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10-Minute Home Projects

10-Minute Home Projects

You’re probably familiar with the idea that little things add up to a lot. But did you ever stop to think about how that can be applied to the upkeep of your home? Homeowners know that one of the responsibilities…

When You Should – and Shouldn’t – DIY

When You Should – and Shouldn’t – DIY

Are you starting to feel a little bored with your house? Are you daydreaming about making some changes? At some point, most homeowners want to spruce up their home a little bit – and may even try to handle some…

Use Your Tax Refund On Your Home

Use Your Tax Refund On Your Home

Have you filed your taxes yet? We know — tax season isn’t anybody’s favorite time of the year (except, of course, for tax accountants). But if you’re expecting a refund, now is a great time to reinvest that money in…

Is an FHA Loan Right for You?

Is an FHA Loan Right for You?

One of the most daunting challenges of buying a home is choosing and getting approved for a mortgage loan. There are many types of mortgages out there and if you’re unfamiliar with the differences between them and how they relate…

Transform Your Attic

Transform Your Attic

If you’re a homeowner who has been looking for ways to increase the square footage of your living space, but you’re hesitant to build a new addition to your existing home, have you thought about looking up? Unfinished attics are…

Could You Live in a Tiny House?

Could You Live in a Tiny House?

Do you fantasize about downsizing? Do you dream of having less to take care of so you have more time for yourself to do the things you enjoy? You’re not alone. Minimalism is trending in our culture right now, from…

Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist

This year, you want to have a head start on maintaining your home. We all do – but it seems like such a daunting task! You know that by maintaining your home you can save money, lower your bills and…

Home Prices Up in 93% of Measurable Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home Prices Up in 93% of Measurable Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The national median home price for Q2 is up 8.2% to $229,400 The income needed to afford the median home in each region is directly impacted by the amount of the down payment. The larger the down payment…

64.2% of Millennials Put Down Less than 20%

64.2% of Millennials Put Down Less than 20%

Digital Risk recently polled Millennials about the housing market. Among their findings was the fact that nearly two-thirds of the generation who have recently purchased a home, have done so with less than 20% down; with 36% putting down less…

Real Estate Again Seen as Best Investment

Real Estate Again Seen as Best Investment

We are almost back to ‘pre-housing crash’ home values. The inventories of distressed properties (foreclosures & short sales) are shrinking dramatically. The economy is improving. The job numbers are headed in the right direction.   The big question that still…

Home Values: Where Are They Headed Over The Next 5 Years?

Home Values: Where Are They Headed Over The Next 5 Years?

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.   Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate…

The REAL Reasons Americans Buy a Home

The REAL Reasons Americans Buy a Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the…