The New York Times says: Americans are in a buying mood, thanks largely to the housing recovery. Housing prices rose in every one of the 20 cities tracked, continuing a trend that began three months ago. Similar strength has appeared in new and existing home sales and in building permits. Read more here.
The housing market is heating up, yet many house hunters are not prepared to take on the biggest purchases of their lives.
When it comes to mortgages, homebuyers answered basic questions about terms, how to choose a lender and financing wrong nearly one-third of the time, according to an April survey of more than 1,000 current and prospective homeowners by real estate website Zillow. Read more here.
We can’t resist commenting on the story which appeared in the Wall Street Journal a while back regarding Colby Sambrotto, the founder and former CEO of forsalebyowner.com. It seems the founding father and lifelong evangelist of the concept of selling your home without a real estate agent was forced to hire a broker to sell his home after failing at what he preaches others should do. The rest of the story here.
Water features, once a second thought when it came to residential design, are now moving to the forefront of home construction. And the latest high-end water features go well beyond yesterday’s backyard pool; today’s homeowners are building lazy rivers, reef aquariums, man-made mountains with water slides and massive moats. Luxury item or soggy mess?
Marketing words to use and avoid when selling your home. It makes a difference: some words are specifically linked to lower or higher home sale prices. Read more and find out which is which!
Is your HOUSE making you sick?! The Top 16 Items in your home that could be affecting you today!
Taxes are due April 15, which means it’s time to start gathering your W2s, 1099s, child care receipts and bank statements. But before you sit down with your accountant, it’s important for you to know that merely owning a home could mean you qualify for tax breaks. In most cases, you need to itemize your taxes in order to take advantage of these deductions. Yes, it makes the tax-filing process seem impenetrable, but the benefits may outweigh the complications.