Homeownership Education & Counseling Archive

Curb Appeal

I wouldn’t say I’m known for killing plants, but I would say it’s a larger part of my identity than it should be, which is why it never made sense to me that my house proud parents assigned me...
October 12, 2016

Renovations & 2016 Trends

New cabinets, new tiled shower, second bathroom, replace carpet with hardwood, new windows, and a new front door. Oh, don’t mind me! I’m just making my Renovation Wish List. I am sure everyone has something in their own home...
March 2, 2016

Kit Houses

Certain things come to mind when I think of Sears: appliances of all sizes, tools, fitness equipment, and (to a lesser degree) clothes. I think of the occasional weekend day roaming around the store while my parents shopped for...
January 20, 2016

Property Value Impact

Raise your hand if you watch Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop on HGTV! (I’ll bring my hand down, so I can type more efficiently.) It is amazing what can be accomplished with imagination, interior design skills, ingenuity, and...
October 20, 2015

Hoarding and Real Estate

Admit it. You’ve paused, curious, while scrolling through your channel guide when you land on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. What’s more, you’ve probably watched at least part of an episode, and while you felt devastated for the...
September 30, 2015

Neighborhood Farming: Advice from Your Peers

Lead generation and neighborhood farming are two topics we receive many questions about in Information Central. Recently, the NAR LinkedIn Group featured an insightful discussion on this topic, with experienced and successful REALTORS® across the country sharing their expert...

A Compendium of Resources for First-Time Home Buyers

We recently compiled a list of resources for first-time home buyers, and came up with a nice list of information from the National Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Magazine online, Realtor.com, and HUD. Field Guides from NAR Field Guide to...
March 28, 2013

Average New Home Owner Expenditures

The question regarding new home owner expenditures crops up somewhat frequently here in the NAR Library. The NAR,  NAHB, and BLS include some useful statistics to answer questions in this arena. For those not familiar with the acronyms: NAR...

Affordable Housing

We have recently updated our Field Guide to Affordable Housing. The nation’s housing affordability crisis is fed by economic, demographic, and regulatory characteristics. The issue will not go away on its own. Because wages have not kept pace with...
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