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; ...
Monday, April 27, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
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Finding the perfect home is always a challenge. However, this becomes even more difficult when you factor in accessibility needs, as people with disabilities have a much harder time finding suitable housing. There aren’t as many accessible homes on the market, and the competition for those homes can be fierce. That’s why many people simply decide that building their own home is the best choice.
If this is the right next step for you, you’re probably wondering how to get started. Fortunately, this article will guide you through all the major steps you need to take to make your dream home a reality. Here’s a look at what you need to consider to get started:
Think About Logistics
Before you dive into the home-building process, take some time to consider logistics. Building a home is a little more complicated than buying one; you can’t simply move in once the decision is made. You will need to live somewhe. ...
Friday, February 28, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3.5%.
The Census Bureau also just reported the highest homeownership rate since 2014 for people under 35. This is evidence that owning their own home is becoming more important to Millennials as they reach the age where marriage and children are part of their lives.
According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand across the country is strong. That’s not the case, however, with seller demand, which remains weak throughout most of the nation. Here’s a breakdown by state:Demand for housing is high, but supply is extremely low. NAR also just reported that the actual nu ...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Curb appeal really does have a major impact on the return you'll see at resale. Among the top 10 home improvement projects with the highest return on investment (ROI) in Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report, nine are outdoor projects.
Related: 4 Resolutions for Home Improvements to Make in 2020
Topping this year's list is Manufactured Stone Veneer, a project that has consistently ranked toward the top of the list since the project was added to the report in 2015.
Unsurprisingly, the report shows an increase in cost for all 22 projects listed; however, there is also a consistent dip across the board in terms of what the perceived value of each of these projects is. This is likely due to a market that was anything but smooth in 2019.
"Why the difference? The most likely answer is consumer jitters," says Clay DeKorne, chief editor of the JLC Group, which includes Remodeling magazine. "While remodeling professionals need to stay on point, they c. ...
Friday, January 24, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale in the lower price points. Boomers are staying in their current homes longer because there is a shortage of homes available for sale to which they would move. In certain markets, affordability is becoming more challenging because there is a shortage of homes available for sale.
What’s the major reason for this lack of housing inventory?
The issue was examined in a recent article by the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). In the article, Robert Dietz, Chief Economist for NAHB, explained:
“Home building in the 2010s was a story of the L ...