Category Archive: Real Estate Tips

Mar 24

How to Get Your Content Shared Online

How to Get Your Content Shared Online

How to Get Your Content Shared Online   Producing shareable content should be key behind any internet marketing strategy. The more you can get others to share your content, the more new prospects you can land in front of, and the potential to rank higher in Google searches. But what motivates other people to want …

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Mar 23

Home Sales Drop Amid Inventory, Affordability Issues

Home Sales Drop Amid Inventory, Affordability Issues

Home Sales Drop Amid Inventory, Affordability Issues     Existing-home sales dropped in February as tight inventory and weakening affordability conditions kept many buyers out of the market in most parts of the country, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. Total sales for existing single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops fell 3.7 percent to a …

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Mar 22

Smart Reminders for Your Home Sellers

Smart Reminders for Your Home Sellers

Smart Reminders for Your Home Sellers   Besides staging, sellers also should take a few more steps to ease the stress of their sale. Realtor.com® offers up some of the following often-overlooked tips: 1. Highlight improvements and any issues. “If you’ve owned your home for a while, make a list of all the problems you’ve …

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Mar 21

Bidding Wars to Heat Up This Spring

Bidding Wars to Heat Up This Spring

Bidding Wars to Heat Up This Spring   Likely to be a hallmark of this year’s spring home selling season: Bidding wars. As home listings are scarcer and buyer demand remains high, home shoppers are finding a lot more competition this spring, particularly in hot markets like the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, and Boston. …

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Mar 20

3 Sources of Odors That Offend Buyers

3 Sources of Odors That Offend Buyers

3 Sources of Odors That Offend Buyers   Your sellers may have “nose blindness.” The term refers to the process of adapting to the smells around you and becoming so desensitized to them that you learn to ignore them or become less sensitive to them, says Dr. Richard Doty, director of the Smell and Taste …

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Mar 17

What to Watch for in Home Renovations

What to Watch for in Home Renovations

What to Watch for in Home Renovations   Home renovations can help boost the resale value of a property, but they also can expose homeowners to costly repairs or even make them physically sick, if they don’t take some precautions. Help your renovating clients be on the lookout for some of these dangers that could …

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Mar 16

Owners Overestimating Home Values

Owners Overestimating Home Values

Owners Overestimating Home Values     The gap continues to widen between what homeowners say their home is worth and appraisers’ valuations. Homeowners’ estimates of values were, on average, 1.69 percent higher than appraisers’ home value opinions in February, according to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index. The gap has been detected every month since …

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Mar 15

What’s the House Size? No One Is Really Sure

What's the House Size? No One Is Really Sure

What’s the House Size? No One Is Really Sure Just how large a house really is may depend on whom you ask, The Wall Street Journal reports. That’s because appraisers, developers, builders, real estate professionals, tax assessors, and architects all measure spaces differently. No universal standard exists for calculating a home’s square footage. Further, it …

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Mar 13

Mortgage Rates Zoom to 2017 High

Mortgage Rates Zoom to 2017 High

Mortgage Rates Zoom to 2017 High The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage surged to its highest average of the year this week, reaching 4.21 percent, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. “The 10-year Treasury yield rose about 10 basis points this week,” said Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “For the first time in …

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Mar 10

Rising Rates Will Impact Home Prices

Rising Rates Will Impact Home Prices

Rising Rates Will Impact Home Prices   Americans have, so far, stood resilient to rising mortgage rates, but a bigger impact will come soon, say Goldman Sachs economists. Housing’s share of the economy rose above normal levels from November to January, despite mortgage rates surging 60 basis points at the time. Still, economists caution that …

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Mar 09

If Pets Could Pick a Home, They’d Pick Here

If Pets Could Pick a Home, They’d Pick Here

If Pets Could Pick a Home, They’d Pick Here   Pet owners in some states do a better job than those in others creating a thriving home for their furry friends, according to a new survey by Care.com. Care.com recently looked at a variety of data about pet care to rank the states based on …

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Mar 08

Social Networks Influence Home Buyers

Social Networks Influence Home Buyers

Social Networks Influence Home Buyers   Social networks can carry a lot of weight in people’s lives, even having an impact on their real estate decisions. In a recent REALTOR® University Speaker Series presentation, Dr. Johannes Stroebel presented research about the influence of social networks on buyers’ home purchase decisions. Housing investment is a regular …

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