Walkable Areas Are Getting More Competition

Older Americans are placing a higher value on living in walkable urban centers, according to a new survey of 1,000 respondents nationwide about their living preferences A majority of respondents surveyed by A Place for Mom, a national referral service, said it was “very important” or … [Read more...]

Homeownership Rate Rebounds from 50-Year Low

The U.S. homeownership rate may have finally bottomed out, as the share of Americans who own homes is steadily climbing. The ownership rate posted an increase in the second quarter, reversing a sharp downward trend that begun in the Great Recession. The homeownership rate was 63.7 percent in the … [Read more...]

What Is an Energy Audit? Learn How Energy-Efficient Your Home Is

BanksPhotos/iStock You've heard it before: Turning off the lights, closing the windows, and not taking 40-minute showers are all little ways to save energy in your home. But what if there was a way to determine which energy-saving solutions will pay off based on the configuration of your … [Read more...]

Are Builders Warming Up to Smaller Homes?

Competition is heating up among millennials and baby boomers for smaller, more affordable homes. But builders have been slow to meet demand. That may be showing signs of changing. Home sizes are beginning to shrink, which may also help prices edge down, too. “We are starting to see [smaller] … [Read more...]

Owners Tackle More Remodels as Equity Rises

Spending on repairs and home improvement continues to grow at a stable rate as homeowners feel more confident about starting projects as their home values increase. That said, an annual increase in remodeling expenditures may soften somewhat in the coming months, but will likely remain at or … [Read more...]

What Thieves Are Most After in Homes

Here are some sobering stats from the FBI: A robbery occurs every 1.6 minutes in the U.S., a burglary every 18.2 seconds, and a larceny theft every 5.4 seconds. SafeHome, a home security systems reviews resource, analyzed FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data from 2015 to determine the items thieves … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Squirrels If They’re Driving You Nuts

Inner_Vision/iStock How to get rid of squirrels? It’s a question that many homeowners will ponder the day these bushy-tailed critters start causing problems—no matter how cute they look in Disney movies. And they can do a lot of damage. They might munch on vegetables in your garden, … [Read more...]

The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home

Lure potential buyers with a simple and clean palette. Shades of white and off-white are the top colors for a quick home sale, Jody Finglas of Finglas Painting in Ossining, N.Y., told USA Today. Watch Out: The All-White Room Trap “White is the foundation that anchors the home,” adds Friley … [Read more...]

4 Common Home Buyer Slip-Ups

Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing out on a deal. Practitioners recently shared some of the more common mistakes with realtor.com®, including ways to correct the situation: 1. Shopping outside their price range. “It sounds obvious, but … [Read more...]

6 Surprising Reasons to Go to an Open House—Even If You’re Not Buying

Marcelo Santos/Getty Images Perusing online real estate listings can be nothing less than addictive. We've all spent time scouring the internet, ogling homes for sale that we don't intend—or can't afford—to buy. Because it's fun! But would you ever hop in the car and go look at a house in … [Read more...]