Category: Real Estate

Real Estate

7 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home

Adair Homes, Inc., a leading on-your-lot builder that specializes in affordable custom homes in the Pacific Northwest, today announced it is publishing a guide highlighting important questions that should be asked when considering building a custom home. The e-book, 7 Things You Should Know Before Building a Custom Home, is...

Tips for Frustrated Home Buyers

Housing shortages across the country can make home buying ferociously difficult. That frustration is especially acute for first-time buyers, said Senior CFP Board Ambassador Jill Schlesinger, CFP®. “The biggest hurdle for the housing market in the middle of 2017 is low inventory,” said Schlesinger. “Housing starts, housing permits, new home...

Underestimated Costs of Owning a Home

Purchasing a home is an enormous accomplishment, but making the leap from renter to owner also carries plenty of financial challenges – including the responsibility of paying for numerous upfront and ongoing expenses. To help shed some light on some of the unforeseen costs of maintaining a home, American Home...

America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes By State

A new study finds the cost of living in the most expensive zip codes of every state. Personal finance website GOBankingRates used data from Zillow to survey median home values and mortgage payments, as well as cost of living expenses such as groceries, transportation, utilities and healthcare for zip codes in 48...

Home Staging Decreases Time on Market

Sixty-two percent of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of Home Staging, www.nar.realtor/reports/profile-of-home-staging. “Realtors® know how important it is for buyers to be able to picture themselves living in...

Reader’s Digest Contest Unveils Top Ten “Nicest Places In America”

Reader’s Digest today announced the ten finalists in its first annual “Nicest Place in America” contest in partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods. The contest is a national crowd-sourced hunt for exceptional places whose people exemplify ways of life the country needs more of today. Americans across the...

Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw a decline in...

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Drop to 2017 Lows

Mortgage rates fell the lowest levels of the year, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.16 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.28 discount and origination points. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed dropped to the lowest level since mid-November,...