Monthly Archives: October 2017

How Big a Gamble Is a Condemned Home?

Condemned homes often sell for little more than the value of the land, which may amount to just a few thousand dollars.  But these transactions may take more time to navigate, since you usually must work with a bank or … Continue reading

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Easy Maintenance Tips to Boost Value

Simple maintenance projects and updates can increase a home’s value by roughly 1 percent each year, according to research from the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University. RE/MAX put together a list of four tips on where home owners can … Continue reading

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Most Common Contingencies Buyers Request

Ninety-one percent of closed sales in August contained a sales contingency, allowing a buyer or seller to back out of the contract if certain conditions were not met. This percentage was reported in the August 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, a … Continue reading

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Porches are Making a Comeback

More new homes are coming equipped with front porches. Sixty-five percent of new single-family homes started in 2016 included a porch, according to a Census data analysis from the National Association of Home Builders. It’s only the second time since … Continue reading

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Tips for a Lower Heating Bill

Keeping a home warm during the colder months of the year can prove to be expensive. With energy costs on the rise, many households are facing higher energy bills each year. www.fixr.com, which provides “Cost Guides” of estimates to common household … Continue reading

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Fall Maintenance Tips

The changing of the season brings several household tasks you should perform to keep your home safe as colder temperatures approach. Realtor.com® recently featured several chores to do for fall and winter preparation.

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The ‘Bonus Room’ Makes a Comeback

Home builders and designers say demand is increasing for more flexible living spaces, giving rise once again to “bonus” or “multipurpose” rooms, The Wall Street Journal reports. Such rooms offer extra square footage for owners to create a space that … Continue reading

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Green Homes Are Going Mainstream

Green home construction has moved into the mainstream among single-family and multifamily home builders, according to the new report “Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017 SmartMarketBrief.”

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Kitchen Remodels Offer Big Paybacks at Resale

Kitchen renovations and upgrades are among the top remodeling projects most likely to add value to a home at resale and most likely to appeal to home shoppers, according to the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, conducted by the National Association … Continue reading

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8 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: … Continue reading

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