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The Growth of the Backyard Bungalow

Accessory dwelling units are popping up in more backyards, CNBC reports. These standalone housing units are either serving as rentals to generate extra income for homeowners or extra space for aging parents or adult children who move back home (more…)

6 Ways To Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

Here's how you can cut back on energy use, see lower utility bills and reduce the bacteria and toxins potentially entering your home. (more…)

The Property Brothers Reveal 6 Features Every Kid-Friendly Home Needs: Do You Have Them All?

"Property Brothers" stars Drew and Jonathan Scott may not have kids (at least not yet), but they definitely know what makes a home family-friendly. (more…)

5 Kitchen Mistakes That Could Sink a Sale

Buyers put a lot of their focus on the kitchen. After all, it can be one of the most expensive rooms to remodel and its features and conditions can make or break a sale. Designers recently shared a list of the items with realtor.com® that could be subtly sabotaging a kitchen’s attractiveness, including: (more…)

Stress-Free Homes Are a Trending Niche

Whether it’s a luxurious $45 million estate in California or a modest $250,000 two-bedroom house in Ohio, marketing a home’s stress-relieving qualities is a growing trend. Today, developers, builders, and interior designers are trying to make homes that offer that soft landing at the end of a day. And homeowners need it—about eight in 10 Americans say they frequently (44 percent) or sometimes (35 percent) encounter stress in their daily lives, according to a recent Gallup poll.  (more…)

Mortgage Rates Drop to 2-Year Lows

This marks the sixth consecutive weekly decline for mortgage rates, leaving some borrowers wondering how low will they go. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.82% this week, the lowest average since September 2017. (more…)

4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Summer

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. (more…)

Fancy a dip? Here’s how much value pools add to homes

https://therealdeal.com/2019/04/06/fancy-a-dip-heres-how-much-value-pools-add-to-homes/

Zillow slapped with $60 million lawsuit over hacked listing of Bel Air mansion

Zillow Group is facing a $60 million lawsuit for negligence after a listing on its site was hacked last month.  The listing – for a $150 million property in Bel Air, California – was hijacked by someone using a Chinese internet protocol address who posted false sales information about the property, according to an article in The Washington Post. (more…)

Home Prices Are Still Rising in Most Metros

Most markets across the country are still seeing home prices inch up, although at a slower pace than in previous quarters. The national median single-family home price in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $257,600, up 4 percent from a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Tuesday. (more…)
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