• One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently, according to an analysis recently released by RealEstate.com. The easiest market? Chicago, where the average first-timer can save 20 percent for a starter in just over three years. 1. Chicago, Ill. Annual Household Income for Millennials: $50,500 Annual Millennial Savings: $10,821 Median Starter Value: $177,300 Down Payment (20%): $35,460Savings Timeline: 3 years, 3 months 2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Annual Household […]

    Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

    One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently, according to an analysis recently released by RealEstate.com. The easiest market? Chicago, where the average first-timer can save 20 percent for a starter in just over three years. 1. Chicago, Ill. Annual Household Income for Millennials: $50,500 Annual Millennial Savings: $10,821 Median Starter Value: $177,300 Down Payment (20%): $35,460Savings Timeline: 3 years, 3 months 2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Annual Household […]

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  • Editor’s Note: The Disruptor Roundup analyzes companies implementing unconventional models. Divvy This tech-powered, rent-to-own platform was launched at the end of 2017, and provides consumers with the ability to transition from renting to homeownership with a three-year program that amasses a down payment within its required monthly payments. Currently available in Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis, Divvy is looking to expand to other markets. Divvy purchases homes on behalf of consumers. There are, however, restrictions. Divvy cannot purchase and lease condos, non-bank approved short sales, auction properties, manufactured or mobile homes, undeveloped lots, homes in pre- or mid-construction or properties with […]

    Disruptor Roundup: Divvy Takes on Rent-to-Own

    Editor’s Note: The Disruptor Roundup analyzes companies implementing unconventional models. Divvy This tech-powered, rent-to-own platform was launched at the end of 2017, and provides consumers with the ability to transition from renting to homeownership with a three-year program that amasses a down payment within its required monthly payments. Currently available in Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis, Divvy is looking to expand to other markets. Divvy purchases homes on behalf of consumers. There are, however, restrictions. Divvy cannot purchase and lease condos, non-bank approved short sales, auction properties, manufactured or mobile homes, undeveloped lots, homes in pre- or mid-construction or properties with […]

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  • Photo credit: VHT Studios By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios Technology and the convenience it offers to buyers and sellers has changed real estate forever. The days of starting a home search inside the office or car of a real estate professional and touring five or six houses are long gone. Now, interested buyers expect to “shop” for their new home whenever they want on whichever device they desire and they often spend hours clicking through listings online before ever scheduling a visit. As a result, savvy real estate professionals are using many new tools to help their listings gain an […]

    Virtual Staging Transforms Cold, Vacant Spaces Into Warm, Welcoming Homes

    Photo credit: VHT Studios By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios Technology and the convenience it offers to buyers and sellers has changed real estate forever. The days of starting a home search inside the office or car of a real estate professional and touring five or six houses are long gone. Now, interested buyers expect to “shop” for their new home whenever they want on whichever device they desire and they often spend hours clicking through listings online before ever scheduling a visit. As a result, savvy real estate professionals are using many new tools to help their listings gain an […]

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  • Invasive plants can ruin a perfectly functioning ecosystem, creating issues for years and potentially changing landscapes forever. The key to controlling invasives is to be sure they don’t get where they don’t belong, according to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org). The environmental nonprofit says that the best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Every consumer can play a role in stopping the introduction and spread of invasive species. The Conservancy says everyone can help protect native plants and animals by following these six easy guidelines: Verify that the plants you’re buying for […]

    What Are the Worst Invasive Plants—and How Can You Stop Them?

    Invasive plants can ruin a perfectly functioning ecosystem, creating issues for years and potentially changing landscapes forever. The key to controlling invasives is to be sure they don’t get where they don’t belong, according to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org). The environmental nonprofit says that the best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Every consumer can play a role in stopping the introduction and spread of invasive species. The Conservancy says everyone can help protect native plants and animals by following these six easy guidelines: Verify that the plants you’re buying for […]

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  • What’s your state’s favorite home accessory—centerpiece bowls, trays, throw blankets, vases, or more? Take a look at this chart Via: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StyledStagedSold/~3/bcD94AHlRFM/

    Homeowners’ Favorite Décor Pieces by State

    What’s your state’s favorite home accessory—centerpiece bowls, trays, throw blankets, vases, or more? Take a look at this chart Via: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StyledStagedSold/~3/bcD94AHlRFM/

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  • Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways to save for the future. Investors have complete control over their investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stock, bonds or mutual funds. Self-directed IRAs provide the opportunity to save money for the future on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis. In addition, an […]

    Partnering IRA Funds: An Alternative Way to Fund Your Real Estate Investment

    Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways to save for the future. Investors have complete control over their investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stock, bonds or mutual funds. Self-directed IRAs provide the opportunity to save money for the future on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis. In addition, an […]

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  • July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be the company’s next endeavor, according to The Information, a technology website. Although Amazon has not yet provided concrete evidence for insurance plans, it would make sense due to the company’s most recent partnerships. From plans to create a line of robots to be used as […]

    Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

    July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be the company’s next endeavor, according to The Information, a technology website. Although Amazon has not yet provided concrete evidence for insurance plans, it would make sense due to the company’s most recent partnerships. From plans to create a line of robots to be used as […]

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  • Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Paulson’s tips: 1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides […]

    Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

    Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Paulson’s tips: 1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides […]

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