The holidays are in full swing, and your calendar probably is filling up with a get-together or two. Perhaps you’re even hosting a group of people for dinner. If that idea fills you with panic, we’ve got three easy ways you can wow your guests without spending days preparing.
When you decide to purchase a home there are a variety of decisions that must be made such as where you want to live, how many bedrooms you need, and what style of house you hope to call home. Along with decisions about the home itself you will need to make some important decisions regarding home financing. One of the most important considerations when financing a home is what type of mortgage to take out.
During the Christmas holiday season millions of Americans take to the nation’s roadways or hop on a plane to visit family and friends. Potential home buyers often take time over the holidays to visit dream destinations looking for the perfect vacation home. Others simply take advantage of the vacation time to visit popular holiday destinations across the United States to help them get into the holiday spirit. If you are able to travel during the holidays and want a destination that will really get you in the holiday spirit, consider one of the following cities:
Hosting a dinner with friends and family is always fun – right up until its midnight and you’re still washing the last load of dishes. During the holiday season when things are already hectic, entertaining can feel a bit overwhelming, to say the least. Not to fear! Here are four simple tips to help you throw a great party and keep your sanity.
What’s the best place to live if you love hosting fabulous parties? Los Angeles, of course! In a recent study ZipRealty.com found that LA, aka the “Entertainment Capitol of the World” had the most listings that were perfect for entertaining, followed by Denver, CO and Dallas, TX.
With year-round warm weather and a wide variety of entertainment-friendly home styles, it’s no surprise LA is the nation’s top hot spot for entertaining at home.
When winter hits the lawn, everything colorful transforms into brown and yellow shapes. The well-maintained landscape suddenly looks less appealing for several months. Yet prospective home sellers with frosty winters like Baltimore and other cities can increase their curb appeal through the frosty season by utilizing winter landscaping.
Dust off the punch bowl and bring out hor d'oeuvres platters – it’s time to party! The holiday season is a perfect excuse to get friends and family together for both small and large celebrations. And if you enjoy being the hostess with the mostess, having a home that is perfect for entertaining will only make your party-throwing skills shine even brighter.
Here are the cities with the most listings that are “perfect for entertaining”.
If selling your home is in the near future, you might have already started thinking about some ways you could make your home more attractive to the homebuyer. For instance, some home sellers consider replacing the outdated or broken appliances before listing their homes - like appliances in the kitchen. Having a newly updated kitchen can definitely be a selling point for a home. If your kitchen is clean and up to date, you won't run the risk of instilling suspicion amongst your potential buyers as to whether you have taken good care of the property overall.
The latest edition of ZipRealty’s Housing Trends Report points to an overall cooling of the housing market across 24 metro areas. Even though the median sales price across all markets of $267,832 is still 12.6% higher than it was in mid-November 2013, year-over-year growth has waned from a 15% gain just one month ago.
Metros where you can find the best housing bargains or those that were flat or posted very little price growth as of Nov. 15 are located primarily on the East Coast:
Heated driveways serve many purposes during the winter, but their main objective involves turning snow into slush, decreasing the time homeowners spend shoveling it off or laying down salt. It’s the ultimate prevention method against icy patches and other damaging aspects that people living in heavy snow climates deal with. It’s a worthwhile investment for people living in snow-heavy cities, but it is important know what it’s involved in this purchase.