Giving your curb appeal a boost before you sell is an important step that shouldn't be ignored. If you are thinking of selling, focusing on a few quick and easy updates can help your home look its best. Good landscaping makes a good first impression. 78% of real estate agents polled say poor landscaping affects property values. As a seller, your yard could impact your bottom line. Getting more buyers in the front door of your home means more potential offers on the table. When the exterior of a home is run down or not well-kept, buyers may perceive that the interior is also in the same ...
Having an energy efficient home can be super beneficial! With inflation driving up the cost of items in our everyday lives, seeking out an energy efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control.
Energy Costs Are Up
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices had the largest single-year increase in 40 years.
Insulate Yourself from Rising Home-Related Expenses
Having an energy efficient home helps you lower your bills up to 25% and can save you money on taxes with certain energy efficient features. Updating appliances is one way to lower costs. Making sure windows are in good condition and sealed well will keep heat inside your home during the cold winter months. Finally, consider adding solar panels for additional savings over time.
If you're planning to buy a home this year, consider energy efficiency in your search, or budget accordingly to transform your home into an energy efficient home.
As a homebuyer, it's important to plan and budget for the expenses you'll encounter when you purchase a home. While most people understand the need to save for a down payment, a recent survey found 41% of homebuyers were surprised by their closing costs. Here's some information to help you get started so you're not caught off guard when it's time to close on your home.
What Are Closing Costs?
One possible reason some people are surprised by closing costs may be beca...
Financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, but it's also important to understand that the nonfinancial and personal benefits are why so many people genuinely fall in love with their homes. When you own your home, you likely feel a sense of emotional attachment because of the comfort it provides, but also because it's a space that's truly yours.
Over the past two years, we've learned to love our homes even more as we've stayed home more. As a result, the personal and emotional benefits&n...
Rents have increased significantly this year. The latest National Rent Report from Apartmentlist.com shows rents are rising at a rate much higher recently:
"Since January of 2021, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent."
Looking back, we can see rents rising isn't new. The median rental price has increased consistently over the past 33 years; however, in past years it has averaged just 3.4% compared to the...
There's no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you're ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering where you'll go when you move.
With so few homes available to buy right now, you might be considering building a new home as one of your options. But you may be unsure if that's the way to go. Let's discuss the benefits of a newly built home and why working with a real estate ...
Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal documents, handling negotiations, and more, it's an involved and highly detailed process that requires a lot of expertise to navigate effectively. That's one of the reasons why the percentage of people selling their own house has declined from 19% to 8%.
It's important to understand what drives people to make a move. Let's explore a couple of the primary reasons individuals choose to sell their home.
If your needs have changed, it may be time to re-evaluate your home.
As the past couple of years have shown, our needs can change rapidly. That means the l...