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Greater Boston Housing Market Trends

Greater Boston Housing Market Trends

When COVID-19 moved into the city, many decided to move out. What's the real estate market look like now? The coronavirus crisis has changed almost everything about the way we’re living, and where and how we’re living is no exception. There’s a lot going on in the Greater Boston real estate market right now: Interest rates are entrancingly low, the rental market is changing, and the pandemic has...

Pet Doors - From Simple to Smart

Pet Doors – From Simple to Smart

Does your four-legged friend need a little more freedom? Pet doors offer animals independence and allow their owners more flexibility in their day-to-day schedules. Whether you're more of a traditionalist, or you're inclined to adopt the latest and greatest tech, there's something for you (and your furry friends). Classic flap We've all seen this one, a small opening with a flap that allows a pet...

What is an Escalation Clause?

What is an Escalation Clause?

This tactic can help homebuyers win bidding wars – especially in a seller’s market. A low inventory of homes for sale in the U.S. right now means that buyers are getting creative when shopping for their dream home. In a competitive seller’s market, one popular strategy to help win a bidding war – when multiple offers are made on one property – is implementing an escalation clause. What is an...

Things you should do to your home before fall starts

Things you should do to your home before fall starts

Yes, lighting pumpkin candles is a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, but there are more important — and not exactly fun — preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider this everything you need to know before your house transitions from hot summer days to cool fall nights and, eventually, freezing temperatures. Clean, or possibly replace, your gutters. You're so used...

Boost Your Home's Value Ahead of Your Appraisal

Boost Your Home’s Value Ahead of Your Appraisal

Whether you're planning to sell or refinance, a home appraisal is a necessary step in determining the true value of your home. This means your home should be in the best possible condition, so it will be appraised at the highest potential value. While it may be tempting to swing for the fences with big-ticket renovations, there are smaller things you can do to efficiently raise the market value of your...

Home Flipping Hits 14-Year High

Home Flipping Hits 14-Year High

While the real estate market in general is adapting to new challenges and market conditions, one segment of the market is going strong. Home flipping is boasting its best numbers in 14 years. The newly released first-quarter 2020 U.S. Home Flipping Report from ATTOM Data Solutions shows that "53,705 single-family homes and condominiums in the United States were flipped in the first quarter. That number...

New Fee Is About to Make Refinancing Your Mortgage a Lot More Expensive

New Fee Will Make Refinancing Your Mortgage More Expensive

Refinancing a mortgage is about to get more expensive — potentially reshaping the math for millions of borrowers looking for savings amid a historic boom for home loans. On Wednesday night, mortgage purchasers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, informed lenders that, starting in about two weeks, they will be adding a 0.5% fee when buying refinance mortgages. Known as an Adverse Market Refinance Fee, the...

The Fed just virtually guaranteed that mortgage rates will stay down

The Fed just virtually guaranteed that mortgage rates will stay down

The Federal Reserve has taken a fresh look at what the coronavirus is doing to the economy — and Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues have decided they'd better stick with the policies that have pushed mortgage rates to record lows that were once unimaginable. Rates on 30-year mortgages have been sliding below 3% for the first time in history, and the results of the Fed's July meeting virtually...

Stock Tank Pools Are the Coolest Backyard Trend of Summer

Stock Tank Pools Are the Coolest Backyard Trend of Summer

For many of us, summer means pool time. But if you usually visit a community pool or recreation center, that might not be an option right now. Building a traditional pool at your home is a big and expensive project. That's where the stock tank pool comes in. "These inexpensive farm staples were originally designed as water troughs for livestock," said Country Living "but that's part of their...

Home Design Trends for Coming Years

Home Design Trends for Coming Years

A lot has changed in just a few months, and for many that includes the idea of what a 'dream home' looks like. Not long ago, buyers were showing preference toward smaller homes and open concept spaces conducive to gathering. After a few months cooped up inside, those features don't seem so appealing - and developers have taken note. "While the coronavirus still rages on, it's hard to predict what...

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