky time of year when spring is almost here but there are still some chilly days ahead. While you’re waiting for the sunshine and greenery to make a proper appearance, try boosting your mood by adding a few cheery touches to your home. Torie Jayne 1. Swap out your towels.Luxurious fluffy white towels have their place, but colorful versions, such as this bold floral towel, can add welcome energy to a plain bathroom. They’re su...

Open House Etiquette for Home Buyers

Open House Etiquette for Home Buyers
A favorite pastime of many people—whether in the market to buy a home or simply curious—is to attend a Sunday Open House. In fact, checking out open houses is almost a religious experience in California. Everybody goes to open houses. If you're wondering about the proper open house etiquette or have questions about the role of the agent holding the house open, here are suggestions to help make your open house visit productive. Agent Roles...

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common
Welcome to 2019! Resolving to eat more kale and take the stairs are fine resolutions. But if this is the year you vow to buy a home, we'd love to suggest a few new habits to help you get there. Here's a breakdown of home-buying habits to adopt now, especially if you hope to start looking once home-buying season is in full swing come spring. These behaviors are things you can do daily, weekly, monthly, or even just yearly. Taken together, they set you we

How Is Interest Calculated for a Mortgage?

How Is Interest Calculated for a Mortgage?
Each month you make payments on your new mortgage, a portion of the payment goes to paying down your balance, or principal, while the other portion pays your interest charge. The proportion of your payment that pays interest versus principal changes every month. Even though you can find a wide variety of different online mortgage calculators that will perform the calculation for you, it's smart to learn exactly how the interest is calculated. Mortgage A...

Lower Mortgage Rates Give New-Home Sales Best Month Since Spring

Lower Mortgage Rates Give New-Home Sales Best Month Since Spring
Sales of newly built single-family homes picked up at the end of last year, reaching the highest level since May 2018, a newly released report from the U.S. Commerce Department shows. New-home sales increased 3.7 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,000 units (the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued over the next 12 months). “Despite a period of weakness in the fall, new home sales ended the year with a smal...

Spring Landscape Maintenance Tips

Spring Landscape Maintenance Tips
Advice on Garden Preparation, Pruning, Fertilizing, Lawn Care Read these spring landscape maintenance tips as soon as Old Man Winter eases his icy grip on your garden so that you can hit the ground running once warmer temperatures prevail. For those of you who have large lawns, spring cleaning in the yard has its share of lawn chores. But there is much more to take care of, whether it be pruning the winterkill off an arborvitae or getting rid of dande

Buyers Still Prefer Green Home Features, and Will Pay More Up Front to Save

Buyers Still Prefer Green Home Features, and Will Pay More Up Front to Save
NAHB economist Paul Emrath discusses the results of the latest NAHB home buyer preference survey, in which buyers responded that they still prefer green features in homes and are willing to pay more up front to save on future utility bills. ENERGY STAR® rated appliances ranked second from the top among 150 different home and community features that respondents were able to rank. The trend for green features remains stable--preferences for particular gr...

Experts weigh in on what the 2019 housing market will bring

Experts weigh in on what the 2019 housing market will bring
A year ago, several experts predicted the new tax law would cause a slowdown in the housing market. So far, the limitations on mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions haven’t had a negative impact. Instead, rising mortgage rates and home prices are doing more to put a damper on the market. Economic uncertainty brought on by global trade tensions, stock market volatility and the government shutdown also isn’t helping. In this environment, potential h