November 30, 2012 - 2:53 PM
Tomorrow is December 1st, and many people will be hanging up advent calendars to track the countdown to Christmas. Growing up, we had a handcrafted felt advent calendar. If you don't already have one, here are a few DIY advent calendar ideas! Try one out this weekend!   Wooden Advent Tree (A Beautiful... Read More

DIY Friday: Advent Calendars

Tomorrow is December 1st, and many people will be hanging up advent calendars to track the countdown to Christmas. Growing up, we had a handcrafted felt advent calendar. If you don't already have one, here are a few DIY advent calendar ideas! Try one out this weekend!

 

November 29, 2012 - 10:29 AM
The Case-Shiller numbers rolled in on Tuesday and brought yet another good report: U.S. home prices continued to rise throughout the third quarter of 2012. The third quarter contains some of the warmest months of the year – July, August, September – and that’s reflected in increased buyer demand. More... Read More
November 28, 2012 - 9:50 AM
win the home of your dreams
Last week we talked about the things you need to know to be a contender in today’s low inventory, high competition market. This week, part 2: 4 weapons that you can use to compete for, and win, the house of your dreams. 1.      See your mortgage broker, credit union, or other loan expert. The absolute first... Read More
November 26, 2012 - 11:36 PM
Kitchen makeover
Kitchens... we all want them and need them, but many of we first-time buyers won't get the perfect, ideal version in our first home. That doesn't mean we'll just have to eat out a lot. Actually, kitchen makeovers are fun. You can go big or small-- rehab the whole space or just sub in a new appliance. No need... Read More

New Ideas for Kitchen Makeovers

Kitchens... we all want them and need them, but many of we first-time buyers won't get the perfect, ideal version in our first home. That doesn't mean we'll just have to eat out a lot. Actually, kitchen makeovers are fun. You can go big or small-- rehab the whole space or just sub in a new appliance. No need to do it all at once, either. Your taste and needs will probably change with time, so take that time, and enjoy the process as you grow into your home.

Today we offer ideas-- some of them quite new-- to get your started on the kichen you've always wanted. 

November 26, 2012 - 10:00 AM
cyber monday foreclosure report
Foreclosures, for some buyers, represent the super sales of real estate, those hot bargains folks line up for in the wee hours of the morning. Of course, competition for foreclosures doesn't look the same as competition for Twilight, the movie, in DVD; but all of us interested in real estate recognize the... Read More

Cyber Monday Foreclosure Report

Foreclosures, for some buyers, represent the super sales of real estate, those hot bargains folks line up for in the wee hours of the morning. Of course, competition for foreclosures doesn't look the same as competition for Twilight, the movie, in DVD; but all of us interested in real estate recognize the importance of tracking foreclosures in both our local and national markets.

November 21, 2012 - 9:40 AM
be thankful for thanksgiving homeownership
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and in honor of that day, we offer some new, and perhaps surprising, reasons to be thankful for homeownership. Our Children Thank Us Research shows: If parents want their kids to do better in school, one of the most important things they can do is buy a home. A 2012 study by Richard... Read More
November 20, 2012 - 10:28 AM
Jersey shore
October data, despite the serious and tragic impact of Hurricane Sandy, are largely positive nationally. Today we look closer at the month behind us, and speculate on months to come. Inventory The current supply of homes was the lowest national number since February of 2006 this October. So, in a nutshell,... Read More

Hurricane Sandy's Impact on National Real Estate

October data, despite the serious and tragic impact of Hurricane Sandy, are largely positive nationally. Today we look closer at the month behind us, and speculate on months to come.

Jersey coast after Sandy

Inventory

November 19, 2012 - 11:28 AM
win your bid for a home
Low inventory all over the country? This phenomenon, so far, shows no signs of going away. But neither do prospective homebuyers, as metro after metro area reports an increase in home sales—despite drastic reductions in available homes for sale. Yes, it’s a tough out there. Today we bring you part 1 in a 2... Read More

Tips for Buyers in Competitive Markets, Part 1

How to win your bid in a hot marketLow inventory all over the country? This phenomenon, so far, shows no signs of going away. But neither do prospective homebuyers, as metro after metro area reports an increase in home sales—despite drastic reductions in available homes for sale. Yes, it’s a tough out there. Today we bring you part 1 in a 2 part series: Tips for Buyers in Competitive Markets.

November 16, 2012 - 2:26 PM
We're fully into fall weather here in California, and ready for some cozy colors. Purple and brown play really well together. They're both warm, and yet not too overpowering and vibrant. Check out some of our favorite purple + brown pins from this week: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Happy Friday! Read More

Color Combo of the Week: Purple and Brown

We're fully into fall weather here in California, and ready for some cozy colors. Purple and brown play really well together. They're both warm, and yet not too overpowering and vibrant. Check out some of our favorite purple + brown pins from this week:

November 14, 2012 - 9:28 AM
Get a loan without 20% down
Don’t have the 20% down but want to become a homeowner in 2013? You’ve probably heard, thanks to the economy’s downturn and stricter lending guidelines, that such a desire is unlikely met. But there’s hope.  Here are 3 ways to get make your homeownership dream a reality, even if you can’t (or don’t want to)... Read More

4 Ways to Get a Home Loan without 20% Down

get a loan without 20% downDon’t have the 20% down but want to become a homeowner in 2013? You’ve probably heard, thanks to the economy’s downturn and stricter lending guidelines, that such a desire is unlikely met. But there’s hope.  Here are 3 ways to get make your homeownership dream a reality, even if you can’t (or don’t want to) part with a giant chunk of cash up front.

Halcyon Days Are Gone, Perhaps for the Better

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