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You know the story: The sluggish tortoise, weary of the swift hare’s taunts, challenges him to a race. Certain he’ll win, the hare stops off for a roadside siesta. We all know what happens next. It’s not uncommon for buyers to want to rush closing – they’re steps away from owning a new home! – but as Aesop illustrates, there’s no such thing as a sure...

Posted on Feb 11 2015 - 4:13pm by Nick Caruso
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To help you find love this Saturday, Zillow recently looked at cities with more than 250,000 residents and identified those with the highest percentage of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes who could afford a night on the town in its Valentine’s Day Index.  Specifically, Zillow ranked the top 10 cities according to: The percentage of singles The...

Just when you thought you’d gotten out of those awkward conversations with relatives over the holidays, Valentine’s Day rolls around. And like finding your perfect match, searching for the perfect home can stir up a mix of emotions. According to a recent survey, home buyers visit an average of 10 homes before purchasing “the one.” Sounds a lot like dating,...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com                     Here’s a startling statistic: a burglary occurs every 15 seconds. Though not all of us have the time or ingenuity to pull off a Home Alone and set elaborate traps and hook up ziplines to our tree houses, here are seven ways to burglar proof your...

This blog was contributed by Vicki Clary, marketing director of Curtis Homes. It’s a new year and that means new opportunities,  particularly in the realm of home design trends. What will be the hot choices in 2015? What can we expect to see popping up in design magazines and blogs over the next 12 months? While only time will tell, here’s a look at some of the...

Let's face it: 'character' isn't usually the first word that comes to mind when shopping for new construction. Born out of the pre-recession economy, homes in the cookie cutter neighborhood often lack what's traditionally defined as character - a storied history, perhaps, or distinctive interior features. As builders steered their efforts toward mass production,...

When it comes time to list your home on the market, the decision to sell shouldn’t be taken lightly. Rather than asking your Magic 8 Ball whether now’s the time to pack up your belongings and move into a new space, you’ll want to focus on a variety of factors to be sure your decision makes the most sense for you and your family. Here are five telltale signs...

Even though it’s the middle of the winter season, before you know it, spring will be here. Historically in most real estate markets, the spring is when it really begins to heat up. The spring real estate market generally yields the highest prices for those selling their home. This is only possible though if the proper preparations are taken before spring is upon...

This blog was contributed by Myles Kleeman, eComfort.com. If you're like most people, a home represents the most important purchase you will make in your life. It is not only your largest investment, it's also shelter. It is the place where you build your life. The significance of a home cannot be overstated, but it can be overlooked. Prospective homebuyers love to...

flickr Every time a prospective homebuyer walks onto your property, there are a few things that they will absolutely not put up with. These deal breakers can be anywhere in the home, but there is one area that we often forget about: the backyard. The backyard is very important to family life. After all, this is the place where children will enjoy their childhood and...