Whether you are buying a new home or selling your old one, "comps," or comparable sales, are important. As a seller, they can be used as benchmarks to properly price your house. The last thing you want to do is undervalue it, which could end up losing you money, or overvalue it, which could make your property sit on the market for way too long. As a buyer, comps provide a ballpark figure that you can expect to pay in the current real estate market and, thus, help prevent... Read More
First-Time Buyers Give Home
Sales a Boost
The housing market in June shifted as fewer investors closed on homes. The gap in the market was filled by first-time buyers, who accounted for 33 percent of the market in June, up 3 percent from both a month and a year ago. The number of first-time buyers closing on properties hasn't been this high since July 2012. For the first half of 2016, the share of first-timers in the market averaged 31 percent; for all of 2015, the average was only 30 percent. "The modest...Read More
Five Interior Design Trends to Step Up Your Style Game
Whether you're a first-time home buyer looking for ways to upgrade your starter home or a seasoned home owner seeking a refresh, these tips will give you ideas to work with on any budget.
1. Design for Social Connection.
Given the pace of today's technology-driven life, more and more people are turning to their home as a haven, a place where they can unplug from screens and reconnect with family and friends. "An easy way... Read More
How to Create Cohesive Décor for Your Home
The décor of your home is not something that has to be simply one style or another but can be a beautiful mixture of many different styles. For instance, a few modern accents can be incorporated into a traditional style to create a style of its own. The trick is knowing how to pull it all together. By following a few tips, you can bridge the gap between styles to create a flowing room.
Choose a Focal Point
First and foremost, choose a focal point for your room. This can be a painting, fireplace, large window, or anything else you want to draw attention to. The rest of the room will revolve around that focal point. When someone enters the room, the focal point will be the first thing they see. If possible, the focal... Read More
Eight Tips for Being a Good Neighbor
You've bought a house and you can't wait to move in. It's a perfect space for you and your family, and you're looking forward to beginning this new stage of your life. Well, there's one aspect of that new house and that new stage that you should consider—your neighbors. Here are eight ways to promote good neighborly relations:
1. Break the Ice Early. Look for an opportunity to introduce yourself soon after you move in, before anything happens that sets a negative tone. Shake hands over the fence or stroll over to chat if you see someone working in their yard. Tell them a little bit about yourself and your family and ask for friendly tips on the neighborhood...Read More