• House Hunting for the Undead
    by Holly Utt on March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Have recently found yourself undead? Congratulations! The world is your oyster, and we’re pretty confident you have a new lease on life, or something like it. Now that you’re undead, it’s time to update your living space, after all, your life is most likely very different now. If you’re a fan of the popular Netflix series “The Santa Clarita Diet,” you’ll know that the main character, Sheila Hammond, has found herself in a similar predicament. Although […]

  • Softening Demand Is Slowing Santa Clarita Sales
    by Steve Cook on March 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The Santa Clarita Valley is in the process of slowly moving from a sellers market to a buyers. Unaffordability has driven down demand and sales fell as a result. Combined sales fell by 1.1 percent, while the dollar volume was off by nearly 6 percent from 2017. In addition, supplies rose steadily, reducing upward pressure on prices causing sales to fall mostly in the higher home price range. As demand slowed, inventories for homes for sale rose during the year. Supplies also rose as a result of […]

  • How Much Good Does Good Credit Do?
    by Steve Cook on March 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    The best way for home buyers to fight back against rising mortgage rates is to maintain the best possible credit score and credit history. Lenders offer lower mortgage rates to borrowers with higher scores because they are a lower risk. Good credit can lower your rate by a full percentage point or more and reduce your monthly mortgage payment by hundreds of dollars. Buyers who heed this advice spend many months making sure they pay every bill on time, avoiding large balances on revolving credit […]

  • How to Prepare for a Cross-Country Move
    by Sage Singleton on March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Whether you’re relocating for a job or moving to be closer to family, uprooting your home, career, and all your belongings and relocating them thousands of miles away can seem like a daunting task. Rather than getting buried under a mountain of worry and scrambling to meet tight timelines, start breaking down your cross-country move into stages and making progress one item at a time. The moving checklist below can help you complete monumental tasks by staging them in sensible increments. […]

  • Luxe Phoenix Condo of the Late Sen. John McCain Available for $3.1M
    by Sasha Carter on March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    The Phoenix luxury condo of the late senator, one-time presidential hopeful and decorated Vietnam veteran John McCain has landed on the market for $3.1M. The post Luxe Phoenix Condo of the Late Sen. John McCain Available for $3.1M appeared first on Homes.com. […]

  • 2019 Trend: Houseplants Are Back and Bigger than Ever
    by Jess Vice on March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I remember looking through my Mammaw’s old Better Homes Gardens magazines from the 70s and 80s and seeing homes like this: Photo from GoRetro.com Photo from GoRetro.com And even business lobbies like this: Photo from Mirror80.com It felt less like people had built homes for themselves, and more like they’d carved out spaces to live in the jungle. In my early teens, I couldn’t imagine a house that chock-full of plants. Fast forward 20 years, and all I can think about is […]

  • Renting Tips for the Novice Home Renter Just Entering the Market
    by Carson Buck on March 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    About to enter the rental market for the first time? Learn how to navigate the real estate market as a first-time home renter, error-free. The post Renting Tips for the Novice Home Renter Just Entering the Market appeared first on Homes.com. […]

  • How to Select a Wood Stove
    by James Shea on March 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Nothing beats the soft glow of wood burning in the winter. The heat warms your body and soul. Metal wood-burning stoves were invented in the 16th century, and at one point, most homes in the United States had one inside them. They are more efficient than a traditional fireplace and could be used for cooking and heating. However, as furnaces and other ways of heating a home became more popular in the early 20th century, the wood-burning stoves fell out of favor. In the 1970s, the wood-burning […]

  • Video Game Guru Masafumi Miyamoto Selling $17M Mansion in SoCal
    by Sasha Carter on March 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Video game developer and founder of Square, Masafumi Miyamoto is selling his massive Palos Verdes Estates mansion for $17million, art and furniture included. The post Video Game Guru Masafumi Miyamoto Selling $17M Mansion in SoCal appeared first on Homes.com. […]

  • How to Create a Neighborhood Association
    by Cassandra McCullers on March 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    A Neighborhood Association is a distant cousin to the more traditional Home Owners’ Association, established to give residents of a neighborhood a voice in advocating for improvements, in planning and implementing community activities, in fostering communication and cooperation between neighbors, and in improving the quality of life for local residents. Traditional Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) are typically limited to just people who own the homes of an area, including people […]

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