By: Leandra Beabout | Realtor Magazine
Infinitely recyclable glass is going mainstream in core building and design materials.
These days, you don’t have to look far to see upcycled glass. Caterers and restaurants use Mason jars for cocktails and lemonade. DIYers repurpose wine bottles into candle holders or melt them down to create coasters or spoon rests. Glass can also be recycled for large-scale home products like countertops, wall panels and sculptured art.
By some measures, glass is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Chemical Waste Services(link is external) (CWS), it can be recycled infinitely without losing its purity or durability. That... Read More
Written by : Erik J. Martin
Mortgage rates remain high, home sales — and in some areas, home prices as well — are hitting the brakes, and uncertainty is permeating the market. It’s no wonder many homeowners, prospective sellers and hopeful buyers are feeling nervous.
As of July 5, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was once again flirting with 7 percent (6.95 percent to be exact, according to Bankrate’s survey of large lenders). The Federal Reserve raised rates for 10 meetings in a row in an effort to curb inflation, before taking a pause at its recent June meeting. And sales of previously owned homes are down more than 20... Read More
The average homeowner in the United States with a mortgage experienced a decline in home equity for the first time in over a decade.
According to CoreLogic, the average homeowner equity per borrower dropped by 1.9% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.
Despite the overall decline in home equity, the number of homeowners who were "underwater" on their mortgage, owing more than their homes are worth, remained relatively steady at 1.2 million homes or about 2.1% of properties with a mortgage.
For the first time in more than a decade, the average U.S. homeowner with a mortgage has less home equity... Read More
The Spruce|By TAI MASSIMILIAN
Have you ever cleaned every inch of a room only to come back 10 minutes later and see a fine layer of dust settled everywhere? No, it's not your ineffective cleaning skills—the most likely culprit? Your ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are a great, low-cost way to keep your home cool during the summer months, but if they are not cleaned regularly, they can ruin all your hard work.
Picture this: your room is pristine and smelling fresh right after a good deep clean. You believe you covered every inch, but then, you switch on your ceiling fan, and the dust monster returns. If you are... Read More
There was a point, not too long ago, when buying a house was fairly straightforward: You’d schedule some tours, make an offer, and boom, you’re in the house before you know it.🏡
Today, though, the housing market is a very different animal—fast, ferocious, and ever-changing. In such an environment, it’s no longer a given that all homebuyers will easily find a house and seal the deal. And even more surprisingly, those lucky folks who do succeed aren’t just sitting on piles of cash. On the contrary, real estate agents and other experts we spoke to say that successful homebuyers today simply possess a particular mindset and behaviors that... Read More
Here are some great tips from a company called Moving Game Plans! ✅
Moving with children can be an overwhelming prospect, but it doesn't have to be! With a bit of planning and preparation, you can make the move smoother and easier for everyone involved. Here are six tips to help ease the transition for all family members when moving with kids: 👨👩👧👦
1. Communicate With Your Kids: Moving with kids can be a great experience, but it's also important to remember that it can be an unsettling time for them. Before and during the move, talk to your children about what will happen and why you... Read More
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.
When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s structures and systems. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you money in the long run, either by warning you away from a bad purchase or by providing a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with the sellers.
However, many buyers make mistakes... Read More
Like a plant that’s outgrown its pot 🌱, you deserve a space that enables you to thrive in your new stage of life 🌼. But what does that look like? 🤔
Here are the top factors today’s buyers are looking for in their next home:
✔️ Equity potential
✔️ Close proximity to work and play
✔️ Room to grow
✔️ Functional space
✔️ Close proximity to quality schools
🕊️ EMPTY NESTERS:
✔️ Low maintenance
✔️ Close proximity to family, caregivers, and hobbies
So is it time to find a space that better fits your current stage of life? ⬆🏡⬇
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