5 Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Make

(TNS)— A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.

“We want to teach them how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

If you’re getting a home inspection, here are five mistakes to avoid.

Not Researching the Inspector
Too many buyers and sellers hire whoever is recommended to them without doing any research. The inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it, says Troy Bloxom, owner of Home Inspections Plus near Anchorage, Alaska, and past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

A few questions to ask:
· How long have you been inspecting homes?
· How many inspections have you done?
· What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
· What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your pro was in contracting or building.)

You want a certified professional who stays current.

“There’s a lot of stuff you have to know, and you want someone who’s keeping up with ongoing education,” says Kurt Mitenbuler, who is certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and owns an inspection company in Evanston, Ill.

You’re looking for an inspector who can analyze the home’s strengths and weaknesses, then explain them.

Not Attending the Inspection
Being present for the inspection may not be mandatory, but it’s a smart idea. Simply reading the inspection report isn’t enough to give most homeowners the full picture, Gibson says: “If they don’t see it, they don’t understand it.”

Gibson says he turns down dozens of inspections a year “because people can’t be there or don’t want to be there.”

The inspection might take an entire morning or afternoon, so set aside enough time. Some inspectors will sit with you afterward to explain things and answer questions.

“Any home inspector who doesn’t let you follow him around? That’s weird. Ask me any question you want,” Mitenbuler says.

A good inspector can give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to spend on repairs and upgrades, which is very valuable information as you consider your budget.

Not Reading the Inspection Report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report. You need someone who uses “clear, concise” language in person and in written reports, Mitenbuler says. He recommends scanning a few reports by checking the inspector’s website or asking for a sample report.

A knowledgeable pro will state simply what’s wrong with the house and what it will take to fix, Mitenbuler says.

Not Getting a Presale Inspection
Many sellers decide to leave the presale inspection to the buyers, Bloxom says. That’s a mistake.

When the buyers get an inspection (and if they’re smart, they will), the sellers may have little time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track, Bloxom says.

But if the seller has the home inspected before putting it on the market, he has more time to do repairs and to shop around and control his costs for the work, Bloxom says.

Both buyers and sellers often wait too long to engage an inspector, Gibson says. You should find an inspector long before you have (or make) an offer on a home. “Any good inspector will be booked out,” he says.

Not Prepping the Home
Inspectors get annoyed when homeowners don’t prepare their houses for inspection.

“Don’t force the home inspector to empty the closet to get into the attic,” Mitenbuler says. If you have a crawl-space hatch, move anything sitting on top of it.

Got a lock on a utility closet, basement or shed? The inspector needs access, so open it or provide keys.

For a seller, the best tack is to be at home to meet the inspector, introduce yourself, provide your mobile number, and then you can take off, Mitenbuler says.

To reduce the need for repeat inspections, hire professionals to do repairs, Bloxom says. Too many sellers will try DIY or get them done on the cheap, but poor workmanship will show up during the follow-up inspection, Bloxom says, and could result in more repairs—and another inspection.

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5 Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Make

(TNS)— A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.

“We want to teach them how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

If you’re getting a home inspection, here are five mistakes to avoid.

Not Researching the Inspector
Too many buyers and sellers hire whoever is recommended to them without doing any research. The inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it, says Troy Bloxom, owner of Home Inspections Plus near Anchorage, Alaska, and past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

A few questions to ask:
· How long have you been inspecting homes?
· How many inspections have you done?
· What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
· What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your pro was in contracting or building.)

You want a certified professional who stays current.

“There’s a lot of stuff you have to know, and you want someone who’s keeping up with ongoing education,” says Kurt Mitenbuler, who is certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and owns an inspection company in Evanston, Ill.

You’re looking for an inspector who can analyze the home’s strengths and weaknesses, then explain them.

Not Attending the Inspection
Being present for the inspection may not be mandatory, but it’s a smart idea. Simply reading the inspection report isn’t enough to give most homeowners the full picture, Gibson says: “If they don’t see it, they don’t understand it.”

