How To Make Your Home Look Larger Without Remodeling

 When Mark Goldey and his wife Lisa decided to lease out their three-bedroom apartment, they rearranged it to entice renters. They de-kidified it, warehousing their two toddlers’ toys in a side TV room, and pushed the TV room couches out to the living room—it may seem counterintuitive, but furniture can actually make a room feel larger.  Their agent, Jason Saft of Citi Habitats, encouraged the Goldeys to display their glass artwork in prominent places that would reflect light around the room and draw attention to the high ceilings. He color-coded the books on the shelves, arranging larger, darker books lower and
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Home Price Index Sees Record Growth

WASHINGTON — Prices for U.S. homes leapt in April, posting record monthly growth and the fastest year-over-year growth in seven years, according to Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller data released Tuesday. With gains in 19 of 20 cities, the 20-city composite index rose 2.5 percent in April, the largest monthly growth on record. The data go back to 2000. After seasonal adjustments, prices rose 1.7 percent in April. Compared with the same period in the previous year, prices in April rose 12.1 percent, the fastest annual pace since 2006, according to the report. Still, the 20-city composite index indicated prices remain about
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Glacier Creates $172 Million in Economic Benefit

Sure signs of spring can be seen in the photo above of Park headquarters. A new National Park Service report shows that approximately 2.2 million visitors to Glacier National Park in 2012 spent $172 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,754 jobs in the local area. “We are honored and proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to Glacier National Park,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “Glacier is a special place and many times visitors travel to Montana specifically to visit Glacier, and are introduced to the many other wonderful amenities that
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FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, today announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their home mortgage. HARP is unique in that it is the only refinance program that enables borrowers who owe more than their home is worth to take advantage of low interest rates and other refinancing benefits. Borrowers must have mortgages currently owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The new program eliminates certain fees for borrowers; removes the current 125 percent
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Five Tips For Selling Your Home in the Winter

Just your luck — you have to sell your home in winter, the slowest and dreariest sales season of all. But cheer up. You can use staging, the reduced competition and some seasonal opportunities to your advantage. Here are some tips to lessen the chances your home will languish on the market: 1. Remember the basics, taking care of your property state  Taking care of needed maintenance and repairs is obligatory in any season, specially if you have selling plans, you can find affordable and professional home services available at https://www.trustdale.com/atlanta-ga/services/home-services . Fixing those roof leaks, Tidying up the yard
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Flathead Market Continues to Recover and is Gaining Momentum

In general, 2013 continued to improve from when the market bottomed at the end of 2011. The following is a list of some key points: 1. The employment picture continues to improve. Throughout most of 2013 the unemployment rate continued to decrease with a low in September of 5.9%. A key number that I look at is the actual number of people that are employed. In 2013 the average number of people employed was 40,182, which is up from 39,763 in 2012 and 38,750 in 2011. Even with that increase, it is still 3,911 short of the 44,093 that were
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Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January

The uptrend in existing-home sales continues, with January sales rising for the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above year-ago levels, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Existing-home sales, including single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, increased 2.7% last month and are 5.3% above January 2010. This is the first time in seven months that sales activity was higher than a year earlier. The improvement is good but could be better, said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “The uptrend in home sales is consistent with improvements in the economy and jobs, which are helping boost consumer confidence,”
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Northwest Montana Real Estate Market Report

As the real estate market picks up across the country, it is obvious that the Flathead Valley is also on a significant recovery trajectory. Though our scenery and amenities play a significant role in that market recovery, according to leading Flathead Valley real estate agents, it is the community cohesiveness that really sells people on northwest Montana. Flathead Valley real estate agents and the mn custom home builders report that our international airport providing accessibility in and out of the valley is a real draw to the area. Other attractions drawing people to Whitefish include our proximity to Glacier National
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Property Loans/Equity Release Mortgage Rates Dip as Spring Home-Buying Season Begins

Mortgage rates across the United States have dropped slightly, just as the spring home-buying season has kicked into gear. If you’re planning to move house then it is best to keep an eye out for the mortgage rates in that area. For example, if you want to move to Texas then it is best to keep a close eye on the Texas mortgage rates to see when the cheapest time to move is. If you’re moving house in the UK, check out Peak Removals. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dipped to 4.34% from 4.41% last week, according
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Experts Expect Home Prices and Mortgage Rates to Rise Slowly in 2015

At a recent panel discussion on the 2015 real estate market, the chairman of Standard and Poor’s Index Committee, David Blitzer, was asked to describe what the market will look like in one word. His answer? “Mysterious.” His response tells us that, for one, the real estate market can confound even the experts. But, more importantly, it suggests that housing has reached an inflection point. With home prices in many markets at or above pre-bubble levels, we can no longer expect the “rebound effect” to power home values higher each month. Fundamentals, like population and wage growth, as well as
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