"Neighborhoods located within a half mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors. 'The Real Estate Mantra — Locate Near Public Transportation' highlighted the critical role public transportation plays in determining real estate values, revealing that commercial and residential real estate market sales thrive when residents have mobility options close by."
Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
"Property owners have long put up with the pricey multiyear contracts, extensive wiring, and ugly sensors that home security systems have traditionally required. But today’s do-it-yourself security systems are changing all that, says Consumer Reports."
"Late summer/early fall is the right time to get your yard and house in order because come winter, small problems can turn into expensive nightmares, says Consumer Reports. 'A little bit of preventive maintenance now will help you avoid big hassles in the future,' says John Galeotafiore, who oversees CR’s testing of outdoor power equipment and other home gear."
"Hispanics are experiencing the largest homeownership gains of any ethnic group in the U.S., a turnaround for the population hardest hit by the housing bust that could help buoy the market for years, reports The Wall Street Journal."
"A recent online survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Zillow reveals that more than three quarters of Americans who have sold a home in the past three years say the experience of selling was stressful for them (77%) — behind only going through a relationship breakup (78%). Selling a home is rated as being more stressful than buying a new home (72%), planning a wedding (60%), getting fired (58%), becoming a parent (58%), teaching a teenager to drive (53%) and potty training a child (47%)."
"If you're getting a mortgage for your new home, your lender will require homeowners insurance, says Consumer Reports. And even if you're among the rare home buyers purchasing without a mortgage, you still should get homeowners insurance to protect against costly perils like fire and wind damage."
"Generation Z is eager to get on the property ladder. Fifty-nine percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 23 want to buy a house in the next five years, and more than half have already started saving for one, according to a survey by Bank of America Corp."
"After climbing for much of 2018, mortgage rates have been falling since the beginning of the year. The average mortgage APR (annual percentage rate) was recently at 4.28%, according to Freddie Mac, compared to a high of 5% in 2018. But just because rates are down doesn't mean you're getting a good deal, says Consumer Reports."
A new study from Chubb finds that while homeowners are nearly unanimous (90%) in saying they are "vigilant" or do an "okay job" at home maintenance, their responses tell a different story when it comes to water damage prevention, the number one cause of property-related claims.
Luxury home sales continued their record-breaking pace in July, as prices hit double digit gains in 19 major markets, according to the Realtor.com 2018 Luxury Home Index. Additionally, the number of sales at or above the $1 million mark rose 13% over last year.