Homeowners: Why We Want a Smaller House

Some home buyers are drawn to the smallest home on the block. A new survey by Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, sought to find out why these homeowners prefer residences that are often 1,000 square feet or less. Homeowners of small homes say relaxing and keeping the space clean is … [Read more...]

Buyers Want ‘Sold’ Photo Shoot After Closing

Instead of popping the champagne after your clients officially become new homeowners, how about setting up a photo shoot to help them document the occasion? First-time buyers are showing greater interest in sharing their status as new homeowners with their peers online, so many real estate pros are … [Read more...]

Home Features, Not Brands, Lure Young Buyers

Home features—particularly those that are technology-based—have a stronger pull on millennial home shoppers than the promotion of brand names, according to a new survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, conducted with 20,000 new home shoppers. Millennials tended to show a preference … [Read more...]

8 Dumb Reasons People Can’t Buy a Home

akurtz/Getty Images Buying a home—especially if it’s your first—can be a lot like losing weight in the sense that people end up doing, well, some pretty dumb stuff in the process. But while desperate dieters might waste money on “magical” weight-loss pills or silly exercise … [Read more...]

Out With the Old: The 10 Tired Interior Design Trends You Need to Ditch in 2018

Figuring out what makes for good design is an admittedly subjective exercise: Ask a dozen experts their thoughts on, say, why faux Mid-Century Modern is still popular in American interior design long after "Mad Men" has left us, and you'll likely get a dozen different opinions. Nevertheless, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all a Merry Christmas!  And a special shout out to all our deployed Men and Women around the world protecting our freedoms.  Thank you all! … [Read more...]

7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away

Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you're likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush. But one person's lush can be … [Read more...]

‘So Why Are You Selling?’ 10 Answers You Should Never Give

Milkos/iStock “Why are you selling your house?” might seem like a perfectly innocent question from home buyers, but watch out—if you're the home seller they're asking, this is one of the diciest questions you can answer. The reason: Pretty much any explanation you give is bound to … [Read more...]

5 Things Buyers Should Never, Ever Say When Closing on a Home

g-stockstudio/iStock By the time home buyers make it to the closing, it’s smooth sailing, right? Wrong. For home buyers, the adage “loose lips sink ships” is pretty darn spot-on as a best strategy at settlement. In fact, “there are things that home buyers could say that could stop the … [Read more...]

How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early, but Why It Might Not Be Wise

marchmeena29/iStock If you're a homeowner, you've likely thought about how to pay off your mortgage early. That bill for your home loan arrives like clockwork every month, so it only makes sense for you to devise a fast and furious plan to pay it off altogether. Imagine the freedom! Because the … [Read more...]