The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale in the lower price points. Boomers are staying in their current homes longer because there is a shortage of homes available for sale to which they woul
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many Americans, one of those common goals is owning a home: a piece of land, a roof over our heads, and a place where our families can grow and flo
A car is not the place to be in a cold weather emergency. To be on the safe side, your trunk should be equipped with an emergency kit that contains the following items: Emergency First Aid Kit Flares/reflectors Extra clothing, blankets and large plastic bags for warmth. Blackboard eraser for foggy windows Non-perishable snacks like granola bars, peanuts and dried fruit De-icer spray for frozen locks or to loosen lug nuts to fix a flat tire Ice scraper and snow shovel Sand or
Each year, many residents are injured during the winter months as a result of pedestrian accidents and from exposure in cold water incidents. Skaters fall through the ice; boaters and canoeists overturn their crafts and pedestrians are struck walking in roadways because sidewalks are snow covered. Here are a few general guidelines for use by winter recreation enthusiasts to lessen their chances for an icy dip or worse. It's impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appea
The top must-have kitchen feature of 2020 is (drum roll, please) the kitchen island. Nearly two-thirds of renovated kitchens include an island, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz. The site surveyed nearly 2,600 homeowners who are planning, in the middle of, or just finished a kitchen project. Granted, kitchen islands have been hot for a while. But these days, many homeowners are making them into statement pieces through shape and color. About 3
If you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months aren’t a good time to sell a home. As realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu recently noted, “Sellers tend to be more reluctant to list during the colder time of year when the market typically makes a seasonal slowdown.” However, a recent report by ShowingTime reveals how this year is different. Buyer activity is way up compared to the same time last ye
This will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible recession occurring before the end of the year, predicting what will happen in the 2020 U.S. housing market can be challenging. As a result, taking a look at the combined projections from the most trusted entities in the industry when it comes to mortgage rates, home sales, and home prices is incredibly valuable – and they may surprise you.