Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern...

Contributed by Doug Watson, CEO of Frontier Title With more than five million homes sold annually in the United States, purchasing a home remains at the center of the American dream. A large percentage of these buyers will be making this major purchase for the first time, which can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience. Even for an experienced homebuyer,...

Just Google it. A new tool we never knew we needed has just rolled out from deep within the goat-maintained Googleplex. Project Sunroof, engineered by East Coast Googler Carl Elkin, proves to solar-skeptical homeowners that solar power is attainable, affordable and practical. And who wouldn’t trust the all-knowing Google? The concept: plug in your address and the...

Reddit user troymcklure is a Nintendo fan, but that may be the understatement of the century. He's a huge Nintendo fan! Being a Mario fan myself, his recent DIY project really brings out the geek in me: take a peek at his custom-made Mario Kart-themed nursery! As shown in his photos and YouTube video (embedded below), Mcklure built all of the nursery's decorations...

Near or far, there’s no short of challenges when it comes to moving. Between organizing an entire household, changing addresses and vetting out movers, relocating to a new home can be more hectic than happy. And the biggest stressor of all? Packing. To help alleviate some of that stress, we’ve compiled a list of clever shortcuts that will ease the burden of packing...

When real estate professionals are in the field, safety should be one of their utmost concerns. With REALTOR® Safety Month just around the corner, and the looming anniversary of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter's death, agents should take a few moments to reconsider how they can remain safe while meeting with clients and traveling to various neighborhoods...

By Tyler Zey Long gone are the days when you could be a real estate agent and not worry about the Internet.  There are very few transactions these days where the buyer and seller don't start their research process online. That means if you aren't investing in a strong website presence as a REALTOR®, your buyers will find someone else online. Yet, the fact remains...

The real estate market can be a complicated and stressful proposition for grown-ups, but as far as kids are concerned, it's all child's play! Homes.com presents a different side of that equation with their hilarious Kids Say The Darndest Things-esque video series titled, "Kids Playhouse." In these video vignettes, kids give their innocent, precocious and absolutely...

Contributed by Tori Toth A home buyer’s gut reaction never goes away. That’s why a home seller should critique each area of their home, or recruit a judgmental friend who can help answer questions like these in each room of their home: Is the room cluttered or clean? Are there minor repairs or updates needed? Review the six areas of a room. The four walls, the...

In the latest RISMedia survey, we asked our readers whether they’re still using the good ol’ fashioned open house as part of their marketing plan. After an overwhelming response, the tribe has spoken: 56 percent said they were pointless, while 44 percent remained in favor. But this was just the tip of the surprising responses collected and presented in the infographic...