Gibson says he turns down dozens of inspections a year “because people can’t be there or don’t want to be there.”

The inspection might take an entire morning or afternoon, so set aside enough time. Some inspectors will sit with you afterward to explain things and answer questions.

“Any home inspector who doesn’t let you follow him around? That’s weird. Ask me any question you want,” Mitenbuler says.

A good inspector can give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to spend on repairs and upgrades, which is very valuable information as you consider your budget.

Not Reading the Inspection Report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report. You need someone who uses “clear, concise” language in person and in written reports, Mitenbuler says. He recommends scanning a few reports by checking the inspector’s website or asking for a sample report.

A knowledgeable pro will state simply what’s wrong with the house and what it will take to fix, Mitenbuler says.

Not Getting a Presale Inspection
Many sellers decide to leave the presale inspection to the buyers, Bloxom says. That’s a mistake.

When the buyers get an inspection (and if they’re smart, they will), the sellers may have little time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track, Bloxom says.

But if the seller has the home inspected before putting it on the market, he has more time to do repairs and to shop around and control his costs for the work, Bloxom says.

Both buyers and sellers often wait too long to engage an inspector, Gibson says. You should find an inspector long before you have (or make) an offer on a home. “Any good inspector will be booked out,” he says.

Not Prepping the Home
Inspectors get annoyed when homeowners don’t prepare their houses for inspection.

“Don’t force the home inspector to empty the closet to get into the attic,” Mitenbuler says. If you have a crawl-space hatch, move anything sitting on top of it.

Got a lock on a utility closet, basement or shed? The inspector needs access, so open it or provide keys.

For a seller, the best tack is to be at home to meet the inspector, introduce yourself, provide your mobile number, and then you can take off, Mitenbuler says.

To reduce the need for repeat inspections, hire professionals to do repairs, Bloxom says. Too many sellers will try DIY or get them done on the cheap, but poor workmanship will show up during the follow-up inspection, Bloxom says, and could result in more repairs—and another inspection.

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5 Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Make

(TNS)— A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.

“We want to teach them how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

If you’re getting a home inspection, here are five mistakes to avoid.

Not Researching the Inspector
Too many buyers and sellers hire whoever is recommended to them without doing any research. The inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it, says Troy Bloxom, owner of Home Inspections Plus near Anchorage, Alaska, and past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

A few questions to ask:
· How long have you been inspecting homes?
· How many inspections have you done?
· What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
· What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Ideally, your pro was in contracting or building.)

You want a certified professional who stays current.

“There’s a lot of stuff you have to know, and you want someone who’s keeping up with ongoing education,” says Kurt Mitenbuler, who is certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and owns an inspection company in Evanston, Ill.

You’re looking for an inspector who can analyze the home’s strengths and weaknesses, then explain them.

Not Attending the Inspection
Being present for the inspection may not be mandatory, but it’s a smart idea. Simply reading the inspection report isn’t enough to give most homeowners the full picture, Gibson says: “If they don’t see it, they don’t understand it.”

Gibson says he turns down dozens of inspections a year “because people can’t be there or don’t want to be there.”

The inspection might take an entire morning or afternoon, so set aside enough time. Some inspectors will sit with you afterward to explain things and answer questions.

“Any home inspector who doesn’t let you follow him around? That’s weird. Ask me any question you want,” Mitenbuler says.

A good inspector can give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to spend on repairs and upgrades, which is very valuable information as you consider your budget.

Not Reading the Inspection Report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report. You need someone who uses “clear, concise” language in person and in written reports, Mitenbuler says. He recommends scanning a few reports by checking the inspector’s website or asking for a sample report.

A knowledgeable pro will state simply what’s wrong with the house and what it will take to fix, Mitenbuler says.

Not Getting a Presale Inspection
Many sellers decide to leave the presale inspection to the buyers, Bloxom says. That’s a mistake.

When the buyers get an inspection (and if they’re smart, they will), the sellers may have little time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track, Bloxom says.

