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  • Supreme Court Allows Evictions To Resume During Pandemic
    FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2021, file photo, housing advocates protest on the eviction moratorium in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Roughly 3.5 million people in […]
  • The Truth About Land Investing: 21 Warning Signs To Look For When Buying Vacant Land
    Vacant Land is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood real estate investments in the world. Most real estate investors completely fail to recognize the superior benefits that come with owning land in its raw form. It’s unfortunate because the simplicity and stability that come with owning the right piece of land (purchased at the […]
  • What Do Experts See on the Horizon for the Second Half of the Year?
    As we move into the latter half of the year, questions about what’s to come are top of mind for buyers and sellers. Near record-low mortgage rates coupled with rising home price appreciation kicked off a robust housing market in the first half of 2021, but what does the forecast tell us about what’s on […]
  • The New Normal of Selling a Home Today, Explained
    If you’re selling your home right now—or thinking about doing it soon—you should know that today’s housing market is unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced lately, maybe ever. In the past, home sellers might have waited weeks or months to get an offer that might not be as high as they’d hoped. Buyers may have […]
  • How to Address Problem Vacancies in Your Neighborhood
    There’s a great deal cities can do right now to address the vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties that are contributing to lower property values and economic hardship in their most vulnerable neighborhoods, said a panel of community revitalization experts  on Tuesday. The panelists presented at the National Association of REALTORS®’ webinar “Engaging the Community to […]
  • Where Property Taxes Are Highest
    Property taxes can vary considerably based on where you live. Homeowners in some metro areas pay thousands of dollars more per year than owners elsewhere. Home shoppers will want to factor in these added costs when they buy to avoid unexpected tax surprises. For example, the median real estate tax in Las Vegas—the lowest of […]
  • More Buyers Paying Cash to Win Bidding Wars
    Cash is often king. Buyers who can make an all-cash offer on a home can stand out when competition is tight. Cash purchases tend to pose less risk that a deal will fall through from a low appraisal, have fewer financing hang-ups, and tend to make for faster transactions. All-cash deals comprised 20% of sales […]
  • Mortgage Rates Move Up, Now Average 3%
    As the economy continues to strengthen, mortgage rates are heading upwards. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased from its 2.94% average last week to 3% this week, Freddie Mac reports. “Mortgage rates are more likely to continue to rise than fall throughout the rest of 2021,” Nadia Evangelou, National Association of REALTORS® senior economist and director […]
  • An inside look at the New Orleans real estate market and why prices are going up
    The home-buying experience for the Williams family says a lot about the state of the metro New Orleans housing market, where prices for most single-family properties have held up through the coronavirus pandemic even as unemployment surged and the economy staggered. Will Williams, together with his wife Rachel and their four young children, were looking […]
  • They’re Here To Stay, So Learn To Get The Most From Your Home Office With These Expert Tips
    Converting a closet into a home office is one of many creative home office solutions author Chris Peterson covers in his newest book. Is it me or, as the pandemic slowly whimpers away, are you, too, hearing those who have been cooped up working from home chanting: There’s no place like the office, there’s no […]
  • ‘Granny Flats,’ Or Small Homes On A Main House’s Grounds, Can Add A Getaway Space — Or A Rental Income
    A Room of One’s Own ― The pandemic has pushed the demand for Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, like this one in Palo Alto, Calif., designed by Maydan Architects. They fill an increased need for affordable housing or a separate home office. Fortunately, more city and state regulations are allowing them. Last week, I wrote […]
  • Buyer Representation For New Construction Homes
    Important Reasons To Hire A Buyers Agent For New Construction Homes 1) The Builder’s representative is often not a licensed Real Estate Agent … but an employee of the builder. Their legal obligations to you as a Seller Representative for New Construction Homes – are different than what the Real Estate Commission requires of licensed […]
  • The Building Stages and What to Expect
