It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood

A new study from Homes.com took a look at the state of homeownership in the LGBTQ community. The “LGBT Real Estate Report 2018-19: A View of LGBT Homeownership Trends and Economic Impact,” shows that, “significantly more LGBT clients are expecting to increase their real estate holdings either by moving into bigger homes or purchasing a…

Going it Alone: The Single Homebuyer

More Canadians are living with their parents as high real estate prices and tough mortgage qualification rules make it difficult for young people, especially singles, to buy a home. Here’s how some young homeowners achieved their goal. Real estate affordability in Canada is a hot topic these days. Following a decade of house price appreciation…

Room For 2: First-time Home Buying Tips For Newlyweds

Buying or selling a house is more stressful than getting divorced, going bankrupt or getting fired, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by EstatesDirect.com. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by home buying with your loved one, you’re not alone. Figuring out how to merge your lifestyles, budgets and expectations can be difficult, but doesn’t have…

Self-Employed? What to Know About Buying a Home.

Jammie pants and slippers. Dog curled up at your feet. Your favorite TV show playing in the background. Sound like a quality weekend day? Not so fast. For a growing number of Americans, it’s what a regular ‘ole workday looks like. We’re not necessarily talking about a work-from-home scenario (although this is another growing workforce…

Staged Property: Buyers Beware

Would you like to unload your house faster and for more than you expect? That, in rough terms, is what home stagers promise. All the Home’s a Stage My farmhouse house, I will disclose, is as backstage as it gets. Books fill the bookcases. (This is a big no-no in the staging profession.) A vice…

Working With Professional Real Estate Agents

Buyers and sellers typically work with a licensed real estate salesperson or broker. It is important to ascertain if that person is working “for” you (you are the client) or “with” you (you are the customer). Most states will require that the licensee make early written disclosure concerning the agency relationship. License Required State licensing…

HOA Volunteer Pheromones

Moths give off “pheromones”, a scent that attracts mates from many miles away. Oh, that it were so easy to attract volunteers at a homeowner association. Just spritz a bit of Eau de Volunteer about and stand back! So what does it really take to attract good volunteers? Here are a couple of suggestions: Develop…

Why You Should Just Say No to FSBO

There was a lively conversation on our neighborhood Nextdoor last week from someone who was listing his home for sale by owner (FSBO) and wanted to get the word out to neighbors but definitely did NOT want to attract the attention of real estate agents. He had a few choice words for agents around what…

Can Experian Boost Turn You into a Homebuyer?

When it comes to buying a home, it might seem like minimal credit would look good to lenders. But, the opposite is typically true. Among other things, lenders are looking for a credit history that illustrates a pattern (hopefully a good one!). If you don’t have enough credit to satisfy their requirements, you could be…