Our Blog:  Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

June 3, 2024

June Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News June 2024
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Investing in Your Future: The Smart Choice of Homeownership

Owning a home is central to the American dream. In an era of economic uncertainty, the newest generation of homebuyers is nervous about taking the plunge. Are these fears justified? Whether you're a homeowner or considering it, understanding the advantages of homeownership is crucial.

For Current Homeowners
If you're already on the property ladder, you understand the value that comes... Read More
Attending an Open House? Essential Tips for Serious Buyers

Exploring potential homes during open houses is an exciting part of the homebuying journey, but it's also an area where mistakes happen. Here are some essential tips for getting the most out of these opportunities:

Partnering with a Professional
It's a smart decision to have a real estate agent accompany you during open houses. Their professional perspective provides... Read More
Fading Trends: Five Design Styles That Are Showing Their Age

Home design trends come and go, but creating a timeless space requires thoughtful consideration. Here are five design styles that may be aging your home, along with a strategy to refresh your space and maintain a timeless appeal:

The Open Floor Plan
While open floor plans have been popular for decades, there's a growing appreciation for defined... Read More
National Home Sales Fall While Home Inventory Increases

Across the country, existing-home sales fell in March. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), declines were recorded in the Midwest, South, and West, but sales inched higher in the Northeast for the first time in four months. Sales were down year over year, however, in all sales regions. While home sales have recently shown signs of rebounding, overall sales were stagnant due to high interest rates. Yet, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, there might soon be a turnaround: "There are nearly six million more jobs now compared to pre-COVID highs, which suggests more aspiring ... Read More
How to Maximize Landscaping in Tiny Backyards

If you live in an urban area, you might be limited on space in your backyard. Whether you are challenged with minimal sunlight, not much ground to work with, or a fenced-in area, you still have landscaping potential to transform your tiny backyard. Here are four landscaping tips:

1. Portable Pots
If you can incorporate movable planter boxes and pots into your yard, you can transform a cement or wooden patio into a greenery oasis. Planters that are smaller or equipped with wheels can make these pots more mobile, which can easily be rearranged at any time. This will also give sensitive plants.... Read More


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May 3, 2024

May Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News May 2024
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Give Your Home a Seller’s Edge

Buyers have their own list of must-haves when searching for a new home, but there are certain features that can make a property more appealing. Here are some tips to give your home a seller’s edge:

Curb Appeal
The first impression is everything, and for many buyers that starts with the exterior of your home. Make sure the... Read More
Window Repair Might Make More Sense Than Replacement: Here’s Why

When it comes to home maintenance, windows often require attention. They might be drafty, showing signs of wear, or simply not functioning as smoothly as they once did. The knee-jerk reaction for many homeowners is to opt for replacements. They believe that new windows will offer significant energy savings and aesthetic improvements. However, before you commit to the large investment of new windows... Read More
Try These Easy, Nontoxic Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Housecleaning can take up a big chunk of your day—especially when doing a deep spring cleaning! Try these inexpensive, nontoxic cleaning tips.

Citrus Sink Scrub
Use a cut-up grapefruit or lemon covered in salt to clean soap scum buildup on your sinks. The citric acid from the grapefruit combines with the coarseness of the salt to create... Read More
The Essential Role of Buyer Representation in Real Estate

A buyer’s agent is a real estate professional who represents the purchaser’s interests in a real estate transaction. Unlike the listing agent, who represents the seller, a buyer’s agent is entirely on your side, guiding you through every step. Here are some ways buyer’s agents are beneficial to the homebuying process:

Finding the Right Home
Buyer’s agents listen to your needs and budget to find homes that fit your criteria. They know the local market inside and out and will use their extensive knowledge to show you the... Read More
Properties Still Selling, But Days on Market Have Increased

Existing-home sales jumped 9.5% in February, the highest monthly increase in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Monthly sales were unchanged in the Northeast but climbed in the West, South, and Midwest. Year-over-year sales were down 3.3%, with every region posting declines. The median existing-home sales price, meanwhile, increased 5.7%, marking the eighth month in a row of year-over-year increases.

Inventory Dynamics
According to NAR economists, additional housing supply helped.... Read More


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April 1, 2024

April Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News April 2024
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Don't Make These Mistakes When Getting a Home Inspection

When scheduling a home inspection, knowing what to do and what to avoid is crucial. Review these common mistakes to ensure a better inspection experience.

Attempting a DIY Inspection
Trying to do your own home inspection without professional help is a big mistake. While it might uncover obvious issues like weak spots in floors... Read More
Transform Your Kitchen Scraps into Nutrient-Rich Compost

Don’t toss kitchen scraps and coffee grounds in the trash. By composting them, you’ll reduce landfill waste and enrich your garden soil. Follow these tips to create nutrient-rich compost for a thriving garden.

