Author Archives: Debbie Prosser

Existing-Home Sales Climb 3.6% in December

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2020) – Existing-home sales grew in December, bouncing back after a slight fall in November, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Although the Midwest saw sales decline, the other three major U.S. regions reported meaningful growth … Continue reading

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What’s Trending Next? A Dozen Home and Design Ideas for 2020

From building and decorating materials to room sizes, colors, and lighting, gift your clients with the knowledge gleaned from crystal ball gazers as we look ahead to 2020’s trends. December 20, 2019 by Barbara Ballinger Almost everyone enjoys making predictions for a … Continue reading

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Too Much Clutter?

Got a spare hour of so?  Make some time to start tossing.  Get a trash bag, your recycling bin and a few boxes for donations and get down to business.  Working room by room, here are the things you can … Continue reading

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Why Are Homeowners Removing the Fireplace?

Some homeowners are viewing the fireplace as more of a liability than an asset—and they’re opting to remove it. After all, there are an average of 22,300 fireplace, chimney, or chimney connector fires each year, according to the Consumer Product … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales Surge to 12-Year High

More home shoppers purchased newly constructed homes in November, bringing new-home sales to their best three-month performance since 2007, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Monday. Economists credit low mortgage rates, low unemployment, and strong income growth for the sales uptick. … Continue reading

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What Does ‘Active With Backup Offers’ Mean?

By Terri Williams | Dec 17, 2019 Like any other type of business, the real estate world is filled with lingo that might not be discernible at first blush. Terms such as “pending” or “contingent,” commonly seen in online listings, … Continue reading

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The Biggest Changes Coming in 2020 Real Estate—and What Buyers and Sellers Need to Do

It has, in fact, been the most consequential stretch in American real estate history, one that has fundamentally altered the landscape. Cosmopolitan coastal cities are out; affordable midsize cities are in. Baby boomers and Gen Xers are no longer the … Continue reading

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Community Bans Cars to Test Walkability

A 1,000-person rental development underway in Tempe, Ariz., will be a carfree zone. Tenants’ leases will not allow cars parked onsite or in the surrounding area. The development is testing the demand for walkable neighborhoods, which young adults claim they … Continue reading

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Designers Sound Off on the Worst Bathroom Colors

Nothing ruins a bathroom like a bad hue, and the gray trend may be one of the worst offenders, designers say. “Bathrooms tend to be enclosed spaces, so greige-y muddy colors can make the space feel smaller and dingy,” Ariel … Continue reading

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