Home is Where the Heart is – One Cool Thing Infographic

Interesting #Infographic from the California Association of Realtors on what homes mean and millennials spending time in the kitchen. Apparently only 64% of millennials believe they spend the most time in the kitchen of any generation. 56% of Gen Xers believe that about Millennials and 45% of Boomers agree with that statement. Not sure this […]

Pending Home Sales Sluggish as Low Supply Rears Its Head

Pending home sales were sluggish in April as low supply reared its head, down 1.3 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 109.8 in April, down from 111.3 in March. The Index is based on contract signings. “Much of the country for the second straight month […]

Millennials Still Chasing American Dream despite Hurdles

Surprising to some, millennials are all about chasing the American Dream and owning a home of their own, despite current market and economic setbacks. This infographic from FirstTimeHomeFinancing.com explains what’s keeping millennials from pursuing their homeownership dreams and outlines several programs that could help them achieve their goals. This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, […]

How Many Hours Do You Have to Work to Afford Your Mortgage?

 When you take your monthly mortgage payment, utility bills and other expenditures into consideration, it’s no surprise that owning a home is an expensive proposition. But have you ever considered just how many hours you have to work to afford your home? Or how many hours you’d have to work to afford your dream home […]

Which Renovations Are and Aren’t DIY

Your buyers like the house — mostly — but the closets could be reconfigured and the bathroom tile has to go. Are those DIY projects, or are they “DIFM” (do it for me)? In a new survey from the Home Projects Council, home owners reviewed a range of home improvements. Most said they would feel […]

NAR’s 2016 Housing Forecast: Slower Pace of Sales Amidst Rising Prices and Rates, Slower Economic Growth

There’s no question the first full week of 2016 has been a wild one. Slowing economic growth overseas (particularly China) and volatility in the global markets impacted the U.S. stock market and stoked fears of a slowdown in our economy. On the other end, the December jobs report was strong. What does all of this […]

Best Remodeling Projects Depend on Future Tenure

Tackling remodeling projects is a huge part of homeownership. Once settled in a new home, it’s common to make a list of all the projects you’d want to take on in the future, whether tomorrow or in five years. Homeowners may also be looking to tackle some projects when considering selling their place. According to […]

A Surprising State Named Top-Moving Spot

More residents are flocking to Oregon. The state landed in the number one spot in Atlas Van Lines’ latest annual Migration Patterns study, which tracks the nation’s interstate relocation patterns year-to-year in moves handled by Atlas. This marks the first time Oregon has topped the inbound moving list since 1995. The report showed that the […]

The 30 Hottest Neighborhoods in the Nation

Booming tech sectors in pockets across the country are driving up home prices. Places like Portland, Ore., Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and Boston in particular are seeing an influx of tech workers with money to spend, and they’re prompting some fierce bidding wars. Redfin recently highlighted the 30 most competitive neighborhoods of 2015. The rankings […]

Top Cities for First-Time Buyers in 2016

More first-time home buyers are expected to enter the market in the new year, but which areas of the country will they likely be most attracted to? Money Source, a nationwide correspondent lender, recently reviewed more than 70,000 loan applications and city-specific median home prices, unemployment rates, and quality of life to uncover the top […]