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A tip of the hat to ZipRealty.com, which has pitted the Denver and Seattle real estate markets head-to-head in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up. No matter who wins on the field, both markets have a lot to be happy about. We hope you all enjoy the big game!

Allow us to set the scene: A homeowner in suburban Minneapolis sits at the computer on a blustery January night. In the background, a meteorologist on the TV offers that tomorrow’s high temperature will be (-8) degrees. The five-day forecast doesn’t show any signs of improvement. The homeowner, flummoxed at the thought of another winter […]

The demographics of people buying homes can be dizzying. Old, young, kids, no kids, urbanites, suburbanites, men, women…and everyone seems to want something different! One of the most interesting demographics are younger home buyers. They could be buying their first of many homes over the course of their lifetime, so they might represent repeat customers. […]

If there’s one room for which prospective buyers are willing to pay a premium, it might just be the classroom. According to a new survey from Realtor.com, “More than 44 percent of home buyers who plan to buy a home within the next two years said they would be willing to go over their budget […]

Picture the recent housing bubble and one of the first images that may come to mind is that of a mostly vacant subdivision pocked with for-sale signs and foreclosure notices. The recession was rough on the suburbs (to say the least). Even though the economy may be in recovery mode, suburban living has fallen out […]

For decades, we have grown familiar with the basic categories of home buyers: The first-timer The upsizer The empty-nester The downsizer The multi-generation family In the years to come,  millions of homeowners who lost their homes during the recession through foreclosure or short sale will have restored their credit to the point where they again […]

April 1 isn’t just April Fool’s Day. It’s also when mortgage insurance premiums on loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are set to increase by up to 0.10 percent. That means buyers on the verge of applying for a loan should do so before April 1 to obtain a case number. And if they […]

Tight inventory might be the most common theme in housing markets across the country, but so too is the fickleness of buyers. No matter how eager, investing in a home is no time for impulse. With all of the free research tools now at the buyer’s disposal, they are less likely than ever to fall […]

It’s a happy new year, indeed, for soon-to-be homeowners who received the gift of a down payment during the holiday season. (And you thought asking for a new iPad felt excessive.) Gifting down payments was the topic of a recent New York Times advice piece from Lisa Prevost. Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as writing […]

It’s been nearly five years since building professionals could look to the year ahead and create an extensive list of reasons to be excited. Trepidation of the unknown had almost become an annual tradition, which is why a list of reasons to be optimistic for 2013 (according Brian Summerfield of the National Association of REALTORS) is […]

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