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.

September 24, 2012 - 12:15 AM
It’s not even Halloween yet, but if you’re thinking of buying a home in 2013, you should be preparing now.  One major hurdle for many Americans is credit clean-up. Most traditional loans and lenders want good credit before they’ll loan money for a mortgage; so, today we discuss ways you can get your credit... Read More

3 Steps to Improve Your Credit This Fall

credit repair for prospective homebuyersIt’s not even Halloween yet, but if you’re thinking of buying a home in 2013, you should be preparing now.  One major hurdle for many Americans is credit clean-up. Most traditional loans and lenders want good credit before they’ll loan money for a mortgage; so, today we discuss ways you can get your credit back on track.

September 21, 2012 - 2:27 PM
Can you believe it's the last day of summer? In honor of autumn, we've been pinning brown home interiors this week! Make yourself some tea, get cozy, and enjoy! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Happy Friday! Enjoy your last day of summer!   Related Posts: Color of the Week: Black and White Color of the Week:... Read More

Color of the Week: Brown

Can you believe it's the last day of summer? In honor of autumn, we've been pinning brown home interiors this week! Make yourself some tea, get cozy, and enjoy!

September 20, 2012 - 1:48 PM
The inventory shortage is nothing new. We’ve written a few times about how fewer homes for sale means more competition, bidding wars, and a lot of disappointed buyers. The upside of the limited supply is that it should push prices up, and though it would mean less chance of getting a “steal”, that’s better... Read More

Shrinking Inventory of Homes For Sale in the Golden State

The inventory shortage is nothing new. We’ve written a few times about how fewer homes for sale means more competition, bidding wars, and a lot of disappointed buyers. The upside of the limited supply is that it should push prices up, and though it would mean less chance of getting a “steal”, that’s better for the market and buyers’ investments on the whole.

September 19, 2012 - 10:57 AM
ZipRealty home search
Curious about a different city? Maybe even a different state? Moving out of your immediate comfort zone is both exhilarating and terrifying, and the only way to make it more the former and less the latter is to arm yourself well with knowledge. And ZipRealty puts all of that knowledge at your fingertips.... Read More

Using a ZipRealty Home Search to "Meet" Your New Community

Curious about a different city? Maybe even a different state? Moving out of your immediate comfort zone is both exhilarating and terrifying, and the only way to make it more the former and less the latter is to arm yourself well with knowledge. And ZipRealty puts all of that knowledge at your fingertips.

September 18, 2012 - 12:37 AM
203 k loan
You love the idea of a fixer-upper, but you know they often cost quite a lot to “fix up.” As a new buyer then, you might be interested in an FHA 203K loan. Distributed by the office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), these loans specifically target buyers who want ready access to the extra cash needed... Read More

Is a FHA 203K Loan Your Fix to Buying a Fixer?

You love the idea of a fixer-upper, but you know they often cost quite a lot to “fix up.” As a new buyer then, you might be interested in an FHA 203K loan. Distributed by the office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), these loans specifically target buyers who want ready access to the extra cash needed for remodeling and repair.

203k loanLenders and Fixers

September 16, 2012 - 11:48 PM
PCI house
Many homebuyers today want to reduce our impact on the environment as well as the size of our utility bills and remodeling costs. Green construction then is a win-win for us. It’s a especially a win-win when it’s not just ecologically and economically responsible, but gorgeous as well. Today I showcase 3... Read More

3 Homes Showcasing New-- and Gorgeous-- Green Construction

Many homebuyers today want to reduce our impact on the environment as well as the size of our utility bills and remodeling costs. Green construction then is a win-win for us. It’s a especially a win-win when it’s not just ecologically and economically responsible, but gorgeous as well. Today I showcase 3 unusually beautiful eco-conscience houses, and give you some links to similar resources as those used to make these homes come to (green) life.

PCI House

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