March 27, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Anna Erwert
The First Time Buyer Chronicles: One Spring Buyer’s Quest to Put Renting Firmly Behind Her My man and I moved from San Francisco, CA to Portland, OR in part because we don’t want to rent anymore. Together we make decent, middle-class income, but that income wouldn’t buy us a kitchen-less box in the most... Read More
March 26, 2012 - 10:02 AM
Buying a house with a spare room? Sounds great in theory: extra space! We all want that. But sometimes the lack of an official title for a room means the room itself never gets much of an identity. Spare rooms too often are wasted rooms, glofied storgae closets, precious square footage that no one really... Read More

Tips for Making a Spare Room a Special One

Buying a house with a spare room? Sounds great in theory: extra space! We all want that. But sometimes the lack of an official title for a room means the room itself never gets much of an identity. Spare rooms too often are wasted rooms, glofied storgae closets, precious square footage that no one really enjoys. But we first-time buyers do not  have to let a spare room be a squandered one. Instead, we can make it a special one.

First though, Let’s Examine the Spare Room in General

March 23, 2012 - 1:59 PM
Spring is in full swing (even if the weather hasn’t caught up all over the country), and this week, we’ve dedicated some posts to talking about how to transform the outside of your home, both front and back. Rejuvenating a backyard may be appealing to you, but what if—like me—you don’t have a “yard” to speak... Read More

Green Up Your Small Space

Spring is in full swing (even if the weather hasn’t caught up all over the country), and this week, we’ve dedicated some posts to talking about how to transform the outside of your home, both front and back. Rejuvenating a backyard may be appealing to you, but what if—like me—you don’t have a “yard” to speak of?

I live in an Oakland fourplex and am fortunate to have not just parking, but also a strip of soil about nine inches wide. On top of that, the soil is in bad shape, and I haven’t had much luck due to poor root formation, pests, cats, you name it!

March 22, 2012 - 9:54 AM
We’ve been east (DC, Orlando), and we’ve been west (Phoenix, Denver). Today, we’re in an Empire State of mind and shining our real estate spotlight on the New York housing market. I chose New York, because I like to take a closer look at real estate markets that are bucking national trends or, at the very... Read More
March 21, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Spring buyers, perhaps more than any other group, can take advantage of nature’s paintbrushes—as in flowers and trees, as well as nature’s bounty—as in, veggies and fruits, as spring is the ideal season not only to plant flora already in bloom but also to plan for summer and fall harvests.  So if you fall... Read More
March 19, 2012 - 10:28 AM
Sometimes we first –time buyers can be a little underwhelmed by the houses our agent takes us to see. In our mind, we see our first house as an extension of our personalities, but in reality, many of the homes we can afford still look like they belong to someone else. And that someone has different taste... Read More

Envisioning Curb Appeal

Sometimes we first –time buyers can be a little underwhelmed by the houses our agent takes us to see. In our mind, we see our first house as an extension of our personalities, but in reality, many of the homes we can afford still look like they belong to someone else. And that someone has different taste than we do.

Lessons in DIY

March 15, 2012 - 10:52 AM
Consider this scenario: You’re looking for a life partner, and like many people today, you turn to the Internet, to one of the myriad dating sites that will match you to someone who shares common goals and interests. You spend hours scrolling through your options, reading information and looking at pictures... Read More

Will You Fall in Love with this House? Even the Best Technology Can't Tell You...

Consider this scenario: You’re looking for a life partner, and like many people today, you turn to the Internet, to one of the myriad dating sites that will match you to someone who shares common goals and interests. You spend hours scrolling through your options, reading information and looking at pictures. Then, you narrow it down to one person.

Is your next step a proposal of marriage?

March 14, 2012 - 8:46 AM
Get out your calendars, home hunters: today marks the beginning of our “Drop in and Win” spring sweepstakes, and you don’t want to miss it! We’re giving away great prizes, and to get entered to win, all you have to do is to visit a home with the agent you’re connected to on ZipRealty.com. Spring is a great... Read More
March 13, 2012 - 10:08 AM
We recently released some new features on our website that are geared toward helping you – the hopeful homebuyer – find a home that meets all of your specific criteria. We’ve built some more tools, especially on our map, to help you get a better sense of things like school district lines or nearby... Read More

Make it Personal: Outline and Own Your Home Search

We recently released some new features on our website that are geared toward helping you – the hopeful homebuyer – find a home that meets all of your specific criteria. We’ve built some more tools, especially on our map, to help you get a better sense of things like school district lines or nearby restaurants – all without losing sight of your other search criteria.

Search Exactly Where (and What) You Want

March 12, 2012 - 11:04 AM
If you are one of the many sellers listing a home this spring, you know that in this advanced age of technology, you have more options than ever. There’s the traditional route, with the help of an agent and brokerage, or you can go on your own, using a flat-fee listing, an auction, or a “for sale by owner” (... Read More

3 Advantages of Using an Agent to Help Sell Your Home

Why use a RealtorIf you are one of the many sellers listing a home this spring, you know that in this advanced age of technology, you have more options than ever. There’s the traditional route, with the help of an agent and brokerage, or you can go on your own, using a flat-fee listing, an auction, or a “for sale by owner” (FSBO) website.

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