August 9, 2012 - 10:50 AM
Cash offers are infamous for winning bidding wars and swaying sellers, because as we all know: money talks. Obviously cash offers aren’t for everyone, because most buyers can’t really afford to buy their home outright. But in the event that you are able to put down some green for a home you love, here’s why... Read More

Must Be the Money: the Almighty All-Cash Offer

Cash offers are infamous for winning bidding wars and swaying sellers, because as we all know: money talks.

Obviously cash offers aren’t for everyone, because most buyers can’t really afford to buy their home outright. But in the event that you are able to put down some green for a home you love, here’s why it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 AM
Last week, Sarah Green reported on the national uptick in median home prices. Today we look closer at that trend—specifically at the three markets showing the greatest improvement year-over-year: Phoenix, AZ; the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay in CA; and Denver, CO. The data we draw on here charts home... Read More
August 7, 2012 - 1:29 PM
We have some terrific mobile apps here at ZipRealty that work with the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Our customers love our apps, because they’re easy to use and make searching for a home that much more convenient. Check out this video on our iPhone and iPad apps: Here are just three of the reasons you'll love... Read More
August 7, 2012 - 9:18 AM
My first experience with PITI was in a meeting with a mortgage broker. She said the word a few times; but it was new to me (like everything else about mortgages) and she was throwing around a lot of lending lingo. I couldn’t grasp the context and had almost no idea what she meant.  I kept thinking of a... Read More

Lessons in Loan Lingo: What's a PITI?

what is PITI

My first experience with PITI was in a meeting with a mortgage broker. She said the word a few times; but it was new to me (like everything else about mortgages) and she was throwing around a lot of lending lingo. I couldn’t grasp the context and had almost no idea what she meant.  I kept thinking of a small pit bull, aptly named “Piti.”

In realty, PITI is an acronym, standing for

August 6, 2012 - 10:54 AM
How to market your home to families with school age kids
  Economists, Realtors® and parents all know this: family homebuyers are often willing to pay more for close access to the best schools. How much more, of course, varies on the general budget constraints of the buyer, but the latest Brooking Institute study on public schools and property values confirms that... Read More
August 3, 2012 - 3:13 PM
I remember looking at a giant gold mirror in my grandma’s house and being totally mesmerized. It was so big, so gold, and so fancy! The sunburst mirror is a classic, and it’s having yet another heyday. I’ve been spotting it on a lot of home design blogs, but there are some handy DIY-ers out there who have... Read More

DIY Friday: Sunburst Mirror

I remember looking at a giant gold mirror in my grandma’s house and being totally mesmerized. It was so big, so gold, and so fancy!

The sunburst mirror is a classic, and it’s having yet another heyday. I’ve been spotting it on a lot of home design blogs, but there are some handy DIY-ers out there who have been making their own versions. Check them out! 

August 2, 2012 - 9:44 AM
We hope you’re all enjoying the fervor of the summer games in London! We’re so proud to watch our athletes winning medals at the Olympics and anticipate each day’s results – but today, gold medals aren’t the only good news going for the USA. You may have missed it watching the Men’s 100m Freestyle race, but... Read More

Summer Report Card: Home Prices Up All Over the USA

We hope you’re all enjoying the fervor of the summer games in London! We’re so proud to watch our athletes winning medals at the Olympics and anticipate each day’s results – but today, gold medals aren’t the only good news going for the USA.

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

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