Get the Right Mix
Successful composting requires a balanced blend of green and brown materials. Greens—such as vegetable peelings... Read More
With Elevated Mortgage Rates, More Buyers Turn to Cash

Existing-home sales climbed in January, with gains reported in the Midwest, South, and West, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Sales were steady in the Northeast. Year-over-year sales grew in the West but declined in the Northeast, Midwest, and South. “While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January’s monthly gain is the start of... Read More
Five Renovations That Can Impact Your Homeowners Insurance Rate

Spring is a popular time for homeowners to start home improvement projects. Enhancing your house can increase its appeal and boost its value. However, before you begin, it’s important to be aware that your upgrades and renovations may impact your homeowners insurance rate.

Improvements That Raise Your Insurance

Increasing Square Footage
A larger home poses a greater risk for accidents, necessitating adjustments to your homeowners insurance to cover the additional risk... Read More
Boost Curb Appeal by Enhancing Your Front Door

The front door makes a big first impression. It’s the main focal point of a home’s front porch, which is the most eye-catching part of the home’s exterior. If you have a beautiful, unique front door, it will accent the entryway and immediately add a higher curb appeal attraction. Use these tips to create a front door that will really stand out.

Captivating Color
You only have one front door, so make it a spectacular color. Cover your existing door with new paint that creates a bold statement, such as sunshine yellow, bright red, or turquoise blue. Or choose a neutral hue.... Read More


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March 3, 2024

March Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News March 2024
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When It Comes to Selling, Curb Appeal Should Be a Priority

The interior of your home can be stunning, but if the exterior isn’t impressive, you will shut down buyers before they even enter the house. Curb appeal—the attractiveness of your home when viewed from the curb—makes a significant difference to homebuyers. Here are four reasons why it’s so important:

Online Presentation
In today’s real estate landscape, potential homebuyers get their first impression of a home from... Read More
Three Reasons Experts Are Optimistic About the 2024 Housing Market

Despite the challenges faced in 2023, experts are optimistic that the 2024 housing market is poised for a comeback. Here are the three most compelling reasons this could be a promising year for the real estate market:

1. Anticipated Inventory Surge
Experts are optimistic due to the anticipated rise in housing inventory. The challenges of... Read More
Six Strategies to Stay Motivated During Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a tradition for most people, but it can quickly become overwhelming. Here are six tips from the experts that make it more manageable:

Start with a Main Checklist: Before diving into cleaning, create a checklist to keep track of tasks and ensure nothing gets missed. Break down tasks into manageable chunks to make them less overwhelming... Read More
National Home Sales Fall as Prices Continue to Rise

Existing-home sales dropped in December 2023, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). However, the decline wasn’t consistent across the country, with sales down in the Midwest and South, up in the West, and unchanged from the month before in the Northeast. Every sales region recorded year-over-year sales decreases, with nationwide sales of 4.09 million units reaching the lowest level recorded since 1995. Yet despite the drop in sales, median prices increased.

Expert Insights into the Market
Experts predict that the sales declines in 2023 will represent the bottom of the market, with higher sales anticipated in the coming months... Read More
Top Trends in Bathroom Renovations for 2024

Bathroom renovations are increasingly important for homeowners looking to improve their living spaces. A recent Houzz survey with 1,921 U.S. homeowners offers insights into evolving trends, outlining key findings shaping current bathroom renovation preferences.

The Rise of Spacious Bathrooms
One of the standout trends is the increasing size of primary bathrooms. Approximately 22% of homeowners choose to expand their primary bathroom footprint during renovations. The most common areas tapped for additional square footage include... Read More


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Feb. 2, 2024

February Newsletter 2024

Rivero Realtors News February 2024
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Get the Best Price for Your Home with a Real Estate Professional

Every year, thousands of families apply a fresh coat of paint to their house, pack up their belongings, and try to sell their home. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out as planned. Some houses sit on the market for a long time, and homeowners aren’t sure why. If you’ve been struggling to sell your house or just aren’t sure where to start, a professional real estate agent can be the difference between your house sitting... Read More
Three Budget-Friendly Ways to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive

Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where you’ll spend the majority of your time relaxing and entertaining guests, so it’s understandable to want to make a great impression. If you’re on a tight budget, try these three simple tricks to get a designer look without breaking the bank.

Incorporate a Variety of Textures
While it’s common for people to purchase furniture sets, this can create too much of a “matchy... Read More
Here Are Eight of the Most Common Tax Filing Mistakes

As tax season nears, beware of easily overlooked filing mistakes. Here’s a quick list of eight common errors to help you avoid them.

