Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage

Story Idea – Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage

When it comes to small houses, every square inch of space is valuable and there are plenty of underused nooks and crannies that, with a little creativity, can be transformed into useful storage spaces. For example, installing pullout drawers under stairs can add about two square feet of storage per drawer and is the perfect way to store towels, linens and seasonal items. Utilizing ceiling space in closets can also add up to 12 square feet of extra storage: suspend two pieces of wire across a closet ceiling and use… Read More
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Selling a Home? Consider Staging!

Story Idea – Selling a Home? Consider Staging!

Most home sellers know the importance of keeping their house clean and clutter free while it is on the market, but sometimes, taking a few extra steps can make all the difference. That is where staging comes in. According to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 62 percent of seller’s agents say that staging a home will decrease the amount of time it spends on the market. Buyers also need to be able to picture themselves living in a house, and 77 percent of buyer’s agents say that staging makes it… Read More
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Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate

Story Idea – Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate

According to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS®, a considerable rise in sales dollar volume from Canadian home buyers caused foreign investment in U.S. real estate to increase in 2016. Even though China was in the top spot for sales volumes for the fourth year in a row, Canada saw the largest increase from $11.2 billion in 2015 to $19 billion in 2016 – an all-time high for the country. This rise is attributed to U.S. property prices; while still expensive, it is more affordable… Read More
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Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Good Intentions

New homeowners always have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their house. However, no one is knows all the ins and outs of maintaining a home right off the bat, so avoidable mistakes are often made in the beginning.

In an attempt to protect new countertops, many owners will apply sealant too frequently, which can create a cloudy or streaky appearance on natural stone, concrete, butcher block and glass. Homeowners should always defer to the manufacturers’ recommendations when it comes to sealing, as different materials can have different needs. Using bleach… Read More
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Homeowners Are Finally Ready to Sell

According to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS®, 71 percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to sell their home. This is an increase from 69 percent last quarter and 61 percent last year. The growing confidence in sellers will hopefully lead to more housing inventory later this year, as low housing turnover is at the heart of the continuing supply and affordability problems afflicting many markets. 

Story Springboard:
Take a look at NAR’s quarterly… Read More
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Five Root Causes for Depressed Homeownership Rate in the U.S.

The National Association of REALTORS recently held the Sustainable Homeownership Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, where a group of experts discussed potential ways to reverse the decline in homeownership. During the meeting, the five main reasons why would-be buyers are locked out of the housing market were discussed. The reasons are:

  • Post-foreclosure stress disorder – The Great Recession caused long-lasting psychological changes in the financial… Read More
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National Homeownership Month

Story Idea – National Homeownership Month:
June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home.  REALTORS® know that homeownership is the best investment an individual can make to build their personal wealth, however, owning a home is not just in the best interest of the homeowner. Homeownership provides social stability, builds communities and is a driving force for the national economy…. Read More
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What should all new owners do when moving into a new home?

Story Idea – What should all new owners do when moving into a new home?
The process of moving into a new home has many steps, and after all the paperwork is signed and boxes unpacked, the process is over right? Not so fast! There are additional steps new homeowners should take to make sure that their home is clean and secure.  

Changing the locks is the first thing a new homeowner should undertake. There is no way to know who has the keys to a house, so switching out the locks ensures that the new homeowner is the only person with access to the… Read More
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The Importance of Lawn Care

Taking care of a home’s landscape in the summer heat can be a daunting task for many homeowners. However, if a homeowner is looking to sell his or her home in the warmer months, maintaining or creating a beautiful lawn can mean selling a home faster and for more money. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, which analyzes the reasons why homeowners complete outdoor remodeling projects and the value the finished projects bring to the homeowner, taking care of a home’s lawn will bring the most bang for… Read More
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