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Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher…

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

You know that you need to move, and the market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you…

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer…

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your house and score big time with March Madness fans and…

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online…

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house…

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase…

Credit Score No-Nos

Credit Score No-Nos

An important part of buying a house is getting your financial life in order. One reason is that the higher your credit score, the better rate you’ll secure for your mortgage. Mortgage lenders look at your credit score to determine…

Use Social Media to Sell Your Home

Use Social Media to Sell Your Home

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook aren’t just great ways to keep in touch with friends and family – did you know they could also be powerful tools to help you sell your home? While you’re catching up with high school friends,…

Hanging Curtains 101

Hanging Curtains 101

Hanging curtains seems like a no-brainer, right? Install the curtain rods, pop on the window treatments, and you’re done. While it really can be that easy, there are some tricks and tips to keep in mind if you want your…

Should You Buy an “Almost Perfect” Home?

Should You Buy an “Almost Perfect” Home?

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life (if not the biggest). It’s understandable and normal to feel worry and doubt about whether you’re making the right decision. Chances are, you’ll look…

How to Decorate with Thrift Store Finds

How to Decorate with Thrift Store Finds

Whether it’s the thrill of the hunt or the satisfaction of scoring a real bargain, thrift stores can be the most exciting places to find interesting and one-of-a-kind décor for your home. There are some tricks, though, to finding those…

What is a Pocket Neighborhood?

What is a Pocket Neighborhood?

Have you ever heard of a pocket neighborhood? The term was first coined in 1995 by the architect Ross Chapin and refers to a small group of homes that face each other and share a common space. It promotes the…

Understanding the Stages of Remodeling

Understanding the Stages of Remodeling

Are you thinking about buying a fixer-upper? Or maybe you’re finally ready to move forward with a home remodeling project? Whatever your plans, it’s good to know what to expect before you begin. Home remodeling projects can be complex and…

Tips for a Cozy Fall House

Tips for a Cozy Fall House

Can you feel the chill in the air? Well, maybe not quite yet, but it’s coming. Fall is here, according to the calendar, and it’s time to cozy up your home for those crisp autumn days and nights that are…

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Witches and goblins and ghosts, oh my! It’s almost time to hit the store and stock up on candy and treats for the neighborhood kids. Halloween trick-or-treating is one of the most exciting nights of the year for kids (and…

What Is Escrow?

What Is Escrow?

If you’re buying a home, you are going to come across this word many times during the process – escrow. If you’re a first time homebuyer, you may have no idea what it means. Even if you have bought a…

Big Luxury on a Small Budget

Big Luxury on a Small Budget

You don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy a little luxury. With some smart choices and a bit of imagination, you can live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. Here are some strategies to maximize the luxuriousness of…