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

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...

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...

Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter

Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter
So you've decided to list your home this winter. Perhaps you've had a job change, need to relocate out of the area, or have financial or family reasons for moving. No matter what is driving the move, you may be concerned about selling at this time of year. But just because you missed the boat on the spring selling season doesn't mean you can't get your home sold quickly, and for a profit. A few tips can help get it moving. Take photos early... or late

6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall
Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we're here to tell you why buying and selling in the fall can work for you. Less competition Yes, there may be fewer homes on the market, but there are also fewer buyers out there competing for the same

October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home

October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home
Move over location—there’s a new real estate mantra in town. It turns out when you buy your home can be as important for your budget as where.  After reviewing more than 32 million real estate sales since 2000, RealtyTrac analysts have discovered October is the best month to close on a home purchase. “On average, October buyers get a 2.6% discount below estimated market value,” says Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president. “It’s that middle month b

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter
The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice everything has taken over the world. With fall color and produce so prominent at this time of year, you may be tempted to load up your home with an abundance of both. But if you're trying to sell your home now, a little discretion may go a long way. And that's just one of the tips for selling your house in the fall and winter. Pay close attention to your curb appeal We've admitte

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget
A FEW STRATEGIC, AFFORDABLE UPGRADES CAN ADD BIG VALUE TO YOUR HOME. Increasing the value of your home when selling can be a difficult task, but a few home improvement ideas can help you stage for success while keeping within your budget. 1. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating your home accounts for more than 40% of its total energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to custo...

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: The biggest and best reason to put your home on the market right now is..... #6 - You're the center of attention - both the REALTOR's attention and the potential buyers attention... Let me give you some attention, call or text me at 707-334-0699. The summertime real estate season is as hot as the weather, but you might want to postpone your purchase until fall. For the first time in recent history,