Helpful Real Estate Articles For Buyers and Sellers



Great Reading When Buying or Selling a Home Each month there are lots of great real estate articles that deserve a little bit of extra attention. Showcasing such articles in a real estate roundup is always enjoyable. Roundups are the perfect opportunity to give other writers a pat on the back for their exceptional work. […]

Study: Mortgage lenders make it tougher for same-sex couples



Same-sex couples are much less likely to be approved for a mortgage than heterosexual couples, according to a new study by researchers at Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that same sex couples’ approval rate for a mortgage was […]

Heads Up Sellers: Millennials Want to Fall in Love with a Home



Are you planning on selling your home in the near future? The first thing a prospective home seller usually starts thinking about is getting their home ready to sell. What kinds of updates should you consider? What improvements should you make, if any? Should you stage your home? These are all important questions to ask […]

Renters more likely to be ‘cost burdened’ than homeowners



Renters are much more likely than homeowners to be struggling to make ends meet, according to new research from CoreLogic. The challenge faced by renters is that the monthly cost to rent a single-family home has risen enormously since 2005, while the monthly repayments and interest on a mortgage have actually dropped over the same […]

Downsizing this Year- 5 pro tips for seniors



Let’s face it, at any stage of life, moving can be a daunting and often stressful task. However, combine a move with a need to downsize, and the process can seem downright overwhelming. However, fear not! With some careful planning, you can minimize the amount of stress involved. As Realtors who specialize in condos, we […]

Don’t be a fool! Work with a buyer’s real estate agent.



Time and time again I hear the horror stories about homebuyers working directly with the listing agent as opposed to hiring their own agent when writing purchase offers. The reason is always the same, “we thought we had to in order to get the house”. SMH. In this article, I’m going to explain why working […]

Expect fewer bidding wars on the West Coast this year, Redfin says



Home buyers on the west coast are less likely to face a bidding war than in previous years, according to a new study from the online real estate brokerage Redfin. What’s more, they also have a better chance of winning the first home they make an offer on than buyers in other parts of the […]

Zillow analysis shows homes with solar panels sell for more



More than 80 percent of home buyers say energy-efficient features are important, a truth that’s reflected by data showing homes with solar energy systems fetch higher prices. A new Zillow analysis shows homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1 percent more on average than others nationwide in the past year. The sale premium varies by […]

Memphis Diversity



There are many good reasons to live in Memphis. Indeed, there is a constant stream of new people moving to Memphis. Some for work opportunities but many for a chosen lifestyle. People from across the country (indeed across the world) come here to vacation. Once they return home, many become compelled to pick up roots […]

‘Underinsurance’ threat looms in disaster-prone areas



An uptick in reconstruction costs in certain disaster-prone areas means many homeowners may find themselves inadequately insured for the next catastrophe. Reconstruction costs have risen by 5.6 percent to 7.6 percent in some areas over the last year, according to CoreLogic’s 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report. CoreLogic examined potential underinsurance issues in four regional scenarios, […]