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The United States economy has flourished in recent years, and the housing market continues to gain strength. But with confusing factors like rising mortgage rates, a competitive buyer’s market, and home prices that are higher than any previous peak, many people are unsure about what will happen in 2019.
Many of us have heard scary stories about new homeowners dealing with costly and even dangerous home repairs that they did not expect. From leaky septic tanks and radon gas, to moldy walls and things that freeze in the night, here are our home inspection horror stories, and how to avoid them.
Everyone wants to get the best house possible for the best possible price. But even at a great price, it’s probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make, so searching for easy ways to save is a good idea. Add in a competitive market, and would-be home buyers will be looking for any advantage possible.
Shopping for a new home is an incredibly exciting experience. But it also can be frustrating, confusing, and even a bit scary. Sometimes it seems there are more questions than answers. Where should you buy? How many bedrooms do you need? And most importantly—how much house fits your budget?
Whether you are buying or selling a home, your real estate agent will be your partner through one of the most significant transactions of your life. Finding the right agent should involve careful planning and research, but many of us just don’t know where to start. Here are 12 questions that will help you avoid the bad apples in your search for a great real estate agent.
What does your dream home look like? Is it a classic Victorian set far back from the road with stately elm trees shading the formal garden, or a brand-new split level in an up-and-coming housing development with a communal pool, tennis courts, and a playground for the kids?
The Millennial generation is often simultaneously blamed for and credited with many of the recent changes in American culture. One common tale is that Millennials don’t want to own their own homes. Like most broad generalizations, this statement is not entirely accurate.
"Even in superheated housing markets, summer is the hottest season — and 2018 has been particularly brutal, fueled by declining inventory and strong demand. But by September, the real estate market cools down, along with outdoor temperatures. Which may mean it’s the perfect time to harvest a home."
Sunny days are just ahead, and so is chilling out at low-pressure summer picnics and parties. “Summer entertaining feels more casual,” says Annette Joseph, stylist and author of Picture Perfect Parties, as well as the new book, “Cocktail Italiano: the Definitive Guide to Aperitivo: Drinks, Nibbles, and Tales of the Italian Riviera.”