No Regrets for Most Homeowners

Even amidst the backdrop of a difficult economy, 90 percent of homeowners say they do not regret purchasing their current home, according to a recent survey by Bankrate. Of the owners who do regret buying their homes, the most common reasons were because they could not sell their home or they could not afford the monthly mortgage payments. The survey also finds that fixed-rate mortgages are becoming more popular. Nearly four out of five...

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Home Buyer Must Haves and Turnoffs

When shopping for a new home, homebuyers tend to look for space, and lots of it. According to a May 2010 survey by ZipRealty, a garage or parking space is the most sought-after home feature, followed by a master suite, ample storage space, walk-in closets and a guest bedroom. A home located on a quiet cul-de-sac is more likely to appeal to families, while a location on a busy street may be a turnoff. Other buyer turnoffs are structural damage,...

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Kitchen Design Trends

Even as homebuyers look to downsize their homes, kitchens are taking up a larger percentage of the overall floor plan. Once-popular home theaters and dining rooms are making way for larger kitchens, according to design experts with General Electric. The kitchen has become the new living space, and it’s expanding in both size and comfort to accommodate everyday life and entertaining,” says Marc Hottenroth, manager of GE Appliance’s...

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