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How Buyers & Sellers Can Prepare For An Early Start To The Spring Market

How Buyers & Sellers Can Prepare For An Early Start To The Spring Market

Is January the new April? When it comes to the real estate market, experts say yes.

Regardless of whether that famous groundhog sees his shadow, a recent article on CNBC suggests spring will arrive early this year—at least when it comes to the housing market. In fact, some are speculating that January may very well be the new April.

What’s causing this already-busy buying season to kick off ahead of schedule? Low inventory and rising home prices are spurring house hunters to come out of hibernation months before they previously would have.

With that in mind, whether you’re buying or selling, or both, it’s time to get moving. The following checklists will help you prepare yourself or home property so...

10 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Style…Without Breaking The Bank

10 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Style…Without Breaking The Bank

So you’ve got a new house – congratulations! There’s just one problem…

It’s not quite your style. But with all the money you just dropped on closing and moving and new furniture, you don’t have a lot of cash to spruce it up.

Or, maybe you’re just about to sell your house and you wish you could spruce it up a bit before putting it on the market, but you don’t want to spend a ton.

Basically, you need a lot of look for not a lot of dough, right?

Don’t worry! These quick and usually DIY upgrades will make your home look and feel like a million bucks (for just a tiny chunk of change).

You can upgrade your home’s style with these easy projects.

1. Remove The 90’s Ducks

Maybe your home doesn’t have literal country blue ducks all over the kitchen, but if you have an older...

Easy (And Affordable!) Staging Tips To Up Your Bedroom’s Appeal

Easy (And Affordable!) Staging Tips To Up Your Bedroom’s Appeal

The way you stage your home can go a long way in helping it to sell. Potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves at home in your property—and that’s especially true of the bedroom, where they’ll be spending a large chunk of time relaxing (and, of course, sleeping!).

But staging can be expensive. So how do you up your bedroom’s appeal and make it look more attractive to buyers—without spending an arm and a leg?

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The Top Reasons To Sell Your Home During The Holidays

The Top Reasons To Sell Your Home During The Holidays

Between holiday travel, holiday parties, and hosting out-of-town guests, the holidays can be a busy time of year. And if you’re selling your home, you might be tempted to take your property off the market and push your home sale into the new year.

But, as it turns out, you might want to rethink that strategy.

An article from realtor.com outlined the top reasons not to take your home off the market during the holiday season, including:

  • It’s easier for your listing to get attention. Because the holidays are so busy, a lot of sellers pull their homes off the market and would-be sellers hold off on listing their home—both of which reduce available inventory. Less inventory means less competition, which will make it easier for your home to get...

Do This ONE Thing To Get The Best Return On Your Home Improvement Project

Do This ONE Thing To Get The Best Return On Your Home Improvement Project

Before we get to the “one thing”, answer this question:

Do you know which home improvement will bring you the best return on investment?

Don’t look at me. I can’t tell you off-hand.

And don’t go by hearsay, either.

Just because you heard some guy at a party say that remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is the best return on investment, doesn’t mean it is true.

Don’t even go by one of those articles you read online that claim this, that, or any other thing will bring you the best return on your investment.

Because, the best return on investment for any home improvement depends a whole lot on so many factors…

  • Where do you live?
  • What is the market like in your area overall?
  • What is the market like for houses like your specific house?
  • Are you...

How to Make It Up to Your Pet After a Move

How to Make It Up to Your Pet After a Move

You have read all the advice on moving with pets, and you have plans in place to make the transition as easy as possible for your dog and/or cat. We will call them Butch and Fluffy (Butch is the dog). The big moving day has arrived and Butch and/or Fluffy are freaking out. And since our pets are more important than life itself, we can’t have them going bonkers, can we? So, here are some good ideas for making your pet (and you) feel at home after a move.

First, make sure your new place has been thoroughly cleaned, especially if it belonged to another pet. Your animal DOES NOT want to smell anybody else in the new place. If this is impractical, put down puppy pads for both cats and dogs. Your house will look awful, but since you have not yet unpacked, it probably does anyway.

Prior to your move, do not wash animal beds or blankets. The funkier they smell, the better, in your pet’s opinion. By the way,...

Another Inventory Shortage May Be On The Horizon

It was just a few years ago that the US was in the midst of the worst inventory shortage in history, creating fierce competition for available properties—and driving up prices in the process. And while the market has become more buyer friendly in recent months, some experts predict another inventory shortage may be on the horizon.

According to a recent article from realtor.com, new home listings are either declining or staying the same in markets across the country. If that trend continues, it could mean another historic inventory shortage. “It was only 18 months ago that the number of homes for sale hit its lowest level in recorded history and sparked the fiercest competition among buyers we’ve ever seen,” said Danielle Hale, realtor.com’s chief economist, in the article. “If the trend we’re seeing...

Gen Z Set To Enter The Housing Market In A Major Way

In generations past, many young people have waited to purchase real estate—but Gen Z is having none of that.

According to the 2019 Spring Homebuyers Insight Report from Bank of America, 59% of people surveyed between the ages of 18 and 23 (also known as Gen Z) said they plan to buy a home within the next five years, which would make them homeowners before the age of 30. And while many Gen Z-ers will rely at least in part on financial support from their families (36% said their parents or other family members would provide financial health), more than half have already started saving for their home.

The Takeaway:

Generation Z is poised to become one of the youngest generation of homeowners in history. So whether you just graduated from college (or high school!), it’s never too early to start saving to make your dream of homeownership a reality....

Do You Need A Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction?

Do You Need A Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction?

If you consider buying a new construction home, there’s a good chance you’ll question whether or not you even need to use a real estate agent.

You might even wonder if there’s an advantage to not using a real estate agent…perhaps thinking you can get a lower price, or more upgrades thrown in, if the builder isn’t paying a real estate agent their commission.

Or, you just might not give it any thought whatsoever, and stumble into buying your new construction home, without having your own real estate agent to represent you.

So, do you need to use a real estate agent when buying new construction?

Technically? No.

Should you? Yes.

Beyond Just Signing A Little Paperwork

One reason people question whether an agent is necessary, is because many tend to see it as an agent just signing some paperwork so they can get a commission....

9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Virtually Impossible To Kill

9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Virtually Impossible To Kill

Scientists say the world could use some serious clean up. Despite this, it seems like some of the population isn’t ready to give lifestyle choices that contribute to the mess. The good news is, when it comes to the quality of your living space, there are small changes that let you work together with nature to clean up the air toxins in your home you never knew you were breathing in.

That’s right. The air in your home is likely more toxic than the air outside of it, especially if there is any stagnancy. There can be toxic chemicals like formaldehyde (yes, that’s basically embalming fluid), benzene, and a host of other nasty inhalants. There are even some natural elements that can cause illness when they build up in a home, like pollen, bacteria, mold, and various outdoor contaminants.

Not to worry, nature has provided some green friends that will not only lighten up the mood of the house, but also...