But if the seller has the home inspected before putting it on the market, he has more time to do repairs and to shop around and control his costs for the work, Bloxom says.

Both buyers and sellers often wait too long to engage an inspector, Gibson says. You should find an inspector long before you have (or make) an offer on a home. “Any good inspector will be booked out,” he says.

Not Prepping the Home
Inspectors get annoyed when homeowners don’t prepare their houses for inspection.

“Don’t force the home inspector to empty the closet to get into the attic,” Mitenbuler says. If you have a crawl-space hatch, move anything sitting on top of it.

Got a lock on a utility closet, basement or shed? The inspector needs access, so open it or provide keys.

For a seller, the best tack is to be at home to meet the inspector, introduce yourself, provide your mobile number, and then you can take off, Mitenbuler says.

To reduce the need for repeat inspections, hire professionals to do repairs, Bloxom says. Too many sellers will try DIY or get them done on the cheap, but poor workmanship will show up during the follow-up inspection, Bloxom says, and could result in more repairs—and another inspection.

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Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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$250,000 :: 22012 Wilshire, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 1,320 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 31345265
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: Fairways East
Status: Active

A rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful ranch home where all the updates have been done for you! Brand New Kitchen Cabinets(2018), Glass Backsplash & Granite Countertops (2018), Hard Wood Flooring in Kitchen & Nook (2018), Finished Basement with Custom Fireplace & Full Bath (2018) with Loads of Storage. Two Full Bathroom Remodels in Both Main Floor Bathrooms, New Tub and Custom Tile in one and a Generous Shower with Seat in the other (2017), New roof (2014), Exterior Painted with new gutters & downspouts (2017), New Garage Door & opener (2017), New wood on Spacious Deck & New Sod in Backyard (2017), New Carpet Basement & Bedroom (2017), New Carpet Living Room (2016), Large Fenced Backyard. Tucked away in the Neighborhood in a great location close to shopping, dining and expressways. Get here fast before it is gone!

Listed with Real Estate One-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$250,000 :: 22012 Wilshire, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 1,320 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 31345265
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: Fairways East
Status: Active

A rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful ranch home where all the updates have been done for you! Brand New Kitchen Cabinets(2018), Glass Backsplash & Granite Countertops (2018), Hard Wood Flooring in Kitchen & Nook (2018), Finished Basement with Custom Fireplace & Full Bath (2018) with Loads of Storage. Two Full Bathroom Remodels in Both Main Floor Bathrooms, New Tub and Custom Tile in one and a Generous Shower with Seat in the other (2017), New roof (2014), Exterior Painted with new gutters & downspouts (2017), New Garage Door & opener (2017), New wood on Spacious Deck & New Sod in Backyard (2017), New Carpet Basement & Bedroom (2017), New Carpet Living Room (2016), Large Fenced Backyard. Tucked away in the Neighborhood in a great location close to shopping, dining and expressways. Get here fast before it is gone!

Listed with Real Estate One-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$250,000 :: 22012 Wilshire, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 1,320 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 31345265
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: Fairways East
Status: Active

A rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful ranch home where all the updates have been done for you! Brand New Kitchen Cabinets(2018), Glass Backsplash & Granite Countertops (2018), Hard Wood Flooring in Kitchen & Nook (2018), Finished Basement with Custom Fireplace & Full Bath (2018) with Loads of Storage. Two Full Bathroom Remodels in Both Main Floor Bathrooms, New Tub and Custom Tile in one and a Generous Shower with Seat in the other (2017), New roof (2014), Exterior Painted with new gutters & downspouts (2017), New Garage Door & opener (2017), New wood on Spacious Deck & New Sod in Backyard (2017), New Carpet Basement & Bedroom (2017), New Carpet Living Room (2016), Large Fenced Backyard. Tucked away in the Neighborhood in a great location close to shopping, dining and expressways. Get here fast before it is gone!

