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Why It’s Time To Buy

June 7, 2011

From The Wall Street Post Back in June 2006, when the housing market peaked, the prospect of a five-year national housing bust seemed unimaginable to most people. And yet here we are, with the latest Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index showing that prices hit new bear-market lows, falling back to 2002 levels nationally and to […]

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Turnaround: 4 Months and Counting?

May 17, 2011

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011—Price declines will end and average U.S. home prices will stabilize by Labor Day. Prices in even the hardest-hit markets will level out by the end of 2012. That’s the latest prediction from the authoritative Moody’s Analytics and Fiserv, Inc, after an analysis of home price trends in 375 markets tracked by […]

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9 items homebuyers desire in 2011 (Part 9)

May 10, 2011

bankhomedes4.jpg Touches of Luxury Buyers like luxury. And sometimes the amenities that convey that feeling of living large are relatively simple or inexpensive. One example: coffee bars in the master bedroom. “It’s like a butler’s pantry in your bedroom,” Pratt says. “An area for your coffee pot and accoutrements and a little fridge.” The feature […]

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9 items homebuyers desire in 2011 (Part 7)

May 4, 2011

Repurposed Materials Buyers like a material that looks or feels natural, even if it’s not the genuine article, Phipps says. For example, “granite (for counters) is still popular, but it doesn’t have to be granite,” he says. “It can be stone, another natural material or something that looks like stone.” “We’re seeing lots of different […]

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Why sellers should always hire a home inspector before they list their home!

April 27, 2011
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9 Items Home Buyers Desire in 2011 (Part 3)

April 27, 2011

  Outdoor Living Areas “The thing that we’ve seen over the past couple of years is more outdoor living areas,” says Laurie Knudsen, president of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. Some popular features: Screen porches, outdoor kitchens, two-way fireplaces. “It’s a selling point if a house already has it,” she says. And “it’s going to […]

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9 Items Homebuyers Desire in 2011 (Part 2)

April 25, 2011

Rock-Bottom Bargains Buyers “are more focused on negotiating, drawing limits in their mind and focusing on the strategy,” says Justin Knoll, president of the Denver Board of Realtors. Some of it is a point of pride, he says. “They want to tell their friends and family that they really got a smokin’ deal.” They “want […]

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9 Items Homebuyers Desire in 2011 (Part 1)

April 21, 2011

Today’s homebuyers want it all. Some items on the shopping list: a home in great condition with rooms that can do double duty. Areas that mingle indoor and outdoor living — patios, porches, decks and outdoor rooms — are always a plus. And so are those features that offer a little luxury, like garden tubs, […]

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