May 25, 2012 - 11:17 AM
I am loving the neon trend right now. Done right, it's adds a fun, modern pop of color and energy to any room. I like it best when paired with charcoals or whites. Try a neon print or neon chairs before you try painting a whole wall to see how you like the effect. There's no better time to infuse your home... Read More

Color of the Week: Neon!

I am loving the neon trend right now. Done right, it's adds a fun, modern pop of color and energy to any room. I like it best when paired with charcoals or whites. Try a neon print or neon chairs before you try painting a whole wall to see how you like the effect.

There's no better time to infuse your home with fluorescence than the unofficial start of summer. Enjoy!

May 24, 2012 - 12:01 PM
We’ve written a whole bunch of posts recently that address the inventory shortages nationwide and the return of bidding wars to the most desirable housing markets. If you are looking to buy in one of these especially competitive neighborhoods, it’s all the more important that you’re ready to act when you... Read More

Buyers: How to Beat the Rush and Make a Quick Offer on a Home for Sale

We’ve written a whole bunch of posts recently that address the inventory shortages nationwide and the return of bidding wars to the most desirable housing markets. If you are looking to buy in one of these especially competitive neighborhoods, it’s all the more important that you’re ready to act when you find a home you love, and act quickly.

May 23, 2012 - 10:44 AM
Government support for green renovation
Homeowners hoping to make green improvements on their homes can get support from both local and federal governments. This support ranges from grants to low interest loans to tax breaks, and can help us do everything from install energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to completely remodel with... Read More

Homeowners: Your Local and Federal Governments May Help You Pay for Green Renovation

Government support for green renovationHomeowners hoping to make green improvements on their homes can get support from both local and federal governments. This support ranges from grants to low interest loans to tax breaks, and can help us do everything from install energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to completely remodel with sustainable materials.

May 22, 2012 - 11:04 AM
Over the last two years we’ve been talking to home buyers and sellers from all across the country, learning about what we can do to make your home buying or selling experience the absolute best, from search to close. Not only have these conversations been really fun, but they’ve also been incredibly valuable... Read More

Unfiltered Consumer Reviews of Agents Now on ZipRealty.com

Over the last two years we’ve been talking to home buyers and sellers from all across the country, learning about what we can do to make your home buying or selling experience the absolute best, from search to close. Not only have these conversations been really fun, but they’ve also been incredibly valuable. Thanks for chatting with us and sharing all your insights! We’re looking forward to keeping the conversation going.

May 22, 2012 - 10:17 AM
Anna Erwert's First-Time Chronicles
  In the heady rush to buy a house, we sort of forgot that the money part, our loan, was more in our control than we thought it was. But learn from me, readers: you aren’t as powerless as you feel when you apply for a loan. You aren’t just a pawn. You are more than a compilation of credit scores and income... Read More
May 21, 2012 - 10:43 AM
home inspection also protects the seller
An offer with no contingencies? Might sound like a dream come true to a home seller. But sellers, beware: That dream could just as easily be a nightmare. Contingencies, though sometimes costly and time consuming, actually work to protect you, the seller, as much as they do the buyer. Inspection... Read More

Sellers: Contingencies Protect You, too

An offer with no contingencies? Might sound like a dream come true to a home seller. But sellers, beware: That dream could just as easily be a nightmare. Contingencies, though sometimes costly and time consuming, actually work to protect you, the seller, as much as they do the buyer.

Inspections protect buyer and seller

May 17, 2012 - 3:38 PM
It’s amazing how quickly microtrends crop up in the home design world and suddenly are found everywhere! Ombre is still having its day, but neon has really taken the spotlight along with dipped furniture. Dipped furniture has been around for a few months, but it has exploded this spring and is on design... Read More
May 17, 2012 - 9:46 AM
The housing market is heating up just in time for summer. With inventory low and buyers on the prowl, some local real estate markets are seeing a lot of competition. And a lot of competition means a lot of offers on the best homes in a good neighborhood at the right price. If you’re looking at one of those... Read More

The Anatomy of a Bidding War: How it Works and How to Win

The housing market is heating up just in time for summer. With inventory low and buyers on the prowl, some local real estate markets are seeing a lot of competition. And a lot of competition means a lot of offers on the best homes in a good neighborhood at the right price. If you’re looking at one of those homes, you can guess that you’re not alone. You may find yourself in a bidding war.

May 16, 2012 - 10:26 AM
Income verification for home loan
  Because lenders are so cautious these days, prospective home mortgage borrowers are sometimes required to provide not only the previous two years+ of tax returns, but also the most current year, even if that mean you have to file early and get the IRS to look at your return and confirm it before the tax... Read More

Buyers: Is Your Lender Asking for IRS Transcripts? Here's How to Get Them (Without Losing Your Mind in the Process)

 

You can get help from IRS in proving income for a home loanBecause lenders are so cautious these days, prospective home mortgage borrowers are sometimes required to provide not only the previous two years+ of tax returns, but also the most current year, even if that mean you have to file early and get the IRS to look at your return and confirm it before the tax year ends.

May 15, 2012 - 9:16 AM
With bidding getting crazy, your buyer’s agent is key in keeping things sane—and winning the house of your dreams. Today we show you 2 hot markets: California’s Silicon Valley and Portland, OR.  Realtors® in each area discuss their roles when inventory gets low and bidding gets crazy. We’ll come back with... Read More

A Great Realtor(R) Is a Great Weapon in a Bidding War, Part 1

With bidding getting crazy, your buyer’s agent is key in keeping things sane—and winning the house of your dreams. Today we show you 2 hot markets: California’s Silicon Valley and Portland, OR.  Realtors® in each area discuss their roles when inventory gets low and bidding gets crazy. We’ll come back with insight from other parts of the country--where real estate agents in our Texas and Massachusetts territories report on how they're helpnig clients succeed in an increasingly competetive market--in Part 2 of this series.

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