Entries by Casey Kunkel

Real Estate Purchase Agreements: 7 Things Home Buyers Must Check—or Else

Every home sale starts with a real estate purchase agreement—a legally binding contract signed by home buyers and sellers that confirms that they agree upon a certain purchase price, closing date, and other terms. While the forms and wording vary across the country (LawDepot.comoffers free purchase agreements for each state), there are certain words common to all that you’ll […]

What Is French Country Style? 5 Ideas to Try in Your Home

What is French Country style? Think wrought iron, exposed beams, painted furniture, and other designs rooted right where you’d expect—in the French countryside, specifically Provence. While this style has existed for centuries in France, it took off in the United States in the mid-20th century, thanks to two influencers: the furniture company Pierre Deux, and former first lady Jacqueline […]

Inside Tips On Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens make dining al fresco at home more appealing than ever. A rebounding trend in outdoor living reveals more and more properties feature outdoor kitchens that once were the province of only the very wealthy. Today, moving the home’s indoor central meeting place outdoors creates an open-air living space that’s both accessible and inviting […]

9 Home Improvements That Can Help (and Hurt) Value

Home improvement can be taken as very demanding action, but there are also some ways of home improvement you can do yourself. Therefore, before you start with any, see what improvements are the most needed in your home. Nowadays, a big attraction is an energy-efficient home which saves a lot of energy and reduces energy […]

Kenwood Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom

The cherry blossoms in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chevy Chase and Bethesda survived the cold weather of the past week and are now in peak bloom. David Baron of the Kenwood Citizens Association said Wednesday afternoon the blossoms are blooming on the 1,200 cherry trees that line the neighborhood’s streets. He said this weekend the […]

Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a […]

Rising Prices Help You Build Your Family’s Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home this […]

How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C. States in the Midwest came out on top as most […]

Is Family Mortgage Debt Out of Control?

Some homeowners have recently done a “cash out” refinance and have taken a portion of their increased equity from their house. Others have sold their homes and purchased more expensive homes with larger mortgages. At the same time, first-time buyers have become homeowners and now have mortgage payments for the first time. These developments have […]

Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!

If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control. The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market […]