    Building a new home? Are you aware that there are many stages in the build process that are signed off by a building surveyor throughout the build phase? I work with many clients who are building their home and one of the questions that I get asked many times over is what happens throughout the […]
  • What Is a Buyer’s Agent? A Trusted Guide Who’ll Help You Find a Home
    Ready to house hunt? It’s a jungle out there: Prepare for a flurry of paperwork, stampedes of buyers competing for the same digs, and other challenges, before you get your hands on those house keys. We won’t lie: The process can be complex and stressful—especially if you are a first-time buyer. Having a real estate […]
  • Buying a New Construction? Why You Need Your Own Real Estate Agent
    How to Buy New Construction Five steps to owning a newly-built home. Buying “new construction” is a bit different from buying a previously-owned home. For one, because there is no previous homeowner, you don’t have to deal with a seller’s emotional tie to the property, which typically influences the negotiating process. Whether you’re designing and […]
  • Contingencies: How They Work and Why They’re a Buyer’s Friend
    Making The Deal Like pretty much all of life, real estate is filled with “what ifs.” What if the inspection uncovers major structural problems? What if my financing falls through? What if the bank appraisal comes in low? When you’re buying a home, the “what ifs” are handled, or at least mitigated, through contingency contracts. […]
  • U.S. Home Seller Profits Soar in 2020 as Prices Set New Records in Spite of Coronavirus Pandemic
     Who do you know who wants to sell a property? People choose to work with us because we make it simple and easy. We can help you soar. Rise Up!  Profits on Home Sales Increase in Nine of Every 10 Housing Markets in 2020; National Median Home Price Up 13 Percent From Last Year to […]
  • Bypassing the Starter Home: Delayed First-Time Buyers Are Going Big
    Millennials may have delayed their first step into homeownership more than previous generations, but when they do buy, many want to go big and are skipping the traditional starter home. “In the past, people bought a modest property, lived in it until starting a family, and then traded up to a larger property,” Bradley Nelson, […]
  • Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need
    As we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, some are wondering if they should move to improve their mental health and well-being. This is no surprise since the U.S. Census […]
  • Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House
    The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand across the country is […]
  • Current Mortgage Rates
    Mortgage Interest Rates Today What are today’s mortgage rates? The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell 1 basis point to 2.95% from a week ago. The 15-year fixed mortgage rate fell 1 basis point to 2.37% from a week ago. Additional mortgage rates can be found in the chart and graph below. 3-month trend 30-Year […]
  • Bold 2021 Predictions: A Stronger Housing Market Across the Board
    The for-sale housing market showed incredible strength in 2020, and we expect 2021 will be even stronger. Demand continues to stay high, and is expected to surge in cities as economies reopen. Annual home sales growth is expected to be the highest in almost 40 years as life and financial certainty brings more sellers into […]
  • 2021 Housing Market Forecast and Predictions
    2021 Housing Market Forecast and Predictions 2021 National Housing Market Forecast and Predictions: Back to Normal To say 2020 was a year of surprises is an extreme understatement. What started off as a bright year for the housing market and the economy was soon derailed by a global pandemic and severe economic recession. As detailed […]
  • Does It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season?
    Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House Now If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your […]
  • Investors: A Real Estate Agent’s Most Powerful Partnership
    As any real estate agent knows, leads are the lifeblood to success. This is why it is no secret that a high percentage of most agents’ time is dedicated to uncovering possible leads via as many conduits as possible.  That being said, all leads are not created equal. Some leads roll in thanks to expensive […]
  • How Pre-Qualification Can Help You Get Your Dream Home
    Buying a home is an important – and exciting – decision. After all, having a place to call your own, to raise your family in, to do as you wish with no landlord to answer to are all motivating factors in starting the process. But, in addition to these emotional reasons, buying a home can […]
  • Housing Market 2020 Forecast: Will It Crash or Recover?
