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Setting the stage to sell your home

Ask most real estate agents and they'll tell you that the toughest conversations they have with their sellers are about price and presentation.<p>But let's put price aside and talk decor.<p>Everyone is his or her own Martha Stewart, and who wouldn't want to see beautiful pictures of our loved ones on the …

Ahead of the Bell: US new-home sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in February at 10 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.<p>SALES RECOVER: Economists …

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac finally set to reduce mortgage balances

After years of speculation and equivocation, <b>Fannie Mae</b> and <b>Freddie Mac</b> will begin to cut the mortgage balances for a number of homeowners later this …

Real Estate

Drones Are Helping Realtors Market Properties

"This technology is an incredible tool for real estate professionals but can be dangerous if the wrong person is in control," said Kolleen Kelley, a …

The 8 Home Improvements You're Most Likely to Screw Up

Updating your home without professional help feels like an enormous accomplishment: <i>You</i> laid that tile, <i>you</i> fixed that leaky pipe, <i>you</i> did it—go, Team …

Baby Boomers, Downsizing for Retirement, Create Niche Real Estate Market

Developers aim to cut the average baby boomer home size in half<p>Ever since builder Del Webb opened Sun City Arizona's first five model homes in 1960, retirement has been a big business for real estate developers.<p>For decades, the number of retirees living in multi-unit housing has been shrinking, …

Real Estate

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. …

How Successful Real Estate Agents Position Themselves on Facebook

How Successful Real Estate Agents Position Themselves on Facebook<p>According to a joint study released by Google and the National Association of …

Real Estate

A New Home Has More Tax Benefits Than You Think

Congratulations, new homeowner: You've just bought a huge tax break.<p>Though the first-time homebuyer credit has been gone for more than half a decade, …

Want to own a home? Here's what you need to make based on where you live.

Tired of paying rent and curious how much your annual salary has to be to afford to just buy a house instead? Well, according to new stats from …

FAA Finally Approves Drones for Real Estate: Will it be Worth Your Time?

Drones have stirred up quite a buzz in the real estate marketing world, but there have been a lot of unanswered questions regarding how they can be …

Real Estate

Five Things You Think Add Value to Your Home But Really Don’t

Every homeowner pays for routine maintenance, like changing out worn-out plumbing or replacing the roof, but some choose to make improvements to …

How To Find A Home In The Next Hot Neighborhood

Choosing the right neighborhood to buy a home can be tough in the best of situations. Balancing all of the factors involved, such as commute time, school quality, home value and prices make the decision tough. But what if you could predict which up-and-coming spots will be the best bang for your …

Real Estate

14 Sneaky Mistakes That Can Decrease Your Home's Value

Real estate experts say these missteps could cost you in the long run.<p>Real estate experts say these missteps could cost you in the long run.

Confirmed: Starbucks knows the next hot neighborhood before everybody else does

What fuels gentrification? The answer is the same thing that fuels the rest of us: coffee.<p>But not just any old cup o’ joe.<p>Starbucks, the iconic coffee roaster and retailer, has grown into a $15 billion company, with more than 19,000 locations in more than 60 countries. You can spot that familiar …

10 cities where home prices hit record highs

Slide 1 of 11<p><b>Denver</b><p>Home prices in Denver — now an average of nearly $326,000 — are at record highs, after having risen nearly 25% in the past three …

Another mortgage crisis might be just around the corner

Bove pointed out that the U.S. government now insures one-fourth of all new residential mortgage loans and purchases one-sixth of all residential mortgage loans issued. Further, government-sponsored enterprises Fannie May, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae own or ensure three-fifths of all current …

Do Emojis Have a Place in Real Estate Ads?

Emojis – those popular icons showing emotions — are popping up in places beyond just text messaging. Facebook’s newly launched Reactions includes …

What salary it takes to buy a typical home in metro Denver

A buyer of a median-priced home in metro Denver needs to make a salary of $68,436 a year to qualify for a mortgage and cover basic expenses such as …

Top 10 Places Where Millennials Are Buying Houses

Fewer millennials are buying homes. More millennials are opting to rent, or faced with tight budgets, live at home with their parents.<p>But for those …

Why Do I Have to Pay a 6% Commission to My Real Estate Agent?

Why not 3% or a flat fee?<p>Selling a house can be expensive. Not only are you probably going to have to lay out some cash to spruce it up so you can …

Will Real Estate Agents Become Obsolete?

ForSaleByOwner.com says its site increased its listings by over 57% during the height of the spring selling season this year. The majority of the …

Real Estate

Stage fright: The process of getting our house ready for the real estate market came as a shock

<i>Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at</i> tgam.ca/essayguide.<p>The market is hot, it’s time to sell. Make hay while the sun shines. But wait – it’s a whole new game, and if you haven’t moved for a while, you are in for a big …

7 Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate

Buying a house is a <i>process</i>. One where you'll spend a lot of quality time with your Realtor. One where you might even drive him or her a little … nuts.<p>No, we're not talking about that time you called after 10 p.m. because you saw a house online and <i>had</i> to see it <i>immediately</i> (though, hey, you might …

8 Home Costs That Take New Buyers by Surprise

While renting has the advantage of being affordable and carefree, purchasing your own home can be a great investment opportunity—if you’re prepared. …

Home Improvement

7 Secrets Real Estate Agents Know About Bathroom Renovations

Bathrooms are often a top priority for a home renovation, and with good reason. According to Brown Harris Stevens real estate agent Katharine Tuckerman, when it comes time to resell, a "bathroom can make or break a deal." In an older building especially, a new bathroom can be a sign of the …

Real Estate

Is This The House That Will Turn Millennials Into Homeowners?

Millennials are having a hard time entering the real estate market (because the generations before them destroyed it). This affordable, sustainable house is trying to change that.<p>If you were born after 1980, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t own a house. Thanks in part to massive student loans …

Fannie Mae just made it easier to get a mortgage

The government is once again expanding access to credit in an effort to capture a wider audience by making homeownership more available through <b>Fannie</b> …

Making Homeownership Less Exclusive

A new program aims to help poor and minority families qualify for mortgages.<p>In the years since the recession, the dream of a steady paycheck and a home in a nice neighborhood have become more elusive for many working-class Americans. While some may say that the lack of homeownership reflects …

Housing

Home Builders Say Loans Are No Longer Scarce

Many factors, on the demand and supply sides, continue to hinder the home-construction market in the U.S. from returning to normal. But, several home builders say, the availability of construction loans no longer is one of them.

Loans