Category Archives: For Buyers

Most Common Siding Used on Homes

The most common siding used on new homes can vary by geographic region, but nationally, vinyl and stucco are the overall favorites. The most common exterior wall materials on homes started last year were vinyl and stucco, at 26% each, … Continue reading

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Why Can’t I Get That Low Mortgage Rate Too?

When home shoppers are looking around for the best mortgage rates, they may wonder why they aren’t quoted the ones they see advertised online or by banks. Lenders usually advertise the best interest rates that are available only to their … Continue reading

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Split-Level Homes Are Making a Comeback

The split-level home—with its rooms on multiple floors—was all the rage in the 1970s, but you don’t see the style as much in contemporary homes. However, that may soon change. Google searches are revealing the split-level home is more in … Continue reading

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Global Trends in Kitchen Design

The kitchen continues to gain popularity as a multifunctional and social space, and its design is increasingly reflecting that, according to Cosentino Group’s newly released “2019 Global Kitchen Study,” a reflection of worldwide trends in kitchen design. The study compiles … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Likely to Go Lower in 2020

In the last month, mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest monthly averages in more than three years, and economists predict they’ll stay there well into 2020—and even possibly lower. The lower rates are translating into savings for home buyers. … Continue reading

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Reclaimed Wood Becomes Hot Accessory in New Homes

More homeowners are using reclaimed wood from barns, factories, and log cabins to decorate their modern homes, The Wall Street Journal reports. They’re using the reclaimed wood to decorate everything from ceilings and flooring to window accents. “They want it to look … Continue reading

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How Badly Does a Foreclosure Hurt Credit Scores?

A strong housing market over the last few years has put the foreclosure crisis in the rearview mirror, but many Americans are still haunted by their past housing challenges. New data shows that they should be able to comfortably leave … Continue reading

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Tips to Reach Your Best Credit Score

Only about 1.4% of the population has a perfect 850 on their FICO credit score. “Achieving a perfect credit score is largely out of your hands,” Riley Adams, a licensed certified public accountant and senior financial analyst for Google, told … Continue reading

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Agents Find Homes for People & Puppies

Kelcey Otten, a real estate professional with Compass in Manhattan,  will often bring two small dogs she fosters with her on showing tours to pet-friendly apartments. She’ll bring the pups in her purse on a property tour. “I thought if … Continue reading

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Pools May Add a Splash to Home Value

Swimming pools can help to significantly boost a home price. A new study from LendingTree shows that homes with pools are valued 54% higher than those without one. The median home with a pool is valued at $469,187, while the … Continue reading

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