March 26, 2014 - 9:57 AM
Contribution by Andrea Davis Is your front porch prepared for the warm weather and sunny days ahead? Transform your front porch from a simple addition to a whole new room by redesigning it. There are different elements you can use to create a new kind of front porch, and what you choose will determine its... Read More

5 beautiful and functional front porch design ideas

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Is your front porch prepared for the warm weather and sunny days ahead? Transform your front porch from a simple addition to a whole new room by redesigning it. There are different elements you can use to create a new kind of front porch, and what you choose will determine its design and functions.

March 25, 2014 - 6:06 AM
As the spring home-buying season kicks in to full gear, there are finally signs of new inventory opportunities for home buyers in select cities, according to ZipRealty’s latest report. Some of the most encouraging trends are found in the western US: In the month ended Feb. 28, 2014, the number of new... Read More

New opportunities arise for home buyers in select cities

As the spring home-buying season kicks in to full gear, there are finally signs of new inventory opportunities for home buyers in select cities, according to ZipRealty’s latest report. Some of the most encouraging trends are found in the western US: In the month ended Feb. 28, 2014, the number of new listings for sale was 23% higher year-over-year in Phoenix; up 20% year-to-year in Los Angeles; and Sacramento, San Diego and Tucson all saw a 14% increase in newly listed properties year-over-year.

March 21, 2014 - 11:57 AM
In the last several years, the interest in purchasing short sales, foreclosed, and “real estate owned”, or REO, properties has increased dramatically. One reason for this is the simple fact that the inventory of these non-traditional homes for sale had increased dramatically during the nationwide recession.... Read More
March 19, 2014 - 9:03 AM
Contribution by Andrea Davis Are your windows starting to look faded or chipped around the frames? Have they been in the house for more than 15 years? How do you know what you should replace them with? Replacement windows come with a lot of factors and decisions to make before buying anything. To focus on... Read More
March 13, 2014 - 4:01 PM
Should you remodel your home before you list it? As unattractive as it may seem to put money into a house that you're planning to sell, the fact is that buyers are notoriously unimaginative when it comes to looking past any major blemishes like a stained carpet or a dirty wall. For some buyers even a gaudy... Read More

Should you remodel or sell as is?

Should you remodel your home before you list it? As unattractive as it may seem to put money into a house that you're planning to sell, the fact is that buyers are notoriously unimaginative when it comes to looking past any major blemishes like a stained carpet or a dirty wall. For some buyers even a gaudy paint color can be a deal breaker. You don't want your buyers to have to envision what the remodeled house will look like if it is in serious need of repair.

March 13, 2014 - 8:57 AM
Contribution by Andrea Davis When deciding to buy a fixer-upper home, it’s important to watch out for repairs that could drain your bank account. Prospective homeowners should take steps to ensure they get a house within their budget to repair. One of the more expensive repairs to a fixer-upper home... Read More
March 7, 2014 - 1:31 PM
Tax season is something that every working American must face, and when it comes to selling your home there are certain things that taxpayers might overlook. Just like buying a home, selling your house is a noteworthy time in terms of all the tax considerations. Tax Exclusion For Profits From Selling a Home... Read More

It's tax season! Important considerations for home sellers

Tax season is something that every working American must face, and when it comes to selling your home there are certain things that taxpayers might overlook. Just like buying a home, selling your house is a noteworthy time in terms of all the tax considerations.

March 5, 2014 - 12:52 PM
Contribution by Andrea Davis With 90 percent of driveways in the US made of either concrete or asphalt, according to This Old House, it’s likely that many have cracks, stains and other signs of their age. While homeowners could spend money to repair some of these problems, others are simply a product... Read More
March 4, 2014 - 4:31 PM
The 24 housing markets covered by ZipRealty showed some signs of improvement at the end of January after a soft start to 2014. At the end of January 2014, the median home sales price stood at nearly $260,000, and median sales price growth increased more than an entire percentage point to 12.5% during the... Read More

Home sales price growth starting to trend upward

The 24 housing markets covered by ZipRealty showed some signs of improvement at the end of January after a soft start to 2014. At the end of January 2014, the median home sales price stood at nearly $260,000, and median sales price growth increased more than an entire percentage point to 12.5% during the month of January year-over-year. In December 2013, annual median home sales price growth was 11.4%.

February 28, 2014 - 8:52 AM
Found your perfect dream home? Congrats! Or maybe you are still on the fence about going through with the actual buying process. Either way, you might want to understand and realize the potential tax benefits of buying your first house.  Figuring out which ones specifically apply to your circumstances could... Read More

Tax benefits available for first-time home buyers!

Found your perfect dream home? Congrats! Or maybe you are still on the fence about going through with the actual buying process. Either way, you might want to understand and realize the potential tax benefits of buying your first house.  Figuring out which ones specifically apply to your circumstances could mean substantial reductions on your next tax return.

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