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Buying with Cash Brings Huge Discount, RealtyTrac Report Shows
All-cash buyers of single family homes and condos nationwide paid 23 percent less per square foot than all homebuyers, but that cash buyers in 9 percent of local housing markets paid a premium price per square foot. These data come from the recently released RealtyTrac® Q1 ...
Stock Market Volatility Good for Some Housing Markets, Bad for Others
Instead of starting with a bang, 2016 kicked off with a plunge. On the first day of trading, Jan. 4, the American indexes recorded the biggest losses ever for a year-opening session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 275 points, with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indexes ...
Simple Tips to Unclutter the Garage and Set the Stage for a Successful Sale
When selling a home, staging is an important piece of the puzzle that can’t be overlooked. From the kitchen to the bedrooms and bathrooms, staging is a great way to make sure your home appeals to the masses. While staging spaces within your home is crucial, many ...
Winning: Mortgage Rates Look Good for Spring Buying Season
Mortgage rates moved higher for the second week in a row, while also only posting the second increase this year. This makes mortgage rates very attractive for the upcoming spring home buying season, according to results from the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® ...
The Top 6 Landscape Design Trends for 2016
Lux lighting and edible arrangements are on the rise this year, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals' list of the top landscape design trends for 2016, a gathering of data based on current consumer demands and lifestyle trends, as well as broader horticultural, ...
Mortgage Moves: Rates Drop, Refi Applications Surge
Mortgage applications increased 9.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 5, 2016.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, ...
Rent Prediction: Prices Flatten in 2016
Rent appreciation will level off over the next 12 months, slowing to an annual rate of 1.1 percent by December 2016, according to the new Zillow® Rent Forecast. The national Zillow Rent Index at the end of 2016 is projected to be $1,39 -- compared to $1,381 in December 2015.
Get the Best ROI with Your Next Home Improvement Project
Home is where the heart is, but sometimes it’s also where a homeowner’s savings plan comes into account. Homeowners may have a long wish list of home renovations and projects, and sometimes the work is never done. While return on investment (ROI) may not be the biggest ...
U.S. Home Values Gained $1.1 Trillion in 2015
The value of all homes nationwide grew $1.1 trillion in 2015, and is expected to end the year at $28.5 trillion total. The value of the entire housing stock grew 4.1 percent over the past year, slower than the 6 percent growth in 2014.
The total value of all homes has ...
Wildlfire Danger Update: Is Your Home One of 46 Million at Risk?
By John Voket
Last year, I began following the issue of wildfire threats and the potential risks more property owners may be taking as they move into areas designated as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).
The issue was a recent subject of a notice straight from the White House, ...