January 2015

Found 11 blog entries for January 2015.

Alabama Year-End Residential Report: Sales up 3.4% in 2014; 68% of local markets improve from 2013

  Print Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) 
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on January 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM, updated January 27, 2015 at 8:05 AM    

Click here to view or print the entire December report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet.

Total Sales.jpgView full sizeAlabama home sales up 8% vs December 2013. 2014 sales were up 3.5%. December sales up 32% from bottom in 2008. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) 

Alabama residential sales in 2014 improved by 3.4 percent from the prior year. This represents the fourth consecutive year of positive sales growth for Alabama's

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Alabama Year-End Residential Report: Sales up 3.4% in 2014; 68% of local markets improve from 2013

  Print Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) 
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on January 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM, updated January 27, 2015 at 8:05 AM    

Click here to view or print the entire December report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet.

Total Sales.jpgView full sizeAlabama home sales up 8% vs December 2013. 2014 sales were up 3.5%. December sales up 32% from bottom in 2008. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) 

Alabama residential sales in 2014 improved by 3.4 percent from the prior year. This represents the fourth consecutive year of positive sales growth for Alabama's

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Home staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home and even motivate them to pay more, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Profile of Home Staging, a survey of more than 2,300 REALTORS® representing buyers and sellers.

Eighty-one percent of REALTORS® who represent buyers say that staged homes make it easier for their home buyers to visualize a property as their future home. Forty-six percent of buyer agents also reported that staging makes their buyers more willing to tour a home they viewed online, and 45 percent say that buyers tend to view the value of the home more positively if it is decorated to buyers’ tastes.

Twenty-eight percent of agents said their buyers are even more willing to overlook other property

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21 Hot Housing Trends for 2015

Everyone wants to be hip, and the latest trends in design can help distinguish one home from another. And it’s not all flash; many new home fads are geared to pare maintenance and energy use and deliver information faster. Here’s a look at what’s coming. DECEMBER 2014 | BY BARBARA BALLINGER  

This time of the year, we hear from just about every sector of the economy what’s expected to be popular in the coming year. Foodies with their fingers on the pulse of the restaurant industry and hot TV chefs will tell us to say goodbye to beet-and-goat cheese salad and hello roasted cauliflower, and there’s no end to the gadgets touted as the next big thing.

In real estate, however, trends

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Obama: FHA Premium Cut Helps Middle Class

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015 

In his sixth State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama last night pointed to the cut in the annual FHA insurance premium that takes effect later this month as the kind of “middle-class economics” initiative he wants to focus on to help build on the country’s improving economic picture.

“Things like lower mortgage premiums ... will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families,” the president said last night in his nationally televised address before a joint session of Congress.

Obama provided no details on the FHA initiative, but in a speech he gave two weeks ago in Phoenix, the president said the FHA

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Treat your home-seeking experience seriously and make finding your new home a reality.

New Year’s resolutions are in full effect. An overwhelming number of us have committed to hit the gym, sweat it out, and shed the extra pounds we managed to pack on over the holidays. Eating, drinking, and then more eating — it’s time to get serious!

Getting in shape is the standard New Year’s resolution, but by February, the new gym membership is languishing and we’re back to eating pasta for dinner. Forget all that sweaty talk, let’s set a goal that we can really work toward: committing to finding and buying a home in 2015. So what can you do to ensure this is the year you score your dream home?

Tell people

“Making yourself accountable to your friends

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I am now associated with Woodland Real Estate.  Our firms goal is to provide the highest quality of service to the many clients we have in this area looking to buy and sell real estate.  If you have questions about any type of real estate, give me a call and I would be happy to find you the answers.
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Huntsville/Madison County area residential sales in December improved 4.4 percent from the same period a year earlier. Total sales of 401 units were 9 units or 2.3 percent above our monthly forecast. The Center's 2014 sales forecast projected 5,219 closed transactions while the actual sales were 4,901 units, a 6.1 percent cumulative variance.

Historical Sales.jpgView full sizeHuntsville/Madison County residential sales up 4% from last December. Inventory hits new peak in December. Infograph provided by ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) 
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WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015) – Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood'sRemodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale.

“It can be a daunting task to even decide on what home improvement projects to undertake, let alone to physically tackle and complete them,” said National Association of

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Most home fires are preventable, but sometimes common sense isn't so common. According to the National Fire Protection Association, it's not too early to protect your loved ones and your home from fire damage, by simply following sensible suggestions.

1. Have your furnace checked. It's worth the money to hire a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year. If it's going to conk out, it's better to know trouble is coming.

2. Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.

3. Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are

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