    Here are the updated national housing market trends—home prices, inventory, sales, and forecast. If you’re wondering what the state of the housing market 2020 will be like over the next twelve months, especially if you’re an investor, then here is some good news for you. Given the current fundamentals, real estate sales should remain strong […]
  • In a hot housing market, gap between purchase price and appraiser condition ratings causes headaches
    Historical data may be less apparent as market accelerates Last week, HousingWire reported surging mortgage volume and record low interest rates are putting excess pressure on appraisal turn times. This week, appraisal experts said those same variables are having a profound impact on an age-old conflict of appraisal reports versus what the market believes the […]
  • Moratoriums Keep Foreclosures Nearly Nonexistent
    Even as mortgage delinquencies climb, foreclosure activity continues to be low. Foreclosure moratoriums ordered by federal and state governments during early phases of the pandemic likely helped to minimize the foreclosure rate, says Rick Sharga, executive vice president at RealtyTrac, a real estate data firm. “It’s inevitable that there will be a significant increase in […]
  • U.S. Metro Dwellers Are Increasingly Searching for Suburban Homes
      Urban dwellers across the U.S. continue to show an increased appetite for suburban homes, a trend brought about by the desire for more space and the flexibility to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. During the second quarter of the year, 51% of home searches by urban residents of the 100 largest metro […]
  • DIY vs. Professional Renovation: What To Tackle Yourself And What To Leave To The Pros
    It’s the question every handy homeowner getting ready to embark on a renovation asks themselves: How much can I actually do myself? If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, it may be more than you think. Curbed spoke with experts including DIY home renovators, contractors, and architects to determine the realistic DIY projects in […]
  • Existing-Home Sales Down 9.7 Percent in May, But NAR Expects a Strong Rebound in the Months to Come
    Existing-home sales are down 9.7 percent from April to a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.91 million, according to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The dip marks three consecutive months of declines in sales as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and a 26.6 percent drop from May 2019. All four […]
  • What Is Flag Day?
    Discover the history of the annual holiday and check out 13 surprising facts about the American flag and how to properly display it. When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their […]
  • Hurricane Preparedness – Information You Need To Stay Afloat
    Hurricane Preparedness Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30. While we all like to think that we are ready for any kind of tropical storm, the fact is that we could all be a little more prepared. To help you and your clients ensure you are ready this Hurricane Season, we have compiled a […]
  • Selling a Home in a Buyers Market
    Why do buyers markets benefit buyers? In a buyers market, there are more homes for sale than there are buyers shopping for homes. This gives buyers the negotiating power, because many listings are competing with each other to get the attention of relatively few buyers. A buyers market is often prompted by low interest rates. […]
  • What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent for Home Sellers
    Every listing agent has a similar goal — sell your house for the most money in the least amount of time. But there’s much more to it than that, and many things set a good or great agent apart from an average one. Sellers evaluate real estate agents based on the services they offer, their […]
  • How to Sell a House As-Is When It Needs Repairs
    What do you do when you need to sell your home fast, but extensive repairs are out of the question, either because they’re too costly or too time consuming? Busy home sellers have a few options in this scenario, including selling as-is, completing just minor repairs, and focusing on only the big-ticket items most buyers […]
  • Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand
    As we enter the summer months and work through the challenges associated with the current health crisis, many are wondering what impact the economic slowdown will have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what’s to come. Making our way through the month of […]
  • How to Sell Your House For Sale By Owner
    Selling your house for sale by owner (FSBO) to avoid paying a listing agent’s 3 percent commission can be financially appealing, but the process isn’t as easy as you might think. If you want to try selling your own house, preparing yourself for the stressful and turbulent road ahead is a must. According to the […]
  • Tips to Sell Your Home in the Fall
    To clarify the part of the year we’re talking about, fall includes dates between September 1 and November 30. In most of the country, this time of year is marked by cooler weather, shorter days, and falling leaves — think picking apples, carving pumpkins, and enjoying turkey dinners. Holidays that fall within this period include […]
  • Vacation Real-Estate Markets Are ‘Toast’ Because Of The Pandemic – Airbnb Owners Rush To Offload Their Homes, Redfin CEO Says
    Redfin RDFN, -4.30% is the latest real-estate company to jump back into the iBuying game after a coronavirs-related shutdon. The Seattle-based brokerage said Thursday that its RedfinNow segment, which provides instant offers to home sellers to purchase their properties, would resume home-buying activities. In doing so, Redfin joins fellow iBuyers Opendoor and Offerpad in re-enteing […]
  • New Listings In April Were Nearly Cut In Half
    As stay-at-home orders increased across the nation last month, it showed in the lack of homes for sale. New listings fell 44.1% in April, as well as asking prices flattening and homes staying on the market longer, according to a new report from realtor.com, While it’s worth noting that April is the first full month […]
  • How Each Home Sale Adds to the Economy
    While the economy faces a slowdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, economists are pointing to the housing market as a way to jumpstart the recovery. Every home sale added at least $54,741, up to a maximum of $184,763, to the economy in 2019, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. And economists point out that home sales […]
  • Window Shopping for Real Estate: A New Favorite Pastime
    America has a new hobby during the COVID-19 pandemic: browsing listings of homes for sale. Real estate professionals are reporting an uptick of online views of their listings. The increased activity could be from a growing number of window shoppers daydreaming of moving to a new home after the pandemic eases. “Window shopping for real […]
  • More Banks Halt HELOCs
    Financial institutions have been tightening up on lending in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and home equity lines of credit have become the most recent target. JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are the latest bank giants to announce that they will no longer be accepting applications for new HELOCs. “The decision to temporarily […]
  • Seeking High-Quality Contractors to Join Our Team
    An important piece of the real estate puzzle hinges on building a strong team. This is why in addition to our network of agents, lenders, attorneys, and brokers, we are always on the lookout for great contractors to partner with. Below is some more insight on what we are looking for along with a number […]
  • Are you Looking to Grow Your Real Estate Investment Opportunities?
