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How to Market a Home Without a Garage

housewithoutgarageGarages haven’t always been part of the American home. In fact, it wasn’t until Ford Motor Co. started mass-producing the Model T in 1913 that small detached sheds were built on properties that had enough land to protect these new contraptions, according to Scott Sidler, licensed contractor and author of The Craftsman Blog. As the [...]Read More

Defining Who Owns What is Critical in HOA Relationship

whoownswhatQuestion. It’s almost fall. I am on the Board of Directors of our homeowner association, and know that we will start getting calls from owners to make repairs to such things as the streets, our tot lot, and the community recreational facility. However, we often get requests to repair (or replace) such other areas as [...]Read More

Elegant Staging How-to

homestagingYou might love your home and think it looks great, but if you’re trying to sell it, you have to look at it with a more critical eye. Prospective home buyers are going to have high expectations. When you show your home, you need to really be thinking about how to give it true flair. [...]Read More

Before Your New Love Moves In

newlovemovesinWhen love goes wrong, real estate owners may have a lot to lose. Don’t take solo-ownership lightly no matter how you ended up owning your own condominium unit, house, or recreational property. Inviting a new love to move in is much more complicated than asking someone to share a rental apartment or to lease a [...]Read More

#1 Reason to List Your Home Right Now

number1reasontolistIf you are debating whether or not to list your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the current lack of inventory: “Inventory coming onto [...]Read More

Rising Lumber Prices Affecting New Home Prices

lumberpricesA staggering 90 percent of home builders say the affordability of new properties is being hampered by rising lumber prices. The finding came from the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, where many builders claimed that the higher costs of construction are forcing more prospective buyers to back out of the [...]Read More’s Hottest Housing Markets May Surprise You just released its hottest market list. Compiled from June data, studied listing searches in each U.S. market along with supply, demand and prices. The list revealed surprises. For the first time in six years, California markets did not rank in the top five. “California is not as hot as it was. It’s because [...]Read More

Older Homes Can Still Gain an Edge

olderhomesThe 4,200-square-foot lakefront property Mark Parrish listed last August seemed like any home buyer’s dream. Twenty minutes outside of Minneapolis, it was more spacious than most comparable homes in the neighborhood, with four bedrooms and four baths, and had unobstructed water views. Though the basement was unfinished and the kitchen needed some updates—the cherry wood [...]Read More

Median Home Prices Reach All-Time High

homepricesHome buyers can expect to pay more than ever this summer, as the median existing-home price for all housing types hit an all-time high of $264,800 in May according to the National Association of Realtors. Rising values are being driven by demand from a flood of buyers in the face of a shortage of inventory. [...]Read More

The Inner Workings of Credit Scores

creditscoresConsumers are encouraged to check their credit reports once per year. The primary reason for doing so is to make sure there aren’t any mistakes. Unfortunately, credit reports are prone to contain mistakes. It’s not really the fault of the three main credit repositories, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion because all three are just a database. [...]Read More