Under One Roof: The Return of Multigenerational Homes

If you’re ever broke, without a place to live and thus forced to move your family back in your old bedroom at your parents’ house -- you could look at that scenario as something bad. Or you could focus on the fact that there’s something kind of comforting about the 21st century looking more and more like the 19th. That was a time, after all, when multiple generations living under one roof was nothing surprising, and there were benefits of having children growing up under the wing of parents, grandparents and even a rogue uncle or aunt. Fortunately, as times change, and the new looks like the days of old, houses appear set to evolve right along with them. If you’re wondering if that add-on be

The Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask, "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 regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do fine on their ​own, but many don't. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent. 01 | Education and Experience You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than th

7 Reasons to Buy a House in Winter

So real estate wisdom tells us that spring and summer are the prime seasons for house hunting and moving. People are more likely to get out and shop when the weather is nice. It is a more pleasant time of year, and sellers know their yards look better when not covered in snow. Yet there are some very logical and compelling reasons for going shopping for a house and moving in the winter as well. As we know, moving and real estate often go hand in hand, and though we'd like to dictate when we move and when we buy a house, very often other circumstances can emerge and force us to sell, buy and move anytime of year. But having to buy a house in the winter is not the worst thing that can happen.

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

When real estate agents talk about staging your home, they're referring to a method of decorating that is designed to showcase the home's best assets, impress buyers and sell it quickly for the highest possible price. Because not all sellers stage their homes – especially homes in lower price ranges – you'll be at an advantage if you do. Read on to find out how. Why Home Staging Is Important Although staging is optional, it really shouldn't be. When you're dealing with such a significant financial transaction, you don't want to be lazy and settle for a lower selling price or a longer marketing period than you have to. Relative to the amount of time and money involved, staging may be one of t

What’s More Important: The Size of a Home or Its Location?

When it comes to purchasing a home, what’s more important: the size or the location? While both are crucial factors, the one that’s most important to you will depend on your specific needs. Realtors will be the first to tell you that it’s all about the “location, location, location.” However, empty nesters looking to downsize and growing families looking to upsize may need to sacrifice the “perfect” location for more square footage in order to get everything they need. If you’re struggling with the size vs. location of a home, take a look at our guide to solving this age-old dilemma below. The size of a home is more important if… You plan to start or grow a family Planning to start or expand

Tips for Winter Curb Appeal

Cold weather shouldn't freeze your home's exterior appearance. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can slack off on curb appeal. If you’re trying to sell your home during the holiday months, making a good first impression is just as crucial as ever. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your home’s exterior for a fall or winter sale: Safety first. First and foremost, you want to ensure that buyers can make it to your front door without any accidents. Prevent slips by clearing your driveway, walkways and stairs of snow, ice and leaves. A tidy lawn. Your grass may no longer be green, but you can still keep your lawn looking neat so buyers can picture what it will look

Credit Scores and Buying Houses

What credit score is needed to buy a house? Ah, the dreaded credit score. It’s one of the biggest criteria considered by lenders in the mortgage application process — three tiny little digits that can mean the difference between yes and no, between moving into the house of your dreams and finding yet another overpriced rental. But despite its massive importance, in many ways the credit score remains mysterious. If you don’t know your number, the uncertainty can hang over you like a dark cloud. Even if you do know it, the implications can still be unclear. Is my score good enough to get me a loan? What’s the best credit score to buy a house? What's the average credit score needed to buy a hou

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