Monthly Archives: December 2014

2015 Resolution: Save for a House?

Many people make New Year’s Resolutions as the calendar flips from December 31st to January 1st. Often times, at the top of the list (along with trimming the waist line) is saving money and paying down debt. Many people do so with a goal in mind – a nice vacation, a new car, or even […]

The Landlord’s Guide to Avoid Harassment

When a landlord is accused of harassment, it can mean many things. Most landlords probably do not intend to harass their tenants, but understanding what it means and identifying situations that may be considered harassment will go a long way in educating landlords on what not to do, especially when tensions run high and they […]

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Home Price Comparison: New versus Existing

Newly constructed homes are carrying a hefty premium over existing homes.  The gap, which historically had been 15 to 20 percent, has in recent years widened to 30 to 40 percent.  That suggests either existing home prices are much cheaper in relation to the newly built homes and/or that there is just not enough new […]

REALTORS®’ Outlook Upbeat for Next 6 Months

Confidence about the residential real estate sales outlook for the next six months broadly improved in November 2014:   REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index.  An improving jobs market, the 30-year mortgage rate at approximately 4 percent, and higher inventories of available homes for sale may have accounted for the rebound in positive market expectations for sales […]

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: November 2014 Survey Highlights

REALTORS® reported that their confidence in local real estate market conditions in November 2014 was broadly steady compared to October, although slightly down from a year ago. The REALTOR® Confidence Index-Current Conditions for the current single family home outlook was near 50:  (http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index).    In addition, REALTORS® were increasingly optimistic about the market outlook for the […]

3 Ways to Start a Bidding War Through Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource Every real estate professional wants to have the reputation for being “the agent that makes the most money for their sellers.” But how exactly can you do that? First, I’m going to give you a real life example of a home that recently sold for $100,000 over asking price, […]

7 Holiday Light Safety Tips for Rental Properties

When all is merry and bright during the winter holidays, many tenants want to put up lights. When it comes to rental properties, there are often different rules for different places and your tenant may not know what you will or won’t allow. Whether they are living in an apartment complex, condo or a single-family […]

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Polychron on Fannie-Freddie low downpayment program

NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s new low downpayment program should improve access to credit for responsible buyers. “NAR applauds Fannie and Freddie’s commitment to homeownership by serving creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs with […]

Which Color Combinations Go Well Together In Staging?

By Lindsey Schroeder, Archway Construction Conventional wisdom says to paint everything white when a home is up for resale — but savvy sellers know color can actually be a smart staging tool. A well-chosen color scheme in furniture and décor can do more than add appeal to rooms — it can evoke strong emotional responses. […]

5 Winning Tips For Showing a Vacant Rental Property

Whether you are a novice landlord or one that has shown your vacant rental properties dozens of times, you will never get away from the fact that you will have to show your rental property to interested prospective tenants. While a lot of emphasis is placed on choosing a tenant from an applicant pool, in […]

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