December 18, 2012 - 10:33 AM
make a book christmas tree
Your first holiday in your new home? You might be short on seasonal decorations and spare cash to create the holiday spirit. Never fear: we’ve got DIY ideas that make the season sparkle without breaking your budget. Wreaths A recent trip to the grocery store revealed holiday wreaths selling for $20 or more.... Read More

Decorate Your First Christmas DIY Fabulous

Your first holiday in your new home? You might be short on seasonal decorations and spare cash to create the holiday spirit. Never fear: we’ve got DIY ideas that make the season sparkle without breaking your budget.

Wreaths

A recent trip to the grocery store revealed holiday wreaths selling for $20 or more. Why not make your own then? Yes, you can forage for pieces of pine branch and cones and weave them into a wire circle, but you can also be very creative with this concept.

December 17, 2012 - 10:31 AM
Last week we looked at predictions for new construction, given that housing starts are such an important barometer for the overall health of the real estate industry. In part 2 of our prediction series, we’ll take a shot at home prices: will they go up, go down, or stay the same in 2013? Experts Expect a... Read More

Predicting Real Estate in 2013, Part 2: Home Prices

predictions for prices in 2013Last week we looked at predictions for new construction, given that housing starts are such an important barometer for the overall health of the real estate industry. In part 2 of our prediction series, we’ll take a shot at home prices: will they go up, go down, or stay the same in 2013?

Experts Expect a Rise

December 14, 2012 - 1:43 PM
Many homebuyers picture themselves settling down in a charming single family house, but an alternative (that is oftentimes cheaper) would be buying a condo, which is a residential unit within a larger complex. Choosing a condo can offer many advantages for people who want to buy a home, especially for those... Read More
December 12, 2012 - 10:48 AM
Mortgage Relief extended
In the middle of a short sale or foreclosure deal? More than ever, you need a Realtor® and broker who can help you close these transactions quickly-- because as of 2013, changes in tax laws could hit you surprisingly hard. In 2007, struggling homeowners scored a break when a special exemption was created to... Read More
December 11, 2012 - 10:26 AM
sell your home before 2013
Need to sell your home before 2013? You’ve probably heard the holidays are a hard time to sell, and that you’re better off waiting until the New Year. But many sellers want or need to sell their homes before the new year for a variety of reasons, and we think you can do it—and today we offer 10 reasons why.... Read More

Selling During the Holidays? 10 Reasons Why You're Not Crazy

Need to sell your home before 2013? You’ve probably heard the holidays are a hard time to sell, and that you’re better off waiting until the New Year. But many sellers want or need to sell their homes before the new year for a variety of reasons, and we think you can do it—and today we offer 10 reasons why.

December 10, 2012 - 9:56 AM
A new year, and with it, a new start for real estate. Though things don’t change immediately on January 1, the chance to reset and begin tracking the market anew is both exciting and challenging. For with each new year comes new year predictions; and for the nation’s real estate industry, those predictions... Read More

2013 Real Estate Predictions, Part 1: New Construction

real estate 2013A new year, and with it, a new start for real estate. Though things don’t change immediately on January 1, the chance to reset and begin tracking the market anew is both exciting and challenging. For with each new year comes new year predictions; and for the nation’s real estate industry, those predictions are hard to make given the unprecedented performance of the market since 2007.However, enough data now seem to point to recovery—slow, but steady, recovery.

December 7, 2012 - 10:54 AM
The newest version of the free ZipRealty Android mobile app is now available in Google Play. The first thing you’ll notice is the new layout – we’ve made it even easier to view and digest information about the homes you’re interested in. A large photo will display at the top of the screen when you view a... Read More
December 6, 2012 - 9:48 AM
If you’re selling your home and have found a listing agent you want to work with, you will need to sign a listing contract. A listing contract is a binding legal agreement between you and the real estate broker (or the real estate agent) who is listing your property for sale. There are a number of different... Read More

You’ve found a Listing Agent. Now what?

If you’re selling your home and have found a listing agent you want to work with, you will need to sign a listing contract. A listing contract is a binding legal agreement between you and the real estate broker (or the real estate agent) who is listing your property for sale. There are a number of different terms of agreement that are included in a listing contract.

December 5, 2012 - 10:02 AM
Can interest stay this low
Interest rates are so low, and have been for so long now, that we buyers might be taking it for granted they’ll stay that way. But that’s not, historically or even logically, how mortgage interest has performed in this country in the past. Today let’s look a little closer at mortgage interest rates so we can... Read More

Interest Rates So Low: Can They Stay that Way?

Interest rates are so low, and have been for so long now, that we buyers might be taking it for granted they’ll stay that way. But that’s not, historically or even logically, how mortgage interest has performed in this country in the past. Today let’s look a little closer at mortgage interest rates so we can predict better whether they’re likely to go lower, go higher, or stay the same in 2013.

A quick perusal of the country’s interest history proves clearly that our current interest rates are far from the norm.

December 4, 2012 - 10:15 AM
retirement savings via real estate
Low interest rates on loans? Incredibly low. Interest on money in the bank? Incredibly low. When these two come together with a market still generously stocked with distressed and foreclosed properties, it’s hard not to consider the idea of investing in real estate. But should you trust real estate with your... Read More

Best Retirement Plan: Invest in Foreclosures or Invest in a 401K?

Low interest rates on loans? Incredibly low. Interest on money in the bank? Incredibly low. When these two come together with a market still generously stocked with distressed and foreclosed properties, it’s hard not to consider the idea of investing in real estate. But should you trust real estate with your retirement money? In other words, is real estate a better bet than a 401K?

Price Is Right?

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