Home Value is Based on More Than Price and Location | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Survey

People now base home value on much more than just price and location. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices released “its first quarterly Homeowner Sentiment Survey showing that people’s perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than standard measures of price and location. Today’s property owners and prospective home buyers define value in broader …

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Home features that buyers value

If you are a home buyer, what do you value (and possibly are willing to pay more for) in a potential home? According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Features Preferences, as highlighted in CAR’s infographic below, there are a number of things that attract home buyers to a home. …

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15 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

You’re finally ready to put your home on the market, but want to ensure you get top dollar. Are there any easy fixes that can increase your asking price without breaking your budget? Here are some tips, ranging from free to under $1,000. Happy selling! 1. Invite a REALTOR® over to give you suggestions on …

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Three scams to avoid when locking your loan

Q: I’m trying to get a better understanding of private mortgage insurance (PMI). I understand the fundamentals and that it usually equals 1/2 percent-1 percent of the mortgage, but what I’m not sure about is how it is paid. Is the PMI paid each year until you reach the 20 percent mortgage-to-value ratio? Can you …

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