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The best way to prepare your home for the holidays

Real Estate Today

Release Date: 11/17/2023

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When you're moving into a new house, there are so many ways to make the home your very own! REALTOR® Bette McTamney from Pennsylvania shares the first things most people do when they move into their home and talks about changes homeowners can make when moving. Rose Quint from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shares downward trends that she's seen in the last few years due to rising home prices and interest rates, and what buyers are looking for in their communities. Also, Melissa Dittmann Tracey discusses whether home offices and hardwood floors are considered hot or not....

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One of the most important parts of a real estate transaction is moving! Gayla Dixon from UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, shares money-saving strategies for moving and how decluttering can help you feel better about getting into your new location. REALTOR® Mary Dykstra from Virginia shares how sellers and buyers should start looking for moving companies and boxing up the excess in a home early to have a stress-free move. In addition, Melissa Dittmann Tracey lets us know if having under-counter drawers instead of lower cabinets in your kitchen is...

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The time has come and it's closing day! Attorney Nishad Khan talks about how a buyer should prepare, what documents they should bring to avoid hiccups along the way, and what is expected to be completed on the seller's end. Ohio REALTOR® Kelly McCormick discusses the period between the contract signing and the closing, and explains how she ensures that her clients are protected on closing day. Lawyer Vanessa Goggans talks about cautioning home buyers and sellers with regard to real estate scams related to wire fraud. And, financial expert and host of the Money Girl Podcast, Laura Adams,...

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This Valentine's Day, show your home some tender loving care! REALTOR® Troy Zwickle of Loveland, Colorado, tells us about buying or selling homes in the “Sweetheart City.” In addition, he talks about if interest rates have been scaring first-time home buyers away, advises potential buyers about offers, talks about seller's concessions, and the buying power with equity. Dustin Green, head grill master at Weber Grills, walks us through what makes a great surf and turf, and explains how to select and prepare every course from the appetizers through the main dish. Also, Melissa Dittmann...

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How do you make the best offer to land your dream home? REALTOR® Pat Vredevoogd walks us through the process of writing a winning offer. From price to possession, from contingencies to earnest money, she explains what a buyer should include if they want to win the house. And for sellers, Pat explains what to look for in an offer and explains why price isn’t always everything. Peter Gallo, owner and chief appraiser at HomeSight Appraisal, explains the appraisal process and what it means to buyers, sellers—and the lender. Danielle Hale, the chief economist at Realtor.com, walks us...

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Is buying a newly constructed home the right move for you? President and CEO of the National Association of Home Builders Jim Tobin talks about the market for new home builds and what potential home buyers need to know. REALTOR® Don McGlynn, who recently purchased a home that is being built, talks about the process of buying a new construction and all the decisions involved—from flooring and fixtures, to finishes and more. Justin Fink discusses building a passive home and how it can save you 90% on your energy bills. And NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explains the latest pending-home...

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Is 2024 the year to buy a real estate investment property? REALTOR® Kristin Smith from Dallas, TX gives tips on how to buy your first investment property and the best way to find a tenant. She also talks about how to invest in a short-term rental and the impact of being an Airbnb super-host. REALTOR® Peter Crouch from the Washington, D.C. area shares how to get started in real estate investing if you’re closer to retirement, while REALTOR® Bob Turner from near Memphis, TN discusses buying land. Additionally, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun shares the latest existing-home sales data. And,...

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What will selling a home be like in 2024? realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale finds that the latest real estate market data shows an increase in housing inventory. REALTOR® Bill Lublin from the Philadelphia area shares selling strategies and how to evaluate an offer. REALTOR® Kristinia Rhodes from Evansville, Indiana discusses why listing your home now, in the dead of winter (instead of waiting until the spring), is the best move for a home seller. Appraiser Beth Graham explains what homeowners can do to get the best appraisal price and why getting a pre-appraisal can be a good...

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It’s a new year! Is it time for a new home? Cassie Happe from WalletHub talks about their “Most Fun Cities in America (2024)” list, while REALTOR® Dale Mattison from the Greater Washington, D.C. area explains the strategies buyers can use to make an offer and win the home in a competitive market with low housing inventory. Glenn Bunker, president of Ally Home Loans, discusses where he thinks mortgage rates will go in 2024 and what that will mean for home buyers. Also, Melissa Dittmann Tracey lets us know whether marble, quartz, or concrete kitchen countertops are hot or not.

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It’s time to move south for the winter. REALTOR® Barb Sukkau from Ontario explains what people are looking for in a second home in a warmer climate and how they go about buying it. REALTOR® Kathy Dunn from Tennessee discusses people who move “halfback” and why sometimes moving to Florida may not be the ideal scenario for many trying to avoid the cold. Craig Venezia, author of Buying a Second Home: Income, Getaway or Retirement, explains how to get prepared to buy that second home, how to maintain it, and how to pay for it. REALTOR® Chad Pederson from Minnesota talks about what he...

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It’s time to get your home ready for the holidays! Interior designer Mary Patton shares the latest holiday decorating trends and how to transform your home for the holidays. Angela Moscaritolo from PC Mag shares what smart tech devices will help you keep your home clean so you’re ready to host guests. REALTOR® Donna Evers tackles one of the toughest questions facing buyers and sellers every year at this time: Should you stay in the market over the holidays? Melissa Dittmann Tracey keeps us trendy by sharing whether keeping holiday lights up all year or Scandinavian home decor is hot or not.