Monthly Archives: August 2019

Google’s Most Popular Home Design Searches

What are people searching for on the internet when it comes to home design? Google released a new report that breaks down the most popular searches by several design categories for the home. Coastal-inspired living rooms, ranch style homes, and … Continue reading

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Are Airbnbs Good for a Neighborhood?

Short-term rental properties are popping up in more neighborhoods across the country as homeowners look to cash in on an extra income stream. But is an Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, or other short-term rental good for a thriving neighborhood? The STR … Continue reading

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Homeowners Can Be Fined for Poor Home Maintenance

City ordinances and homeowners associations present many guidelines your clients must follow. Homeowners can face fines for violating rules and laws, such as not obtaining the proper permit for a remodeling project or not performing regular upkeep on a property. … Continue reading

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How Much Money Americans Think They’ll Need to Retire

Most Americans believe they’ll need an average of $1.7 million to retire, according to a new study from Charles Schwab. Researchers analyzed 1,000 401(k) plan participants across the country. “The bulk of folks do not get there,” Nathan Voris, a … Continue reading

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Is ‘Modern’ Overused in Property Descriptions?

The word “modern” is often used in property descriptions, but it may be confusing potential buyers, according to a new article at Apartment Therapy. The term has different meanings to different buyers, Paul Maranger and Christian Vernast of Sotheby’s International … Continue reading

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7 Common Landscaping Mistakes

Curb appeal is a big deal in real estate, and great landscapes can help get potential buyers to the front door. But real estate pros say they repeatedly see how landscapes can turn off would-be buyers. Real estate professionals recently … Continue reading

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10 Projects That Blow the Fixer Upper Budget

Many homeowners who purchase a fixer-upper say it was because they believed they’d save money. But they actually end up spending about the same or more than if they had opted for a move-in-ready home, according to a new study … Continue reading

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Style Over Function Hurts Resale

Experts suggest choosing timeless updates that can stand the test over many design cycles. Remodeling experts also say it’s critical to put function first before embarking on a home improvement project. That may mean having to let go of a … Continue reading

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Do Aging Appliances Mean a Lower Asking Price?

Knowing the lifespan of appliances and home fixtures can help home buyers get a realistic look at  replacements or repairs they may need to make. It can also be a point of negotiations between a buyer and seller: If the … Continue reading

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Remodeling Loan for Fixer-Upper Buyers

As homes age, more homeowners are looking to remodeling to spruce up their properties. Of the nation’s stock of 137 million units, nearly 80% are at least 20 years old, and 40% are at least 50 years old. Freddie Mac … Continue reading

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