Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red flags and are suggesting that we are headed back to the same challenges we experienced [...]
Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan application and they should receive a [...]
I know many of you will be shopping in stores and online this week – I hope that the items below help with a person or two on your list. I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons.
Earlier this year we wrote about unusual ways to use foods like Tabasco sauce, sliced bread and cornmeal for cleaning, and we asked if you, our readers, had your own tricks to share. Did you ever! After sorting through hundreds of responses, here are our favorites, from cleaning glass with gin to grooming the family [...]
By Steve Wydler and Hans Wydler - November 5 - Washington Post The process of building a custom home is often the most misunderstood segment of housing hunting. Said differently, a high percentage of prospective home buyers start out thinking they may want to build a custom home but then end up buying an already [...]
Findings from a survey of 1,144 U.S. homeowners on Houzz about their recent or planned master bathroom renovation projects Anticipating Aging Needs: The majority of baby boomers (ages 55 or older) are addressing current or future needs of aging household members during master bathroom renovations (56%). One-third of baby boomers are addressing current aging needs [...]
Imagine scrimping and saving for a down payment to buy a home when a scammer swoops in and steals all that money right before you're about to get the keys. Even worse, there's little or nothing you can do to get your money back. This scam is so big, even the FBI is sounding the [...]