When we decide to buy a house, the first thing we feel is the kind of giddy excitement of childhood Christmas morning. But as we move forward in the process, the sheer volume of decisions we have to make can overwhelm us. Just spending a few hours looking through MLS listings of homes for sale can make us wonder how we’ll ever settle on one place. What area do we want? What kind of house? What features matter most? Are we big yard people or do we prefer a low maintenance patio?
We just released the newest version of ZipRealty's award-winning iPhone (and iPad) app. In version 3.0, we improved the layout, design and key functionality of the app, making it easier than ever for you to search, sort, and save homes for sale – either at home or on the go.
What's New in Version 3.0
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The rich and famous among us are notorious for their penthouse-hopping, estate-buying ways. Here’s a roundup of some of the most outrageous (and gorgeous) celeb real estate stories from the week!
Can't wait to see the new mansion, Elin! - photo from Gawker
Here at ZipCode, we’ve started off the new year by diving into our buyer series. With mortgage rates at unbelievable lows and markets beginning to heat up, 2012 is a great time to consider leaving your renting days behind. We’ve already gone over some of the factors that make this year a great time, but let’s take one final look at 2011 to get a better idea of where the housing market has been and where it is going.
If you’re renting now and, like me, have grown very, very tired of it, you’re thinking of buying a home. Today's low interest rate and low prices are exciting, and we can’t help but think “hey, I can totally afford this!” But can we? In order not to end up like one of the myriad defaulting homeowners of 2011, we need to know what it actually costs to buy a home. And so, ZipCode brings you:
Not So Hidden, but Certainly Oft Overlooked, Costs of Homeownership
New year, new you. That’s the feeling you get when you begin fresh, isn’t it? You take down your 2011 calendar and toss it. You tack up your 2012 calendar, thumb through page after page of blank-slate possibility, and feel…excited. Empowered! You assess where you are and where you want to be. You resolve to make changes and set goals. There is something deeply, psychologically, important about January.
Sure, the past year was been tough for real estate, but it seems like the rich and famous of the world did more than okay in that department- as evidenced by so many popular stories of home prices gone wild. For while 2011 ushered in some of the saddest tales of distressed properties this country has ever seen—and a whole lot of them at that—on the other end of the spectrum, we saw some the most expensive real estate transactions in history. As in ever. And so, in tribute to record-breaking home sales of 2011, ZipCode brings you...
Because they are so general, national perspectives on real estate recovery only go so far. So though we covered some of those perspectives before the new year, we’d like to get the local agent, the man and woman on the street, to weigh in on individual markets. And that’s what we’ll focus on today: Five ZipRealty Realtors assess their territories for signs of recovery in 2012.
With the new year rapidly approaching, we all want the final word: will 2012 be a better one for real estate than 2011? To answer this question in true ZipCode fashion, we need to look at the issue from many perspectives. Here, we want to analyze the national experts’ perspectives as well as the local experts’, as in Realtors who live, work, and know their area’s performance and are perhaps better poised to make micro-predictions, as opposed to the macro-predictions we get from national analysis.