• Buying a Home

    Retirees Choosing to ‘Upsize’ Homes

    Americans traditionally have chosen to downsize in retirement, but that may no longer be the case. A wave of retirees are choosing to upsize and enjoy the best home of their lives in retirement, according to a recent Merrill Lynch and Age Wave retirement study of more than 3,600 respondents. In fact, 65 percent of retirees recently surveyed say they’re currently living in the best home of their lives. Within the next decade, the number of age 65-plus households in the U.S. is expected to bloom by nearly 11 million. As more Americans move into retirement, they are also looking to move into a new home. The study found that…

  • Staging,  Yard & Garden

    5 Ways To Improve Curb Appeal

    It’s common knowledge that before selling, it’s important to spruce up the outside of the home to give a good first-impression to potential buyers. Small upgrades to a home’s exterior like adding a fresh coat of paint to a front door, installing new landscaping, and adding a new deck easy are ways to increase a home’s value and add curb appeal. In fact, 2015’s Cost vs Value remodeling survey showed that smaller replacement projects “are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door” and bring the largest payback. According to the Huffington Post,…

  • Buying a Home

    What First-Time Buyers Are Willing to Sacrifice

    A new survey shows that consumers saving for a home are willing to forego modern conveniences in order to secure a down payment. That may even mean giving up phones, Internet, cable TV, or Starbucks, according to a newly released survey by the business advisory firm the Collingwood Group. Potential first-time home buyers are making such sacrifices because they want to be able to make a sizable down payment on their home purchase. Nearly two-thirds recently surveyed by TD Bank say they’d like to put 20 percent down or more on their home purchase. The bank polled more than 1,000 consumers who were not home owners but intended to purchase a…

  • Moving

    Plan now for your big move this summer

    (BPT) – The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it’s coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal. There are ways to plan for your move so the big event doesn’t overwhelm you. Here are five moving tips from Penske Truck Rental, which has been helping customers complete their big moves for more than 40 years. 1. Less is better –…

  • Home Improvement,  Home Value

    How to determine the true value of home improvements

    (BPT) – As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment. “Research shows that more homeowners intend to remain in their homes after remodeling, however, resale value is still a…

  • Real Estate News

    How Much Does a House of Money Really Cost?

    Homes can be expensive, but just how much are they truly worth? The real estate brokerage Redfin set out to find out how expensive a house that was actually constructed from dollar bills. To figure it out, Redfin researchers took into account the dimensions of the average American home — 1,811 square feet — as well as averages like it’s two stories; has exterior walls that are eight inches thick and interior walls that are five inches thick; a roof that is three inches thick and a floor that is two inches thick. The dimensions of a dollar bill — 6.14″ x 2.61″ x 0.0043″ — was then used to…

  • Renting

    Renters Face More Cost Increases

    Rents continue to push upwards, as landlords take advantage of the hot rental market. Average effective rents climbed 3.6 percent during the second quarter compared to a year earlier, according to REIS Inc., a real estate research data firm. Rent growth has bloomed at a fast pace since 2012, hovering around a 4 percent annual growth since then. Strong technology markets like San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco; and Denver are seeing some of the largest increases in rental costs. In San Jose, rents rose 7.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to $1,951 a month. In San Francisco, rents rose 6.8 percent to $2,316. In the country’s most expensive…