Why we Americans Buy Homes

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that … [Read more...]

Five reasons Not to sell For Sale By Owner

In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five … [Read more...]

Bonus room ideas Via Pinterest

Check out this nice playroom nursery https://www.pinterest.com/bobsproperties/ideas-for-the-house/ … [Read more...]

The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation … [Read more...]

Foreclosure Inventory Falls 35%, Celebration Muted

Many markets across the country are seeing fewer foreclosures. That’s because foreclosure inventory has plunged 35 percent nationally from a year ago, but housing experts aren’t ready to say the foreclosure crisis is completely behind the nation quite yet. The Current State of Foreclosures: … [Read more...]

House Flips Up 16% as Prices Rebound

Investors are flipping houses again, a trend that had become popular during the housing boom but fell off after home prices started dropping. Now, with home prices back on the rise again, many markets are seeing flips on the upswing. Homes that were purchased and then resold within six months … [Read more...]

Predictions for 2014: Interest Rates Will Increase Significantly

Most experts are calling for an increase in mortgage interest rates in 2014. However, we believe the increase will be more dramatic than is being projected. We believe rates will be closer to 6% than 5% by year’s end. The Fed announced last month that they would be pulling back some of their … [Read more...]

Advertising your home for sale to Home-Buyers

Agents advertise homes for the same reasons as a company does. Typically they’ll advertise in classified ads or in specialty magazines featuring homes available for sale. But as in other types of advertising, these types of ads rarely sell the home because the primary goal of advertising is to … [Read more...]

Know your options for those Fixer-uppers

The fixer-upper properties on the market will give you more purchasing power when shopping for a new home. Bargains can be found in homes that have been foreclosed, seized by the government or just fallen out of repair due to homeowner neglect. While it is true that you will save thousands of … [Read more...]

Chinese Buyers Are Coming to America

Chinese buyers are increasingly looking to U.S. real estate -- and California in particular -- as they pay all cash for homes and plan to use their homes as a “safe haven for their wealth,” CNBC reports. Some are buying multiple homes as investments, while others are finding homes to move … [Read more...]