Listed with Real Estate One-Clinton


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$280,000 :: 21856 TESNER DR, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21437770
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TESNER PARK SUB
Status: Active

**OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY APRIL 22ND 12-3PM**The living is easy in this impressive, generously proportioned residence. The floor plan encompasses 3 spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage, two luxurious bathrooms with one lav, and a sleek and stylish kitchen that compliments the residence. Perfect for any family, this home is ideally positioned to enjoy the proximity to cafes, restaurants, and shopping centers.

Listed with Keller Williams Professionals


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$280,000 :: 21856 TESNER DR, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21437770
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TESNER PARK SUB
Status: Active

**OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY APRIL 22ND 12-3PM**The living is easy in this impressive, generously proportioned residence. The floor plan encompasses 3 spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage, two luxurious bathrooms with one lav, and a sleek and stylish kitchen that compliments the residence. Perfect for any family, this home is ideally positioned to enjoy the proximity to cafes, restaurants, and shopping centers.

Listed with Keller Williams Professionals


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$280,000 :: 21856 TESNER DR, Macomb MI, 48044

Property Photo

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 04/21/18, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21437770
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: TESNER PARK SUB
Status: Active

**OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY APRIL 22ND 12-3PM**The living is easy in this impressive, generously proportioned residence. The floor plan encompasses 3 spacious bedrooms with plenty of room for study, sleep and storage, two luxurious bathrooms with one lav, and a sleek and stylish kitchen that compliments the residence. Perfect for any family, this home is ideally positioned to enjoy the proximity to cafes, restaurants, and shopping centers.

Listed with Keller Williams Professionals


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

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Who says you need “green” to get a green home?

According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes, there are also affordable pockets outside the Golden State—and, in many markets, eco-features are no longer at a premium.

The greenest:

  1. Fort Collins, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 36 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $170.4
    Green Local Median PPSF: $171
  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $139.1
    Green Local Median PPSF: $144
  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $738.9
    Green Local Median PPSF: $701
  1. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 34 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $128.8
    Green Local Median PPSF: $130
  1. Tulsa, Okla.
    Green Home Listings Share: 33 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $96.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $115
  1. Boulder, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 25 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $257.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $267
  1. Salinas, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 21 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $498.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $429
  1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.
    Green Home Listings Share: 20 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $121.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $132
  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 19 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $93.2
    Green Local Median PPSF: $107
  1. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 17 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $565.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $544

“Although Southern and Western states still lead the way in green technology adoption, eco-friendly features have grown in popularity across many regions of the United States,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com. “Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream.

“However, in today’s inventory-starved market, location still reigns supreme and the price of land can easily override the allure of special eco-friendly features,” Vivas says.

Analysts defined a “green” home as one with bamboo flooring, dual-pane windows, ENERGY STAR appliances and/or rating, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ventilation and/or solar panels.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60

Who says you need “green” to get a green home?

According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes, there are also affordable pockets outside the Golden State—and, in many markets, eco-features are no longer at a premium.

The greenest:

  1. Fort Collins, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 36 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $170.4
    Green Local Median PPSF: $171
  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $139.1
    Green Local Median PPSF: $144
  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $738.9
    Green Local Median PPSF: $701
  1. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 34 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $128.8
    Green Local Median PPSF: $130
  1. Tulsa, Okla.
    Green Home Listings Share: 33 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $96.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $115
  1. Boulder, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 25 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $257.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $267
  1. Salinas, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 21 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $498.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $429
  1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.
    Green Home Listings Share: 20 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $121.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $132
  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 19 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $93.2
    Green Local Median PPSF: $107
  1. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 17 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $565.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $544

“Although Southern and Western states still lead the way in green technology adoption, eco-friendly features have grown in popularity across many regions of the United States,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com. “Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream.

“However, in today’s inventory-starved market, location still reigns supreme and the price of land can easily override the allure of special eco-friendly features,” Vivas says.

Analysts defined a “green” home as one with bamboo flooring, dual-pane windows, ENERGY STAR appliances and/or rating, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ventilation and/or solar panels.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60

Who says you need “green” to get a green home?

According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes, there are also affordable pockets outside the Golden State—and, in many markets, eco-features are no longer at a premium.

