How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

4 simple steps homebuyers can take when deciding who to hire. By Laura Piscopio Are you ready to buy a home but don’t know how the process begins? First and foremost – even if you’re already driving neighborhoods or looking online – find a real estate agent. Sounds simple enough, right? With so many brokerages

October Sales Help Position Housing Market for Potential Gains

October 2019 home sales finished 3.9% higher than in October 2018, marking the fourth month in the past six with a year-over-year increase in sales. The October activity was welcome news in a market still challenged by limited inventory and rising prices. According to data in this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report, October’s Months Supply

7 Signs of a Dog-friendly House

Embarking on a home search for a property that must be approved by furry, tail-wagging family members? Here are a few things to look for. 1. Greener grassDoes the home have a yard? Just a little bit of a fenced-in grass can be your pup’s paradise. Be sure to check that the HOA allows you

5 Things to Know About VA Loans and Housing Programs

By Stephanie Visscher As part of its mission to serve the nation’s military members, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides several housing benefits to service members and their families, including assistance with home loans. If you or someone close to you has a military affiliation, it’s a good idea to know about the resources

September Home Sales Increase, Rounding Out Peak Selling Season

September home sales rose 8.1% year-over-year – the largest year-over-year increase since November 2016, according to data in this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report. While inventory remains constricted, this news was especially welcome from buyers and sellers alike as September 2018 numbers painted a different story, with a substantial drop in home sales, the previous

5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips: 1. Get emotional. Take advantage of this opportunity to sail beyond the facts and figures to convey a personal connection

Never Too Early to Plan Your Halloween Party

To all those naysayers out there who say it’s too early to plan a Halloween party, just say, “Booooooooo!” Now is the time to scare up some creepy and creative ideas for a fun-filled fright night! PICK A PARTY THEME Who doesn’t love planning a party? Especially if it’s a costume party. Start looking for

Demand for Housing Increases in August 2019

According to the August 2019 RE/MAX National Housing Report, buyer demand continues to exceed available housing supply, extending the favorable seller’s market that has been in place for years. While sellers have had the upper hand in negotiations in recent years with constricted inventory remaining nationally, more buyers entering the housing market could increase momentum.

The One Where They Reconsider Apartment Living

In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Friends” this month, we’re looking into the living arrangements of our six favorite “friends”: Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. They were in their 20s and living in New York City’s West Village – in relatively large apartments. We’ve all thought it, and it has even been

6 Lessons Monopoly Can Teach You About Home Buying

1. Patience MONOPOLY: So your family has decided to play Monopoly? Refill your beverage, grab a snack and change into comfortable clothes. You’re going to be there a while. LESSON: Buying real estate is a process. There’s pre-approval for a loan, interviewing agents, searching for homes, submitting an offer, maybe submitting another offer, the home