Homeowners Reveal: ‘The Best Purchase I Made for My New House’

Moving to a different house gives you license to finally ditch those worn-out chairs and frayed rugs and pick up something new. So what should you get? While everyone has their own particular styles and needs, certain items show up time and again as homeowners' fave purchases—and speak to … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

The exterior of the home counts big for creating first impressions. Indeed, 99 percent of real estate pros say that curb appeal is a critical factor in attracting a buyer, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2016 Remodeling Impact: Outdoor Features survey. Get more ideas: Amp Up … [Read more...]

Fall May Be Best Time for Buyers to Move

A slower fall season in home buying may help more lingering home buyers to jump in. Prices are easing somewhat. For the second month in a row, the median price of an existing home dropped. It reached $253,500 in August, after reaching a record high of $263,300 in June, according to the latest data … [Read more...]

What ‘Great Bones’ Really Means

“This house has great bones.” As a real estate professional, you’ve heard the phrase countless times. You’ve probably even uttered it more than once. But what do we really mean when we say a house has great bones? It’s a feature that all buyers want, but few can define. Understanding how … [Read more...]

Living Rooms Are Heading Upstairs

Upper-level living rooms are becoming a sought-after space among homeowners, The Wall Street Journal reports. Homeowners are finding these second-floor lounges can be cozier spaces than living areas on the first floor—and can offer more privacy, too. Upper-level living rooms—sometimes labeled … [Read more...]

Buyers Want Bigger Yards Over Bigger Homes

A property that offers a great outdoor space is taking a higher priority among home buyers. In fact, home shoppers recently surveyed said they would be willing to sacrifice some space from a larger house in order to get a bigger yard. More than half of 1,000 buyers recently surveyed—or 56 … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Butler’s Pantry Is Back in Style

A butler’s pantry could be a strong selling point for your listing. These spaces are often used as staging areas for meal prep and typically include a countertop and cabinets for storing tableware, dishes, serving pieces, and other items. More upscale butler’s pantries may include a dishwasher, … [Read more...]