    If you are a real estate investor looking to purchase wholesale properties or partner on joint venture projects, look no further. Our team has the experience, know-how, and infrastructure to offer you opportunities in your real estate investment endeavors. No matter if you are looking for a rehab project to work on or you are […]
  • Situations We Can Help Home Sellers With
    Homeowners find themselves in the position of having to sell their home fast for any number of reasons. For example, there are times when family obligations require you to move out of state with little warning. Maybe a job relocation takes you to a new area. Or a personal situation has arisen, putting homeowners on […]
  • America’s Rental Market Heats Up As Its Housing Market Takes A Breather
    Although the housing market continues to experience a slowdown in home price appreciation, new data from Zillow suggests the nation’s rental market is thriving. According to the company’s Real Estate Market Report, U.S. rent prices accelerated for the ninth-straight month in June. As of now, the average apartment costs the typical renter $1,483. This translates to a 3% annual increase, […]
  • City of New Orleans to Hold Online Tax Certificate Sale
    NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City announced it will hold an online tax certificate sale as part of its continuing efforts to collect delinquent real estate taxes. The online auction will be active Tuesday, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Over 1,300 properties are scheduled to go to sale in the auction, which is […]
  • The Importance of Contrast in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)
    Interior design buffs know how important a room’s first impression can be. There are some spaces that, upon first glance, make your breath catch because its elements are so visually striking, yet still fit together. Other rooms seem to fall flat, almost like something is missing. Contrast is the secret ingredient that gives those memorable spaces their impact. When […]
  • Basic Interior Design Principles
    When you know the basic interior design principles you can transform any space to look fabulous. You know what it feels like when you walk into a well-designed room. You can sense how everything feels cohesive and put together. It feels just right. You can achieve that effect in your own home with a little […]
  • 9 Housing and Mortgage Trends for the Rest of 2019
    The first half of 2019 surprised housing markets across the country: Mortgage rates fell. That’s the opposite of what the experts had predicted at the beginning of the year, and it’s welcome news for home buyers, sellers and homeowners. Millions of owners could benefit from refinancing at these unexpectedly lower rates. In other ways, housing […]
  • Louisiana Teachers Assigns $100 Million to Real Estate, Infrastructure
    Louisiana Teachers’ Retirement System, Baton Rouge, made two new commitments totaling up to $100 million, said Dana Brown, director of public markets. The $20 billion pension fund committed up to $50 million each to Campus Real Estate Partners II, a real estate joint venture between developer Campus Apartments and Clarion Partners, and infrastructure fund Global […]
  • 7 Modern Lessons From The Apollo Moon Landing
      The strategies NASA employed to reach the moon in the 1960s can still inform space and other technology leaders today on how to pursue big goals and recover from inevitable setbacks. | Michel Euler/AP Photo This July 20 marks 50 years since one of mankind’s greatest triumphs — when the first humans reached the […]
  • 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
    8 of the surviving Apollo astronauts got together for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Buzz Aldrin’s outfit stole the show  From left to right: Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Michael Collins (Apollo 11) […]
  • Top 25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes
    From ignoring prep work and safety to setting unrealistic budgets, find out how to avoid these mistakes and more when renovating. Buying Cheap Materials Don’t Sweat It host Steve Watson says, “One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation (is that) they try to be cheap when they buy […]
  • Closing On a House: What Sellers Should Expect
    Ah, closing on a house. It’s the finish line! You’re almost home free (or free of your home in this case). You’ve accepted the buyer’s offer, the negotiations are finally winding down, and there is only one more little box to check: closing. OK, so maybe it isn’t a little thing. And maybe you’re a little […]
  • National News Coverage of Tropical Storm Barry Is Its Own Disaster
    Yesterday, “America’s weatherman,” Al Roker, provided some unsolicited advice to the good people of New Orleans: If he lived here, he would “make plans now” to evacuate. It’s a good idea to be prepared to evacuate any time you find yourself located within a potential hurricane’s “cone of uncertainty.” It’s a bad idea for people […]
  • Prepare Your Property for a Hurricane
