5 Essential Home-Buying Considerations

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Brett Murray

By Cheryl Knight

Buying a house is a life-changing process that requires lots of upfront financial planning.

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Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

Thursday, December 28th, 2017
Brett Murray

Analysts are expecting even higher home prices in 2018 than originally projected, according to new research.

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Affordability challenges are weighing on the housing market, as many homebuyers and sellers contend with either being unable to compete or to find a new home within reach.

Buying a home, however, is still better than renting one in most states—35, to be exact, according to a recent study by GOBankingRates.

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Refresh Your Home, Room by Room

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Spring is a sensible time to refresh and restore your home after heavy indoor use during winter. It's also an opportunity to conduct overdue home maintenance and achieve a sense of accomplishment.

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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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