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Real Estate Market Conditions – Video Update 01/23/2012

See the Home Inspections section for information on hardwood floors and more…

Real Estate Market Conditions Video Update 01/23/2012

NATIONAL NEWS
     Real Estate Outlook:  Housing at the Forefront of Concern
     City Report:  Beige Book
     Relying on an Agent
     Sell Your Home with Pictures
     Real Estate Outlook:  More Markets Show Measureable Improvement
MORTGAGE ADVICE
     Mortgage Moment
Q&A
     Home Inspections
     Buyers: Making the Right Choice
     Ready to Buy?
     How to Sidestep the Spread of Mortgage Fraud
     The Joys of Home Ownership
GET YOUR HOME SOLD!
     Why Show / Why Buy Webcast

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Real Estate Market Conditions – Video Update – 01/16/2012

See the 10 tips for sellers in the Mortgage Advice section.  

Real Estate Market Conditions Video Update 01/16/2012

NATIONAL NEWS
     Real Estate Outlook:  More Markets Show Measurable Improvement
     City Report:  Forbearance
     Green Living:  Tips for the New Year

     Real Estate Outlook:  Mortgage Applications Down
     City Report:  Remodeling Pays
MORTGAGE ADVICE
    Mortgage Moment
    10 Tips for Sellers
Q&A
     Home Inspections
     Buyers: Making the Right Choice
     Ready to Buy?
     How to Sidestep the Spread of Mortgage Fraud
     The Joys of Home Ownership
GET YOUR HOME SOLD!
     Why Show / Why Buy Webcast

Lowe’s Inside Out Home Improvement Tips | Produced by Inman News

Home Improvements// //

3 steps to prep patio for summer   Must-do’s when washing and sealing

20 basic tools every homeowner needs   Home maintenance on a budget

12 cool tools for handy dads   Make painting, woodworking easy for under $300

French drain no match for roof water   Alternatives for diverting runoff

Read more:    Lowe’s Inside Out Home Improvement Tips | Produced by Inman News.

Real Estate Market Conditions – Video Update 05/30/11

Besides the real estate outlook, check out this week’s updates about tornado relief, top towns for single moms and creative ways to curb spending – and the Q&A section.

Real Estate Market Conditions – Video Update 05/30/11

National News
– Real Estate Outlook – Existing Home Sales Fall
– Mortgage Moment
– City Report: Tornado Relief
– Top Towns for Single Moms
– Creative Ways to Curb Spending
Mortgage Advice
Q&A
– Are you Ready to Buy?
– Kitchen Trends for 2011
– Home Inspections 101
– Popular Landscaping Trends
– Modern vs. Contemporary
Get Your Home Sold!

7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your Home Work for You – HouseLogic

 By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

“Here’s a look at 7 hot home improvement trends that improve the way we live with our homes.

Trend #1: Maintenance-free siding

We continue to choose maintenance-free siding that lives as long as we do, but with a lot less upkeep. But more and more we’re opting for fiber-cement siding, one of the fastest-growing segments of the siding market. It’s a combination of cement, sand, and cellulosic fibers that looks like wood but won’t rot, combust, or succumb to termites and other wood-boring insects.”

Read more:  via Katy and Houston Area News and Events.

Planning a Patio: Think Beyond the Concrete Slab – HGTV

Building Tips and Design Trends : Slideshow : HGTV Pro:

“Planning a Patio: Think Beyond the Concrete Slab

Whether you’re dreaming of a modest retreat where you can connect with nature or an elaborate space built for serious outdoor entertaining, there’s a patio to fit your home, lifestyle and budget. Patios can be built in nearly any shape, size, color or pattern you can imagine. Plus, new options in outdoor furniture, kitchens and other amenities can make a home’s outdoor spaces as inviting as its interior. Before you start pouring concrete or laying pavers, learn the basics of a well-built patio, then discover the latest trends in flooring, lighting, furniture and more.”

via Katy Real Estate and Events Blog.

Should You Move or Remodel?

Should You Move or Remodel?

By: Dona DeZube

Published: August 24, 2010

When your house no longer suits you, you can move or remodel. Find out which big change is the right investment of your housing dollars.

 

Just about everything else—remodeling costs, the hassle of living in a construction zone, or the ability to live happily without one more bathroom–is a personal preference. After all, your home isn’t just your largest investment; it’s also the place where your family lives.

1. Will remodeling make your home better than everyone else’s?

To make the right move-or-remodel decision, you have to know:

  • Your home’s value. Easy. Just ask a REALTOR® to estimate it and tell you how it compares with the value of the other homes in your immediate neighborhood. Ask her what she thinks your house will be worth after the improvements, too.
  • Your neighbors’ home value. Hit some open houses. Seeing the inside of area homes will inspire you; help you make good choices about finishes, room sizes, and how much to spend; and, admit it, entertain you.
  • Your remodeling costs. Once you’ve got your renovation vision, get a quote from a home improvement contractor or, if you’re remodeling it yourself, tally the costs of the items on your supplies shopping list.

Then add the remodeling costs to the value of your home. If the number you get is more than 10% above the average value of homes in your neighborhood, you’re over-improving and probably won’t be able to sell for what you put into the remodel.

Here’s why: No one wants to buy the most expensive home on the block (your home) if they can spend the same money to get a similar home on a block of higher-priced homes. Would you pay $200,000 to live on a block where all the other homes are valued at $100,000? We hope not.

Make home improvements that are typical for the neighborhood. Don’t put granite countertops in a trailer, and don’t put laminate countertops in a Trump Tower condo. Your tour of open houses gives you a chance to verify that your planned remodel isn’t an over- or under-improvement for the neighborhood.

2. Do you love where you live?

Want to keep your kids in the same school district, but can’t find or afford a bigger, better house? Love the neighbors? Have an easy commute to work? Stay put. If you’ve soured on the traffic, the neighborhood’s crime rate, or the nosy neighbors, move on.

3. Do you have room to expand?

If your remodeling plans include increasing the overall size of your home, the size of your lot may be the deciding factor in whether to move or remodel. If you live in a 1,500 sq. ft. ranch on a 3,000 sq. ft. lot, you might be able to add a second story to turn it into a 3,000 sq. ft. two-story, but you’re not likely to add 1,500 sq. ft. at ground level. And if you have a septic tank and well, the location of those will limit how and where you add onto your home (or cost you a bundle to move).

4. Can you afford to move?

Consider these moving costs: sale costs for your existing home, shipping your household goods, buying window treatments and possibly furniture for the new house, costs to fix up your existing home before sale, higher utility costs (if your next house is bigger), insurance cost differences, and property taxes.

More from HouseLogic

Q&A: Author Sarah Susanka Talks Budget-Smart Remodeling

Should You Move or Improve?

Other web resources

Find your local remodelers

Average project cost

Dona DeZube, HouseLogic’s news editor, moved across the same street twice when she remodeled two houses in Columbia, Maryland, before she moved to a house in Clarksville, Maryland. She remodeled that house and then moved back to the same street in Columbia. She despises moving, but her husband loves remodeling.

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