When we finally decide to find a place of our own, we’re often excited about the opportunities created by a new home. Shopping for furniture, deciding where to put your favorite art and nick-knacks, and exploring new restaurants and stores are all part of the thrill when looking for a new place to live. However, one aspect of your new home is typically considered at best a nuisance and at worst a source of extreme anxiety and stress — your lease or rental agreement. But don’t let this packet of papers scare you and certainly don’t just turn to the last page to sign it… There’s important information in there that you’ll want to know about before [...]
The three greatest barriers keeping renters from becoming homeowners are financial: saving for a down payment, finding an affordable house, and qualifying for a mortgage loan.
The down payment problem is less pressing since nearly 3,000 state and local governments offer low down payments as well as FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Some conventional lenders are offering mortgages with down payments as low as 1 percent for buyers with good credit. Hopefully, the supply of affordable homes for sale will improve this year as more new homes are built and the improving economy helps move-up buyers buy larger homes and put their old ones up for sale. Getting approved for a mortgage [...]
As major cities in the U.S. grow their economy with the creation of new jobs across different sectors of major industries, America’s working class grows with the increase in employment. However, how big a home you can afford is different across the country for different professions. For those considering how much of a home they can afford working their occupation, we have compiled data to show aspiring homeowners where they can buy the best home on their salary. How much home per square foot can your profession can afford? Below you’ll find some information about popular careers and how they add up.Most Popular US jobs of 2018 Healthcare
Some of the [...]
Expansions in technology are what keep America thriving. Cities across the country are leading the way in innovation and setting the global standard for technological advancements. Technology is a booming industry, and a pretty interesting one as well. There are countless conferences, fields of employment, and even movies and television shows being made around our ever-growing consumption of technology – Black Mirror anyone? Check out our list of the most tech-savvy cities in the US.San Jose, California
San Jose is not only one of the leading centers of technology in the US, but in the world. From green technology to the bio-science industry, San Jose offers the latest [...]
If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you probably already have a giant to-do list. You want to paint the bedroom, hang new curtains and fix the broken planks on the deck. In reality, those might not be the best places to concentrate your energy. An updated bathroom can make or break a home’s appeal and value.
“Some people want new, clean spaces,” said Ken Kostecki, Maison Construction & Renovation president. “Kitchens and bathrooms are the places where you get top value. You’re going to get that money out of it.”
Here are some signs that it’s time to update your bathroom:1. Out-of-Date [...]
In the real estate industry, it’s common knowledge that the photographs you post alongside your description are essential when it comes to trying to sell your own home. However, accompanying these photos, you need written content that will really drive home that sale.
In fact, the written content of your home listing description could be considered the most essential element, since it will be providing your potential customers with the information they need and the inspired they want.
Today, we’re going to explore 7 key points to remember when you and your real estate agent are writing your home listing description, enabling you to promote interest in your [...]
Virtually every real estate market in the nation has experienced buyers’ markets over the past three years. Since 2014, the median home price has risen 11 percent, and 5.8 percent in 2017 alone. With that kind of momentum, will the best sellers’ market since the housing boom continue through 2018? Or will this be the year that demand sags and conditions favor buyers?
In the first half of 2017, competitively priced homes attracted multiple offers quickly. In many markets, buyers battled each other in bidding wars to win contracts on homes that were on the market only a few days. However, during the last two quarters of the year, demand slowed and for several months [...]