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Non-Conventional Financing Strategies On the Rise for New Homebuyers

Non-traditional forms of financing new single-family home purchases remained high in 2014, but the use and mix differed significantly across the country, according to NAHB analysis of a recent Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data. In the West North Central division, only 21 percent of new homes in 2014 were attained using [...]

Target vs Walmart: Which Will Increase Your Home Value More

Research has shown that homes situated near a Trader Joe?s or Whole Foods see significant increases in value. Can big-box retailers have a similar effect?

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Wheel Estate: Bike Paths Lift Home Values

Bicycle-friendly amenities are contributing to a surge in property values  for communities everywhere, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. At its core, the bicycle boom is about people choosing a lifestyle that gives them more options and requires less dependence on motor vehicles. Through supporting bike infrastructure, real estate professionals who influence the built environment [buildings, neighborhoods and streets] can play a significant role in creating healthier, more sustainable communities.

Home Maintenance Tips: Wooden Fixtures

Quality wood furniture can last a lifetime and is often a treasured heirloom, passed down through multiple generations. Still, even the highest quality wood is susceptible to scratches and abrasions. No matter what type it is, wood needs to be properly cared for.

When purchasing furniture, it never hurts to ask for specific cleaning and care instructions.

Here are 10 tips to keep your wood furnishings looking best for many years to come:

Should You Buy A Fixer-Upper As Your First Home?

Just think: You can snag a rundown place in a good neighborhood for way below market price, invest some time and money renovating it, and end up with a like-new house that's worth at least twice what you paid for it. Sounds good, right? Often, it is. But buying a fixer-upper can be fraught with peril.

Moving on your Mind? 5 Telltale Signs You're Ready

When it comes time to list your home on the market, the decision to sell shouldn’t be taken lightly. Rather than asking your Magic 8 Ball whether now’s the time to pack up your belongings and move into a new space, you’ll want to focus on a variety of factors to be sure your decision makes the most sense for you and your family.

Home Maintenance Skills Every Homeowner Should Learn

As we all know houses need upkeep, and unless you’re fine paying tons of money to the repair services you’ll have on speed dial, it pays to master a few home maintenance skills yourself! Here are the basic every homeowner should [...]