The greenest:

  1. Fort Collins, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 36 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $170.4
    Green Local Median PPSF: $171
  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $139.1
    Green Local Median PPSF: $144
  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 35 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $738.9
    Green Local Median PPSF: $701
  1. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 34 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $128.8
    Green Local Median PPSF: $130
  1. Tulsa, Okla.
    Green Home Listings Share: 33 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $96.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $115
  1. Boulder, Colo.
    Green Home Listings Share: 25 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $257.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $267
  1. Salinas, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 21 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $498.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $429
  1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.
    Green Home Listings Share: 20 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $121.5
    Green Local Median PPSF: $132
  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
    Green Home Listings Share: 19 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $93.2
    Green Local Median PPSF: $107
  1. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.
    Green Home Listings Share: 17 percent
    Local Median Price-Per-Square Foot (PPSF): $565.7
    Green Local Median PPSF: $544

“Although Southern and Western states still lead the way in green technology adoption, eco-friendly features have grown in popularity across many regions of the United States,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research at realtor.com. “Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream.

“However, in today’s inventory-starved market, location still reigns supreme and the price of land can easily override the allure of special eco-friendly features,” Vivas says.

Analysts defined a “green” home as one with bamboo flooring, dual-pane windows, ENERGY STAR appliances and/or rating, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ventilation and/or solar panels.

For more information, please visit www.realtor.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Flirty Fringe Furniture That Doesn’t Look Like It Belongs In Your Grandma’s Attic

Liven up any boring ol’ room with tassels and fringe.      

Flirty Fringe Furniture That Doesn’t Look Like It Belongs In Your Grandma’s Attic

Liven up any boring ol’ room with tassels and fringe.      

Flirty Fringe Furniture That Doesn’t Look Like It Belongs In Your Grandma’s Attic

Liven up any boring ol’ room with tassels and fringe.      

22 Home Upgrades That’ll Make Life With Roommates SO Much Better

Home organization tips for roommates.      

22 Home Upgrades That’ll Make Life With Roommates SO Much Better

Home organization tips for roommates.      

22 Home Upgrades That’ll Make Life With Roommates SO Much Better

Home organization tips for roommates.      

New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Krishnan_Sonia

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in.

Mark and Sue knew their timing wasn’t ideal. The holidays loomed, and the market was slowing; worse, St. Paul was entering its notorious subzero season.

The couple felt torn. After one year of searching for a new home, they had found the perfect place a few miles away. It was spacious enough to raise their kids and had a first-floor bedroom and bathroom for Sue’s aging parents.

As first-time sellers—Mark and Sue had lived in the house for 20 years—the couple took a leap of faith. They bought the new home, moved in Sue’s parents and dropped nearly $20,000 to spruce up their old house to help it sell quickly.

Several weeks later, their vacant home remains for sale, its exterior weathering the forces of yet another Minnesota winter.

Selling a Home: Truth in Data
Skim any number of news articles on the U.S. housing market and chances are you’ll run across the phrases “low inventory,” “sellers’ market” and “strong demand.” This rings especially true in larger metropolitan areas, where stories of bidding wars abound, leaving the impression that sellers in these markets simply list their homes, sit back and receive offers above the asking price.

For much of the U.S., however, the data reveals a starker reality.

According to new findings from Zillow Group—which used data from the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017—selling a home in the U.S. is not only fraught with anxiety, but often culminates in unmet expectations.

In fact, close to one-third of sellers said they felt unsatisfied with the selling process. Of first-time sellers, nearly 30 percent were unprepared for how long it took to sell their homes and said they wished they would have started the process sooner, according to the analysis.

Furthermore, 76 percent of sellers across the U.S. ended up making at least one concession, with lowering the price the most-cited compromise. Thirty-six percent said they either struggled to sell their homes within their desired price range or time frame.

“This data shows there is a huge opportunity to create a better end-to-end experience for sellers and help them turn over their homes faster,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow Group.

