Category: Real Estate

Real Estate

5 Key Tips for Home Buyers Hiring a Home Inspector

HouseMaster, the first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, reminds first-time home buyers that a professional home inspection can not only provide a great education about the home’s systems, but can also be a crucial tool in negotiating the most equitable price on the home....

Selling a House in 2018 Can Cost More than $18,000

U.S. homeowners spend $18,342 on average to sell their home, according to Zillow® and Thumbtack’s 2018 Hidden Costs of Selling analysisi. Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common, but often overlooked, seller expenses and calculated what they would cost around the country. Since most (61 percent) of today’s sellers have never...

Seven Things to Know Before Signing a Lease

According to Pew Research, more U.S. households are renting now than at any point in the last 50 years. Erie Insurance shares a few tips to make the process of finding a new apartment a little less overwhelming. Know what you’re paying for. There’s more to renting than just sending...

2018 Best Markets for First-Time Buyers Analysis – Zillow

First-time buyers looking for an affordable home without much competition will have the best luck in Tampa, Florida, according to Zillow®’s 2018 Best Markets for First-Time Buyers Analysis. Zillow ranked the 35 largest U.S. housing markets based on where first-time buyers have the best chance to find an affordable home...

Appraisers Key to Property Tax Appeals – Appraisal Institute

Highly qualified appraisers are able to assist homeowners with appeals of property taxes, which can be a homeowner’s largest annual expense, according to the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. “Sometimes errors are made in how local governments calculate the amount of tax a homeowner owes,” said Appraisal...

Owners of starter homes across the country gain equity faster

Owners of starter homes across the country are gaining equity faster than other homeowners because demand for entry-level homes continues to grow faster than supply. The phenomenon – which has become more pronounced over the past few years — underscores the power of homeownership to build wealth, particularly among the...