For all the personal and financial damage the coronavirus pandemic has caused, it has also given new impetus to what had been a slow-moving trend toward healthier homes. And it’s easy to see why.
Title companies are pulling out all the stops to get deals closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But they say the best way to close – not just during the outbreak, but moving forward – is electronically.
New and existing houses aren’t selling like they were prior to the pandemic. But people are still transacting.
If you are intent on buying a home during the pandemic, obtaining an appraisal shouldn’t stand in your way. But procuring a home inspection may be another question.
Water might not be on many homebuyers’ radar screens. But it sure is becoming a more important feature, both inside and outside the house.
The National Association of Realtors has all but put a stop to one controversial practice some agents use to hide their listings from other agents. But some crafty realty pros are already finding their way around the new rules.
Do you know anything about G-fees? You should, because if the White House has its way, homebuyers could soon be paying a few thousand more Gs for financing.
Infestations of rats, mice and other rodents. Toxic black mold. Lead paint. These are the conditions found in much housing provided to our military personnel. And the Pentagon doesn’t appear to have it’s eye on the ball.
We are all dreamers. But just how well do we predict what’s going to happen five, 10 or 20 years down the road? We rarely look back to find out.
Servicers have now figured out that it costs them a lot less money to reach out to their customers rather than wait for calls to come in.
What if builders stripped out the good stuff – cabinetry, doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, hardwood floors – before bulldozing old dwellings? Then those materials could be used in remodeling jobs, incorporated into new construction, or sold.
The lowest mortgage rates in 11 years have brought wannabe homebuyers off the bench and onto the playing field in droves. But low-cost mortgages don’t always help the market.
You have 240 days to go on your lease, and the place is certain to be sold by then. So, what can you do?
The Trump administration’s moves to change – some say “gut” – the nation’s fair housing policies may have awakened a sleeping giant.
It may never be too early to become a homeowner. But for some, it may be better to wait until they mature a tad.
Obtaining an affordable mortgage is an art, not a science – especially for first-time buyers – and is just as important as finding an affordable house.
Only a lender can tell a homebuyer how much they can spend on a house. But you don’t have to spend that much, and probably shouldn’t.
Nowadays, disclosures are required in all 50 states. But many forms are so long, so full of legalese and so poorly presented that consumers will not read them.
We all carry unconscious biases. We’re simply more comfortable around people who are like us. Unfortunately, this can find its way into our work lives in insidious ways.
Many people rely on online reviews to decide what to buy. Indeed, research from Nielsen Global Media shows that opinions posted online are second only to personal recommendations in influencing purchase decisions.