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:

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.

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