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What to Know About Real Estate Agent and Broker Fees

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’re probably paying close attention to costs. After all, you’ll need to stick to your budget to get your down p...

5 Most Expensive Cities to Rent a Home

New York, New York: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere – because as long as you’re in the Big Apple, you’re probably working yourself t...

Buying a Home? You Gotta Shop Around

Americans compare shoes, shop around for cars, and measure name brand products against each other constantly. We even spend months searching for just t...

First Time Home Buyers’ Introduction to Homeowners

Insurance. The people who enjoy talking about this subject are few and far between. It’s not the most exciting topic in the world, but it’s very import...

What You Should Know About Buying a Historic Home

Historic homes have a charm and it can be really easy to fall in love with them. Often, they don’t cost much more than a non-historic house with simila...

5 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

With all of the real estate tools you can access via computer and smartphone, you might get the idea that a real estate agent is becoming obsolete. Whi...

5 Pieces of Advice for Millennial Home Buyers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the Generation Y or Millennial home buyer has been absent from the market. However, the idea that Millennia...

What to Ask a Real Estate Agent

This is the HomeVisor blog and if you’ve been here before or you found the blog through the site, you know that we help find real estate agents to fit...

10 Fall Maintenance Tips for Selling a Home

Fall has crept up on us. Cooler weather is setting in and in many parts of the country, people are getting ready to hunker down for the winter. That do...

5 Features Home Sellers Forget to Mention (But Home Buyers Love!)

When your house has incredible woodwork and hardwood floors or is located in an award-winning school district, it’s easy to know what to include in the...

Is Japanese Knotweed Eating Home Values In Your State?

There are a lot of things that can derail a home sale, but some are more insidious than others. One of them is Fallopia japonica, an ornamental plant c...

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Home

It’s that time of year again when housing heats up and home buyers jump into the real estate market in greater numbers. Some of those people will be fi...

5 Tips for Selling a Home in Summer

Most industry experts agree that summer is the best time for selling a home. The weather is nice throughout the U.S., the days get longer and school is...

7 Deadly Sins for Repelling Potential Home Buyers

As real estate markets continue to recover, home buyers are out on the prowl. Though in many places the markets have tilted a bit from being a buyer’s...

When the Markets Get Tight, Home Buyers Must Be Smart

The spring real estate home selling season is gearing up, with both buyers and sellers feeling a renewed sense of enthusiasm. If only there were the sa...

Millions of Renters Want to Buy a Home in 2014

Americans are mentally ready and hopeful to buy homes again. According to a new survey from Zillow, millions of Americans say they want to buy a home i...

Bad Credit? Some Lenders Are Ready For You

Once upon a time not so long ago, banks were pretty free with the mortgages. You could have pretty bad credit and still get what seemed on the surface...

5 Things Real Estate Agents Want You to Know

Real estate agents can be incredibly helpful when it comes to buying a home or selling a home. It is a real estate agent's job to help home buyers and...

10 Hot Home Sale Markets for 2014

The real estate market has been recovering, and that trend is expected to continue in 2014. Of course, “real estate is local” so some communities will...

Buying a Home? Meet the Neighbors First

When it comes to buying a home, a lot of attention is paid to the mortgage, the square footage and the location. Not as much attention is directed at s...

Did Your Home Survive the Polar Vortex Unscathed?

The Polar Vortex resulted in low temperatures that were dangerous in some places. Additionally, a rash of winter storms have made their way across the...

2014 New Year’s Resolutions for Prospective Home Buyers

It seems like there’s a bright future in real estate. Home values have been rising and home foreclosures have been declining. Home buyers and home sell...

Homes “Perfect for Entertaining” Make a Comeback

This is the time of year when people are throwing parties, having guests over for dinner and generally entertaining their family and friends. It can be...

Mortgage Rules Will Change for Home Buyers in 2014

Home mortgage loans have changed a bit over the past few years since the financial downturn. Mortgage lenders have returned to more traditional loan st...

Winter Home Buyers’ Top Challenge: Low Inventory

Many home buyers were frustrated this year by a lack of housing inventory. With few homes on the market, sales prices were rising much quicker than buy...

