Category Archives: For Buyers

Is That Fixer Upper a Good Deal?

The lower price of a fixer-upper and the added resale value after a remodel can be alluring to some home buyers. For example, the average price of a fixer-upper home on the TV show “Fixer Upper,” based in Waco, Texas, is … Continue reading

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Mortgage Debt Increases Life Expectancy

Debt can be stressful, and stress can be bad for your health. But some debt may actually be good for your health and even prolong your life, a new study from LendingTree suggests. Researchers evaluated 797 U.S. counties on how … Continue reading

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Gen Z is Not Too Young to Buy a Home

Generation Z is growing up. Those born in 1995 or after are taking out more credit and increasingly eyeing homeownership. About 14 million of Gen Z consumers who are 18 or older are taking out credit, and that includes those … Continue reading

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Homeowners Emphasize the Look of Kitchen, Laundry Appliances

Homeowners don’t care only about how well an appliance performs. They are also placing more emphasis on its look too, finds the J.D. Power 2019 Kitchen and Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Studies. That trend will likely continue too as “HGTV diehards … Continue reading

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What Families With Young Kids Need in a Home

Finding the right property is particularly stressful for families with children under the age of 18, and choosing the neighborhood carefully is critical to their home search, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2019 Moving With Kids survey, based on … Continue reading

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Consumers Have Unreasonable Remodeling Budgets

Rising costs for construction materials and labor are making home improvement projects more expensive, yet too many homeowners are setting unrealistic budgets, according to the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Market Index report, which reflects second-quarter figures. The report, conducted jointly … Continue reading

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Fail to Shop Around for Mortgage, It’s Your Loss

More than a third of home buyers say they did not shop around before selecting their mortgage lender, according to new findings from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey. That may mean they’re missing out in thousands of dollars in savings. … Continue reading

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How Many Homeowners Have the Amenities They Want?

Most buyers have to face a hard reality: They can’t expect to get everything they want in the home they buy. There often have to be some compromises—but those compromises don’t have to lead to regret. Porch.com, a home remodeling … Continue reading

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Some Buyers Feel Pressured to Overspend on Housing

Twelve percent of Americans say they felt pressured to spend more than they were comfortable with on a home in order to appear successful in the eyes of others, according to a new Bankrate.com survey of more than 2,700 adults. … Continue reading

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Most Common Problems Uncovered in Home Inspections

Very few home inspections ever come back completely clear. Indeed, 86% of buyers who recently had a home inspected said their inspector identified at least one problem, according to a new survey from Porch.com, a home remodeling resource, which surveyed … Continue reading

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