Aug 30 2012
Style Trumps Profit 2 to 1 for Homeowners Nationwide [Survey]

Style Trumps Profit 2 to 1 for Homeowners Nationwide [Survey]

Even as new and existing home sales and prices climb, homeowners are prioritizing lifestyle over ROI, according to a recent Houzz & Home Survey conducted among users of the Houzz app and website. Houzz is a visual and social platform for home design and remodeling, with more than seven million Continue Reading

Sep 09 2011

The REport

We saw two days of power politics this week, with President Obama’s speech and the republican presidential candidate debate, but do you know what the two “power” days of the week are for online real estate searches?  According to Trulia, Sunday and Monday are far and away the busiest days for online Continue Reading

Jul 15 2011
WashDC

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Our nation’s capitol is home to some of the best museums and historical monuments in the country, but is it also home to the area of the most promising real estate recovery? Yes, according to a survey that found home prices in Washington D.C. have risen 4.4% during the first six months of the year Continue Reading

Jun 21 2011
How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

The affordability quotient for buyers is extraordinary at this time. In fact, it is difficult to find a good reason why qualified buyers should wait any longer. Money is available for buyers with a good credit history, home prices have fallen over the past four years and in June 2011, mortgage rates Continue Reading

May 20 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Between the revelations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the allegations against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the declarations of 2012 Presidential election hopefuls, you may have missed news of a widely reported survey that found 54 percent of respondents do not anticipate a real estate recovery Continue Reading

Apr 22 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

One year ago this week, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico region. Today, tourism is starting to return, a welcome sign that the area ’s fragile economy is starting to recover. Another welcome sign came last month, in the real estate market’s own March Madness of sorts. Continue Reading

Apr 01 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Although the northeast is under a winter storm watch, it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for spring and summer! The Wall Street Journal provides a recovery plan to deal with winter’s wrath in four critical areas: the lawn, shrubbery, the roof and dealing with unwelcome Continue Reading

Mar 19 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

This week, the Home Affordable Refinance Program, which allows homeowners to refinance upside down mortgages, was extended another year.  Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to end the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program, an unemployment-assistance measure which technically has not even Continue Reading

Feb 25 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

As Mercedes Benz Fashion Week recently wrapped up in New York, conversation has swirled around the latest style trends. So what are the housing market’s fringes and feathers?  With consumers nationwide downsizing their digs, craving more amenities and aiming to be closer to cities, townhouses are Continue Reading

Feb 24 2011
Financing, Financing, Financing ….It’s all in the Financing!

Financing, Financing, Financing ….It’s all in the Financing!

Five years after we entered this current downturn, some real estate professionals still attempt to close transactions through the sole use of traditional forms of financing. By traditional, I am referring to “30-year fixed”, “ARMs” and “Balloon” mortgages, yet these financial tools can hardly be Continue Reading

Feb 18 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

“Black Friday,” typically associated with the busiest holiday shopping day of the year, is switching seasons.  Home Depot will run "Spring Black Friday" promotions geared at homeowners looking to start their gardens and other products to spruce up their outdoor areas (think: sales on lawnmowers, Continue Reading