    There are pros and cons of owning property. While the pros usually outweigh the cons, natural disasters are one of those times which can make us wonder why we thought property investing was such a great idea. While hurricanes can cause intense devastation, they can usually be forecast days or even weeks in advance, allowing […]
  • Hurricane Safety Checklists
    Hurricane Safety Checklists The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You should stock six […]
  • Investors Are Buying More of the U.S. Housing Market Than Ever Before
    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The share of investor purchases of U.S. homes have climbed to an all-time high, a sign that rising home prices have done little to dampen demand for flipping homes or turning them into single-family rentals. Big private-equity firms, real-estate speculators and others that buy properties comprised more than 11% of U.S. home […]
  • Google’s Most Popular Home Design Searches
    What are people searching for on the internet when it comes to home design? Google released a new report that breaks down the most popular searches by several design categories for the home. Coastal-inspired living rooms, ranch style homes, and blue hues appear among some of the most curious trends in Google searches. Google’s Home […]
  • Fourth of July in New Orleans
    Here’s what to do in your red, white and blue The first week of July, the city throws off its sedate, summer pace and starts to move to the beat of Essence Fest and beyond. Spend Independence Day with good food, history, live music and more with our recommendations below. Rebecca ToddPicnicing at The Fly […]
  • Veteran’s Guide To Saving On Housing Costs
    Veterans have sacrificed so much for the safety of our country. As a way to say thank you, many organizations, retailers, and companies offer discounts or programs to make buying and owning a home more affordable for those who have served. If you’re a veteran of the U.S. military, there are many ways you can […]
  • More Single Ladies Put a Down Payment On It
    Single women are killing the real estate game: Here’s how 4 women did it on their own How to navigate adult life like a boss, from turning your job into a career, investing your hard-earned money, building relationships and more. Because adulting is not easy. Your single girlfriends who own their own home are not […]
  • Architects Share Top Kitchen And Bath Trends — Outdoor Kitchens Lead List
    The American Institute of Architects just released its latest Home Design Trends Survey, reaching back to the fourth quarter of 2018 to focus on kitchens and baths, but its top finding couldn’t be more timely: Outdoor cooking spaces top the most-wanted list. Just in time for the Spring season when more Americans can use their […]
  • Soft Second Mortgage Program Returns to New Orleans
    A city program that helps first-time homebuyers purchase affordable homes has received an additional $3.2 million in grant funding. The funding will be used to make so-called “soft-second” mortgage subsidies up to $35,000 to New Orleans families of modest means who qualify for a first mortgage and have completed a homeownership training course. Qualified buyers […]
  • Why Do People Sell Their Houses?
    The Top Reasons Property Owners Make a Move American property owners are a restless lot, moving every five to seven years on average. Ranging from personal relationships to physical surroundings, these are the top reasons why people sell their houses. House-Related Reasons The motivation for a move often reflects the residence itself, or the area […]
  • Scientists Define “Very Low Level” of Exercise That Lowers Risk of Death
    These activity levels “may be easy to achieve by most adults.” In September, scientists identified the smallest amount of exercise needed to improve brain function. Now, in an effort to help us keep changing our habits as little as possible while maximizing health benefits, another study has even better news. An analysis in The British […]
  • #TrashTag Challenge Goes Viral As People Share Before/After Photos Of Their Cleanup
    #trashtag challenge photos by Byron Román on Facebook, which prompted a resurgence of the #trashtag challenge https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156466235064055&set=a.10150601078734055&type=3&theater A new challenge has gone viral and this one is prompting people around the world to clean up their nearby green areas and post before/after photos. The space in which we live should be for the person we […]
  • Abstract of Title in Real Estate
    An abstract of title is a written history of all the recorded documents and proceedings related to a specific property. When a sale contract is authorized, an attorney or a title company researches all the recorded records related to a property and prepare a written history. What Abstract of Title Means When purchasing real estate, you […]
  • Encumbrances in Real Estate Defined
    A claim against, limitation on or liability against real estate is an encumbrance. Encumbrances include liens, deed restrictions, easements, encroachments, and licenses. Liens Liens can come from a variety of directions.  If you don’t pay your property taxes or your income taxes, you can have a lien placed against your property.  When it comes to […]
  • What Is The Bundle of Legal Rights of a Real Estate Owner?
