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Wednesday, November 14, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

Embarrassed by Your Bathroom? 6 Fixes So You Don't Disgust Your Guests

Embarrassed by Your Bathroom?
6 Fixes So You Don't Disgust Your Guests

When you host a party, there can be a disproportionate amount of stress over the condition of your bathroom. It's the place your guests will likely spend the least amount of time, but also the place they'll inspect the most closely in your home. After all, what is there to do while sitting on the toilet aside from studying your grimy grout or avocado-colored bathtub?
With the holidays fast approaching, party season is in full swing. And if you host, there's zero chance that none of your guests will venture into your bathroom. (Yes, that was a double negative.)
Thankfully, there's no need to do a full gut renovation of your bathroom before you can throw a party to remember. We asked the experts how to make a dud of a bathroom truly shine in a hurry. No matter what it is about your bathroom that bothers you, these tips will show you how to fix it on a tight schedule and within budget.

Go ahead anx ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb?

Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale “has fallen year-over-year for 36 consecutive months,” and now stands at a 4.1-month supply. A 6-month supply of inventory is necessary for a balanced market and has not been seen since August of 2012.
NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say,

“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season – as evidenced again by last month’s weak reading – was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand.
That is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month – and much faster &ndas ...

Friday, February 2, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

5 Reasons Homeowners Can Throw Better Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]?


Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages.
There’s more room to entertain a large crowd and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly!
The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room! ...

Thursday, January 25, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

If You're Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!

Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!

How did we finish 2017?

New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.

Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.

Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in a decade and applications to build such properties advanced to the fastest pace since August 2007.

And Bloomberg Business just reported:

“America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead. Builders are more optimistic, demand is strong and lean inventory is keeping prices elevated.”

And the National Association of Realtors revealed that buyer traffic is stronger this winter than it was during the spring buying season last year.

The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of ...

Monday, January 22, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 54% Of US Counties

Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 54% Of US Counties

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2018 Rental Affordability Report, “buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 240 of 447 [or 54% of] U.S. counties analyzed for the report.”
For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions compared recently released fair market rent data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development with reported income amounts from the Department of Labor and Statistics to determine the percentage of income that a family would have to spend on their monthly housing cost (rent or mortgage payments).
Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice President of ATTOM Data Solutions had this to say:
“Although buying is still more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. housing markets, the majority is shrinking as home price appreciation continues to outpace rental growth in most ar ...