October 9, 2012 - 9:24 AM
Sell your home this fall
In one week, why do two similarly sized homes on the same street sell for different amounts? Could be one seller was better prepared than the other. We want you to be the prepared one, the one who gets the better offer. That’s why we offer you these tips to get your home sold by 2013. Fall Selling Is Faster... Read More

Ready, Set, Sell: Your Guide to Selling Your Home this Fall

Get ready to sell this fallIn one week, why do two similarly sized homes on the same street sell for different amounts? Could be one seller was better prepared than the other. We want you to be the prepared one, the one who gets the better offer.

That’s why we offer you these tips to get your home sold by 2013.

Fall Selling Is Faster

October 8, 2012 - 9:44 AM
Up and coming neighborhoods san francisco
What makes a neighborhood “up and coming?” The easy answer is: a formerly troubled, under-developed, or otherwise struggling neighborhood begins making noticeable signs of progress.  In the real estate world, the term creates excitement. Picture a heavily populated city, competitive buyers vying for home—but... Read More

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods: Getting in While the Getting Is Good

what makes an up and coming neighborhoodWhat makes a neighborhood “up and coming?” The easy answer is: a formerly troubled, under-developed, or otherwise struggling neighborhood begins making noticeable signs of progress.  In the real estate world, the term creates excitement. Picture a heavily populated city, competitive buyers vying for home—but they all want the same neighborhoods.

October 5, 2012 - 2:17 PM
I'm biased, because autumn is my favorite time of year (yes, even in California!), but there's a lot to love in fall home design. Here are some of the things you can do to decorate your home for the season.   Stick with jewel tones Target just came out with their Fall Hue Collection, featuring ruby,... Read More

Fall in Love with Autumnal Design

I'm biased, because autumn is my favorite time of year (yes, even in California!), but there's a lot to love in fall home design. Here are some of the things you can do to decorate your home for the season.

 

Stick with jewel tones

Target just came out with their Fall Hue Collection, featuring ruby, amber, moss, and eggplant. Cozy up to some of these rich colors in your home:

October 4, 2012 - 10:03 AM
We’ve been talking this week about preparing to buy a home, even if you have some negative financial experiences in your past. You can start cleaning up your credit by getting a free report, consolidating your debts, and cultivating good spending habits. Even if you’ve experienced bankruptcy, you can still... Read More
October 3, 2012 - 10:00 AM
buying a home with a bankruptcy on your credit record
Dreaming of home ownership but afraid the reality of your credit history stands in your way?  Take heart: Filing a bankruptcy does not mean your dream of owning a home is dead. Though few people want to file Chapter 7, 11, or 14, any form of bankruptcy can be quite freeing since it wipes out impossible debt... Read More

Had a Bankruptcy? Yes, You Can Still Own a Home

Getting a mortgage after a bankruptcyDreaming of home ownership but afraid the reality of your credit history stands in your way?  Take heart: Filing a bankruptcy does not mean your dream of owning a home is dead.

October 2, 2012 - 11:12 AM
fall checklist to prepare home for winter
Fall is coming. Already the days are shorter, the air cooler, the sunlight diffused with yellowy gold. Fall is a time of pumpkins and apples, warm cider, days spent jumping in piles of multi-colored leaves.  It’s also a time for homeowners to get some important stuff done—before the weather turns inclement.... Read More

Winter Is Around the Corner. Is Your Home Ready? A Checklist of Fall Tasks for New Homeowners

prepare your home this fallFall is coming. Already the days are shorter, the air cooler, the sunlight diffused with yellowy gold. Fall is a time of pumpkins and apples, warm cider, days spent jumping in piles of multi-colored leaves.  It’s also a time for homeowners to get some important stuff done—before the weather turns inclement. If you’re a new homeowner like me, this could be your first fall ever being officially responsible for your home.

September 30, 2012 - 8:50 PM
what is prefab
"Pre-fab": Though this term sounds modern, it’s actually a very old practice in the building of homes. And these days, it can be quite gorgeous. Today we bring you the second installment in our series on types of homes a new buyer has to choose from. Part 1 was on condos. Part 2, as you may have guessed, is... Read More

Definitions for New Buyers: What Exactly Is Prefab?

"Pre-fab": Though this term sounds modern, it’s actually a very old practice in the building of homes. And these days, it can be quite gorgeous. Today we bring you the second installment in our series on types of homes a new buyer has to choose from. Part 1 was on condos. Part 2, as you may have guessed, is prefab.

Defining "Prefab"

September 27, 2012 - 11:09 AM
We’re continuing our fall predictions today, moving to the West Coast to look at how many pending transactions on homes for sale there were in August 2012 compared to the year before. Today’s post comes on the heels of some great news for the housing market: July home prices posted the highest gains since... Read More

Fall Predictions, Part 2: Pending Sales Data for the West Coast

We’re continuing our fall predictions today, moving to the West Coast to look at how many pending transactions on homes for sale there were in August 2012 compared to the year before. Today’s post comes on the heels of some great news for the housing market: July home prices posted the highest gains since 2005 according to the Case-Shiller index!

September 25, 2012 - 8:55 PM
Condo vs. Single-family home
As a very recent, very first-time buyer, I know the lure of condos. They’re just less intimidating than single-family homes. With a condo, the property is shared. The Home Owners Association (better known as HOA), which we will become a part of once we own said condo, becomes like a protective family.... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo

Condo vs single-family homeAs a very recent, very first-time buyer, I know the lure of condos. They’re just less intimidating than single-family homes. With a condo, the property is shared. The Home Owners Association (better known as HOA), which we will become a part of once we own said condo, becomes like a protective family.

September 24, 2012 - 8:43 PM
Richmond, VA pending sales up
In this fall outlook series, we’re drawing predictions for the coming season, traditionally a slower one than summer, from pending sales. These are transactions which haven’t closed yet, but for which an offer has been accepted and transfer of title is in progress. Pending sales aren’t guaranteed sales—... Read More

Pending Sales Make for an Optimistic Fall Outlook

In this fall outlook series, we’re drawing predictions for the coming season, traditionally a slower one than summer, from pending sales. These are transactions which haven’t closed yet, but for which an offer has been accepted and transfer of title is in progress. Pending sales aren’t guaranteed sales—anything can go wrong with the escrow process. However, they, along with home prices and days on the market data, offer important information for predicting the future performance of any localized real estate market.

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