Is This the Future of Rent-To-Buy?

In theory, the idea behind a rent-to-buy arrangement is a good one for those who want to purchase a home but aren’t quite ready yet. More than anything, it gives buyers hope, and often a solution to their credit woes, while locking in a home that will, presumably, belong to them one day. “One of…

Holiday First Look: 2019 Color Trends

Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas decorations? Is it ever too early to start thinking about Christmas decorations? We think not, frankly. When it comes to the decorating itself, studies show the earlier you start, the happier you are. While early November might be a tad too early to actually start putting…

Five Chic Fall Home Trends

Yes, a menagerie of pumpkins and autumn leaves gathered about speak to the time of year. But that doesn’t mean you have to turn your home into what could pass for a fall festival in order to capture the spirit of the season. Leave the gourds behind and embrace these fall interior design trends for…

Is It a Good Time to Buy a House?

Is it a good time to buy a house? The summer rush is over, mortgage rates are super low, and the job market is strong, leading the Federal Reserve to proclaim that the housing market is the economy’s “bright spot.”  So, in a word, Yes! “Housing activity indicators displayed further gradual improvement in August,” the…

Four Ways to Make Your Ceiling a Standout

The floors: gleaming. The walls: painted. The knick knacks: perfectly placed. So why does your home still feel…unfinished? Maybe it’s time to look up. Yes, all the way to that blank, boring ceiling. “A creative ceiling can completely change the look of a room, taking a space from so-so to stunning,” said House Beautiful. Here are four ways…

Halloween 2019 Home Décor Trends

It’s no secret that Americans love Halloween, and they’re showing their appreciation for the holiday more now than ever. Halloween spending is expected to reach $8.8 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.  A whopping $2.7 billion of that haul is expected to be spent on decorations. Clearly,…

New Appraisal Rule: What Does It Mean for You?

A new home appraisal rule just went into effect—the first time in 25 years that “federal regulators have increased the property value limit of the homes that require an appraisal as part of the selling process,” said REALTOR® Magazine. The rule exempts some home sales priced at $400,000 and below from requiring an appraisal. That…

Trend Alert: Socially Conscious Real Estate on the Rise

If you’re feeling the pull to be more socially conscious, you’re not alone. A Cone Communications study on corporate social responsibility (CSR) found that “76% of those surveyed said they would decline to do business with a company if it held views and supported issues that conflicted with their beliefs,” said Forbes. In addition, “78%…

Scary Issues That Can Kill Your New Home Joy

Be afraid. Be very afraid. That new home you’re thinking of buying might not be as perfect as you think. Danger lurks behind every wall. Or maybe just one. Either way, it’s probably something you should know about.  Buying a home is full of challenges, and the one that might be the most frustrating of…