More Information, More Stress
Much of the stress sellers feel stems from that nail-biting wait to get the right offer. Fueling this collective anxiety is, of course, more access to information.

While the internet has greatly democratized the buying and selling process, it has also created a state of seller vigilance. Sellers are more involved than ever in the sale of their homes—and more stressed out.

Take Mark, for instance. He’s constantly monitoring how many views his house gets on Zillow and how it ranks compared to other homes coming on the market. Despite working with an agent, Mark is immersed—and stressed.

While Zillow’s findings show that 82 percent of sellers valued having an agent guide them through the process, America has entered a new era of how deeply involved homeowners are in selling their most expensive investment, Wacksman said.

Sonia Krishnan is a senior writer at Zillow Group. This article was originally published on the Premier Agent Resource Center on Feb. 16, 2018. See the full story here.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Krishnan_Sonia

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in.

Mark and Sue knew their timing wasn’t ideal. The holidays loomed, and the market was slowing; worse, St. Paul was entering its notorious subzero season.

The couple felt torn. After one year of searching for a new home, they had found the perfect place a few miles away. It was spacious enough to raise their kids and had a first-floor bedroom and bathroom for Sue’s aging parents.

As first-time sellers—Mark and Sue had lived in the house for 20 years—the couple took a leap of faith. They bought the new home, moved in Sue’s parents and dropped nearly $20,000 to spruce up their old house to help it sell quickly.

Several weeks later, their vacant home remains for sale, its exterior weathering the forces of yet another Minnesota winter.

Selling a Home: Truth in Data
Skim any number of news articles on the U.S. housing market and chances are you’ll run across the phrases “low inventory,” “sellers’ market” and “strong demand.” This rings especially true in larger metropolitan areas, where stories of bidding wars abound, leaving the impression that sellers in these markets simply list their homes, sit back and receive offers above the asking price.

For much of the U.S., however, the data reveals a starker reality.

According to new findings from Zillow Group—which used data from the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017—selling a home in the U.S. is not only fraught with anxiety, but often culminates in unmet expectations.

In fact, close to one-third of sellers said they felt unsatisfied with the selling process. Of first-time sellers, nearly 30 percent were unprepared for how long it took to sell their homes and said they wished they would have started the process sooner, according to the analysis.

Furthermore, 76 percent of sellers across the U.S. ended up making at least one concession, with lowering the price the most-cited compromise. Thirty-six percent said they either struggled to sell their homes within their desired price range or time frame.

“This data shows there is a huge opportunity to create a better end-to-end experience for sellers and help them turn over their homes faster,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow Group.

More Information, More Stress
Much of the stress sellers feel stems from that nail-biting wait to get the right offer. Fueling this collective anxiety is, of course, more access to information.

While the internet has greatly democratized the buying and selling process, it has also created a state of seller vigilance. Sellers are more involved than ever in the sale of their homes—and more stressed out.

Take Mark, for instance. He’s constantly monitoring how many views his house gets on Zillow and how it ranks compared to other homes coming on the market. Despite working with an agent, Mark is immersed—and stressed.

While Zillow’s findings show that 82 percent of sellers valued having an agent guide them through the process, America has entered a new era of how deeply involved homeowners are in selling their most expensive investment, Wacksman said.

Sonia Krishnan is a senior writer at Zillow Group. This article was originally published on the Premier Agent Resource Center on Feb. 16, 2018. See the full story here.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market appeared first on RISMedia.

      

New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Krishnan_Sonia

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in.

Mark and Sue knew their timing wasn’t ideal. The holidays loomed, and the market was slowing; worse, St. Paul was entering its notorious subzero season.

The couple felt torn. After one year of searching for a new home, they had found the perfect place a few miles away. It was spacious enough to raise their kids and had a first-floor bedroom and bathroom for Sue’s aging parents.

As first-time sellers—Mark and Sue had lived in the house for 20 years—the couple took a leap of faith. They bought the new home, moved in Sue’s parents and dropped nearly $20,000 to spruce up their old house to help it sell quickly.