    Owning real estate carries with it a traditional “bundle of legal rights” transferred with the property from the seller to buyer. These are the recognized rights of the holder of title to the property. The right of possession: The property is owned by whoever holds the title. Once you close a real estate deal for cash and […]
  • The Basics of a Sheriff’s Sale – How to Buy Foreclosures at Auction
    Buying foreclosed property at a sheriff’s sale is one way to get a great deal on an investment property. There are several rules for this type of sale and understanding them can help you make an educated—and perhaps lucrative—purchase. What Is a Sheriff’s Sale? A sheriff’s sale is a type of public auction where interested […]
  • Spending Too Much On Energy? A Guide to Energy Efficient Lighting
    Climate change is the leading threat to our future and more specifically, the future of our children. This reality thrusts many different pressures on us to reduce our carbon footprint. This can be difficult; we have become accustomed to very wasteful habits over the centuries. Breaking these habits isn’t as easy as recognizing them. There […]
  • Housing Market Remains Strong, Despite Mortgage Rate Worries
    The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates, and that’s led some to worry that mortgage rates will spike and put an end to the housing boom in the United States. Not so fast, according to the head of a big homebuilder. Stuart Miller, executive chairman of Miami-based builder Lennar, said Tuesday that “concerns about rising […]
  • Buying a House? 6 Questions You’d Never Think to Ask, but Should
    When buying a house is high on your priority list and you spot The One—the house that has everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more—it can be tempting to put pedal to the metal and close the deal as quickly as possible. But slow down! No home is perfect beneath the surface, and few know this […]
  • The New Tax Law Has Made It a Great Time to Invest in Real Estate
    Here’s How to Get the Most From Your Investment. Paying attention to both the investment and operational sides of the business will make it a success. Changes in the new tax law mean it’s a great time to invest in real estate. Between lower effective tax rates for LLCs, potential drops in property prices in […]
  • Millennials Put Pets First When Buying a Home
    A full 73 percent of millennials currently own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. A whopping 89 percent of millennials who bought a home so far this year own a pet, according to Realtor.com. For this demographic, 79 percent of pet-owning homebuyers who closed on a property this year said they would […]
  • The Guide to Making and Accepting an Offer on a Home
    Everything you need to know to help you get under contract and moving toward a successful home purchase or sale. In most markets, homebuyers must act quickly to get the house they want. (Getty Images) You’ve spent the last few months house hunting, preparing your house for sale or doing both. All that stands between […]
  • What $1 Million Buys You In Real Estate Today
    Today, $1 million will go further in New York City than it did two years ago. (Credit: Getty, Siegfried Layda) What $1 million buys today varies greatly in major cities around the country. Here’s a look at how far your money will go. Listen to Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com. “If your price range […]
  • Bernard de Marigny: No-Good Gambler or Real Estate Genius?
