Buying or selling a home at the right time is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues, and the economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the question, “When is the best time to buy or sell?” If you have the luxury of choosing when you enter the real estate market, here are some points to consider when timing a home purchase…

The Zestimate is now more accurate than ever, thanks to new technology that identifies and values home improvements you’ve made based on photos. Plus, we now incorporate even more data into Zestimates for homes on the market, and we update those Zestimates in real time. That’s in addition to the millions of data points that the Zestimate’s complex machine learning models examine for more than 100 million homes across the country. Here’s the rundown of what’s new. ‘Seeing’ your home…

It’s easier than ever to create an outdoor oasis that’s an extension of your home, and this summer’s biggest trend is creating a backyard space that is as comfortable as your indoor one. Design styles like bright and bold boho and Scandinavian minimalism are heading outside, according to our 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report. “The lines have been blurred between what’s indoor-only and what you can use outside, which means it’s never been easier to create an outdoor space that’s…

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In today’s market, many buyers forego fixer-uppers for move-in ready homes. As a result, significant opportunities abound in prime locations as homes that need work linger on the market. In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward these homes that nobody else wants. Why? They can customize the home to their requirements and build equity along the way. That said, I often recommend that buyers live in a new home for a while before undertaking any major remodeling or pricey home improvements.…

You’ve been house shopping for months or even years. You’ve endured a series of offers, property disclosures, inspections and reports. Finally, after so much excitement, stress and anxiety, the house hunt has come to an end. But the story isn’t over yet. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in. 1. Plan renovations well in advance Rarely does a buyer get a place that’s move-in ready. By the time you’ve signed a contract, you have lots…

Jonathan Fay lives a double life. By day, he works in software engineering, but once the sun goes down, he opens a window to the heavens – right in his own backyard. The amateur astronomer designed and built an observatory behind his Woodinville, Washington, home to house his 12-inch telescope. There, he gazes at planetary nebula and photographs galaxies. For Fay, having his own sanctuary is out of this world. How would you describe your sanctuary? My observatory is a place of peace…

Have you ever ended up with a bed of dead flowers, mountains of mulch and a whopping garden center receipt? Let’s do something about that, shall we? Get your gardening groove back with these nine tips. 1. Start with a clean slate There are two kinds of flower beds: those that have been well-prepared and those that are covered in weeds. Give your unplanted bed the once-over. Does it get enough sunlight? Does water tend to collect there? Have you…

A good spring shower leaves the earth feeling refreshed and renewed – which is not unlike a good shower in your own home. A well-designed and polished bathroom can invigorate you in the morning or relax you before bed. These 10 bathrooms in for-sale homes across the country give us that feeling of rejuvenation – and make us just the tiniest bit envious. Spa-like in the city For sale: $1.3 million This Tudor revival in Washington, D.C., is equal parts…

Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that’s a nice idea. Get the most out of the kitchen space you do have with these tips. Make room You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help increase your workspace. Burner covers for your stove and a large cutting board or tray can create extra counter space…