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LANDSCAPING TO IMPROVE RESALE: AT DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com “As the weather starts to heat up, so too does the housing market.  Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell.  The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces.  An investment in landscaping…

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THE END OF THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN? THE CASE FOR NATURAL WOOD

Source:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A funny thing happened while everyone was obsessing over white kitchens:  Natural wood sneaked back in, creating some of the chic-est spaces around.  For many, natural wood evokes a country feel.  Or perhaps something ultra-traditional.  But today’s natural wood kitchens are modern showplaces that mimic the newest trends we’ve been…

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TOP FIVE NEW BATHROOM TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSIDER

Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes. “Installing bathroom tech is  a great way to take your remodel or addition to the next level.  Aside from adding extra comfort, bathroom tech will also improve the efficiency of your home.  Here’s a look at five high-tech gadgets that will turn your bathroom into the…

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AMERICANS BUY HOMES AT FASTEST PACE IN A DECADE

Excerpted from an article by Christopher S. Rugaber for Associated Press “WASHINGTON – Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007.  Home sales rose 3.3% in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. …

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THREE STEPS TO SAVING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME

Excerpted from an article by Damien Justus for realtytimes.com “According to Harvard University’s “State of the Nation’s Housing” report, while more people than ever before want to own their own home, fewer feel financially ready to do so yet.  Reasons range from high rents to student loan debt. Millennials in particular are waiting longer to…

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HOME RENOVATIONS ON A BUDGET

Excerpted from an article by Realty Times Staff “If you’re looking to get the best return on your investment or just improve your property to attract high quality tenants, a kitchen remodel is one of the highest value projects.  The most recent cost vs. value report, released in January 2014, shows that property owners will…

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DECOR TRENDS FOR 2017 – ALL ABOUT EASE & COMFORT

Excerpted from an article by Kim Cook for the Associated Press “Decor trends take us on a little emotional journey every season. Some speak to how we’re feeling, some to how we want to feel.. For 2017, trend spotters say we’re looking for ease and comfort – even at the luxury end of the decor…

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30-YEAR MORTGAGE RATE JUMPS 50O 3.94%

Excerpted from an article in the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates climbed this week, reflecting deep declines in US government bond prices in the days after Donald Trump’s election victory. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 3.94% from 3.57% last week.  That put…

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HOUSING STARTS SURGE 25% TO POST-RECESSION HIGH

Excerpted from an article by Paul Davidson for USA TODAY “Housing starts jumped 25% in October to a post-recession high as volatile apartment construction more than reversed a sharp decline and single-family starts surged as well.  Construction of homes and apartments rose 25.5 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 million, the Commerce Department…

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2016 HOMEBUYER SURVEY CONTAINS VALUABLE INFORMATION….

FOR AGENTS AND SELLERS… Excerpted from an article by Bob Hunt for realtytimes.com “One of the most useful research projects of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is the annual survey of home buyers and sellers.  It is particularly useful because it shows sellers and their agents what works and what sources buyers use to…

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