Author Archives: Tammy Gordon

Top Landscaping Trends for 2020

Ornate landscaping and weaving in a blue color palette are two big trends for yards in the new year, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals. The association recently released its list of the top landscaping trends in the … Continue reading

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Cash-Out Refis Could Cost You

More homeowners are refinancing to take equity out through a cash-out tranaction. They’re then using the extra cash to pay down credit card debts, renovate their home, or even invest in a new home. Over the past two years that … Continue reading

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2019 Mortgage Rates Were Lowest in Nearly 50 Years

The interest rate for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.9% for 2019, the fourth lowest annual average since 1971, according to Freddie Mac. For 2020, Freddie’s outlook mirrors that of the real estate industry’s top economists, who discussed their predictions at … Continue reading

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New Flooring Trends Emerging

More than 30% of homeowners say the floors are what they dislike most about their properties, according to a survey conducted by online loan marketplace LightStream. New flooring may even increase a home’s value, Dan DiClerico, an expert with HomeAdvisor, … Continue reading

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Most Popular Living Room Styles

Living room layouts enabling greater social interaction, as well as design accents like built-ins, were big trends this year. Houzz, a popular home remodeling site, recently rounded up the living room and family room photos uploaded to its site this … Continue reading

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Budget More for Home Insurance

Home insurance rates are climbing due to a rising number of natural disasters. As a result, homeowners, particularly those located in some at-risk markets, will need to brace for higher costs. In 2018, there were 850 “natural catastrophes” worldwide that … Continue reading

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Buyers More Flexible on Commute Than Home Size

Most consumers are willing to extend their commutes in order to find a single-family home with a yard, according to a new Redfin survey of 1,400 consumers. Eighty-nine percent of survey respondents say they would choose a single-family home with … Continue reading

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Staging Tips to ‘Master’ the Owner’s Suite

The master bedroom is an important room to stage in order to help potential buyers feel right at home. Apartment Therapy recently highlighted tips from designers on how to achieve a posh bedroom look without spending big bucks.

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Trending Kitchen Design for 2020

While certain features in a kitchen—like statement lighting, cabinet hardware, and even range hoods—are taking center stage, many are also getting muted or hidden. That may mean you have to look extra hard with your buyers in the latest kitchen designs to uncover … Continue reading

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Right Way to Clean Granite

It’s important that those granite countertops gleam during showings, but some cleaning products may actually harm them. White vinegar, for example, has been a popular cleaning agent because it’s inexpensive and can combat bacteria and mold on many surfaces, such … Continue reading

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