Several weeks later, their vacant home remains for sale, its exterior weathering the forces of yet another Minnesota winter.

Selling a Home: Truth in Data
Skim any number of news articles on the U.S. housing market and chances are you’ll run across the phrases “low inventory,” “sellers’ market” and “strong demand.” This rings especially true in larger metropolitan areas, where stories of bidding wars abound, leaving the impression that sellers in these markets simply list their homes, sit back and receive offers above the asking price.

For much of the U.S., however, the data reveals a starker reality.

According to new findings from Zillow Group—which used data from the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017—selling a home in the U.S. is not only fraught with anxiety, but often culminates in unmet expectations.

In fact, close to one-third of sellers said they felt unsatisfied with the selling process. Of first-time sellers, nearly 30 percent were unprepared for how long it took to sell their homes and said they wished they would have started the process sooner, according to the analysis.

Furthermore, 76 percent of sellers across the U.S. ended up making at least one concession, with lowering the price the most-cited compromise. Thirty-six percent said they either struggled to sell their homes within their desired price range or time frame.

“This data shows there is a huge opportunity to create a better end-to-end experience for sellers and help them turn over their homes faster,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow Group.

More Information, More Stress
Much of the stress sellers feel stems from that nail-biting wait to get the right offer. Fueling this collective anxiety is, of course, more access to information.

While the internet has greatly democratized the buying and selling process, it has also created a state of seller vigilance. Sellers are more involved than ever in the sale of their homes—and more stressed out.

Take Mark, for instance. He’s constantly monitoring how many views his house gets on Zillow and how it ranks compared to other homes coming on the market. Despite working with an agent, Mark is immersed—and stressed.

While Zillow’s findings show that 82 percent of sellers valued having an agent guide them through the process, America has entered a new era of how deeply involved homeowners are in selling their most expensive investment, Wacksman said.

Sonia Krishnan is a senior writer at Zillow Group. This article was originally published on the Premier Agent Resource Center on Feb. 16, 2018. See the full story here.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market appeared first on RISMedia.

      

$299,900 :: 52889 PAINT CREEK Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

3 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 1,976 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 04/18/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218031212
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: WEST CREEK ESTATES CONDO
Status: Active

Exquisite home with FIRST FLOOR MASTER in Macomb township with Utica Schools! Gorgeous brick and stone exterior with total privacy in the backyard. Everything here is brand new!! New furnace, AC, Hot Water Heater, Sump Pump, and interior painting all in 2017 and 2018. Rare master suite on first floor that walks out onto a private patio. Beautiful master bath with stand up shower, jetted tub, and 2 sinks. 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. 1 full bath upstairs, 1 full bath in basement, and 1 half bath on entry level. Fantastic great room with stone fireplace. Totally finished basement for additional entertainment with a living area, full bath, work room and plenty of storage! HOA on this detached condo includes lawn maintenance, garbage pickup and snow removal. Don’t miss out on this property it won’t last long!

Virtual Tour: https://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/nocbor/218031212

Listed with Powell Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$299,900 :: 52889 PAINT CREEK Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

3 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 1,976 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 04/18/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218031212
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: WEST CREEK ESTATES CONDO
Status: Active

Exquisite home with FIRST FLOOR MASTER in Macomb township with Utica Schools! Gorgeous brick and stone exterior with total privacy in the backyard. Everything here is brand new!! New furnace, AC, Hot Water Heater, Sump Pump, and interior painting all in 2017 and 2018. Rare master suite on first floor that walks out onto a private patio. Beautiful master bath with stand up shower, jetted tub, and 2 sinks. 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. 1 full bath upstairs, 1 full bath in basement, and 1 half bath on entry level. Fantastic great room with stone fireplace. Totally finished basement for additional entertainment with a living area, full bath, work room and plenty of storage! HOA on this detached condo includes lawn maintenance, garbage pickup and snow removal. Don’t miss out on this property it won’t last long!

