What started out a year ago as a friendly venture to purchase “a few” investment properties turned into 12 properties (15 total rental units) and basically a second full-time job. Merry Christmas to me, right? Thankfully my business partner Ryan, who has more real estate savvy in his right pinkie […]
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Most home builders are more than ready to put 2009 behind them. The mortgage crisis had a domino effect across the economy but really put home builders behind the 8-ball this past year. There were some changes that we think are for the better such as the slow down of […]
Neatorama tipped us to this interesting offer from Clayton Homes running in the Columbia Daily Herald. If you buy a home from them before the end of the year you will receive “absolutely free” a can of Van Camp’s pork and beans. We’re sold! Ad after the jump.
We’ve got mixed feelings on renovating bathrooms before resale. On one hand a sharp looking countertop, tile and fixtures can certainly give a wow impression especially if the taste level and decor sensibilities are the same for the buyer but many buyers just want to know that there is a […]
According to some reports the housing market is beginning to rebound with some areas reporting an increase in prices. But with inventory still at record levels the recovery isn’t near. “House prices have risen in recent months after a long plunge, according to the National Association of Realtors and the […]
The demand for fixer-uppers in NYC has never been that high but as inventory has grown and the competitive prices for move-in ready apartments continues to swell, more city dwellers are considering renovating old dwellings. If the buyer is in a comfortable living situation and doesn’t mind waiting to renovate […]
So what does it take to make your place look great? Not big bucks or a lot of time. ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares 10 projects that can be done in a weekend for $150 or less: Punch up the numbers Cost $1 to $40 House numbers […]
Home appraisals set the value for your home which may differ greatly from the fair market value but they are needed when refinancing or determining tax rates. Appraisers don’t need much time and according to One Project Closer these are the areas most important to your home’s value. * Kitchen […]
Now’s your chance to own a priceless piece of real estate, made famous in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Highland Park, Ill., home belonged to the parents of Ferris’ notoriously uptight sidekick, Cameron. For a cool $2.3 million, the 5,300-square-foot, mostly glass house can be yours. Rambunctious […]
Home prices continue to fall and according to S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price index, an indicator of real-estate market direction, prices dropped 19.1% this first quarter compared to a year ago which at that point had fell 18.1%. Previously foreclosure sales weren’t considered in this index as they made up such […]
Are all builders, architects, and developers on board with these house plan abbreviations? It might make life much easier for them and their clients.
If you have an extra $300,000 sitting around or are simply after a change of scenery, then the Sleeper family of Festus, Missouri (suburban St. Louis) have a deal for you. In response to the housing crisis, they’ve put their cave home up for sale. It’s an ironic twist, as […]
Home prices continue to fall but many buyers are already jumping in and hedging their bets that they’ve got a great deal and that the bottom is near. If your dream retirement home is now within reach maybe you should pull the trigger, or at least consider the possibility.
Urbanologist William Olson foresees 3 changes that major home builders should make if they expect to succeed in the new world of tightened loans, green building, and smaller homes. The big builders are caught swimming upstream in a current that continues to pick up speed. Record losses, staggering overhead costs, […]
If you’re considering buying an old house and one that has some historic value, check out this website that gathers listings of historic properties for sale across the country. You can search by architectural style, region, price, condition. They also have a listing of great old house resources.
> Las Vegas has seen unprecedented growth for the past 20 years but this year the state of Nevada has dropped to 8th place on the list for growth with Utah taking the top spot followed by Arizona. What is more alarming is that new home prices have dropped to […]
1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could do it all over again. 1. I would spend more money upfront and purchase a house in the best […]
Lord of the Rings fans may have to look elsewhere to find authentic homes modeled after the Shire found in the J.R.R. Tolkien books. The developer of this unique community, Ron Meyers, is now in financial ruin and he’s placed blame on the current real estate crisis.
If you’re a fan of the Extreme Home Makeover show on ABC, now you have a chance to buy the homes. Some homeowners have decided to cash in on their new abodes by listing them in arguably one of the worst real estate climates in the last 20 years. Unfortunately […]
Evaluating an old house is a process of compromise. The need for minor repairs like painting, scrubbing tile, and freeing stuck windows may disqualify a house if its over-all appeal to you is only marginal, while major work like foundation and roofing repairs may seem acceptable if you have found […]
Realtors are becoming more proactive with getting potential buyers to step inside their homes or condos. For example, open house parties are popping up around the country. Invest in a DJ, drinks, a little food and the people will come.