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Monthly Archives: April 2015

    First Quarter U.S. Foreclosure Activity Drops to Lowest Level in Eight Years Despite March Increase

    By Marco Manumbas | April 30, 2015

    Annual Increase in March First Since September 2010 Thanks to Jump in REOs; Highest State Foreclosure Rates in Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Illinois, New Jersey IRVINE, Calif. – April 16, 2015 — RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its Q1 and March 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows foreclosure... Read More

    Tax Advantages Homeowners Get That Renters Don’t

    By Jennifer Carstensen | April 29, 2015

    Becoming a homeowner brings you surprising tax benefits. See how much you could save when you buy a home. Homebuyers get a host of tax benefits that renters don’t — critical deductions that can lower your overall tax bill. But how much do homeowners really save on their taxes? Using 2012 IRS data, the most... Read More


    By Marco Manumbas | April 28, 2015

    Used to be the kitchen was a hardwearing, hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-house space that was all about utility, nothing about attraction. Today’s kitchens look as good as they live, especially when a few glamorous touches are thrown in. “Luxe textiles and reflective pieces add excitement to contemporary interiors,” said Houzz. And that’s never been more true than in today’s... Read More

    Take a Tour Tuesday – 4177 Larch Point

    By Jennifer Carstensen | April 28, 2015

    4177 Larch Point :: Lakeland, TN :: 38002 Beautiful, Remodeled Home on the Lake with Gorgeous Views ~ Practically a New Home with New Siding, Windows, Roof, Porch, Gutters, HVAC and Hardwood Floors Just Refinished ~ Updated Eat-In Kitchen with Fireplace ~ Huge Living Room/Dining Room Combo with Plenty of Space for the Whole Family ~... Read More

    There’s No Place Like Home

    By Marco Manumbas | April 27, 2015

    Last week, we reported on the financial reasons purchasing a home in today’s market makes sense. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership. The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by respondents were not financial. 1. It means having... Read More

    A Brief History of Opening Our Homes to Total Strangers (aka the Open House)

    By Marco Manumbas | April 23, 2015

    It’s April, and that means homeowners across the country are throwing open their doors for strangers to enter their homes, test the water pressure of their showers, and judge the quality of the magazines displayed artfully on their coffee tables. Yes, it’s open house season. Why April? Well, as the spring and summer home-buying season begins,... Read More

    We Need You(r House)!!

    By Marco Manumbas | April 22, 2015

    Doing this NOW is not only GOOD FOR YOU but also GOOD for the ECONOMY Though the real estate market has improved, we still have one item holding it back from a full recovery – a robust supply of homes for sale. Demand has increased dramatically. At the same time, housing inventory is decreasing especially at the lower... Read More

    Take a Tour Tuesday

    By Jennifer Carstensen | April 21, 2015

    Every Tuesday we feature one of our great listings in our ‘Take a Tour Tuesday’ post. And today is no different! This 3 bedroom High Point Terrace home looks like it should be featured in a magazine! Take a few minutes out of your day to relax and tour this awesome listing. 3740 Johnwood Drive ::... Read More


    By Marco Manumbas | April 20, 2015

    Plenty of sellers have visited online home valuation sites such as Zillow, Trulia, and others only to be shocked at the published value of their homes. Most sellers are pleased when the values appear higher than they expected, but many online valuations come in far lower. So should you use these values to price your home for... Read More


    By Marco Manumbas | April 17, 2015

    Some Highlights: Vacation Home Sales were up 57.4% in 2014 1.13 Million Vacation Homes Sold 2014 marked the highest level of sales in the U.S. since 2003 Source: Keeping Current Matters / KCM Crew 04172015 Read More

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