4 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

A little extra care may be needed to show off your property’s assets during the cold and snowy months. Although traditionally spring and fall are the prime seasons for selling a home, circumstances sometimes require homeowners to put their property on the market during the winter. The good news is that, given access to mobile apps and so much information …

Our 10 Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2016

#10 18447 Madrid Ct, South Bend, IN 46637 $279,900 – 3,306 Sqft, 4 Beds, 2.5 Baths   A photo posted by Steve Smith of Irish Realty (@stevesmithirishrealty) on Dec 5, 2016 at 9:33am PST #9 4909 Bow Line Ct, South Bend, IN 46628 $379,900 – 3,112 Sqft, 4 Beds, 3 Baths   A photo posted by Steve Smith of Irish …

3 Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Estimate

When you’re moving, the last thing you need is a list of surprise fees tacked on at the end. Here’s how to get an accurate estimate from the start. When planning a residential move, it’s important to have an accurate idea of the final moving costs so you can set a realistic moving budget. Estimating your moving costs, however, is …

6 Reasons To Sell Your Home In 2017

Planning to sell in the new year? Get a head start by listing early. Being early has its benefits: “The early bird catches the worm” or “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” You get the idea. So if you’re thinking about listing your home for sale in 2017 — or if you …

Rates Rising Ahead Of 2017: What Home Buyers and Owners Need To Know

Interest rates rose following a recent Federal Reserve announcement, and could continue higher as the new year kicks off. On December 14, 2016, the Fed raised a key overnight bank-to-bank lending rate by .25 percent. Even though this is a short-term rate, it also impacts longer-term home loan rates. Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages rose about .5 percent between the …

5 Trends in New Home Construction

What’s on the runway for home-building fashions? Experts predict 5 big “ins.” In the world of apparel fashion, trends go in and out in a matter of months. For interior design, trends may change year to year. But home construction changes much more slowly — on the scale of decades. Home fashions take a while to build momentum, but they …

The No. 1 Biggest Change For Housing In 2016

Two words describe the 2016 real estate market: low inventory. When you analyze the housing market at the end of a year, you can often spot trends — and 2016 definitely had a big one: a lack of inventory, or supply, of homes for sale. Once you couple low inventory with strong buyer demand, which we also saw in 2016, …

In a Hot Housing Market Are Upgrades Still Necessary?

So the housing market is up. You’re thinking about selling. And you know that your home will move quickly and at top dollar no matter how unremarkable it may be. Because you’re savvy. You know that the inventory of existing homes on market isn’t keeping pace with demand. Why upgrade your home? Time on market is down. Prices are up. …

3 Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

Look out for these pitfalls before you take the leap into purchasing a home. Everton Allen, now 28, graduated from college and was living with his parents while working as a graphic designer for the Miami Dolphins when he decided he wanted to start his own company and buy his own home. “I’d saved for a down payment over several …

The No. 1 Tip To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Your loan term might be fixed, but it doesn’t have to dictate when you’ll be mortgage-free. Find out how to speed up the process. A lot can happen in 30 years. Kids become adults, jobs change, and life goals are accomplished and reset. Change during such a lengthy period is inevitable. But if you’re a homeowner, there’s one thing that …