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February 2015

Found 21 blog entries for February 2015. - In romantic movies, the girl goes for the pompous jerk with millions of dollars while the sweet, caring guy does all the little things right. Winning over a seller can be like that common rom-com trope. But in this case, you don’t necessarily have to have the most money. And you don’t have to send roses or plan a meet-cute to get to closing day.

So how do you woo the seller of your dream home? We consulted several Realtors® and industry professionals to figure out the best ways to win a seller’s heart without throwing in more cash.

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499 Views, 0 Comments - If you’re anything like us, you’ve been obsessed this week with the New York Times’ series on the shadowy oligarchs who’ve been buying up New York luxury real estate behind the facades of more than 200 shell companies. 

These are not the kinds of people everyone has living next door (unless you live in theTime Warner Center, where condos can run to, say, $68 million), but that doesn’t mean you can’t play investigator in your own neighborhood: Who took over that gorgeous Victorian in need of TLC? Who lives in that fourth-floor apartment where the lights are always—always!—on? You can find these answers relatively easily, using some of the same tools the Times’ reporters did during their yearlong probe. It all depends on how much money—and

474 Views, 0 Comments - Put these four tasks on your to-do list for a quick and painless sale.

Selling a home doesn’t happen overnight. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition.

Prepping the home rarely happens in one weekend. It takes time and thoughtful planning. If you intend to sell your home this spring, here are a few steps you need to take now.

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545 Views, 0 Comments - When you’re selling your home, it is natural to assume that anything you can safely remove is yours to keep—like the light fixtures you painstakingly cleaned and repaired, or the appliances you bought last year—but the buyer may want some of those items, too.

Rather than keep everything, you should decide what you can keep and what you should leave as a way to entice buyers into making an offer. Here’s what you should consider:

What stays with the house?

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505 Views, 0 Comments - As we all know, home is where the heart is—whether it’s a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion. Here are six ways to show your home some affection.

1. Bring home a pretty present. You can go for the classic red roses, or any simple or elaborate bouquet. Use the flowers to brighten a main room or split them up among tiny vases placed throughout your home. You could also consider a throw pillow or a stylish vase. If your budget can accommodate something a little bigger, consider replacing an appliance or splurging on a dramatic new piece of art.

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615 Views, 0 Comments - Love the romance of leaded glass windows, intricate gingerbread trim and elaborate fireplace mantels? Consider these factors before you buy the historic home of your dreams.

Some home buyers want new, modern and move-in ready. Others prefer older homes, with character and charm they can’t find in new construction. If you’re interested in historic homes, take these factors into consideration as you shop.

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536 Views, 0 Comments - For many first-time buyers, buying a home can be a scary experience. They know they'll be maintaining or improving a home with little to no maintenance experience, so the solution is to buy a home in perfect condition. So they hire a home inspector to point out all the flaws.

The problem is -- no perfect home exists. Air conditioners break, plumbing pipes leak, and roof tiles blow off in the wind.

If you're buying a home, start with a reasonable expectation of what home inspectors can do. Their job is to inform you about the integrity and condition of what you're buying, good and bad.

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555 Views, 0 Comments - Millennials make up the second-largest generation in U.S. history, representing 20 million American households. While millennials have been dubbed the renting generation by some, they are starting to make strides in the housing market. In the summer of 2014, 30% of home buyers were millennials, according to an analysis from®.

Even though more millennials plan to buy a home in 2015, your first home purchase can still be a scary proposition. After all, how do you know if you’re too young for homeownership? Here’s how to tell if you’re ready.

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501 Views, 0 Comments - Timing is everything in life—and it’s certainly key in getting a good home loan. A low-interest rate can save you a bundle over the life of a 30-year loan.

Because interest rates fluctuate daily, it’s difficult to know exactly when to pull the trigger. There are things you can do to improve your chance of success.

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532 Views, 0 Comments - Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages dropped this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.56 percent, down 2 basis points from this time last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.53 percent and 3.77 percent for most of the week, dropping to 3.46 percent on Friday before returning to the current rate.

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