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Just what is a ‘smart home’ anyway?

Just what is a ‘smart home’ anyway?

The definition of a “smart home” is coming under scrutiny. That’s because sellers are using the term to boost sales and prices.

The top towns for real estate investors

The top towns for real estate investors

Forget Las Vegas and Phoenix, today’s real estate investors are seeing more lucrative opportunities in less-obvious markets.

10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value on a $200 to $2K Budget

10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value on a $200 to $2K Budget

Submitted by HowMuch.net Maintaining and increasing your home’s value can pay off in major ways. Not only does helping your home hold value help it sell for its full amount, it can also help your home sell more quickly, help maintain your neighbor’s home values, and ensure that you’re not overpaying in property taxes. These […]

Impressive Winning Streak For Mortgage Rates

Impressive Winning Streak For Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates moved lower again this week , fulfilling the destiny that was revealed to them when they defeated a rather ominous trend toward higher rates after last week’s Fed Announcement. At the time, I said that was an important victory, and that …

Mortgage applications down 3.4% on another slight rate gain

Mortgage applications down 3.4% on another slight rate gain

A small tick higher for interest rates last week was enough again to hold borrowers back from applying for a mortgage.

Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Transitional, traditional, and contemporary styles remain the most popular in kitchen design but two new kitchen styles are popping up: industrial and farmhouse, according to the 2016 Design Trends Survey from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Neutral colors remain the dominate color scheme, with whites/off-whites, grays and beiges/bones […]

Mortgage Rates Score Important Victory

Mortgage Rates Score Important Victory

Mortgage Rates moved lower this week , scoring an important victory against the trends set in motion early this month. Case in point, last week saw rates move higher at their fastest pace in 6 months, so any reprieve is welcome news. The reprieve in qu…

Homeownership near its lowest in history

Homeownership near its lowest in history

After gains in the second half of 2015, the homeownership rate fell to just 63.6 percent in the first quarter of this year.