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How to know when you’re ready to buy a home

The question for most might not be “Do I want own a home?” but instead, “Am I ready to own a home?” While you may feel unsure, there are a few important factors that can help you decide if you are ready to buy a home, and can help you feel more confident that you […]

How To Light Your Home

Christie’s posted a great article on lighting. Lighting is one of the most crucial elements of home design. The right fixtures and proper use of natural light make an enormous impact both functionally and atmospherically. Home buyers covet bright, well-lit spaces, so lighting can provide a powerful lift to your home without major construction or […]

Smart Mortgage Moves

What are these new “Know Before You Owe” rules I’ve been hearing about? They’re a victory for borrowers that make it “much easier to decipher exactly what you’ll be paying,” says Tom Pilafas, a vice president of the Chicago-based title industry company Near North National Title. Late last year, Congress passed a law requiring each […]

How To Buy A House: Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

Owning a home is one of the most effective wealth-building tools available to the everyday consumer. It’s no wonder that first-time home buyers are out in force. One-in-three home sales today are to first timers, and many more are queuing up to be homeowners in 2017. But when you’ve never done something before, it’s difficult […]

Lagging Demand for Luxury Homes May Mean Deals for Buyers Slowing sales of high-end homes gives potential buyers more bargaining power.

A surplus of high-end homes for sale is giving more bargaining power to buyers. In the U.S., the inventory of homes priced from $500,000 to $750,000 rose 15.9% in March compared with the same period last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. The inventory of homes over $1 million rose 12.6% year over […]

Luxury Real Estate & Technology: Where Added Value Becomes Expected Feature

One of the more amusing aspects of new technology is how quickly something that once seemed so cutting edge is adopted as an essential and expected feature of everyday life. Smart home technology, it appears, is trending along that curve. A recent study of U.S. adults by Coldwell Banker found that 71% of respondents want […]

Low down payment mortgages can compete in today’s market

Despite the growing prominence of low down payment mortgages, first-time homebuyers believe they need to put 20% down to compete in today’s market, but it’s not true given current market conditions, according to real estate agents across the country. Redfin conducted a survey between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, receiving responses from 762 real estate agents […]