It is nearing the end of the year, the summer months and consequential peak in number of homebuyers has come and gone by now. According to Time.com, the best time to make an offer on a house is during these winter months, as the competition is generally uninterested in house hunting when it is cold and wet outside. Subsequently, people looking to sell their homes before the end of the year will most likely have to lower their price expectations.
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, but if you’re hosting the big meal, Turkey Day might fill you with dread or nightmares of dirty dishes. Here are some tips we’ve rounded up to help you have a stress-free feast so you can relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with your guests.
Several indicators in ZipRealty’s latest Housing Trends Report point to a less-frenzied real estate market, compared to this past spring. While the median sales price of $267,215 at the end of October was 14.2% higher on a year-over-year basis, the new report indicates that across markets, prices are moderating, the inventory of homes has started to increase and sold-to-list price ratios are trending downward.
With the invention and refinement of the elevator and many advances in geotechnical engineering, the construction of high-rise buildings became possible. During the past decades engineers and architects have been designing steel structures that have been growing increasingly taller. Currently, the tallest sky-scraper in the world is located in Dubai and is over 2,722 ft. (829.8 m.) tall - that's 163 floors! The allure of towering over the rest of the city has been around since the days of ancient Rome.
Gutters act as the first defense against rain and snow damage on key parts of your home. When cleaned annually or biannually, they are then prepared for any moisture by draining it away from the home and into the yard. It’s important to clean them out twice a year—especially in autumn after leaves fall—to avoid paying thousands of dollars on repairs to the roof, foundation, or siding from seasonal storms and improper drainage.
Selling a home at any time of the year requires preparation and commitment. If you are selling a home this fall, keep in mind that real estate activity tends to slow down nationwide during this time of year. If you need to sell your home, however, it is wise to get it on the market now if you live in a northern climate as harsh winters will further discourage prospective buyers.
Counter to a widely reported recent trend, year-over-year growth in median home sales prices has actually accelerated in the past eight weeks, according to ZipRealty’s latest Housing Trends Report. For the month ending Oct. 15, the sales price of nearly $269,000 in the 24 markets studied by ZipRealty was 14.9% higher than in the same period of 2012. However, for the month ended Sept. 30, the price was 14.6% higher and in the month ended Sept. 15, the annual increase was 14%.
As you begin the home buying process, you have many considerations to make. What are the schools like in the area, how long will your commute be to work and what amenities does the community have are all questions worth asking. However, in the fall as you watch nature's splendor unfold all around you, you may find yourself thinking less about the amenities and benefits of the area, and more about the incredible views around you. As you consider some of the top places to live, consider these five areas with some of the most picturesque autumn landscapes.