    They stood like two giant sentries jutting up out of the fog, massive brick chimneys as tall as the surrounding trees. It was 2011, and I had come early in the morning to shoot landscape photographs of the oak alley at Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville. The chimneys and some adjacent crumbling walls were all […]
  • So Your Offer Was Rejected? This Might Be the Real Reason Why
    You loved the house so much, you made an offer—a good one. Yet for some unfathomable reason, it was rejected. What gives? While home sellers don’t have to explain why they pass up what seems like a perfectly fine offer, trust us, they do have their reasons—and it’s not always just because a higher bidder came […]
  • 12 Tasks to Tackle Before Fall Arrives
    Cooler weather is nigh — prep your home for its arrival while it’s still nice outside. The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Yep, it’s official: Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish […]
  • Home Maintenance Tasks All Homeowners Should Know
    If you’re renting or living with your parents, you generally live in this bubble where homeownership is easy and doesn’t require a lot of work. If you’re at your family home, everyday living is seamless, with your parents overlooking the homes’ stewardship. When renting, you’re likely not keeping tabs on all the issues that come […]
  • 7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor
    Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how. If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood. 1. Good neighbors bring cookies Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, […]
  • The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home
    Alanna Hale for The Wall Street Journal Step inside Sudnya Shroff’s cast-concrete home in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and you will find glossy kitchen countertops, also made of concrete, sculptural bathroom sinks and staircases—concrete—and floors with fossils and tiny semiprecious stones embedded in, yes, concrete. “There’s a very strong emotional draw for me toward concrete—it’s the […]
  • Home Prices Rebound in New Orleans, Cool Off in Suburbs in First Half of 2018
    A house on South Clark Street in New Orleans Dec. 22, 2015. Home prices across the New Orleans area were up in the first half of 2018, including in Orleans Parish.  (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) The average price for a single-family home in New Orleans rose in the first half of […]
  • Selling Your Home? Be Mindful What You Say To Buyers
    Having a beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood doesn’t guarantee you top dollar. A lot of homeowners naturally develop emotional attachments to their homes and over-estimate its value. However, homes don’t sell themselves, no matter how much someone loves your home, they are going to squeeze you for every inch and it’s vital to be […]
  • With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-all, Game Day Is No Sweat
    Want to keep your garage tidy and take the hassle out of getting everyone’s gear together for practice? This simple storage solution is a slam dunk. This project will help you organize your garage and become the LeBron James of DIY projects. With all your gear in the same place, you’ll always be prepared when someone yells, […]
  • Short-Term Rentals Banned in Jefferson Parish Residential Areas
    Jefferson Parish‘s proposed short-term rental restrictions were made even more restrictive before the Parish Council approved them Wednesday (Feb. 21). With no dissenting votes, the council banned the practice in most of Louisiana’s second most populous parish, all but commercial and mixed-use zoning districts and in its six municipalities. Even in commercial areas of unincorporated […]
  • Pop Quiz: How Well Versed Are You in Home Mortgage Loans?
    A lot of Americans are caught up in a mortgage nightmare simply because they didn’t dive into the process with some preparation. With a little studying and education, getting a home mortgage can become a far less stressful endeavor. Here are a few questions that can help you go into the home mortgage process with […]
  • How Does Sidney Torres Find the ‘Next Hot Neighborhood ‘?
    Local businessman Sidney Torres IV stars on “The Deed,” a CNBC show on which he provides advice to real estate investors who’ve gotten in over their heads. Episodes take viewers into New Orleans neighborhoods where he typically puts his own money into the featured project, sharing business and life lessons along the way. How does […]
  • What You Need to Know About Buying a House in Summer 2018
    The sun is high and hot—and so is the competition for buying a home. Thinking about buying a home this summer? The sunniest time of year is great for exploring new neighborhoods and visualizing future patio parties during viewings. But before you start any serious shopping, it’s important to understand what the housing market is […]
  • Should You Take Your House Off the Market? 6 Signs It’s Time
    When you first put your home on the market, hopes are high that a buyer will step forward. But as the weeks and months drag on with no bites, what then? Does there come a time when you should reverse gears and unlist? Taking your home off the market isn’t an easy decision. Once you do, your […]
  • A DIY for the Books: How to Get Custom Built-In Shelves on a Budget
    If you build it, books will come. (And plenty of compliments too!) Built-in shelves can take your room from boring to bespoke in a snap. Unfortunately, they can also come with a hefty price tag. But I’m going to share the insider secrets you need to DIY your way to rich results without breaking the […]
  • 5 Important Factors to Consider Before Buying a House
    Saving up for a down payment on a house is one of the most drawn out arduous journeys in a young adults life. It’s a road that seemingly has no end. After all, you’re at a stage in your life where money can be easily put to use elsewhere. When you’ve finally chipped away at […]
  • What Is A Home Inspection And How Do I Hire An Inspector?
    This past April, 78% of real estate contracts were settled, reported the Realtors® Conference Index. For small majority whose real estate contracts that didn’t close, the survey of over 4,500 realtors showed that the second leading cause for failure to close was due to home inspections. Although this unexpected delay can be quite frustrating for […]
  • 5 Ways to Fix Your Home’s ‘Fatal Flaw’ for Under $1,000
    Most of us have a nagging issue or two in our homes that we would like to fix. Perhaps your kitchen is just too dark to work in comfortably, or your bathroom is still living in the 1960s. Good news: The update might be easier and less costly to make than you may think. Costs […]