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A Curb Appeal in a Time of Drought

According to Realtor.Mag, Westerners struggle under water-use reductions and Midwesterners, East Coasters, and Southerners grapple with storm-ravaged yards, many are rethinking the traditional American landscape. Both garden professionals and scientists are working on materials that can better survive drought and extreme weather, as home owners increasingly question the importance—and even the underlying ethics—of maintaining a […]

In Palm Springs, a New Set of Pleasure-Seekers Take Hold

Travel and Leisure article detailed the treasure we call Palm Springs. What is it about Palm Springs that keeps drawing waves of people looking to slow down, drop out, go a little wild? Irina Aleksander meets the latest arrivals who are inventing the desert oasis all over again. Palm Springs is reachable by plane, but […]

Palm Springs Now Ranked In Top 10 Most Popular US Destinations

More than 350 days of sunshine, great swimming pools and top attractions like the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway pushed Palm Springs to the No. 9 spot in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the top destinations in the United States. Last year, Palm Springs grabbed the No. 17 spot on TripAdvisers Travelers’ Choice Awards identifying […]

How Much Does ‘Walkability’ Affect Home Prices?

Recently, The Wall Street Journal featured a great article on ‘walkability’. Stroll-friendly communities may be the latest housing draw, but in the luxury market, the “walkability premium” is relatively small. Redfin, a Seattle-based real-estate brokerage, measured the effect of walkability on home values by looking at increases in Walk Score, a 0-to-100 scale that tallies […]

New Mortgage Rules For Self-Employed Borrowers

If you’ re self-employed, you must meet different requirements than a salaried person to qualify for a mortgage. The rules about how that works were updated in recent months to take an even closer look at your business income, so let’s review the rules for self-employed people borrowing for the first time, and for those […]

Smart Homebuyer Strategies

The National Association of REALTORS® has announced that there’s a housing supply shortage. Homes are selling quickly and home prices are starting to inch up again. It’s becoming a seller’s market in many areas. Any time the market changes, it’s time to change strategies. During a buyer’s market, buyers have the upper hand and can […]

States With The Highest Property Taxes

At 2.67%, Illinois has the highest median property tax rate in the U.S., according to a report by CoreLogic. On the other hand, Hawaii has the lowest median property tax rate in the nation at 0.31%, according to the report. The national median is 1.31%. Property taxes vary state to state, and include the total […]

Renters, break out your hankies; Homeowners Build Serious Wealth

Not to rub salt in your renter’s wounds, but a recent assessment by  Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, isn’t likely to lift your spirits. A homeowner’s net worth, he told Forbes, will be 45 times greater than that of a renter by 2016. The Federal Reserve reported last year in its Survey […]

How Drones Are Transforming The Way You Shop For Real Estate!

          Times are changing case in point a recent article by Fast Company points to how the real estate market is forever changing. Your local real-estate agent might have a new trick up their sleeve very soon: Using drones for aerial photography of sprawling properties. The practice is increasingly commonplace in […]

Hmmm this is interesting! According to a recent report, 20% of Americans live more than a couple of hours from their parents. Do you?