Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 9, 2020

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever | Simplifying The MarketFor years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices. In a recent article by George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are […]

How Much Does it Cost to Build Lakefront Home?

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 8, 2020

The cost to build a lake home primarily depends upon the size of the home or square footage, the cost of the waterfront land it sits on and how many custom, top-of-the-line features that are selected. Cost overview The National Association of Home Builders periodically conducts “construction cost surveys” to collect information from builders on…

House Upgrades and Additions that Increase Property Value

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 8, 2020

Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon or not, it’s never a bad idea to start thinking about increasing its value. Home upgrades are not only necessary right before you sell, but can also help you better enjoy your space. Keep reading to learn 6 house upgrades that can increase your property value and…

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 8, 2020

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process | Simplifying The MarketToday’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes […]

10 Real Estate Warnings to Search for When House Chasing

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 7, 2020

Searching for a new home? Don’t believe everything you see or hear when looking at real estate. For many, purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments (if not the biggest investment) they’ll ever make. For this reason, buyers need to be extremely vigilant throughout the house hunting and home buying process. Though it’s all too…

Home Inspection: What you should expect

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 7, 2020

Taking the leap and buying a house is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. Of course, you dream of turning the house into your home, a place where you make memories.  But buying a house can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming too. It is filled with unknowns. If the house is not brand new, what are the things…

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 7, 2020

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent | Simplifying The MarketThere’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty like we’re facing right now. If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, you need an agent who can help you: Make sense of this rapidly evolving housing […]

HOW TO GET A HOUSE READY TO SELL: 7 PRACTICAL TIPS

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 6, 2020

Are you getting ready to sell your home? These days, most buyers aren’t looking for a project. They’re looking for something they can picture themselves living in that’s well-maintained and ready to move into. With so many other homes on the market, it can be hard to know to make yours stand out from the…

New Home Sales Spike — But Homebuilders Still Need To Step It Up

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 6, 2020

The number of new home sales hit an almost 13-year high last month, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this morning.  In total, new home sales were up 7.9% from December to January. There were 764,000 new, single-family units sold in the month—an 18.6% uptick over the year and a marked improvement…

Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales?

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 6, 2020

Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? | Simplifying The MarketTen million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. […]