New Flooring Trends Emerging for 2020

More than 30% of homeowners say the floors are what they dislike most about their properties, according to a survey conducted by online loan marketplace LightStream. New flooring may even increase a home’s value, Dan DiClerico, an expert with HomeAdvisor, told®. “Putting down new flooring is a smart investment,” DiClerico says. “But more importantly, it can dramatically transform the look and feel of the home, while making it safer and more functional.” (more…)

Buyer Traffic Remains High This Fall

The weather may be getting chillier in many parts of the country, but that hasn’t deterred potential home buyers from touring homes for sale. Buyer traffic in October saw an uptick in all four major regions of the U.S. and also marked the first annual increase fir the month since 2017, according to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index report. Overall, buyer traffic increased 5.5% year over year in October, the largest increase since March 2018. The South region saw the biggest uptick with a 10.8% year-over-year increase, ShowingTime’s data showed. (more…)

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® 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…)

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