Should My Home Be on the Market During the Holidays?

As the holidays approach, the same question is on the mind of people who are trying to sell their home: Should my home be on the market during the holi...

Home Buyers More Likely to Hire Real Estate Agents

Want to know more about how the real estate market has evolved in the past year? The National Association of Realtors recently released the results of...

Should You Choose a Brand Name Real Estate Agent?

If you’re buying a home or selling one, or probably even if you aren’t doing either, you’re probably aware of all the many different brand name real es...

For Sale By Owner: Why It’s a Bad Idea

For Sale By Owner. Or FSBO. You’ve probably seen the signs around. It means that the home seller isn’t being represented by a real estate agent. This i...

10 Tips for First Time Home Sellers

Previously, I wrote a post offering tips for first time home buyers. But typically, people spend an average of just four years in their first home. Tha...

10 Common Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

Planning to buy a home for the very first time? I hope you’re taking the time to learn everything you can before jumping in. To help you out, I’d like...

Buyers Take Heart: Upward Climb of Housing Prices Unsustainable

The hot housing market has real estate agents and home sellers seeing dollar signs, but the upward climb isn’t all it seems – and it’s not going to las...

Why Right Pricing Is Key To Selling a Home

Setting the initial asking price of your home correctly goes a long way towards a successful sale. The first few weeks of a home being on the market is...

How to Sell a Home in Autumn

When people think of “home selling season” they never think of autumn. Every season is a good time to sell a home, though, even in places other than th...

Tips for Saving a Down Payment to Buy a Home.

With housing sales apparently speeding towards recovery and interest rates on the rise, many potential first time home buyers want to jump into the mar...

8 Ways to Spot an Inattentive Home Seller

With the housing market running headlong into recovery in many parts of the United States, it’s getting harder to find bargain homes. Many sellers have...

6 Ways Home Buyers Can Avoid Being Fooled by Home Staging.

In order to attract buyers, many home sellers these days use staging techniques or even hire professional stagers to put their home’s best face forward...

5 Ways Online Real Estate Agent Reviews & Ratings Can Be Misleading

Online reviews have become a part of modern life. We use online reviews to help us to determine what products to buy, where to go for good customer ser...

What’s the Real Estate Market like? 6 Realtor Perspectives.

We hear a lot these days about the real estate market on a national level. To lump all the homes sold in the U.S. into one market, though, is to make s...

As Interest Rates Rise, Should Home Buyers Jump In Now?

Deciding when to jump into buying a home is a lot like trying to predict the weather. When the winds of the real estate market shift, the whole situati...

5 Tips for Home Sellers in a Shifting Market.

Set yourself up for success by keeping these five tips in mind when selling your home! Now that more home buyers are getting off the sidelines, and...

10 Interview Questions to Ask Your Buyers Agent.

The previous post was 10 Interview Questions to Ask Your Listing Agent. Now it’s time to talk about the flip side of the coin: 10 interview questions t...

10 Interview Questions to Ask Your Listing Agent.

As we’ve talked about previously, buying a home and selling a home are two of the biggest transactions that most people undertake during a lifetime. It...

Why Choose a Realtor vs a Real Estate Agent?

Buying a home or selling a home are both emotionally fraught situations. The average American will buy or sell a home only two to three times in their...

10 Ways Real Estate Agents Help Home Buyers & Home Sellers

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people will make in their entire life. The median price of homes that pe...

7 Mortgage Misconceptions Home Buyers Should Know

Mortgages aren’t simple. Their complexities can make it hard for most average people to comprehend. Regrettably, not knowing enough about mortgages can...

As Interest Rates Rise, Home Buyers Should Consider All the Options

Average interest rates on fixed mortgages in the U.S. have climbed to their highest levels in a year, leading to higher costs for homebuyers. There are...

10 Unusual Home Features & Where They Are Popular

There was a fun article at CNN Money recently that discussed some of the more unconventional amenities that home sellers in various cities of the U.S....

What Home Sellers & Buyers Should Know About "Pocket" Listings

There have been a lot of stories recently about the proliferation of private sales in some of the hottest real estate markets. I thought that it would...

