Are Hardwood Floors Expected Nowadays?

Real estate professionals say that hardwood floors can pay off when it comes to selling a home. They’re a “bling feature,” particularly in living rooms and dining rooms, and in a master suite they “could help win a buyer’s offer,” Janice Caputo, a real estate pro with Coldwell Banker … [Read more...]

Black Accents Make Comeback in Home Design

Photo credit: KitchenAid Black is making a comeback in home design, with black fixtures, appliances, and furniture emerging as hot trends for the new year. Ryan Brown of Brown Design Group in Southern California predicts that black fixtures will replace brass as the most trendy home hardware in … [Read more...]

What Pets Secretly Loathe About Your Home

More homeowners are putting an emphasis on their pets’ priorities when home shopping, according to recent surveys. For example, a third of recent home buyers ages 18 to 36 say their decision to purchase was based on the desire for a larger property with a yard for their dog, according to a survey … [Read more...]

States Focus on Helping First-Time Buyers

With rising home prices, more state lawmakers are proposing legislation to help home shoppers tackle the down payment obstacle. More states this year have considered or are considering passing laws to allow for tax-saving down payment accounts to aid first-time buyers. Three states authorized … [Read more...]

Would-Be Sellers Fear Becoming Priced-Out Buyers

With a seller’s market in many places across the country, why are so many homeowners reluctant to sell? Nearly 80 percent of more than 1,000 homeowners recently surveyed say they believe now is a good time to sell a home, but many don’t plan to list their homes anytime soon. Numerous would-be … [Read more...]

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...]