Some real estate professionals say there are some words neither their colleagues nor their clients should use in their listings. These phrases and terms are so overused that they have become meaningless.
Wire fraud has registered a year-over-year increase in losses of about 85-90 percent, and real estate transactions are one of scammers’ favorite targets. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and your customers.
With far fewer sellers distracting buyers from your listing and pretty holiday decorations providing excellent staging, the only challenge is keeping the walk shoveled and the piles of coats tucked away.
People buy fixers for all sorts of reasons. Money, of course, is the main factor. But many simply like the house or the neighborhood, and a healthy minority figured they’d enjoy working on the place.
Elder financial abuse is “widespread and damaging,” with the average victim losing $41,000, and almost one in 10 losing more than $100,000. Sadly, the culprits are most often family members, but banks have ways to protect their older clients.
After a run of bad publicity and flagging sales, the business is enjoying renewed vigor. Timeshare sales increased in 2018 – the ninth straight year – rising nearly 7 percent to $10.2 billion.
Nowadays, only a handful of residences are built entirely in a factory. Many more are built with factory-built components, such as floor and roof trusses, that are delivered to the building site. But no GM or Ford Motor Co. has emerged to take the industry by storm.
Homebuyers sometimes pour every dollar they have into the transaction. But a new study found that buyers with post-closing liquidity of three months or more were five times less likely to default on their mortgages.
Houses listed for sale on a Thursday tend to sell more quickly, and at higher prices, than those listed on any other day of the week, research shows. But what’s the best time of day to show a house?
The townhouse sector is growing faster than any other. Builders started work on some 120,000 townhouses last year: a 15 percent jump in production over 2017. But some builders are going smaller yet.
The American housing market is definitely changing. Maybe not everywhere, at least not yet. But in most places, sellers are slowly losing their dominance and buyers are taking control.
Many homeowners believe they can’t do without these two perks: home warranties that promise to replace appliances that cannot be repaired and Angie’s List, the popular website that recommends contractors and repair specialists.
Homeowners who sell their houses “as-is” may end up costing themselves more than they would have spent to make the necessary repairs – if they are able to sell their homes at all.
The Trump administration has decided the country’s 800,000 “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought here as children but who have grown up here – are no longer eligible for federally insured mortgages, causing consternation and confusion among mortgage lenders.
Sellers who can’t decide whether to move into their next homes while their current ones remain unsold should consider this: According to a new analysis, empty houses remain on the market longer, and sell for less, than those that are still occupied.
Homebuyers who expect their newly built castles to be flawless masterpieces are only fooling themselves: The perfect, zero-defect house has yet to be built. But every builder has a whopper of a story about a big mistake.
Today’s guest column comes from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations with a call for year-end donations to benefit local CDCs
If there is one thing that 2017 has taught us, it’s that uncertainty is certain. From international dealings to domestic policy, no time has been as uncertain as now. There’s no exception when
The beginning of this month may have marked a turning point in the unending river of optimism about home price appreciation in Greater Boston.
An article posted on realtormag.com last week reports that more homeowners are tapping into their home equity. Loan originations rose 8 percent to almost $46 billion in the second quarter of 2017, the highest level since 2008, according to Equifax.