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Is This the New Normal?  

Is This the New Normal?  

The homeownership rate is on the decline again. The latest numbers reflecting the fourth quarter of 2016 show the homeownership rate fell from 63.8 percent a year earlier to 63.7 percent, the Census Bureau reported. While the drop may seem slight, it reflects an overall trend for homeownership in the country for the past few

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

If you’re selling your home, you have to make sure that the price is right–especially when it comes to the market of the early 21st century.  In today’s market, demand for houses is outpacing supply in many regions of the country. Despite the recent upward trend and strengthening of the market, we still have a

3 Ways to Turn Away Potential Buyers

3 Ways to Turn Away Potential Buyers

 From above-ground pools to the overly-complicated fixtures, here are three features that could make your home less attractive to buyers. Many potential buyers make judgments of homes immediately based on what they see on the internet. If the photos you choose to portray your home turn buyers off, they may never step foot inside. If

Preparing Your Home For Fall

Preparing Your Home For Fall

Get your home ready for the Fall with these cleaning and maintenance tips. We’re all familiar with the concept of spring cleaning, but have you considered giving your home a little TLC in the fall, too? With Fall cleaning and maintenance, you prepare your home to weather the harsher conditions of winter and make sure

The Value of a Home Warranty

Protection of Home Warranties

If you are looking into selling your home, it is a good idea to get a protection plan for your home. Homes that are covered by some type of protection plan sell faster than those homes that do not have one. Homes with a protection plan spend 11 days less on the market than those

Home Sweet Home: Rent or Buy? How to Know What is Best

Renting may be a better option than buying home, but it really depends on where you live. In some areas, it is still a better investment to buy a home, but in many more cities, it is wiser to rent a home. Statistics vary from state to state, so where you live definitely plays a

Home Sales Affected by Winter Weather

January saw a slight increase in home sales, but now we’re back down, thanks in large part to the winter weather. After all, who likes to go shopping for their dream home when it’s icy and snowy outside? While the weather obviously affects the real estate market, the fact that there is limited available inventory

New Gap Insurance May Protect Your Home’s Value

Through a new type of insurance coverage, referred to as “Underwater Mortgage Insurance”, offered by AmTrust Financial Services, home owners now can protect the value of their home from a drop in prices on the real estate market. The insurance is expected to debut on a limited scale in December 2013. However, coverage will be available nationwide by