July 3, 2012 - 1:21 PM
Since homeownership is an integral part of the country’s economy, the federal government has a stake in the nation’s real estate market. That’s one of the reasons the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers special loan programs to make homeownership possible for more Americans. The FHA... Read More

Get to Know the FHA Loan: Is it Right for You?

Since homeownership is an integral part of the country’s economy, the federal government has a stake in the nation’s real estate market. That’s one of the reasons the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers special loan programs to make homeownership possible for more Americans. The FHA loan stands as a prime example of such a program, but like all things federal, is a complicated phenomenon. Today we look closer at this loan and its pros and cons.

What is an FHA Loan?

July 2, 2012 - 11:20 AM
  The Northwest is heating up, and we aren’t just talking about the weather. According to ZipRealty’s own data, two major metro areas in this part of the country show strong signs of positive growth: specifically, Portland and Seattle. In both locations, the number of homes sold for below their asking price... Read More
June 25, 2012 - 10:38 AM
You can use solar power to heat your home, your water heater, your pool, or to generate electricity. No longer the bulky technology of its first incarnation, modern solar comes from slender panels, in the form of roof shingles or facades. They can be quite elegant, increasing the beauty of a home as well... Read More

Solar Offers Powerful Advantages to Homeowners

Solar panels on a roofYou can use solar power to heat your home, your water heater, your pool, or to generate electricity. No longer the bulky technology of its first incarnation, modern solar comes from slender panels, in the form of roof shingles or facades. They can be quite elegant, increasing the beauty of a home as well as its energy efficiency.

Myths about Solar

June 22, 2012 - 7:44 PM
We've got some new tools (and improvments to some of our current tools) that we're really excited about and would like to share with you. New! Homes I'm Watching: Enter the addresses of any homes not currently for sale that you’d like to "watch", and we’ll send you weekly market updates about the property... Read More

Now "Watch" Homes on ZipRealty.com

We've got some new tools (and improvments to some of our current tools) that we're really excited about and would like to share with you.

New! Homes I'm Watching:

Enter the addresses of any homes not currently for sale that you’d like to "watch", and we’ll send you weekly market updates about the property and surrounding neighborhood. This is an especially useful tool for home owners who are thinking about selling their home and want to get a feel for their property and neighborhood in the current market.

June 22, 2012 - 12:09 PM
We’ve gone through quite a few home design micro-trends here on the ZipRealty blog, including using the lively chevron, trying out dipped furniture, and using neon to add pizzazz to a room. Today we turn to an old standby: geometric patterns. Geometric patterns have been around since the pyramids (and before... Read More
June 21, 2012 - 11:35 AM
It’s the first day of summer, though here in the Bay Area, you wouldn’t know it – the weather is overcast and drizzly – but throughout most of the US, temperatures are really heating up. You’ve probably been ready for summer for months, but is your home ready for the heat? Here are some things to think... Read More

How to Prepare Your Home For Summer

It’s the first day of summer, though here in the Bay Area, you wouldn’t know it – the weather is overcast and drizzly – but throughout most of the US, temperatures are really heating up. You’ve probably been ready for summer for months, but is your home ready for the heat? Here are some things to think about to prepare your home for the season.

June 20, 2012 - 11:11 AM
costco mortgages
  Ah, the Costco shopping list. 4 foot tall bottle of vodka? Check. A 16-pack of muffins the size of a toddler’s head? Check. TVs, tires, mattresses? Check, check, check. But a home mortgage? As of April of this year, you can check that off the list too. Costco has long ago successfully surpassed the grocery... Read More

Would You Go to Costco for a Mortgage?

 

Costco mortgagesAh, the Costco shopping list. 4 foot tall bottle of vodka? Check. A 16-pack of muffins the size of a toddler’s head? Check. TVs, tires, mattresses? Check, check, check. But a home mortgage? As of April of this year, you can check that off the list too.

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:

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