August 2009

Appeal of a Smaller Home 08/07/2009  A recent article published in Realty Times provided these tips for giving a small home big appeal to buyers
Small Improvements Make a Big Difference 08/14/2009 Sellers looking to make their home stand out can make a few small enhancements that won’t cost a lot of money, but will help catch a buyer’s eye and could lead to an offer
Homes are Selling Fast 08/21/2009  The real estate uptrend continues as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced today that existing-home sales rose 7.2 percent in July.
Preparing to Purchase a home 08/28/2009 Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase one makes in their lifetime, and prospective buyers should spend some time getting educated before embarking on a house hunt.

July 2009

Moving Tips 07/10/2009  Time-saving tips from HGTV that will help take the stress out of a move.
Furnishing Your First House 07/17/2009 Tips for furnishing a new home.
Home Sales Rise 07/24/2009  Existing home sales rose for the third consecutive month in June.
Make Your Home Shine 07/31/2009 Spending a little extra time and effort to create a summer-friendly atmosphere might be just what is needed to help buyers envision living in a home.

June 2009

Why Renters Should Buy 06/05/2009  Those considering a move from renter to homeowner should keep these factors in mind.
Create a Model Home 06/12/2009 Home builders know that a model home often hooks buyers, and the model home concept is something that can also be used by individual home sellers
Attracting First-Time Buyers 06/19/2009  A recent MarketWatch article offers tips to help sellers attract first-time buyers.
More Homes are Selling 06/26/2009 Existing-home sales increased in May as more homebuyers chose to take advantage of favorable affordability conditions and the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit.

May 2009

Tax Credit Eligibility 05/01/2009 Review the following information to see if you are eligible to take advantage of the tax credit.
Signs of Economic Recovery 05/08/2009 This week brought many signs that the economy and the real estate market may be recovering from recession.
Improving Credit Scores 05/15/2009 Weichert Financial Services offers these tips to improve one’s credit score and qualify for better mortgage programs at better interest rates.
Reasons to Move Up Now 05/22/2009 The National Association of Home Builders recently suggested the following reasons why current homeowners should consider upgrading to their dream home.
Recession May Be Ending 05/29/2009 Once again, additional signs have emerged that point to an end to the economic recession.

April 2009

Benefiting from Low Mortgage Rates 04/03/2009  Rates on 30-year mortgages have reached record lows for each of the past two weeks. This is fantastic news for homebuyers and sellers.
Preparing Your Yard for Sale  04/17/2009 If you are selling your home during the warm weather seasons ahead, it is important to spend some time sprucing up your home’s exterior.
Lower a Home’s Energy Costs 04/24/2009 Make some of these simple improvements to your home to help lower monthly utility bills, increase your property’s overall appeal and reduce the impact on the environment.

March 2009

Housing Affordability at Record High 03/06/2009  The National Association of Realtors reported that its Housing Affordability Index rose 13.6% in January to 166.8, a new record high.
Tax Advantages of Homeownership 03/13/2009 It is a great time to speak to your tax advisor about the tax advantages associated with homeownership.
Weichert Insights: Buying a Waterfront Home 03/20/2009  If you are contemplating the purchase of a waterfront property, consider these things: location, neighborhood, insurance
Positive Real Estate and Economic Data 03/27/2009 The news this week has been filled with increasing evidence that the housing market, and economy in general, may be stabilizing.

February 2009                                                                                                                                

Signs of an Improving Real Estate Market 02/06/2009  For two weeks in a row, there has been new evidence that the housing market is improving.
Creating a Functional Kitchen 02/13/2009 As many people cut back on expenses by eating out less and cooking at home more, having a functional kitchen has become even more important than ever.
A Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan Primer 02/20/2009  President Obama presented a new plan to prevent foreclosures and stabilize the housing market. These are the main components of the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan.
New First-Time Buyer Tax Credit 02/27/2009 The 2009 first-time buyer tax credit includes enhancements, and applies to any buyer who has not owned a home in the three years prior to their 2009 purchase.

January 2009  

Selling a Home in the Winter Months  01/09/2009  Learn which remodeling projects are paying off the most nationally this year at resale.  
Generating Buyer Interest 01/16/2009 As the popular spring-time buying period approaches, it is important that home sellers consider the best way to generate interest in their home.
Making the Most of Your Space 01/23/2009  Consider these tips to make sure sparse storage isn’t the first thing buyers notice.
Remodeling Projects That Add Value 01/30/2009 Learn which remodeling projects are paying off the most nationally this year at resale.

December 2008

The Emotional Dividends of Homeownership 12/2008 Written by Jim Weichert, President and Founder of Weichert, Realtors