Real Estate News
Seattle homes flying off market in record time
The strength of the local economy, employment and income growth, and low inventories of homes for sale compared to demand are all factors that lead to faster selling times, according to economists.
What special-needs buyers want: Agents trained in universal design
One in five of buyers surveyed say that not having access to adequately trained real estate professionals poses a challenge in their housing search.
Three reasons it's a great time to sell - RealtyTrac survey
Single-family home and condo sellers in the first half of this year sold for an average of 13 percent above their original purchase price.
Considering Canada: Financing takes a different look
A U.S. buck can now bring approximately $1.26 in Canadian goods.
Air conditioning bill high? State's energy third 'least expensive'
The website compared consumption rates and prices of four energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil.
Rising equity floats all boats, especially credit lines
Delinquency rates on home-equity lines of credit dropped to their the lowest level in nearly seven years.
Weighing investments: No sunsets in stock certificates
Stocks don't create memories you get from living in a second home.
Local homeseekers don't take a vacation break
"Educated buyers today are no longer just dipping their toes in the water. They are diving right in."
Dry weather spurs landscaping changes
The survey analyzed 1,600 homeowners who completed an outdoor project in the past 12 months, or are currently working on one, or are planning a project in the future.
Wanna getaway? Creative options for vacation rental
Buyers often need renters to help offset their costs particularly in the first few years of ownership.
Three mistakes first-time homebuyers make
"I remember one case where just before closing, the buyer drove to the office and says, 'Look at my brand-new car,'" one real estate agent said. "I told them, 'You'd better go back to that dealership.'"
Change in scenery: New quiz helps to decide if it's time to move
The quiz asks people to assess their relationships, place fulfillment and personality in order to come to a conclusion on whether moving is the right decision.
Windermere economist foresees no housing bubble
Fewer house flippers, rigid lending guidelines, higher interest rates and rising home prices back no-bubble theory.
Survey reveals buyers overestimate mortgage requirements
Consumers tend to overemphasize credit scores as a single factor that determines whether they'll be able to buy a home.爹䣠
Report predicts power shift from homeowners to renters
Single-family homes are shifting to renter occupancy throughout the nation, and this trend is likely to continue.