August 1, 2012 - 10:28 AM
Families want good schools with housing
With summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in... Read More

3 States Offering Award Winning Public Schools

families want good schoolsWith summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in mind, today we focus on public high schools.

July 31, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Rent part of your home during major events like the olympics
One advantage of owning your home: you can use it to generate income. Maybe you rent a room out, or have a fully separate in-law in the basement. You get help with your mortgage and if you need it/want it, some company. But if you’re more like me, you don’t thrill to the idea of renting out a room because... Read More
July 30, 2012 - 10:01 AM
  Sometimes buying a tenant occupied property can be a great deal. The seller, aware the situation is more complex than with a vacant house, makes concessions for you—possibly monetary concessions. But take it from me: that complexity I just mentioned can be an outright quagmire. So while I’m certainly not... Read More
July 26, 2012 - 9:29 AM
Fixed-rate and adjustable-rate home loans are two of the most common mortgages used today. But what exactly are the differences? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And which one is right for you? Get to Know the Fixed-rate Loan The fixed-rate home loan has been described as the “plain vanilla” of... Read More
July 25, 2012 - 10:04 AM
College towns as investments
  With the fall semester gearing up (summer is flying by!), we turn our attention to college towns. In many American cities and towns, demand for housing is predicated on the economy: mainly, jobs. Other factors, like good schools, good weather, and natural beauty also come into play, but are highly... Read More
July 24, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Control basement moisture
Like any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a... Read More

New Buyers: Damp Basement Creeping You Out? Deal with It!

Remodel Your Basement so it is Clean and DryLike any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a basement, Im learning to deal with all of these issues. Today though. I’ll only write about dealing with damp cellars.

July 23, 2012 - 10:58 AM
Locking a Loan
To the uninitiated, "locking a loan" sounds pretty final-- fiercely so. But actually, you’re not locked into the deal (not just yet, anyway). It’s just a term that makes the process more secure on both ends. Look at this way: as your loan application is going through the process of approval, federal interest... Read More

Lessons in Loan Lingo: What Does Locking In Your Rate Really Mean?

To the uninitiated, "locking a loan" sounds pretty final-- fiercely so. But actually, you’re not locked into the deal (not just yet, anyway). It’s just a term that makes the process more secure on both ends. Look at this way: as your loan application is going through the process of approval, federal interest rates could fluctuate. But if your loan is locked at a rate offered by your lender/broker and accepted by you, that’s a promise: that rate will still be available to you for the period of time specified in the contract.

July 20, 2012 - 1:30 PM
It's been a while since we posted a color of the week on the blog, so we thought we'd brighten up your Friday afternoon with teal! Teal is an eye-catching jewel tone, and often goes really well with gold, red, and mustard yellow. To see all the colors that we've been pinning - including coral, mint, and... Read More

Color of the Week: Teal

It's been a while since we posted a color of the week on the blog, so we thought we'd brighten up your Friday afternoon with teal! Teal is an eye-catching jewel tone, and often goes really well with gold, red, and mustard yellow.

To see all the colors that we've been pinning - including coral, mint, and lavender - check out our Color Schemes Pinterest board for inspiration!

Here are some of my favorite teal pins from this week:

July 19, 2012 - 10:05 AM
For the past few weeks, we’ve been taking you through May’s market data on where the most home are selling for below asking, and where they’re not. We’ve taken you through markets where home values and competition are heating up—Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix—as... Read More
July 18, 2012 - 11:02 AM
Cities where buyers can still under bid
Inventory down, demand up, bidding wars and rising prices: That’s been the thrust of national news for real estate in the U.S. this summer. But that doesn’t mean buyer’s markets have ceased to exist on the local level, or that the chance to get a good price on a home while interest rates are so low has... Read More

3 Buyer's (or at Least Buyer Friendly) Markets

Inventory down, demand up, bidding wars and rising prices: That’s been the thrust of national news for real estate in the U.S. this summer. But that doesn’t mean buyer’s markets have ceased to exist on the local level, or that the chance to get a good price on a home while interest rates are so low has passed you by.

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