June 19, 2012 - 10:57 AM
how to finance a short sale
  As the number of short sales has risen, foreclosures have fallen. In fact, short sales are becoming a major factor in the nation’s real estate industry—not just a thorn in its side but also an important factor in its recovery. In the first quarter of this year, the number of short sales has outpaced the... Read More
June 18, 2012 - 10:18 AM
    Beware the shadow inventory. It sounds like B-reel for a Harry Potter movie, but it’s a very well documented, very unpredictable issue facing national real estate’s recovery. As we’ve reported before, shadow inventory refers to bank held properties. It’s difficult to predict how many of these properties... Read More
June 15, 2012 - 2:40 PM
This weekend, we’re celebrating fathers. Whether your dad is handy or thinks he’s handy (like mine), here are some projects for you to make for him or make together! For the Dad who loves books: This card catalog IKEA hack from Apartment Therapy is sure to please an avid reader!   For the Dad who loves... Read More

DIY Friday: Father’s Day Projects

This weekend, we’re celebrating fathers. Whether your dad is handy or thinks he’s handy (like mine), here are some projects for you to make for him or make together!

For the Dad who loves books:

June 14, 2012 - 9:03 AM
If you’re a first-time home buyer or a renter like me, you may have heard of mortgage points, but you may not have any idea what they’re for, whether you should take advantage of them, or who to ask. A mortgage consultant or even your Realtor will be able to give you more detailed information on mortgage... Read More

What’s the "Point"? An Overview of Mortgage Points (and How They Can Save You Money)

If you’re a first-time home buyer or a renter like me, you may have heard of mortgage points, but you may not have any idea what they’re for, whether you should take advantage of them, or who to ask. A mortgage consultant or even your Realtor will be able to give you more detailed information on mortgage points, but in the meantime here’s our super-basic guide.

 

 

June 13, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Bored with same old floor treatments, homeowners? Or love the rich warmth of hard woods, but don't have a budget to match? Maybe you're very eco-friendly and want your home interiors to reflect responsible choices. Personally, I'm all three. As a first-time buyer, I'm excited by the idea of making over my... Read More

3 Fabulous Floor Options

Bored with same old floor treatments, homeowners? Or love the rich warmth of hard woods, but don't have a budget to match? Maybe you're very eco-friendly and want your home interiors to reflect responsible choices. Personally, I'm all three. As a first-time buyer, I'm excited by the idea of making over my home, but also want (and need, from a monetary standpoint) to do it right. Lucky for all who are like-minded, there are amazing options for floors right now, truly innovative and fun.

June 11, 2012 - 3:59 PM
We recently wrapped up our “Drop in and Win” contest. Over the course of the month we took over 6,500 of you out to visit one (or several!) homes for sale. Many of you probably got one step closer to finding the one meant for you (and maybe even made an offer). All of you were entered into our sweepstakes,... Read More

Meet our Sweepstakes Winners

We recently wrapped up our “Drop in and Win” contest. Over the course of the month we took over 6,500 of you out to visit one (or several!) homes for sale. Many of you probably got one step closer to finding the one meant for you (and maybe even made an offer). All of you were entered into our sweepstakes, and we’re happy to announce our three lucky winners:

June 11, 2012 - 10:27 AM
Use your home as a vacation home
Though you could ostensibly arrange a home swap a million ways, including the least formal (a listing on Craigslist; a flyer you tack up on a bulletin board somewhere), more secure and comprehensive services exist. Those too are myriad, but for purposes of this article, we’ve targeted three. One is an... Read More

3 Ways to Use Your Home to Make Money, Save Money, and Have Adventure

Though you could ostensibly arrange a home swap a million ways, including the least formal (a listing on Craigslist; a flyer you tack up on a bulletin board somewhere), more secure and comprehensive services exist. Those too are myriad, but for purposes of this article, we’ve targeted three. One is an established website where homeowners look to trade homes with other homeowners for vacationing. The next is a fairly new and inventive service linking travelers to you, whether you want to offer a room, a studio apartment, a cottage, or your whole home for temporary stays.

June 8, 2012 - 4:00 PM
We're having a ton of fun posting our color combos on Pinterest. This week, we decided for a summery and nautical vibe with navy and yellow! We also created our very first Olioboard for a possible yellow and navy living room - check it out! fireplace / vases / sofa / table lamp / pillows   Sarah Louise... Read More

Color of the Week: Yellow and Navy

We're having a ton of fun posting our color combos on Pinterest. This week, we decided for a summery and nautical vibe with navy and yellow!

We also created our very first Olioboard for a possible yellow and navy living room - check it out!

June 7, 2012 - 10:30 AM
We all know that buying a home can be a bit of a stressful life event (understatement?), but buying from across state lines is even harder! With some thoughtful planning, you can undertake a successful interstate move without losing your mind on the way. Think about the costs You may be relocating for a job... Read More

Buying Out of Sight Without Going Out of Your Mind

We all know that buying a home can be a bit of a stressful life event (understatement?), but buying from across state lines is even harder! With some thoughtful planning, you can undertake a successful interstate move without losing your mind on the way.

Think about the costs

June 6, 2012 - 11:12 AM
Renters have probably noticed: rents are up, way up, all across the country.  Famously expensive cities have only gotten more expensive. For example, a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition in March of 2012 names San Francisco as the most expensive place in the country to rent housing... Read More

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