Friday, September 3, 2021 / by Nicole Solari
An Entertainer’s Dream: Top Backyard Upgrades Your Summer Guests Will Eat Up
As warm weather returns, many of us are happy to say goodbye to cold grey skies and welcome the return of outdoor living. Patio restaurants, park days, and even just evening strolls make life a little more varied and bright. When it comes to entertaining and having people over to your home, a backyard oasis really makes the experience complete, whether you’re eating dinner on the patio or relaxing with delicious beverages by the fire. If you’re hankering for a home project, here are some backyard upgrades that will offer you great options for entertaining. If you’re also selling a house this summer, they can be attractive draws for potential buyers as well.
Flocking to the Firepit
On the HomeLight's Q1 2021 Survey of Real Estate Agents, the top feature for backyard entertaining is to add a firepit. Making a firepit special really comes with the seating options, since most fire pi; ...
Thursday, September 24, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Homeownership is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future, especially as your home equity grows. Home equity is a form of forced savings that can work to your advantage as the value of your home appreciates. Across the country, home equity was increasing before the health crisis swept our nation, and it continues to grow throughout the year, giving sellers powerful options in this market.
According to the just-released Q2 Homeowner Equity Insights Report by CoreLogic:
“U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of nearly $620 billion since the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.6%, year over year.”
Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, attributes much of the equity growth to rising home prices:
“The CoreLogic Home Price Index registered a 4.3% annual rise in prices through June, which supported an increase in home. ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Price, condition, location, appearance and financing remain major drivers for home buyers everywhere. But, required amenities and how buyers pinpoint, “tour,” and purchase the homes they find desirable has changed significantly -- and maybe permanently -- this year.
In response to COVID, home offices, more space, well equipped kitchens, bigger backyards, workout rooms, even Zoom studios have moved onto the must-have list for many buyers. Sellers must also recognize that today’s buyers are not just ok with technology. They use it for everything.
1. Sellers have to get real fast.
While selling can be very emotional for homeowners, today’s sellers must be willing to set their emotions aside and approach a home sale as the business transaction it is. If they’re in a slow market or natural disaster zone, taking a wait-and-see approach could be the smart move. If they must sell as-is now, they will have to be a. ...
Monday, August 17, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Most people dread moving because of the stress, expense and time commitment. However, resettling in California -- with its beautiful weather and scenery -- is sure to make the idea of moving more exciting. By following the tips below, you can avoid stress, save money and breeze through the process more quickly.
Finding a New Home
Before you can plan any of the logistics of moving, you have to have your next living arrangement squared away. Here’s how to find the perfect home in California.
If you don’t need to move somewhere specific for work, compare a few different cities.
Home prices can be high in some areas, so do some research if you’re on a budget.
Find a real estate agent to aid your search, such as an expert from The Solari Group.
No matter where you decide to move, prepare yourself for California’s high taxes.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the number of houses that are available to buy. With early 2020 housing data now rolling in, it’s quite evident there are two big stories impacting this year’s residential real estate market:
1. Buyer demand is already extremely strong2. Housing supply is at a historically low level
ShowingTime is a firm that compiles data from property showings scheduled across the country. The latest ShowingTime Showing Index reveals how showings have increased in each of the country’s four regions for five months in a row.
Move.com also just released information indicating that the number of homes currently for sale has declined rapidly and now sits at the lowest level in almost a decade. They explained,