Home Improvement: 4 Quick Ways to Transform a Room in a Weekend



Whether it’s a color transformation, adding some depth or texture to a room or bringing life to worn or outdated furniture, there are all kinds of DIY home remodeling projects that you can tackle in a weekend or less. Shades of Gray, or Any Other Color One of the easiest, least expensive ways to alter […]

Affordable Homes Falling Farther Out of Reach for Californians



While increasing home prices are encouraging for homeowners and sellers, a rising number of Californians are unable to join the ranks of homeowners as prices continue to fall out of reach, according to the California Association of Realtors. Just 32 percent of Californians could afford a median-priced, existing single family home in California during the […]

Most homebuyers Seek Green Options When Buying, NAR Says



Most homebuyers seek homes that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, according to the National Association of Realtors.  In fact, nine out of 10 surveyed said heating and cooling costs are important factors in considering a home. Indeed, heating and cooling costs account for about 56 percent of a home’s energy use, according to the U.S. […]

Despite Government Shutdown, Postponed Tax Returns Still Due Oct. 15



Despite the lapse in government funding for many federal programs, taxpayers who requested a six-month postponement of their tax bill will need to file and, if they owe Uncle Sam money, make payment by Oct. 15. About 7 percent of taxpayers request the extension each year, the IRS says. All normal tax deadlines are still […]

What the Government Shutdown Means for Real Estate



As Congress denied funding for many government operations Oct. 1, Realtors and those with an interest in buying or selling a house might be wondering what it means for them. For those getting a loan, things might slow down a bit in the wake of the shutdown, according to the National Association of Realtors. The […]

Up on the Rooftop: Solar Panels on New Homes Becoming the New Norm



Solar panels on residential rooftops are no longer just an anomaly. In fact, they’re becoming the new normal as six of the 10 largest homebuilders now include solar panel roofs as options in the construction of new homes, according to solar supplier giant SunPower Corp. The use of solar continues to increase across the United […]

Blues and Greens to Dominate Home Décor This Year



If you’re a fan of bold vibrant blues and greens, then you’re in luck: they will dominate in home décor this year, according to leading color expert groups.

Five Home Improvement Resolutions You Can Afford



If you’re getting the itch to spruce up your home but don’t have much money to spend, fear not. There are quite a few things you can do that will make a significant impact without depleting your wallet. And, keep in mind, any home improvements you make won’t only be for your benefit, but will ultimately help lure potential buyers if and when you decide to sell.

Optimism Grows Among California Home Buyers



California home buyers are more optimistic about the housing market than they were three years ago, according to a new study from the California Association of Realtors.

Existing-Homes Sales Up in October, NAR Says



Despite the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, sales of existing homes increased in October and prices continue their climb, according to the National Association of Realtors.