Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group’s Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is “not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell soon enough.”

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By Dixie Somers

Being a first time homebuyer can be an intimidating prospect; it seems like there's so much to learn! The process doesn't get less challenging the second or third time around, but here are five tips to help you research and prepare for your next home buying experience.

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It's a good time to be a seller.

Home sellers in 2016 saw the highest profits since 2007, averaging a 21 percent gain, or $38,206, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report. Sellers in San Jose and San Francisco, Calif. saw the highest gain, at 69 percent, as well as those in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 52 percent, Los Angeles, Calif., at 49 percent, and Seattle, Wash., at 48 percent.

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ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed the numbers and found that over a span of 16 years and more than 50 million single family and condos sales, February is the best month for home buying bargains, and eight of the top 10 best days for buying a home are in February.

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Buying a Home? Know your Must-Haves

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

By Maria Patterson

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch.  An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have.

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Real Estate Agents Ride High Again

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This is turning out to be a pretty nice time to be a residential real-estate agent. As the housing market recovers, average income has been rising faster than sales largely because there are fewer agents planting for-sale signs. 

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Select Home Estimator Press Release

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

Introduces Local Home Value Estimates for Consumers

The Select Home Estimator and Interactive-AVM report provide a more

accurate perspective of local market trends.

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St. Louis Real Estate Market Outlook

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Locally, St. Louis home prices continue their upward climb and the trend is expected to persist. The only actual problem real estate professionals are experiencing in the greater St. Louis marketplace is a lack of inventory. There just isn’t enough supply of homes for sale in the desirable neighborhoods to satisfy demand. There is a desperate need for good quality inventory.

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Home sales expected to pick up

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

After starting slow, home sales are expected to pick up the rest of 2014, according to the Freddie Mac U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July. The report showed varying data results for the housing recovery as we head into the final half of the year. While sales are expected to increase, home sales forecast remains at 5.4 million, a slippage of around 2 percent compared to 2013. Existing sales are predicted to be 3 percent lower, while new home sales are expected to rise by 10 to 15 percent.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the June edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including growing equity and a rebound in the sale of new and existing homes. While this scorecard notes positive overall trends in the housing market, officials caution that more work needs to be done as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. The full Housing Scorecard is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard.

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