Drawing on its wealth of listing data, realtor.com® recently rounded up the top 20 home features highlighted in listing descriptions this year—attributes that have become veritable selling points in the last five years. While suggestive of current preferences, the list also paints an insightful portrait of the features that contribute to the perceived and actual...

In the past, when a real estate firm wanted aerial shots of a home, it required hiring a helicopter service. This obviously meant shots from above were reserved for only the swankiest of swanksters. But since the FAA granted the use of drones for aerial photography last year, aerial photography and videography has literally taken off, allowing the everyday agent to...

“The difference between agents making a million dollars a year and agents making 25-40 thousand dollars a year isn’t always the fact that one is better than the other. Oftentimes it’s that one chooses different activities to focus on during the day.” These words provided by Verl Workman, founder and CEO of Workman Success Systems, were just one slice of wisdom...

By Paul Kazlov Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is something every homeowner strives to do. The good news is you don’t need a Ph.D. to create a comfortable living space. What you need is a bit research, a little inspection and a few hours of work. The problem is most homeowners think too highly of their homes. Many do not realize that...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has only been out for a day now, but before you head out to your second, third and fourth viewings, check out Homes.com's City Wars - the perfect Star Wars/real estate mash-up! Select a city from the list of 50 warring cities in the galaxy, and decide its fate...and your destiny! Read all about your city's "light" and "dark" facts, and...

By H. E. James Before your client signs that dotted line, there’s a step in the due diligence process that often gets neglected -- at least until something goes wrong with that brand new purchase: records research. In eight years running a municipal records center, I saw even the most seasoned REALTORS®, homebuyers and real estate brokers neglect a visit to my...

With all the company, cooking and extra lighting this time of year, energy use skyrockets and so do utility bills. As we continue to shop for the holidays, most of us are looking for any way to save. Over the holidays, there are tremendous amounts of ways we can save energy, one of them being the lighting on your house and on your Christmas tree. If we can...

There’s no place like home for the holidays—and if you’re a would-be buyer, The starting point? An area of concern for many prospective homebuyers: your credit. Research by credit bureau Experian shows those who know their credit status feel significantly more prepared to buy a home than those who don’t. Before you hit the house hunt running in 2016, review...

By Chuck Tripp If you’re looking for a way to add style and value to your home, skylights might be the perfect solution. It will take some planning, but a well-designed skylight comes with a multitude of benefits — not just beauty and value, but possibly energy savings and health benefits, as well. Here is an in-depth look at some of the rewards that skylights...

From installing new cabinet doors to renovating old furnishings, there are many ways to modernize and brighten your kitchen without committing to a complete renovation. Painting, changing cabinet doors and drawer pulls, or adding a kitchen island are all options that you can use to modernize your kitchen. By choosing colors, patterns and styles that you really love,...