Homebuying

Things That Could Unexpectedly Impact Your Real Estate Appraisal

October 28th, 2021
Although everything in your home is essential, there are certain things that the appraiser will be looking for that don’t include the home’s position, square footage and the number of rooms in the house. We will look at other factors...

Suburbia Trending as Work-From-Home Options Grow

November 24th, 2021
Suburban housing demand is increasing, according to a new report from realtor.com®, as work-from-home and flexible schedule options become the norm, allowing potential homebuyers to purchase outside their commuting zone. The findings: Share of suburban home shoppers increased 42.1% since...

Don’t Spend on Moving Boxes: How to Get Them for Free

December 15th, 2021
If you’ll soon be moving, start thinking about where you’re going to get moving boxes to transport your belongings. Unfortunately, purchasing moving boxes can quickly burn a hole in your wallet. Here are some places you can go to get...

Why You Should Lock in a Mortgage Rate Ahead of the Next Fed Meeting

November 1st, 2021
(TNS)—With the next Federal Reserve meeting set for Nov. 2-3, now is probably a good time to lock in a mortgage rate whether you’re planning a home purchase or a refinance in the near future. It’s likely that the (indirect)...

Is That House You’re Considering a Flip? Here’s What to Know

November 26th, 2021
(TNS)—Not all houses are created equal. In any given price range, every property you’re going to look at will have its pros and cons. This applies even more so if you’re considering a home that was recently renovated by a...

zavvie Partners With Divvy Homes on Rent-to-Own Program

December 15th, 2021
zavvie and Divvy Homes recently partnered to provide a more accessible, affordable and innovative rent-to-own buying solution for real estate brokers and their agents. Divvy Homes uses technology to help renters transition into homeowners. The Divvy Homes rent-to-own program is...

Real Estate Q&A: How Should Condo Board Tell New Residents About Fee Increase?

November 2nd, 2021
(TNS)—Q: How should the board member interviewing new residents in our condominium association handle knowing there will be a significant increase in the monthly maintenance fees due to the increasing insurance premium? It is a sensitive subject for sellers to...

Pets Are Increasingly Influencing their Owners’ Housing Decisions

November 29th, 2021
(TNS)—Hannah Wood, a work-from-home product manager for a healthcare company, would like to relocate to Philadelphia to live near her mother, but she’s struggling to find a place that will welcome her roommate, Lea, a 55-pound, mixed-breed dog. Wood initially...

Home-Buying Competition Heating Up for the Holidays

December 17th, 2021
Bucking seasonal slow-down trends, home-buying competition is heating up as the year comes to a close. According to realtor.com®’s latest Weekly Market report for the week ending Dec. 11, the annual pace of home sales is up even as the...

Zillow Flames Out of iBuying, Cites ‘Unpredictability’

November 2nd, 2021
In another shocking blow to real estate giant Zillow, the company announced late Tuesday that it would sunset its iBuying arm, Zillow Offers, and bow out of the iBuying game as the company failed to find stability and success flipping...
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