Senior Living: A Comprehensive Guide in Choosing Your Retirement Home

Senior Living: A Comprehensive Guide in Choosing Your Retirement Home
An increasing number of aging Baby Boomers and empty nesters are relocating and moving into properties that they expect to live out their retirement in. Many people acquire various properties throughout their lifetime and end up with quite a collection of real estate as they enter retirement.  Other retirees finally pay off their home mortgage and begin looking for other properties to invest in.  Most seniors believe there are more valuable ways to spend t

How to Tell Whether Your Aging Parents Can Live on Their Own

How to Tell Whether Your Aging Parents Can Live on Their Own
It is difficult assuming the parental role with your parents and making decisions about "what is right" for the people who raised you. There is also a lot of emotion tied up in switching roles and the loss of independence for everyone involved. Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary for a son, daughter or grandchild to not only be their parents' loved one, but also their advocate. You may need to figure out if it is safe for your aging parents to continu...

How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection

How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection
Home sellers will have an easier time by preparing for a home inspection in advance. Getting ready for a home inspection will help to prevent future problems. Prevention can stop surprises. The last thing a seller needs is for a home inspector to break a fixture or cause damage because the seller was ill-prepared. Some local governments require that the seller provides the buyer with a detailed home inspection while giving the buyer the option to ob...

How Owning a Home Can Help (or Hinder) Your Retirement

How Owning a Home Can Help (or Hinder) Your Retirement
Is it possible that most Americans are getting a major part of their retirement wrong? According to Census Bureau data, nearly 80 percent of those age 65 or older owned a home in 2017. But it may not be the right living arrangement for everyone. Not only could renting be a better option for some retirees, it could allow younger workers the opportunity to save additional money for their retirement. "From a psychological standpoint, homeo...

14 Million Households Plan to Give Their Homes to Family

14 Million Households Plan to Give Their Homes to Family
Americans are moving less than ever, according to Zillow’s analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Just 4.2 percent of American homeowners moved between 2015 and 2016 — which is almost half the 7.7 percent rate reported in 1990. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017, 86 percent of all American homeowners — defined as those who have owned their home for more than a year — have no plans to move in the ne

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays
The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you've committed to the challenge, don your gay

Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions

Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions
When talking about real estate, you have likely heard the widely used phrase “location, location, location.” What realtors mean by this is that identical homes may have very different prices depending upon location. What this often means to home buyers is that they may have to pay more to live close to work or to be in the best school district. The right location may also mean the most potential for capital appreciation, an important consideration when the...

Don’t Wait: Buying Will Cost More in Just One Year

Don’t Wait: Buying Will Cost More in Just One Year
Are you on the fence about owning a home? It may be better to buy now than wait. The nation’s median home value is expected to grow by $6,275 to $208,975 just one year from today, according to Zillow, adding on to the already considerable funds homebuyers need now to own a home. The average homebuyer, in fact, has to add $105 more each month to their down payment savings (assuming a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced home) over the next year, or...

Sell Your Home During The Holidays

Sell Your Home During The Holidays
It's snowing outside, temperatures are dipping low, the neighborhood is feeling festive — and you need to sell your house quickly. This time of year is spent visiting family, feasting on turkey and giving gifts. Unfortunately, selling a home usually isn’t at the top of the holiday list. Many buyers don't want to move their furniture and belongings in the winter, and the fact that the holiday season is coming up (creating both time and financial pressure

How to Style Your Home for an Open House

How to Style Your Home for an Open House
Our room-by-room overview explains how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers If you are selling your home, you will want it to look its best when you hold an open house. If you can afford to hire a professional stager, do it! Their skills can do wonders for your home’s apparent value. But if that’s not within your budget, don’t worry — just follow these room-by-room tips to help your listing stand out. Erase Your Person...