These Markets Are Getting the Most Movers

Markets in Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Tennessee are likely to see the biggest amount of new movers in the fourth quarter, according to a new analysis from ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. The top 10 metros in the country that are attracting the most new residents: Colorado Springs, Colo.; […]

Pending home sales rebound 3.5% as hurricane-torn South recovers

After three months of weaker volume, homebuyers returned to the market in October, especially in the South. The pending home sales index, which measures signed contracts to buy existing homes, rose 3.5 percent for the month, but is still 0.6 percent lower than October 2016. That is the highest level since June, but September’s reading […]

Buying a House After Bankruptcy? How Long to Wait and What to Do

  Minerva Studio/iStock   Buying a house after bankruptcy may sound like an impossible feat. Blame it on all those Monopoly games, but bankruptcy has a very bad rap, painting the filer as someone who should never be loaned money. The reality is that of the 800,000 Americans who file for bankruptcy every year, most are well-intentioned, responsible people to […]

New-Home Sales Surge to 10-Year High

Sales of new single-family homes jumped 6.2 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units, the Commerce Department reported Monday. This marks the highest pace for new-home sales since October 2007. “The October report shows strong sales growth at entry-level price points,” says Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home […]

This Is How Fast a Home Sells Today

Homes today spend a median time of three weeks on the market—far shorter than the median of 11 weeks five years ago, according to new data from the National Association of REALTORS®. “The inventory shortage and the growing economy and job creation has increased the interest in home buying,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. […]

US new home sales surge unexpectedly, hitting 10-year high in October

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in October, hitting their highest level in 10 years amid robust demand across the country. The Commerce Department said on Monday new home sales increased 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units last month. That was the highest level since October 2007 and […]

New Homes Are Getting Smaller

Developers are continuing to shrink the size of new single-family homes, according third-quarter housing data compiled by the National Association of Home Builders. The median square footage of a single-family home was 2,378 square feet in the third quarter. In the years following the Great Recession, builders were focused on the higher end of the […]

Real Estate cyber attack attempts – how to spot the newest breed

Phishing Cyber Attack Attempts Against Real Estate Agents, How to Spot Them I’ve been recently getting several phishing emails that take on a new tactic.  They are looking for an agent to work with on a relocation this year or early next year.  These have many red flags that immediately sound the alarm for me, […]

‘Underwater’ Homes Are Drying Up

As more homeowners see their property values rise, the number of homes that are seriously underwater continues to decrease. At the end of the third quarter, there were 4.6 million U.S. properties considered seriously underwater, which is down by more than 1.4 million properties from a year ago, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q3 2017 […]

Choosing The Best Hardwood Floors For Your Home

The rich patina of wood floors adds beauty and elegance to any home. Older homes were once routinely constructed with hardwood floors, but that practice was abandoned in the 1950s, when new technologies made wall-to-wall carpeting available. Builders were able to build more homes faster, for the post-war baby boom, and save money on labor. […]

Single-Family Rentals Edge Out Apartments

Single-family rentals that are either detached or townhomes are developing faster than any other segment of the housing market, according to the Urban Institute. They are currently outpacing single-family home purchases and apartment living. Within the last three years, single-family rentals have surged 30 percent. Single-family rental homes and townhomes comprise 35 percent of the […]

6 Extra Costs In A Home Buyer’s Budget

Most home buyers put in the effort to save for their down payment, but that is only a fraction of the cost they should expect for homeownership. There are many other lesser-known costs that can sometimes come as a shock to buyers. Make sure your home shoppers plan accordingly for the following extra expenses, including: Earnest money: The […]

Kitchen Updates That Don’t Require a Remodel

If your sellers are looking for ways to improve their kitchen before listing, or if your buyers want to make cost-effective updates to a dated kitchen in their newly purchased home, professional organizer Colleen Klimczak, owner of Peace of Mind Professional Organizing, has five tips. Install under-cabinet lighting. This simple project is low in cost […]

In honor of Veteran’s Day, a throwback to when Huggins Homes was an official US Navy partner!

In honor of Veterans Day a throwback to April of 1998 when our Broker, Ron Huggins, was featured in the SeaBee Coverall for being the United States Navy’s choice for helping members of the Navy find suitable and Affordable Housing off base. Shown is a signing ceremony Ron took part in with the Commander for […]

Housing Boom Is Officially Back

Housing prices have returned to the “boom levels” of a decade ago, but this time around, the fast appreciation is being fueled by strong supply-and-demand dynamics rather than predatory lending practices, investor speculation, and too much construction, according to new® data released Monday. “As we compare today’s market dynamics to those of a decade […]