Hawthorne Real Estate Blog

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Liz Samuels

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • Spring Cleaning

    BY Liz Samuels

    Now that the weather is finally warmer and spring really seems to be here, it's time to tackle some of those nasty cleaning jobs you've been putting off. If you're planning to put your house on the market, or getting ready to leave a rental for your ...

  • PENDING SALES SURGE: GREAT SIGN FOR THE HOUSING MARKET

    BY Liz Samuels

    Pending Sales Surge: Great Sign for the Housing Market The most recent Pending Homes Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors revealed that homes going into contract in February increased to their highest level since June 2013. The Pen...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Liz Samuels

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE

    BY Liz Samuels

    The Difference A Year Can Make Some Important Points To Consider: The latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey reports the 30-year fixed rate at 3.7%. Freddie Mac's projection for Q2 2016 is that the rate will be 4.7% (a full perc...

  • New Study: Homeownership Creates Family Wealth

    BY Liz Samuels

    New Study: Homeownership Creates Family Wealth   Matthew Rognlie, from the Department of Economics at MIT, recently released a paper: Deciphering the Fall and Rise in the Net Capital Share. One of the major findings of the report is that homeow...

  • Buying an Investment Home

    BY Liz Samuels

    Although the housing market is heating up, buying an investment in order to flip it may not be the right plan for you. Buying a flip home relies on market prices going up higher than the cost for you to refurbish it for sale. And … it has to sell. ...

  • The Value of Professional Staging

    BY Liz Samuels

    Views very widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales history and anecdotal evidence ...

  • Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

    BY Liz Samuels

    While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house "flipping" and inve...

  • Your True Colors

    BY Liz Samuels

    Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this spring: Updated kitchen: Since th...