Spruce Up Your Home- Design Trends in 2014

Spruce Up Your Home- Design Trends in 2014

For recent buyers, or soon-to-be sellers, here’s ten big design trends in 2014: 1.) Wider reclaimed wood and wood-like porcelain floors Floorboards are becoming wider, sometimes up to 5-6 inches. Mixing in different types of wood, even reclaimed boards, and keeping the stain colors warm 

7 Tips for Remodeling a Bathroom

7 Tips for Remodeling a Bathroom

Average bathroom remodels can be pretty up there in price, but here’s some simple tips to help get you a budget-friendly bathroom remodel with the maximum value for your investment. 1.) Planning is important. DO NOT improvise. Think beforehand about how you want to use 

2013 Home Sales Strongest In 7 Years

2013 Home Sales Strongest In 7 Years

Home sales in December 2013 went up, closing the 2013 year with the highest amount of home sales since 2006. There were 5.09 million home sales throughout all of 2013, which is a 9.1% higher increase from 2012. Housing has been steadily recovering over the 

Great News For Homeowners!!

Great News For Homeowners!!

Almost half of the country is within 10% of 2006 peak home prices! Prices are up 12.5% year-over-year. This includes distressed sales. The housing market is finally catching it’s breath as we head in to 2014, according to the president of CoreLogic. We are seeing 

Buyer Urgency!!

Buyer Urgency!!

Buyer Urgency Expected to Drive 2013 DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012 Home shoppers will likely have more urgency in the new year, wanting to buy before home prices rise even more. Home prices are edging up in most markets, and buyers 

4 Million Homes Return to Positive Equity

4 Million Homes Return to Positive Equity

Many home owners had a return of equity in their homes last year due to rising home prices. 4 million homes returned to positive equity in 2013, this brought the total up to 42.7 million. Of those 42.7 million homes with positive equity- around 21.1% 

59 Metros Back to Normal

59 Metros Back to Normal

According to National Association of Home Builders/First American’s latest Leading Markets Index, 59 out of 350 housing markets across the country have returned to, or exceeded their last normal level of housing and economic activity. Markets nationwide are running at around 87% of their normal 

4 Million Renters Say They’re Eager to Buy

4 Million Renters Say They’re Eager to Buy

According to a new survey by Zillow of renters in the 20 largest housing markets in the U.S., 10% of renters say they want to buy a home in the next year. If those 10% of renters all buy homes in the next year, it’ll 

10 Most Expensive Places To Live In The World

10 Most Expensive Places To Live In The World

It could cost as much as $6.64 in U.S. dollars for a cup of coffee, or $6,960 to rent an unfurnished, two-bedroom apartment In Hong Kong. Hong Kong ranked # 3 on Mercer’s latest annual Cost of Living Survey. The survey is aimed at giving 

Jumbo Mortgages Are More Affordable

Jumbo Mortgages Are More Affordable

Wealthy home buyers are paying lower average rates on jumbo mortgages and sometimes, they don’t even have to come up with a large down payment or mortgage insurance. In the last several months interest rates on jumbo loans (mortgages that are $417,000 or more or