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Six Ways to Start Fresh in an Old Home
By Barbara Pronin
Buying an older home can net you lots of charm and character, often at a more affordable price than you’d pay for a newer model. But, say home improvement gurus, a few strategic renovations can go a long way toward making it more comfortable and efficient.
Renovation expert Bob ...
Staging Curb Appeal for Web Appeal
By Justin White
In today’s real estate market, curb appeal is about more than neighborhood drive-bys and official home showings. That’s because, if there’s one thing you can bet about today’s potential homebuyer, it’s that he or she is searching online. Thanks to a bevvy of ...
Zillow Chief Economist, HUD Secretary Talk Housing Following SOTU, Castro Calls 2015 'Year for Housing Opportunity'
By Paige Tepping
Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union Address, during which he made a passing reference to the changes made at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), ...
U.S. Home Values Gain $1.7 Trillion in Value in 2014
The total value of all the homes in the United States is expected to end 2014 at $27.5 trillion, a 6.7 percent increase from last year and the third consecutive overall increase, according to Zillow. Homes lost $6.1 trillion in value between December 2006 and December 2011.
The cumulative ...
Renting Less Affordable than Buying - Except for where Millennials Are Moving
By Maria Patterson
RealtyTrac VP discusses outlook for first-time homebuyers
Last week, housing-data giant RealtyTrac® (http://www.realtytrac.com/) released an analysis of fair market rents and median home prices in more than 500 U.S. counties, which shows that ...
Fixed Mortgage Rates Slide
The results of a recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showed that average fixed mortgage rates slightly down from the previous week with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipping just below four percent.
"Fixed mortgage rates were slightly down as housing starts declined ...
The Complete Steps to Flipping a House
By David Glenn
For those who are interested in making a profit after buying a property, flipping houses is a common practice that works to improve and update a structure before selling your home for a higher value.
Many people find that the time and effort put into the property can be a challenge, but can ...
More Remodelers Now Report Labor Shortages
By Paul Emrath
If I were a carpenter… I’d have an easy time finding a remodeling business that wanted to employ me in many parts of the country, according to a recent NAHB survey.
The survey is the one used to generate NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI). The RMI survey for the 3rd ...
6 Seemingly Smart Moves That May Ruin Your Remodel
By Darryl Crosby
You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done your homework, dotted your i’s and ...
Freddie Mac 2014 Third Quarter Refinance Report
Freddie Mac recently released the results of its third quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing the share of borrowers who are tapping their equity by cashing out at the time of refinance has doubled from the same quarter last year as a result of broad-based house price appreciation. ...