Median home sales prices in the 24 metros surveyed by ZipRealty accelerated to 7.9% year-over-year growth in May 2014, about 2 percentage points stronger than the 6.1% year-over-year growth seen in April 2014. Across the metros analyzed by ZipRealty, the sales price was $290,000 at the end of May 2014, a $20,000 increase since May 2013. The largest year-over-year increases in median home sales for May 2014 were:
When searching for a home, lots of families want to buy in high-performing school districts, but they can’t always afford to pay an outrageously high mortgage. To help families find affordable homes in great school districts, we have released our second annual ranking of the Best Places for Families to Live!
Selling your home is a major undertaking that can be stressful, but if you prepare beforehand, much of that stress can be eliminated. If you are well-prepared to sell your home, it might even sell faster than you and your real estate agent originally anticipated. Here are a few simple tips to make the process of selling your home a much smoother one.
Creating a healthier home doesn't require costly upgrades or a big investment of time. Small changes in areas such as air quality, energy use and chemical exposure can make big differences in the health of a home and the people living there.
Improve the Air
ZipRealty released a new report today showing that Oakland median home price growth has surpassed San Francisco, Berkeley and Alameda. ZipRealty analyzed the latest MLS data on home sales as of May 31, 2014 to create the four-city study. Zip codes in which five or more real estate sales closed in 2014 were included in the analysis.
Any area with slope problems and insufficient erosion control is often a good candidate for retaining wall construction. The likelihood of soil and other debris slipping downhill will help to determine the necessity of a retaining wall versus an actual wall to prevent damage to the home. In some cases, homeowners may just need a retaining wall for aesthetic uses like a garden wall.
Why Build a Retaining Wall?
What is the one thing on the mind of all new homeowners today? It's the immediate image of how their furniture or purpose of rooms and spaces will play out in a potential home. There are a few updates that can and should be implemented before moving in that can make the process much easier as well as reduce work later down the road.
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A new backsplash can transform an entire kitchen. With the right tools and know-how, an average homeowner can construct a backsplash over the course of a weekend or have a professional do it in a matter of hours. A great new backsplash can attract buyers, along with making a kitchen more beautiful and functional.
What Is a Backsplash?