Things to Avoid When Buying a Home



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Even though fall is here, and there may be fewer listings, those homes that are on the market are being sold by motivated buyers who intend to keep their property on the market even through the holidays. It is worth having a list of things to avoid when looking for a new home. Buying a […]

Helping Your Parents Purchase a Home



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You often hear of cases where parents have helped their child to buy a home, but it is rarer for it to happen the other way round. This could be the case if the children are very successful and want to help their parents buy a nicer home, or perhaps when their current house no […]

Thinking of Accessing Your Home Equity? Things You Should Know



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Before the recession, many people were able to tap into their home equity but all this changed during the last few years. However now house prices are recovering, more people have regained access to this source of funding that can help pay for renovations or big-ticket items, or to simply reduce debt. According to an […]

House Price Growth Moderates for 11th Consecutive Month



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According to data from Clear Capital, residential property prices have shown moderate price growth for the 11th consecutive month. Yearly gains reached a high of 11.7% in October last year, but declined to just 7.8% through to September this year. This effect is more extreme when you look at figures for the West, where annual […]

Latest Research Shows Increasing Confidence in Real Estate



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The latest Zillow Housing Confidence Index shows Americans generally feel more positive about the housing market compared to the beginning of the year. The index was 63.7 in January, but increased to 64.2 during the summer. The index looks at 20 major metro areas, and residents in 11 of these areas reported increased confidence in […]

Survey Shows Current Attitudes to Smart Homes



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Lowes recently released a survey on smart homes, and discovered that more than 70% of Americans who have smartphones would like to be able to control some feature within their home, without having to move. According to the article in RisMedia, the survey looked at people’s attitudes towards home automation as well as their experiences. […]

Number of Homes Underwater Falls to Just Over 10%



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During the second quarter of this year, nearly 950,000 homes went back into positive equity. This now means the total number of residential properties with equity is now 44 million. The level of borrower equity in the United States rose by approximately $1 trillion during the second quarter of 2014, compared to the previous year. […]

Pending Home Sales Fell Slightly in August



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Even though pending homes sales fell slightly in August, contract signings were at their second highest level over the past twelve months, according to an article in Propertywire. These figures were based on data from the National Association of Realtors. Just one region bucked the trend which was at the West, where pending home sales […]

Fall is a Great Time to Sell Your Home



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Fall is officially underway, and these months can be a great time to sell your home. If you are planning a home move, it could be worth considering putting your property on the market around now. This is quite different and from the past when it was more traditional to list your home in spring, […]

New Home Sales Reached Six Year High Last Month



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According to a Reuters report, sales of new single-family homes in the US increased substantially in August, reaching the highest level seen in more than six years. This offers good confirmation that the housing recovery is still continuing, and this should hopefully allay some expert’s fears that the market was weakening. According to the Commerce […]