April 27, 2012 - 9:15 AM
I love books. I love reading them. I love collecting them. Actually, I have a book-collecting problem. Even though my bookshelves are maxed-out, I recently bought five more books (I couldn't resist!). So I'm always on the hunt for stylish ways to display and store them. Changing around your book storage... Read More

DIY Friday: Build Your Own Good-Lookin’ Library

I love books. I love reading them. I love collecting them. Actually, I have a book-collecting problem. Even though my bookshelves are maxed-out, I recently bought five more books (I couldn't resist!). So I'm always on the hunt for stylish ways to display and store them.

Changing around your book storage solution is an easy and satisfying way to quickly freshen up your space. You arrange by the books by color, style your bookshelf with curated objects, or build an awesome bookshelf that makes a statement in itself!

April 26, 2012 - 3:42 PM
NAR has declared this upcoming weekend National Open House Weekend, which, if you love open houses as much as we do, is great news. We recently added open house data to our website so you can easily search for open houses in any of the areas listed below. For step-by-step instructions, check out our earlier... Read More

National Open House Weekend April 28-29

NAR has declared this upcoming weekend National Open House Weekend, which, if you love open houses as much as we do, is great news. We recently added open house data to our website so you can easily search for open houses in any of the areas listed below. For step-by-step instructions, check out our earlier post here.

 

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April 26, 2012 - 9:23 AM
Like it or not, securing your home loan is an essential part of the home buying process – it’s even more important in a tough real estate market where lending criteria is tight and inventory is spare. When you find that home you adore, you want to be able to make an offer fast. And part of a successful offer... Read More

Buyers: Preapproved or Prequalified? We Tell You Which One You Really Need

Like it or not, securing your home loan is an essential part of the home buying process – it’s even more important in a tough real estate market where lending criteria is tight and inventory is spare. When you find that home you adore, you want to be able to make an offer fast. And part of a successful offer is your money being where your mouth is.

This is where mortgage prequalification and preapproval come in. First, let’s look at what each has to offer as well as how you obtain it.

April 25, 2012 - 11:17 AM
  First-time buyers looking for good places to buy homes juggle many considerations. All of us are different, of course. We diverge on the kind of weather we like, the sort of culture that appeals  to us, and our political leanings. Some of dream of living in an old farmhouse, having chickens, planting apple... Read More
April 24, 2012 - 11:31 AM
What do I want in a house? It was a little hard for me as first-time buyer to go from my ideals (Castle? Sprawling ranch with horse stables and vineyard?)  to what I can actually afford and maintain. And okay, sure, a “castle” might seem funny  but really, it’s not fair to laugh at such impracticality- these... Read More

The First-time Buyer Chronicles, Part 5: Dream House vs. Practical House vs. Right House

First Time Buyer ChroniclesWhat do I want in a house? It was a little hard for me as first-time buyer to go from my ideals (Castle? Sprawling ranch with horse stables and vineyard?)  to what I can actually afford and maintain. And okay, sure, a “castle” might seem funny  but really, it’s not fair to laugh at such impracticality- these days many Gen X and Y buyers have unrealistic frames of reference when it comes to buying a home.

April 23, 2012 - 9:52 AM
All Realtors ® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are Realtors ®. It sounds like the beginning of a logic question on the LSAT, but actually that little sentence represents a truism many first-time buyers find mysterious. When I started looking for an agent, I didn’t know the world “... Read More

Real Estate Agent Vs. Realtor (R): Is There Really a Difference?

All Realtors ® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are Realtors ®. It sounds like the beginning of a logic question on the LSAT, but actually that little sentence represents a truism many first-time buyers find mysterious. When I started looking for an agent, I didn’t know the world “Realtor” had any distinction from the words “real estate agent.”

April 19, 2012 - 10:57 AM
If you’re one of many potential homebuyers hoping to take advantage of the spring real estate market, one of the questions on your mind is how you’re going to pay for the home once you find the one you love. If you’re fortunate to get over the hurdle of securing financing, you still have to figure out how... Read More
April 18, 2012 - 10:54 AM
    Daffodils and baby bunnies aren’t the only sings of new life this spring. Nationally, real estate too is starting—tentatively-- to bloom. Consumer Confidence Blossoming For people to buy homes, they need to feel assured that a) they can pay for them and b) the homes won’t depreciate the moment they’re... Read More
April 17, 2012 - 10:29 AM
  Moving interstate has to be one of the more stressful endeavors you could choose for yourself. If moving from one block to another is painful, imagine moving from one state to another. To keep your sanity (and your relationship), you need to keep the reason you're moving front and center. For us, it was to... Read More
April 16, 2012 - 9:57 AM
  When we, the renters of the world, start dreaming about becoming homeowners, our dreams consist largely of sunny, carefree images: flower-filled gardens we own, walls we paint any color we want, dinner parties we throw, yards where our kids and dogs play. But owning a house has its challenges as well, and... Read More

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