(Family Features)—It takes more than just mowing the lawn to
get a great looking yard. In addition to making sure you have healthy, well-cut
grass, there are some finishing touches you should add so that your yard goes
from so-so to something you can be proud of.
The state of
Florida was one of the hardest hit during the housing crisis and the struggle
that followed after. Recovery is slowly building, but unlike most of the United
States, Florida still had a recent jump in foreclosure activity, according to
RealtyTRAC’s year-end report. In 2012, foreclosure-related filings in Florida courthouses
increased by 3.11 percent. Lawmakers, real estate professionals and consumer
advocates are working on ways to change Florida’s status and restructure its
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released several model programs designed to help communities get Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds more expeditiously to residents struggling to rebuild, repair or restore their homes.
Swimming Pools: Do They Add Value or Turn Buyers Off?
Sparkling blue water, especially when it's lit up at night – what's not to love about a swimming pool in your backyard? If you have one, you may feel blessed. If you don't, and are considering adding one, hang on a minute.
(BPT) - Filing taxes online has become more popular than ever.
In fact, the rate of individual tax returns filed online hit an all-time high of
80 percent last year, according to the IRS. But filing isn't the only step in
the process that can now be accomplished with the help of online tools. Use
digital technology to your advantage to make the complete process - from
organizing receipts to claiming your refund - quick and simple.
Since the private mortgage market collapsed, the Federal
Housing Administration has played a critical role by helping make mortgage
insurance available to millions of qualified home buyers. That is exactly the
way Congress designed the mortgage insurance fund to operate when it was
established 80 years ago, the National Association of REALTORS® said in testimony
Price and proximity to work are key concerns for first-time home buyers, while trade-up buyers tend to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to “Characteristics of Home Buyers,” an analysis of the recently released 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
The biennial survey, which is conducted in odd-numbered years
No matter how much storage space a home provides, most people feel that it's never enough. Buyers typically place storage space high on their list of priorities for a new home. Sellers must often face the minor indignity of having prospective buyers open all of their closets to determine the size and capacity of each one.