2020 Census

The decennial census is a population count that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. This year the census will take place beginning in mid-March. The U.S. Census Bureau, a section of the U.S.

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewals

Homeowners who have policies through the National Flood Insurance Program now have 120 days to renew without a lapse in coverage.

FHA, VA Join Others in Easing Appraisal Standards

Government agencies are accepting alternative appraisals and income verifications to help keep real estate transactions and refinance applications moving forward.

3 Winter Staging Tips: Coffee Vignettes, Feature Fireplaces, and Softer Colors

What a difference a few home accessories can make to a listing's decor! Just by complimenting-or swapping out-current accessories with layered textures, vignettes, and blending in warm hues and natural elements, you can create a beautifully staged home. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

5 Home Design Trends We're Most Grateful For

This Thanksgiving, we offer thanks for family and friends-and also good home design. After all, the right style and an organized appearance goes a long way to helping sell houses. After years of normalizing neutral color palettes, for example, designers are embracing more colorful trends to showcase personality in homes.

5 Design Trends to Watch in 2020

Design will be all about simple, comfortable living in the new year. Consumers are looking to refresh their living spaces in a way that will both inspire and delight in 2020. Some traditional spaces are being re-imagined.

Don't Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

There's a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone - from the mainstream media to a lone blogger - has realized that bad news sells.

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years.

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home

We're in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too - from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to a virtual format.

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice

The angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It's at times like these when we want exact information about anything we're doing - even the correct protocol for grocery shopping.

Opportunity in the Luxury Market This Year

Homes priced in the top 25% of a price range for a particular area of the country are considered "premium homes." At the start of last year, many of the more expensive homes listed for sale hadn't seen as much interest, since much of the demand for housing over the past few years has come fro...

Now's the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered premium homes. In today's real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house.

Depending on the Price, You're Going to Need Advice

To understand today's complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side - for more reasons than you may think. In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium or luxury market.