Hawthorne Real Estate Blog

  • Does Size Really Matter?

    BY Liz Samuels

    Now that you're embarking on home ownership, you might wonder how large a space you actually need. After all, apartments tend to be a bit smaller than the average home and the siren song of extra space lures many a buyer into purchasing the biggest...

  • Home Loans Especially for College Grads

    BY Liz Samuels

    With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just...

  • Should I Haggle Over the Price?

    BY Liz Samuels

    Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You've saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you've found the home of your dreams. You're in love and you don't want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behin...

  • Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

    BY Liz Samuels

    A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers ...

  • Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

    BY Liz Samuels

    A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-gr...

  • WE NEED YOUR HOUSE!!

    BY Liz Samuels

    We Need You(r House!!   Though the real estate market has improved, we still have one item holding it back from a full recovery – a robust supply of homes for sale. Demand has increased dramatically. At the same time, housing inventory is dec...

  • Help for Prospective Homebuyers

    BY Liz Samuels

    While there is no dearth of advice when it comes to saving up to buy a home, some of us just need a little more help. Introducing the Housing Counselor What, you ask, is a housing counselor? Different from a real estate agent or broker, a housing...

  • DOES HOMEOWNERSHIP MAKE SENSE FINANCIALLY?

    BY Liz Samuels

    Does Homeownership Make Sense Financially? Everyone knows the social advantages of home ownership. However, some question the financial benefits of owning a home. Three recent studies shed some light on the issue. RealtyTrac recently released a rep...

  • Selling Your House in 2015? Don’t miss the Opportunity

    BY Liz Samuels

    Selling Your House in 2015? Don’t Miss this Opportunity Every seller wants to get the best price for their house. We learned in high school that the best price for any item will be determined by the demand for that item relative to the supply of ...

  • Lofts — Not Just for the Young

    BY Liz Samuels

    As a real estate trend, loft living is here to stay. Originally thought of as live/work spaces for artists and musicians, the term "loft" evokes transformed warehouses and industrial spaces with exposed brickwork, open pipes and electrical conduits a...