Cold efficiency helps elevate solar savings in Northeast

Solar power is most effective in areas with consistent, reliable amounts of sunlight. However, a recent analysis of homeowner savings from solar energy found that the systems were highly effective in the Northeast as well.

Homeowner perceptions about 0.5 percent lower than appraisals

Homeowners continued to have a fairly reliable idea of the value of their property in October, according to the most recent update of the retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans' National Home Price Perception Index. Home values stayed relatively...

NAR report: One-third of first-time home buyers get help from family and friends

One out of every three buyers purchasing their first home accepted help from family and friends. Despite this assistance, the share of first-time homebuyers remained significantly below pre-recession levels.

The ethics of being a Realtor, not just a real estate agent - Part 2

What sets Realtors® apart from other licensees is that they are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.

Choosing a material for a kitchen backsplash

The backsplash in a kitchen needs to do double duty. It should be durable enough to stand up to the variety of spills and splatters that come with preparing a meal, yet its prominent placement also means you'll want something with visual appeal.

Property Transactions November 22, 2019

Property Transactions November 22, 2019

Turn your garage into a pub

By adding a bar and some seating to your garage, you'll create an enjoyable retreat for you and your friends just steps from your front door.

A pending sale on your preferred home doesn't mean all is lost

A pending sale doesn't necessarily mean that the transaction will be completed. By keeping tabs on the property, you may be able to snag it if the first offer falls through.

"Spite fences" serve no purpose other than to annoy

The saying goes that good fences make good neighbors; as long as each person respects the other's property, they'll get along. Unfortunately, some neighbors instead decide to use the fence as a weapon in a dispute with the homeowner next door.

Can private mortgage insurance be beneficial?

Some buyers may discover that it makes more sense to make a smaller down payment, keep more money in their bank account, and absorb PMI costs for awhile.

Bathroom renovations grow more expensive, maintain room size

Homeowners who renovated their bathroom recently typically shouldered higher costs to do so, according to a recent survey by the home design site Houzz. Few renovations expanded the size of the master bathroom, with about one in four homeowners...

Report: Homeownership tenure lengthens as older residents stay put

Homeowners are staying in their homes for a median of five years longer than they did a decade ago, according to a recent analysis by the real estate site Redfin. The report suggests that older residents are often content to remain in their homes,...

Turn your fallen leaves into leaf mold

While it sounds like a disease that might affect your trees, leaf mold is actually a beneficial soil amendment that can easily be created using only the leaves that litter your lawn in the autumn.

Property Transactions November 15, 2019

Property Transactions November 15, 2019

Fannie Mae: Housing sentiment declines in October

Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index retreated for the second consecutive month in October, with fewer respondents reporting higher household income or optimism toward home buying conditions. However, Fannie Mae said the index remains near a...

Prioritizing your home projects

There's always plenty to do around the home, but prioritizing your improvement projects will make for a more manageable budget and a less stressful schedule.


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