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Give potential buyers a home they would want

April showers bring May flowers and June bugs — but with the changing of the seasons, and rising temperatures, we typically see a hotter real estate …

Home Improvement

Calculate an Income Property's Value With Its Capitalization Rate

Real estate agents or brokers who are working with investor clients have to understand income property valuation methods to do their jobs right. A …

When Should You Make an Offer Below Asking Price? 5 Clues It's Time to Take a Gamble

Homes are expensive, and getting even more so every day. (Also, water is wet and the sky is blue!) Making an offer over asking price—sometimes by …

Fact or Fiction? 6 Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately

If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a …

If You Want to Buy a Home, Your Credit Score Should Be This Number or Higher

If you've ever wondered "What credit score do I need to buy a home?" you're not alone. In fact, some 1,300 people a month google "credit score to buy …

Why Granite Is More Preferred Than Ceramic Tiles?

Are you looking for the perfect material for your countertop or kitchen flooring? Do you want a material that is not only strong but also has various …

Are Home Solar Panels Worth the Cost? Here’s When They Make Sense—And When They Don’t

From electricity costs to your home's sunlight.<p>With prices falling rapidly, installing home solar panels can dramatically trim your energy bills — if …

Solar Power

American homes are more affordable than they've been in 40 years — but that could change sooner than you think

The US housing market is favorable for sellers and tough for buyers right now. Prices are steep thanks to strong demand and low supply, particularly for starter homes.<p>But all things considered, buying a home is more affordable for millennials now than it was for their parents, according to new data …

Curbed Comparisons: What $600K buys around LA

It’s enough for homes in Westlake, Altadena, Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, and Hermosa Beach<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Curbed Comparisons</i><i>, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA ‘hoods. We’ve found five homes and condos within $10,000 of today’s price: $600,000.</i><p>We’ll start in …

How to Read (and React to!) a Home Inspection Report

Red flags, expensive fixes, and less obvious things to look for<p>Buying a place to live can be an exhausting process. Still, 75 percent of Americans say it’s a priority, and who can blame them? Shopping for your dream home (even if you <i>don't</i> have plans to purchase one) is undeniably exciting. If you …

5 home hacks to help you sell your home quicker

Need some tips on selling your home quicker this year? Trouva, an online platform for independent boutiques has teamed up with estate agents Marsh & …

If you want a good deal on a home, here's the credit score you need

Buying a home can be a challenge, especially if it's your first time. But, for some aspiring homeowners, it can be a more daunting task than for …

Personal Finance

Title insurance is a scam and it’s time for a government takeover

Iowa’s state-run system is by far the cheapest in the nation—and the most effective<p>Of all the paperwork and hassle that goes into closing on a new home purchase, one of the most overlooked is also one of the most costly—title insurance.<p>A lot of homebuyers don’t even know they need title insurance …

Builder Lets Consumers Design Its Model Homes

© Photo courtesy of Taylor Morrison<p>Taylor Morrison Home Corp. is allowing home shoppers to have more say in the design of its model homes in Arizona, …

Are Romantic Addresses a Better Investment?

Could love-themed addresses help you sell a listing faster? A study from Sharestates, a crowdfunding platform for real estate investors, examined …

House Passes Bill to Curb ‘Drive-by’ Accessibility Lawsuits

Accessibility advocates could get better enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act while small commercial property owners could see fewer …

50-acre business park to be developed at Needham Ranch

A new business park is slated for the development of a commercial business park at the site of Needham Ranch, sitting between Highway 14 and downtown …

Nearly One in Four Homes Sold for More Than Their Asking Price in 2017

The numbers reveal an increasingly competitive market.<p>If offering the asking price on a home last year wasn’t enough for you to secure the sale, …

Real Estate

Can I Pay My Mortgage With a Credit Card? Experts Weigh In

Whether your funds are tight or you're all about those credit card rewards points, you've probably wondered: "Can I pay my mortgage with a credit …

Personal Finance

How much you need to earn to afford a $500K house in SoCal

Anyone who's in the market for a house knows it's expensive. But it's pricier now than it's ever been, according to a new report from the real estate …

Is your HOA legally obligated to maintain the common areas?

NJ and IN courts rule on duties of homeowners, condo associations<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>When you purchased your house, …

Los Angeles Luxury Market Cools at the Highest End

There were fewer blockbuster sales in the fourth quarter of 2017<p>The hot market for mega mansions in Los Angeles has cooled.<p>High-octane activity in …

These Four Types of Appliances Are All Wrong for Home Resale

Unless you're planning on staying in your house forever, chances are good that, when planning home improvements, you have at least one eye on resale …

6 Surprising Ways Home Staging Can Sabotage Your Sale

If there's one thing that's hammered home during the selling process, it's that prospective buyers hate walking into an empty house. They need to …

Real Estate

Open Floor Plan Homes: You Really Want One? The Pros and Cons

Open floor plan homes—those with no walls separating the kitchen, dining and/or living area—are all the rage today. According to the National …

We Asked The Pros: Which Home Improvements Have the Best ROI in 2018

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or …

Home Improvement

Why You Should Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers

The typical American kitchen (as of this writing) has a row of upper cabinets and another, deeper row of cabinets under the countertop. The lower …

How to shop for a home in this challenging market

<b>In September 2017, sales of new homes in the U.S. shot up to the highest level in nearly a decade.</b><p>The Commerce Department reported an 18.9% increase …

Real Estate