Real Estate Blog

By Whitney Coy | Apr 2, 2020

Whether we're officially sheltering in place or just sensibly staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the inside of our homes is suddenly getting a lot of scrutiny.

For some of us, this started out as a nice little reprieve from things like a daily commute or being away from our pets during the day. But self-quarantine got old real quick. Stir-crazy is a real thing—and it's rough.

So now, we're all thinking of creative ways to keep occupied. For many of us, that means finally crossing items off our "someday" to-do list. You know, those things you'll do "someday," when you have time?

Suddenly, those of us who can't telecommute have all the time in the world. That also means lots of us have really clean

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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Concerns about the coronavirus have made leaving the house to go grocery shopping, surrounded by other people, feel downright dangerous. But one can't exist on rice and spaghetti alone. If you're concerned about a shortage of fresh vegetables in your fridge, you might be a prime candidate for the victory garden trend.

Victory gardens first became a thing about a hundred years ago during World War I, when Americans at home, away from the battlefield, were urged to contribute to the cause by growing vegetables in every flowerpot and patch of land available. These victory gardens resurged during World War II, and they're enjoying yet another rebirth today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the New York Times, seed

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The COVID-19 pandemic has many
on edge about the economy and the
real estate market. Here is a look at
what’s really going on, according to
Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist
at the National Association of
REALTORS®, and real estate industry
leader Brian Buffini.

The Economy Will
Bounce Back
Economies in China and South Korea
are already starting to recover as
coronavirus gets more controlled.
No Imminent
Housing Crash
Overbuilding has declined dramatically
since 2008 — in fact, builders have
been underproducing, and banks
have increased regulations to protect
borrowers from subprime mortgages.
If the “economic quarantine” is short,
real estate could bounce back in one to
two months.
Because market fundamentals are
strong, housing is safe in the long-term.Spring Selling

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By Becky Bracken | Mar 27, 2020

Take a deep breath. Is the air inside your home stuffy? Don't delay: Open a window and let fresh air and sunlight into your quarantined space. It won't just help make your place smell better and feel fresher, it can also make your home healthier. And it may just help elevate your mood in these stressful times.

With a pandemic raging, the Centers for Disease Control recommends all households "increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning." This call for fresh air is in addition to regular disinfecting and best hygiene practices to blunt the spike of COVID-19 cases.

Sunlight plus a cool breeze to assist in the fight against infection isn't a new idea. There's a history of fresh air and

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By Ana Durrani | Mar 27, 2020

Being cooped up in a home office all day may not seem like the best way to inspire productivity. But, with the right atmosphere and essential office supplies, you can stay on task and make the best of your work-from-home situation.

Accepting that your home office is the real deal is the first step—that includes having a morning routine that resembles the one you were accustomed to when you were commuting to an office.

“Even though you are in a remote environment, it's super important to get up and dress the part,” says Nellie Akalp, CEO and founder of CorpNet, in Westlake Village, CA. "Shower, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, and get ready just as you would for your office. Doing all of that instead of staying in

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By Margaret Heidenry | Mar 25, 2020

Many freelancers (like me) and telecommuters have long reveled in the pleasures of working from home (in all-day sweats no less). But now that the novel coronavirus has many more of us clocking our 9-to-5s from a home office or our dining table/work desk, it's pretty clear that we could all do with a crash course on a few WFH rules.

By "rules," we're talking about etiquette—silent, subtle laws that are rarely stated, but are nonetheless crucial to doing a good job (and keeping that job, we might add).

What's more, a lot of this WFH etiquette is fairly new, due to the latest technical advances for remote work. For instance, while video calls are one of the key ways to stay connected, how you behave on them can

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By Clare Trapasso | Mar 23, 2020

With the economy in near shambles, layoffs becoming widespread, and more of the country under orders to shelter in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, historically low mortgage interest rates were one financial bright spot.

Not anymore.

Both homeowners seeking refinances and home buyers will likely be disappointed by rates that have fluctuated wildly in recent days—by the hour in some instances. That kind of volatility is unprecedented, and makes it more difficult for borrowers to lock in a low rate, say experts. And mortgage rates have surged upward despite the Federal Reserve slashing short-term interest rates.

Rates increased by more than a full percentage point from a low of 3.13% on March

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March 19, 2020

Foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac will be suspended for several weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he had directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured through the FHA until the end of April. This will “allow households who have an FHA-insured mortgage to meet the challenges of COVID-19 without fear of losing their homes, and help steady market concerns,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The halting of all foreclosure actions and evictions for the next 60 days will provide homeowners with some peace of mind

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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 28, 2020

What's the one area of your home that's likely off your radar and just gathering dust? It's that nameless space above your upper kitchen cabinets.

Unless your cabinets extend all the way to the ceiling, you likely have some space above your cabinets—and we're here to point out that giving this spot a little attention can make a big difference in terms of the statement your kitchen makes.

A word of caution, however: Whatever style you decide to embrace, there are certain items to avoid placing here. Like what? For one, those once-popular dried flower arrangements. These dusty looks are retro in a bad way, and the heat from your stove can cause them to crumble and drop into the dinner you're prepping (ick!).

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By Ana Durrani | Mar 2, 2020

Tired of looking at the world through windows filled with streaks and smudges? Sparkling-clean windows are an essential part of a whole-house deep clean and will enhance the appearance of your home. But getting windows to be fingerprint-free isn’t as easy as spraying a cleaning solution and wiping it down with paper towels.

Rusty Sanford, owner of Desert Heat Window Wash in Queen Creek, AZ, has been cleaning windows for over 10 years and says that making your home’s windows look brand-new may require abandoning some old habits. In your attempt to have streak-free windows, there's a good chance you're sabotaging yourself!

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when washing the windows in your home.

1. Washing on

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