90% of buyers start their home search online, but the way customers work with agents hasn't changed as much as you might think.
Trulia's economist looks at inventory versus prices and concludes that rising prices don't push sellers to market immediately. Instead, they may wait for further increases.
'Parlor floor' appears often in high-priced listings, while 'cute little bungalow' appears often in listings for less expensive homes. Yes, descriptions vary by region.
But shrinking inventory puts a damper on purchase contracts in the West and could continue to hold sales back nationwide.
With the number of homes on the market down 25.3% from last year, the pace of sales is basically stagnant. It's a seller's market in many cities.
New research suggests that a complex scent, such as cookies baking, distracts homebuyers. A simpler scent, such as lemon, might be better.
One study says homes listed on Friday sell for closest to asking price, though others suggest Thursday is better. Second choice? Tuesday.
The vocabulary of real-estate listings varies by time and location. But some words that sound good may mean just the opposite.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.