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Home Prices Rebound to 2003 Levels

More great market news came through yesterday: According to S&P/Case-Shiller, in July, the average home price rose to the same level as those seen during summer 2003, when the housing boom first started its journey toward the 2006 peak.

Ideas for Flying Old Glory on July 4th

Celebrate the 4th of July by putting up or accessorizing a flagpole. Here are some ways to show your respect for Old Glory, plus tips on flag-flying etiquette. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Friday Five: Signs Point to a Strengthening Housing Market

Spring’s robust housing market looks to be continuing its streak into summer. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

84,000 Thomas Lighting Fixtures Recalled: Fire and Shock Hazard

Thomas Lighting ceiling flush mount lights are recalled because they can cause a fire or electrical shock. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Friday Five: As Market Heats Up, First-Time Buyers Have to Act Fast

Friday Five: Obama’s Budget Challenges Mortgage Deduction for Some New Obama budget proposes to limit the mortgage interest deduction; Congress makes a final push to pass a flood insurance extension. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Posted by Janine Rose on 02/18/2012

Optimism grows around home ownership, though some first-timers struggle to compete in the housing market. Plus, two senators put forth a bill to encourage more refis.Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

How to Test Your Garden Soil pH

If you want healthy, vigorous plants in your garden, you need to get on intimate terms with your garden soil pH. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

 


What to Consider Before Building a Pool

In-ground pools are expensive projects with ongoing maintenance costs, so review the numbers before taking the plunge. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

 


Cleaning Rain Gutters

Clean gutters to protect your siding and landscape plantings, and prevent thousands of dollars of damage to your foundation. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

 


Father’s Day Gift Match Guide: Great Tools for 5 Dad Types

Before you buy your dad another power drill for Father’s Day, decide what type of DIYer he is. Then let that — and our gift suggestions — be your guide. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

 


Pain-Free Guide to Choosing an HVAC System + Chance to Win $100

Two-stage. Modulating. SEER. Your eyes glaze over just thinking about an HVAC upgrade. Our guide helps you cut to the chase when you’re ready to install a new unit. Plus, comment for a chance at $100! Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage with one or more of these 5 great projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Would You Garden in a Bag?

Now we’ve heard everything: Plant your garden in bags of topsoil! Might be a better idea than it sounds. Here’s why. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

5 Great Gardening Apps

These apps take the guesswork out of gardening. All you have to do is dig… Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Friday Five: Housing Markets, Buyers Adjust to New Normal

Home sales rise, foreclosures fall, and the latest national flood insurance deadline looms… Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Have You Seen Your Refi and Mortgage Options Lately?

Three good reasons to warm up to a refinance this spring. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

6 Curb Appeal Ideas to Make You the Star of the Neighborhood

A few hours of exterior home and yard work can add thousands to your home’s value. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home

Have a plan for reviewing purchase offers so you don’t let the best slip through your fingers.
Woman reviewing house offer over the phoneSelling your home will go a lot smoother if you think of it as a business transaction and don’t let emotions get in the way. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Charity Estate Sale – May 12th 9am – 3pm

Dear Friends, Family and Clients:We are holding a Charity Estate Sale on May 12th to benefit the national organization called, The Sunshine Kids Foundation. PNJP supports this organization that’s dedicated to adding quality of life to children with cancer. They provide them with exciting, positive and fun activities…

Yikes! Asbestos in the House! What to Do?

Our intrepid guest blogger and rehabber Bruno Bornsztein must make a big decision when he finds asbestos behind the walls of his century-old fixer-upper. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Outdoor Appliance Buying Guide: Specialty Items

Specialty appliances for outdoor kitchens are hot items but you’ll spend thousands of dollars for the added convenience. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Never Wash a Window Again

MIT researchers have developed glass that cleans itself. Is spring cleaning without window washing in our future? Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

How to Buy a Gas Grill

With models priced from $29 to $5000 and up outdoor gas grills offer convenience and ease-of-use to fit any budget. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Appeal Your Property Tax Bill

To successfully appeal your property tax bill, you first need to do a bit of sleuthing into your real estate assessment. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Roofing: A Guide to the Options

A roof replacement is one of the biggest financial commitments a homeowner will make, so here’s a guide to roofing materials that will help you spend your money wisely. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Dos and Don’ts of Homebuyer Incentives

Dos and Don’ts of Homebuyer Incentives Homebuyer incentives can be smart marketing or a waste of money. Find out when and how to use them. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Posted by Janine Rose on 04/01/2012

3 Hot Trends for Kitchen Remodeling in 2012

3 Hot Trends for Kitchen Remodeling in 2012 Mulling a kitchen remodel but want to keep costs low? You’re au courant with today’s trends that emphasize options and high-tech wizardry at affordable prices. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Posted by Janine Rose on 03/25/2012

7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your Home Work for You

7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your Home Work for You Home improvement trends embrace energy efficiency, low maintenance exteriors, and double-duty space. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Posted by Janine Rose on 03/17/2012

Down Payment Gift a Leg Up to Home Ownership, But Know Tax Rules

Down Payment Gift a Leg Up to Home Ownership, But Know Tax Rules We explain the tax details around giving the gift of a home down payment. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. © Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Posted by Janine Rose on 03/14/2012

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning Guide Make spring cleaning less of a chore by following these smarter—and mostly greener—tips for this annual rite of homeownership. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Posted by Janine Rose on 03/09/2012

10 Easy Mistakes Home Owners Make on Their Taxes

10 Easy Mistakes Home Owners Make on Their Taxes Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Posted by Janine Rose on 03/07/2012

Why Real Estate Assessments Matter

Why Real Estate Assessments Matter By: Geoff Williams Published: October 11, 2009 The real estate assessment letter you filed away unopened is the driving force behind how much you pay in property taxes. Homeowners and property taxes Your local government needs every dime it can collect to pay for all of the services you expect as a resident: schools, libraries, hospitals, and so on. A healthy…

Posted by Janine Rose on 02/29/201

Today’s Market Good Time to Buy

Today’s Market Good Time to Buyhttp://speakingofrealestate.blogs.realtor.org/2012/02/13/study-calls-todays-market-good-time-to-buy/ Februray 21, 2012 Researchers from several universities have just completed a paper that looks at what they call the hurdle rate. This is the point at which it’s equally smart to rent or buy if your only criterion is to build wealth. Based on today’s …

Posted by Janine Rose on 02/21/2012

How to Claim your 2011 Energy Tax Credits

How to Claim Your 2011 Energy Tax Credits They’re not as much as they used to be, but there are still energy tax credits to be had for upgrades made in 2011. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®Posted by Janine Rose on 02/21/2012

IRS Tool Calculates What You Owe on First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

If you bought a home in 2008 and took advantage of the original first-time home buyer tax credit in 2008, you have to pay it back. The credit was a no-interest loan, and you repay it in equal installments over 15 years through your tax return. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Record High

NAR’s Housing Affordability Index rose to a record high 206.1 in January, based on the relationship between median home price, median family income and average mortgage interest rate. The higher the index, the greater the household purchasing power. Copyright 2012 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Friday Five: Obama’s Budget Challenges Mortgage Deduction