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47% of Homes Are Selling in Less Than a Month

In some cities across the country, homes are selling faster than ever. Nationally, properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days in June, the shortest number of days since the National Association of REALTORS® began tracking in May 2011. Short sales spent the most time on the market with a median of 129 days, […]

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Better Days Ahead for First-Time Buyers

For now, first-time home buyers have mostly found themselves in a sellers market, faced with above-average price appreciation and bidding wars due to limited inventories of homes for-sale. But in the second half of the year, the market is expected to shift toward more of a balance as more sellers – motivated by higher home […]

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What to Expect in Closing Costs on a Home Purchase

Many are taking advantage of this year’s low mortgage rates to purchase a home. Pent up with excitement, many families, who have scrimped and saved for a down-payment, jump for joy when the mortgage lender finally approves their application. But, they should realize that there’s a whole new set of expenses that must be covered […]

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10 Fun Family Lawn Games for Summer

Why limit your family fun this summer to board games when you have a backyard to put to use? Save Scrabble and Monopoly for rainy nights — these games may help you and the family make the most of the summertime! Lawn Scrabble: Don’t get us wrong; we still love Scrabble. Make it a little […]

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What to Look for When Buying an Older Home

What to Look for When Buying an Older Home Anyone who has visited San Francisco or Cape May, New Jersey knows how beautiful historic architecture can be. In San Francisco, they’ve even named their stately, restored Victorian homes “Painted Ladies.” But, are these older homes good buys? Considering that most of a home’s components deteriorate […]

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How to Create a Preventive Maintenance Schedule

One of the most useful tools of any rental property to a landlord is a preventive maintenance schedule. Some landlords try to maximize profits by minimizing the work that gets done on their rental units, but this is a strategy that only has short-term gains at best. Over time, every house, apartment, or flat begins […]

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