Buying & Selling

Should You Rent Or Buy A House?

Seems like everyone is buying a condo or house these days. And there are tons of shows on HGTV about renovating your home making you wonder: should you rent or buy a house? Can you even afford to buy? We’re here to help you make that decision. Ask yourself some…

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Bidding War

You’ve found the house you love. But, apparently, so have other buyers — and it’s the same house. When several buyers want to compete for the same property, how do sellers choose among offers? What can you do to increase your chances of getting the home? Freshome asked several experts to…

Here’s How Much It Costs to Sell Your Home in 2020

Zillow, the real estate database, released a report showing the hidden costs of selling. So how much does it cost you to sell your house in 2020? Get ready to spend about $21,000. Don’t balk at the cost yet, though. Some of that cost goes toward…

Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else…

Home-Buying Millennials are Obsessed with Lawns and Gardens

The U.S. Census Bureau says homeownership is up over last year. In their words, “the national homeownership rate has risen to 64.4 percent.” And Realtor Magazine says that jump is “largely attributed to the rise in new, first-time homebuyers.” These first-time homebuyers are…

Escrow 101: What You Need to Know

Escrow is simpler than you might expect, and it’s key in real estate transactions. Image: WorldWide/Shutterstock When you buy a house, you basically have to learn a whole new language. Between figuring things out with your mortgage lender and navigating the results of the home inspection, you&…

Selling Your Home: Should You Move or Improve?

It’s almost impossible for one home to meet your needs completely as you age, grow and change. Eventually, you’ll need to either buy a new home or improve on what you have to better suit your lifestyle, especially if you’re not happy in your place. But how do you know…

Relocating? Watch for these Neighborhood Red Flags

In a perfect world, every neighborhood would resemble Mayberry. Everyone would know each other by name and your next-door neighbor’s yard would always look as manicured as your own. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect neighborhood and every zip code has its own pros and con…