LockState RemoteLock Review – Stay Away!

We love to review new home automation gadgets. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the LockState RemoteLock WiFi keyless lock. Here is our Re...

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Home A Smart Home

Whether you have recently moved into a new home, or want to breathe some life into your existing home, here are 5 easy (and cool and affordable!) ways...

Why The Zillow Zestimate Is Less Accurate Than It Looks.

A few months ago we wrote about the accuracy of the Zillow Zestimate, or maybe we should say, the Zestimate's lack of accuracy. This is obviously a hot...

HomeVisor Is Different And Better, Let Us Explain.

Our goal at HomeVisor is to make sure that you have a more successful and less stressful real estate transaction. How do we do that? We do real researc...

Why It Is Hard To Find Realtor Ratings And Reviews Online.

The most recent issue of SmartMoney magazine has an excellent article written by Alyssa Abkowitz titled ‘I Love My Real Estate Broker.’ In it she descr...

Beware of the Zillow Zestimate.

If you are buying or selling a house, chances are you will use Zillowat some point during your research. Beware! Here is Zillow’s definition of its...

The 4th - Home Hunting Or Out Celebrating?

Here is a HomeVisor fun fact that the more curious of you will enjoy. Leading up to the 4th of July, we were debating whether people would (a) be ou...

Rents Are Rising, Buy A House!

Are you currently renting? If so, are you thinking about buying a house? Well, according to data released by Trulia earlier today, here is another data...

If You Like Your Realtor, Don't Read This.

Since you are reading this, you must not be too happy with your current Realtor. Do you need a new Realtor? Probably. Need convincing? Probably.Here ar...

How Do I Find A Realtor? 4 Tips If You Want To Go It Alone.

How do I find a Realtor you ask? You Don’t, you find HomeVisor and let us do the work!Ok, even we realize that not everyone will use our service. For t...

Corporate Update....And A Request!

It has been a busy and exciting first four months at HomeVisor. I often get asked by friends and acquaintances “how are things going with HomeVisor?” -...

Top 10 Tips For Selling Your Home

Getting ready to sell your home? We have worked with many home sellers over the years, and based on our experience here are our top 10 tips for selling...

On The Fence About Buying A Home? One Reason To Buy Now.

Are you on the fence about buying a home? Well this just might be the news you are looking for to get off the fence.For the sixth straight week, averag...

Home Sales To Increase This Summer? Our Data Suggests They Will.

Wow, it was a big Memorial Day weekend at HomeVisor! Is this the beginning of an increase in home sales? If our weekend activity is any indicator, whic...

Top Four Mistakes Home Sellers Make When Choosing A Realtor

I talk to home sellers every day. Most of them are just starting the process of choosing a Realtor. However, some of them had a bad experience with the...

How To Buy A House - Online Searches Are On The Rise!

More and more people are searching Google for the term ‘Buy a House’ – are you one of them? Take a look at the chart attached below, this is astonishin...

Even Multi-Million Dollar Home Sellers Use HomeVisor

When I describe HomeVisor to people, they almost always ask “what type of clients use HomeVisor?” The answer is, everyone! However, for some reason a l...

How to Sell a House Fast, Seriously Fast, as in 18 Days Fast!

We are always excited to share our client’s success stories, and we are particularly excited for Tim who set a new record with us for a fast home sale!...

A Seller Success Story...45 Days from Signup to Signed PA!

While we have a lot of success stories here at HomeVisor, this one stands out to me as a great example of what we do and how we can help you. One of ou...

What (Actually) Helps You Find a Realtor?

Ever since starting HomeVisor, a few people have asked me – why don’t you just put a big giant list of certified real estate agents on your site that p...

Young Professionals Need to Find a Realtor

Young professionals find themselves in a rare opportunity today. Many of them never dreamed they would be able to actually purchase a home so soon in t...

How do you find a great Realtor?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions you’llever make. A great Realtor can make all the difference in the world. O...

When the Markets Get Tight, Home Buyers Must Be Smart

The spring real estate home selling season is gearing up, with both buyers and sellers feeling a renewed sense of enthusiasm. If only there were the sa...