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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...

Pick a Boston Neighborhood

How to Pick a Boston Neighborhood

Transportation, housing costs, schools, parks, property taxes, and more should factor into any decision about where to live in the Boston area Picking a neighborhood is probably the most important decision a Boston-area resident will make, aside from whether to add “wicked” to their vocabulary . There is a smorgasbord of things to consider: how much space you’ll get for your money; whether said...

The flight to the suburbs is real and growing

The Flight to the Suburbs is Real and Growing

As the real estate market began to recover in May, home searches in suburban zip codes jumped 13%, according to realtor.com, one of the largest real estate listing websites. That doubled the pace of growth in urban areas. More than half of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are seeing increased interest in the suburbs. If millennials once piled into the cities, fueling...

The unemployment rate decreased in May to 13.3%

May Employment Report: 2,500,000 Jobs Added, 13.3% Unemployment Rate

From the BLS: Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2.5 million in May, and the unemployment rate declined to 13.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In May, employment rose...

Your Essential Lawn Care Guide

Your Essential Lawn Care Guide

Tired of looking out the window at your dull, dormant lawn? A little prep now will give you a green lawn all summer long. Rake First things first, gently rake leaves, twigs, and dead grass off your lawn, and remove snow mold if you live in colder climates. This allows air and sunlight to reach down to the grass roots. Avoid power-raking, as hacking away at the ground can damage shallow grasses and good...

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