5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

If you’re making big decisions about housing this year, you’ll want to keep these factors in mind. If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And up. In many parts of the country, in fact, rents have been increasing at a faster rate than home values. …

How To Sell Your House Faster Than Your Neighbor’s

Focus on these tips to help buyers choose your house instead of your neighbor’s! Airto Zamorano’s real estate game plan was solid: do a serious deep cleaning of his home every single time he had a showing. “The idea is that we wanted to project a fresh, clean feel,” says Zamorano, who lives in Marlton, NJ. The tactic worked. Despite …

Listing Photos: Your Home’s First Showing

A picture is worth a thousand words, and could be worth thousands of dollars when it comes to attracting the right buyers to your home. Let’s face it, buyers form their first impression of your home based on the online listing. As they say, Web appeal is the new curb appeal. If you are serious about selling your home, you …

Tips To Buy A Home In Your 20s, 30s, And 40s

What you need as a 20-something homebuyer doesn’t always match up when you’re in your 30s or 40s. Find out what you need to know at each stage with this expert guidance. What you need from your home will change as your life changes. While no one can predict life’s curveballs, you can get great advice from veterans of the …

5 Ways to Stage Your House Like a Pro

Designer-to-the-stars Meridith Baer gives pro tips for staging your house to sell. “Nobody cleans their bathroom like that, even on a good day.” You may have a thought like this while receiving advice from a professional stager — someone who whips homes into tip-top selling shape. But potential buyers will look upon those expanses of blank, clean counter space and …

9 Necessary Things To Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

Plan a party right away, plus more expert tips that might surprise you. You’ve signed and initialed on all the dotted lines. The house is yours — no more landlords or leases. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Even spend a night in your new, empty home on an air mattress with a box of pizza before things start to get …

5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders

Choosing a lender? Don’t make a snap decision you might regret. Find the right fit with these five questions. Buying a home is the largest purchase many consumers will ever make, and many will turn to a lender for financing. But finding a lender you click with can be a challenge, especially if you wait until the last minute. Li-Ning …

6 Major Mistakes Buyers Make In A Seller’s Market

When you’re looking for a home in a seller’s market, you need a plan in place to avoid making mistakes. The real estate market often fluctuates, making it tough to predict whether the market will favor buyers or sellers when it’s your turn to buy. Buyers in a seller’s market can get what they want, but they need to bring …

Subtle Yet Effective Storage Ideas

The beginning of a new year is the time to start with a fresh slate. The Internet is abuzz with cleaning tips, organizational ideas and lists of things you can throw away with abandon. There are advice columns on the merits of KonMari and minimalism. You’ve purged knickknacks, donated clothing, and smuggled broken toys out of the house. Yet the …

3 Overlooked Tax Breaks Your Home May Be Able To Cash In On

Minimize what you’ll owe and maximize what you’ll get back at tax time. People are always making moves (real estate and otherwise) to minimize what they owe and maximize tax returns. But understanding if you’re eligible for tax breaks can be daunting. The tax code is 4 million words and more than 70,000 pages long. To ensure you’re not missing …