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2017 SCE Housing Survey Finds Increased Optimism about Home Price Growth

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released results from its February 2017 SCE Housing Survey, which provides information on consumers’ housing-related experiences and expectations. The survey, which is part of the broader Survey of Consumer Expectations, shows an increase in home price growth expectations, especially for growth during the next year. In addition, […]

Eight Ways to Test Out a Home Before Making an Offer

While that newly renovated home looks great in photos, what’s really behind that real estate listing could be too good to be true. When it comes to assessing a potential new home, the savvy buyer knows to relentlessly sleuth for any hidden problems. Like you would at a car dealership, test drive your potential future […]

What’s the Best Time of Year for Home Buyers?

The start of the busy home shopping season in early spring is a time of optimism for would-be home buyers—more new listings come on the market in spring than any other time of year. Come late spring, however, that optimism may turn into desperation as fear of missing out on the season’s newly listed homes […]

Five Realities of Cul-de-Sac Life

Buyers usually clamor for homes on cul-de-sacs, often paying as much as 20 percent more for houses on these idyllic dead-end streets. Typically associated with a rounded end to facilitate the slow flow of cars, cul-de-sacs conjure up visions of quiet suburban bliss, far removed from the dangers and noise of high-speed traffic. But there also can be […]

How to Get Your Baths Open-House Ready

When it comes time to sell your home, you want to make sure every room is in tip-top shape—that means clean, neat and free of clutter. One room to pay particular attention to is the bathroom, which can quickly become cluttered with half-filled tubes of toothpaste, shampoo bottles and hairbrushes. Taking the time to clean […]

Eight Neighborhood Features That Increase Your Home Value

It’s a good bet that certain home upgrades—the kitchen and master bathroom, in particular—will increase the value of your home. But some neighborhood features are so attractive to buyers that they also can increase your home’s value. Here, Trulia discusses eight neighborhood and community amenities that shouldn’t be overlooked. Hiking trails Neighborhoods with access to hiking […]

Trading Up Costs $450 More a Month, With Exceptions

There are many benefits to trading up to a home with more square footage, especially for growing families. But with more house comes more cost, and, as a recent analysis by Zillow reveals, it can vary by location. Trade-up homeowners can expect to spend an average $447 more each month if they move from a […]

Six Bedroom Design Trends That Buyers Dislike

Whatever’s hot now will someday be…not. From mountains of pillows to bright colors, Realtor.com offers seven once-popular trends that decorating experts suggest sellers banish from the bedroom when placing their home on the market.   All white, all the time Home sellers often are told to stick to a neutral palette, and white is a neutral, but it […]

Five Genius Ways to Help Pay Your Mortgage Each Month

Is your mortgage payment taking a bite out of your budget? Realtor.com suggests using these methods to make it easier to pay each month, as well as to speed up the repayment of your loan. 1. Share your space You can get someone else to pay the bill for you if you’re willing to share […]

Your Workout Preferences Could Help Boost Home Prices

Real estate agents are increasingly calling out proximity to gyms such as CrossFit in listings or when showing clients condos or homes—something previously only done with good schools and restaurants. In fact, the percentage of listings in luxury apartments that contained the words “gym,” “weight room” or “workout studio” rose to 11 percent in January […]