Concrete Countertops: Learn Why Concrete May Be the Best Thing to Hit Your Kitchen

May 29, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Updating your kitchen may be a project that you have been looking forward to for a long time. Now that the time has come to get started working on your project, you may be exploring the different materials that are available to use in your kitchen. While there are several materials available to consider, concrete may be the best option for a number of reasons.

Received an Offer for Your Home? How to Respond with a Counter-offer Asking for a Higher Price

May 28, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Getting an offer on your house is the first step in getting it sold, but buyers often feel that they have to come in lower than your asking price. After all, everyone wants the deal to work out in their favor. If the offer you received isn’t quite what you hoped, you can always make a counter-offer.

Case-Shiller Home Prices: San Francisco, Denver see Double-Digit Increases

May 27, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

San Francisco, California where home prices rose 10.30 percent year over year in March, and Denver, Colorado with an even 10 percent gain in year-over-year home prices led the Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index for March. Rounding out the top-five cities for year-over-year home price growth were…

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s economic reports included several readings related to housing The Wells Fargo/National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, the Commerce Department’s releases on Housing Starts and Building Permits and the NAR report on Existing Home Sales supplied mixed news on recent developments in housing. Freddie Mac and the Labor Department released their usual reports on mortgage rates and weekly jobless claims.

Four Handy Tips for Managing Your Lawn After the Spring Rains Have Arrived

May 22, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

In many areas, the spring months mean warmer temperatures, more sunshine and plenty of beneficial rainfall that your yard may thrive with. By following these helpful tips, you can take better care of your yard during the rainy spring season.

Real Estate Investing: Why Buying Raw Land Can Be an Excellent Long-term Strategy

May 21, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

When many people think about investing in property, they think about purchasing income-producing real estate such as a residential property or an office building with tenants. By learning more about the benefits of investing in raw land, you may be ready to start searching for real estate to invest in soon.

Buying a Classic Older Home? Three Upgrades You’ll Need to Make Immediately

May 20, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Older homes may have incredible architectural detail and special features that you simply do not want to change. However, there are some essential features that should be upgraded as soon as possible after you take ownership of your classic home.

Put Your Game Face On: How to Negotiate with a Home Seller and Their Real Estate Agent

May 19, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

All real estate transactions come with at least some negotiations, and some transactions are heavily negotiated from start to finish. As a home buyer, you understandably want to negotiate the best overall deal possible while successfully reaching your goal of closing on the home you have fallen in love with. To be truly successful with this process, it is important that you understand how to negotiate with the seller and the seller’s real estate agent.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s economic reports included data from the Federal Reserve on student loan debt, job openings and retail sales. Weekly jobless claims and Freddie Mac’s survey of average mortgage rates were released as usual on Thursday. A report on consumer sentiment wrapped up the week’s scheduled economic new.

Thinking About a Major Renovation? Three Reasons to Consider Adding a Second Story

May 15, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

When your home is no longer fully functional for your needs, you may be thinking about moving into a larger home with a more functional floor plan. While this is one option to consider, another option is to renovate your existing home. There are several reasons why adding a second story to your floor plan may be the best solution for you.

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