Virtual Tour: https://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/nocbor/218031212

Listed with Powell Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$299,900 :: 52889 PAINT CREEK Drive, Macomb Township MI, 48042

Property Photo

3 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 1,976 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 04/18/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218031212
Community: Macomb Twp
Tract: WEST CREEK ESTATES CONDO
Status: Active

Exquisite home with FIRST FLOOR MASTER in Macomb township with Utica Schools! Gorgeous brick and stone exterior with total privacy in the backyard. Everything here is brand new!! New furnace, AC, Hot Water Heater, Sump Pump, and interior painting all in 2017 and 2018. Rare master suite on first floor that walks out onto a private patio. Beautiful master bath with stand up shower, jetted tub, and 2 sinks. 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. 1 full bath upstairs, 1 full bath in basement, and 1 half bath on entry level. Fantastic great room with stone fireplace. Totally finished basement for additional entertainment with a living area, full bath, work room and plenty of storage! HOA on this detached condo includes lawn maintenance, garbage pickup and snow removal. Don’t miss out on this property it won’t last long!

Virtual Tour: https://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/nocbor/218031212

Listed with Powell Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

Multifunctional Bedroom Furniture For Small Spaces

Make your furniture work twice as hard.      

Multifunctional Bedroom Furniture For Small Spaces

Make your furniture work twice as hard.      

Multifunctional Bedroom Furniture For Small Spaces

Make your furniture work twice as hard.      

$299,000 :: 48137 TONAWONDA DR, Macomb MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,103 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,245 sq ft
Added: 04/17/18, Last Updated: 04/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21435882
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRENTWOOD FARMS # 04
Status: Active

Welcome home to this stunning 3 bed/3 full bath ranch in Macomb! Entertaining will be a breeze in the spacious living room that offers tons of natural light, tall ceilings, and gas fireplace showcased by recessed lighting & classic mantel! The eat-in kitchen features glowing floors, ample storage, great prep space, and all appliances stay! Off the kitchen is the 1st-floor laundry room and down the hall are three bedrooms, two with their own private baths! Head down to the basement ready for you to put your finishing touches on! Situated on a deep lot you will love to spend time on the large brick paver patio! Included: dishwasher, range/oven, microwave *Seller to provide 1 year home warranty!

Listed with REALTEAM Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$299,000 :: 48137 TONAWONDA DR, Macomb MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,103 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,245 sq ft
Added: 04/17/18, Last Updated: 04/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21435882
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRENTWOOD FARMS # 04
Status: Active

Welcome home to this stunning 3 bed/3 full bath ranch in Macomb! Entertaining will be a breeze in the spacious living room that offers tons of natural light, tall ceilings, and gas fireplace showcased by recessed lighting & classic mantel! The eat-in kitchen features glowing floors, ample storage, great prep space, and all appliances stay! Off the kitchen is the 1st-floor laundry room and down the hall are three bedrooms, two with their own private baths! Head down to the basement ready for you to put your finishing touches on! Situated on a deep lot you will love to spend time on the large brick paver patio! Included: dishwasher, range/oven, microwave *Seller to provide 1 year home warranty!

Listed with REALTEAM Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


      

$299,000 :: 48137 TONAWONDA DR, Macomb MI, 48044

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,103 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,245 sq ft
Added: 04/17/18, Last Updated: 04/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21435882
Community: Macomb Twp (50008)
Tract: BRENTWOOD FARMS # 04
Status: Active

Welcome home to this stunning 3 bed/3 full bath ranch in Macomb! Entertaining will be a breeze in the spacious living room that offers tons of natural light, tall ceilings, and gas fireplace showcased by recessed lighting & classic mantel! The eat-in kitchen features glowing floors, ample storage, great prep space, and all appliances stay! Off the kitchen is the 1st-floor laundry room and down the hall are three bedrooms, two with their own private baths! Head down to the basement ready for you to put your finishing touches on! Situated on a deep lot you will love to spend time on the large brick paver patio! Included: dishwasher, range/oven, microwave *Seller to provide 1 year home warranty!

Listed with REALTEAM Real Estate


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!