Trying to sell your home, but no one’s buying? Don’t beat yourself up quite yet — there are lots of complex reasons why a home might not sell the instant it hits the market, many of which are beyond your control. However, there are also a lot of (to put it bluntly) dumb reasons …Read More..
WASHINGTON – Sept. 29, 2016 – The nonpartisan Tax Foundation released its 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index, which measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing more than 100 variables in five tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance. Wyoming once again took first place with the most …Read More..
By Elizabeth Weintraub Updated June 18, 2016. The Benefits of Working With an Agent. With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask me, “Why should we hire a real estate agent?” They wonder, and rightfully so if they couldn’t buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels …Read More..
By Elizabeth Weintraub Updated September 22, 2016. People say the best days to own a boat are the day you buy the boat, and the day you sell it. That’s not true when it comes to home ownership (unless, perhaps, you live on a boat). The best days in home ownership are when you …Read More..
Despite recent gains in the stock market, Americans have more confidence investing in real estate. About a quarter of Americans surveyed said real estate was their top choice for long-term investing, according to a new national survey released by Bankrate. Consumers selected real estate as the top pick to invest money they wouldn't need for more than 10 years, followed by cash investments (e.g. certificates of deposit and savings accounts). Then, coming in a distant third was the stock market. "Houses are tangible," says Sterling White, co-founder of Holdfolio, a real estate investment firm. "You can physically see and feel the product. So you know where your money is going: It's going into that house. With stocks, you have no clue where your money is going." The millennial generation was the only group that valued cash investments above other choices (32 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 35, and 43 percent of 18 to 25 year olds selected cash as their top choice) by a large margin. It's concerning "that so many people think that's such a good investment for such a long period of time," says Avani Ramnani, a financial planner and director of financial planning and wealth management at Francis Financial. "Right now, especially, you're getting practically no interest from cash investments like savings accounts and CDs." Americans are feeling more bullish about their sense of financial well-being, according to the Bankrate Financial Security Index, which is based on survey questions of how consumers feel about their debt, savings, net worth and job security. Source: "Real Estate Top Investing Choice, Survey Finds," RISMedia (July 24, 2016)
Despite recent gains in the stock market, Americans have more confidence investing in real estate. About a quarter of Americans surveyed said real estate was their top choice for long-term investing, according to a new national survey released by Bankrate. Consumers selected real estate as the top pick to invest money they wouldn’t need for …Read More..
According to a Zillow Digs analysis of 50,000 photos of recently sold homes, those with creamy yellow or wheat-colored kitchens, light green or khaki bedrooms, dove or light gray living rooms, and mauve or lavender dining rooms sold for $1,100 to $1,300 more than those decorated with less popular colors. This means real estate professionals might want to point sellers toward these colors. Based on studies of color, Credit.com says there are certain paint shades that sellers should avoid. Buyers tend not to like slate gray, terracotta, dark brown and off-white or eggshell, according to the website. Source: RealtorMag (09/07/2016)
According to a Zillow Digs analysis of 50,000 photos of recently sold homes, those with creamy yellow or wheat-colored kitchens, light green or khaki bedrooms, dove or light gray living rooms, and mauve or lavender dining rooms sold for $1,100 to $1,300 more than those decorated with less popular colors. This means real estate professionals …Read More..
For homeowners looking to spruce up their home before listing it, there’s plenty they can do to attract more buyers and potentially boost the value of their home too. Veteran real estate professionals recently weighed in at This Old House on some of the best home improvement projects they believe can help a home show …Read More..
Photo Credit: My Domaine. One of the first things you do to add a personal touch to your space is to hang things up on the walls. It might be photos, it might be degrees or it might be art, but one thing that just about everything you might put up will have in common …Read More..
Barn Door Hardware Learn More About Sliding Barn Door Hardware You can make any door in your house have a distinct character. Barn doors use a kind of barn door track system and are visually appealing and practical. Many modern houses adapt this kind of door hardware to add a different brand of style in …Read More..
By Diana Hathaway Color expert Your kitchen may be the one room in your home that is the most neutral most effective weight loss supplement. White or wood cabinets and simple countertops make a kitchen look clean and uncluttered. An elegant and simple kitchen can also need a pop of color. Whether you are …Read More..