Pending Home Sales Return to Form

Pending home sales returned to form in June after three straight months of backward traction, up 1.5 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 110.2 in June, up from 108.6 in May. The Index is based on contract signings. June 2017 Pending Home Sales (PRNewsfoto/National Association […]

Inspired Ways To Create A Guest Space When You Don’t Have A Guest Room

Not all of us are blessed with enough bedrooms to accommodate every member of the family plus a home office and a man cave and a theater room and a guest space. And, it’s that last one that often ends up as a challenge when friends and family come to visit and you either have […]

What Is an Exclusive Agency Listing

  FatCamera/istock   Becoming exclusive with a real estate agent is similar to going steady—you make an agreement to stick with the same person. When you sign an agreement with one sole real estate agent to sell your house, your property is considered an exclusive agency listing. Your broker will have the right to sell the home for a specific, […]

Study: Buying Is Still Better Than Renting in Most States

Affordability challenges are weighing on the housing market, as many homebuyers and sellers contend with either being unable to compete or to find a new home within reach. Buying a home, however, is still better than renting one in most states—35, to be exact, according to a recent study by GOBankingRates. Analysts for GOBankingRates factored […]

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) hacked, members compromised

Posted by ft Editorial Staff | Jul 25, 2017 | Latest Articles, Real Estate News, Your Practice | 0 | Hackers gained access to sensitive information about members of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) through a CAR–affiliated Association of Realtors (AOR) website. CAR’s online store was infiltrated by hackers between March 13 and May […]

5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement

Photo courtesy Shannon Dittmann Article Submitted by Fixr.com The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can […]

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately. Other colors […]

‘Property Brothers’: Tricks to Create More Space Where It Doesn’t Exist

  HGTV   Reality TV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott aren’t magicians, but they do have a way of conjuring up miracles for homeowners. As proof, just watch the latest episode of “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” where they meet a growing family who need more space but can’t afford higher mortgage payments. What to do? In this episode, “A Lateral […]

7 Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas: Groovy in a Whole New Way

  Geerati/iStock   If your home has wood paneling, you’ve probably pondered some major wood paneling makeover projects. But the reality is that ripping all that groovy stuff out can be a pricey pain. There must be an easier way to remove your home’s “Brady Bunch” vibes, right? Thankfully, there are plenty of quick fixes that don’t require […]