Stage Your Home for the Millennial Buyer

In 2015, real estate sales sharply shifted toward the Millennial buyer and there are many ways sellers in Humboldt County can prepare their home to attract this buyer. Here are ten things Millennials look for, and how to implement them in your home. MELINA GILLIES In 2015, real estate sales sharply shifted toward the [...]

What you need to know about who is Buying Homes

There’s always a lot of news around housing numbers. Whether home sales are up or down, hot or cold, when they’re released, housing numbers grab headlines. According to the most recent numbers from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 5 million homes will be sold in 2014. That’s a lot of homes! One thing that [...]

11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company

I know, you were thinking you would just Google “moving company.” Sure, you will find a zillion moving companies, but are you ready to handover your prized possessions into any stranger’s hands? So, how do you choose the mover you can trust? Here are some handy tips on what to look for when hiring a [...]

Saving for a Home: How Much Is Enough?

It's easy to get caught up in credit scores when considering a home purchase. But as lenders continue to loosen requirements, the need to have money in the bank doesn't get any less acute. Getting prescriptive about how much you need in savings to satisfy a mortgage lender is tough business. The answer can depend [...]

Trust in your Real Estate Broker is the Foundation of Home Buying, and Selling

I bought a house for a bit under $2 million in Los Altos, Calif., (about average for around here). The seller and I were both represented by (different) agents from the same local branch office. I was encouraged by my agent to bid aggressively for the house as “several disclosure packets had gone out” and [...]

Mortgage Lenders Reportedly Accepting Lower Down Payments

The average down payment for 30-year fixed rate mortgages dropped to 15.73 percent of the home's value in the third quarter this year, down 2.74 percent from the second quarter, according to a report from LendingTree. A news release about report, which detailed the average down payment percentages by state, highlighted the relationship between down [...]

It May Be More Beneficial Than You Thought

Enjoying an active real estate market year round, however, sellers often overlook the holiday season as a great time to market their home. Following are several reasons why this time of the year may be the right time for you to sell. 1. Buyers who look for a house during the holidays are generally more [...]

Do Some Research Before Purchasing a Foreclosed Home

Foreclosed homes that are up for auction can be appealing to homebuyers who are working on a strict budget and seeking out more affordable properties. However, there may also be some caveats that come with buying a home that has been in foreclosure, so it's important that prospective buyers get all the information about the [...]