■ Missing Information or Typos:
Double-check every detail on your tax return. Something as simple as a forgotten W-2 form or a small error can lead to bigger problems, like miscalculations and even audits. Take the time for a thorough review to ensure everything's... Read More
Survey Reveals that More People Expect Mortgage
Rates to Drop

A recent report from Fannie Mae on the Home Purchase Sentiment Index indicates that consumers are feeling more optimistic about the housing market. This boost in confidence is fueled by the anticipation of a decrease in mortgage rates within the next year.

According to the survey, 31% of those polled are optimistic, expecting a drop in mortgage rates. In contrast, 31% anticipate rates going up, while 36% believe rates will stay steady. Despite concerns about the overall homebuying climate, there’s been a positive shift in the perception of it being a good time to purchase a home... Read More
National Home Trends Point
to a Seller's Market

After five months of declines, existing-home sales increased in November, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). While all four sales regions in the country experienced year-over-year sales declines, two regions—the Midwest and the South—saw month-over-month sales climb.

Declining Mortgage Rates Create Opportunity
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, expects a marked turn in the coming months as mortgage rates plunge. "The latest weakness in existing home sales still reflects the buyer bidding process in most of October when mortgage rates were at a... Read More


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Jan. 9, 2024

January 2024 Newsletter


Rivero Realtors News January 2024
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Kick Off the New Year: Six Tasks to Complete in January

As the new year begins, it's beneficial to reflect on the past year of homeownership—what worked well and what could be improved. Taking time to review the previous year will enable you to set goals and make informed choices. Stay on the path to success in 2024 with these six effective tips:

Rethink Your Budget
Incorporate expected upcoming changes, such as downsizing or a job promotion... Read More
Tight Inventory Continues to Push Home Prices Higher

Existing-home sales declined in October across the country, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), with all four sales regions experiencing year-over-year declines. Month-over-month sales were unchanged in the Midwest but fell in the Northeast, South, and West. Fueling the sales declines were a lack of housing inventory and high mortgage rates, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist... Read More
Refresh Your Home Decor with Low-Maintenance Houseplants

Plants are a refreshing interior design accent that brings in a bit of greenery, and some varieties help purify the air. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these five plants are very hardy and thrive with the least amount of water or light:

Aloe vera is popular for its medicinal properties. Its spongy, structured form also makes it a great indoor plant. It thrives... Read More
Three Reasons Selling Your Home in Today’s Market
Makes Sense

If you’ve been contemplating selling your home, now is the moment to turn those thoughts into action. Despite the shifting dynamics in the real estate market, the current conditions indicate that it’s still a favorable time to sell.

Prices Are Rising
Home values are on an upward trajectory, dispelling concerns about declining home values. While the pace has slowed from previous years, this deceleration signifies a return to a stable and sustainable market. Selling now comes with confidence as prices continue to appreciate... Read More
Which Flooring Material Is Right for Your Home?

If you're starting a remodeling project or home renovation, your choice of flooring is the foundation for the rest of the room. A poor choice can be costly and disruptive if you have to replace it all later. Here are the pros and cons for the most common flooring materials:

Hardwood Has Timeless Appeal
Hardwood flooring, known for its durability and beauty, is a top choice for various spaces because it blends seamlessly with classic and contemporary designs. Maintenance is easy, but installation can be relatively costly. The investment often pays off by enhancing your home's resale value over a lifetime. Just keep in mind hardwood doesn't handle moisture well, comes... Read More
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Dec. 2, 2023

December Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News December 2023
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These Design Tricks Will Make Any Room Appear More Spacious

Open floor plans, soaring ceilings, and expansive, arched doorways lend an airy, spacious feel to a house. While not every home boasts these features, there's no need to settle. If your rooms feel cramped, consider these strategies to create the illusion of more space.

Light Paint Palette
While decor magazines and designers may suggest intricate color schemes and even ceiling... Read More
Does an Assumable Mortgage Make Sense in a High-Interest Market?

In a market where mortgage rates are surging, potential homebuyers face a daunting challenge. With the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage standing at 7.5%, some buyers and sellers are asking about other solutions, such as assumable mortgages.

What Is an Assumable Mortgage?
An assumable mortgage allows the buyer to step into the seller's financial arrangement, taking... Read More
Increasing Mortgage Rates and Home Prices Is Discouraging Buyers

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales declined in September. While all four major sales regions across the country saw year-over-year drops in sales, the outlook was brighter in the Northeast, where month-over-month sales increased.

Fewer Affordable Homes
The decline in home sales might be aggravated by low housing affordability. The 30-year... Read More
Building Better Credit? Don't Fall for Common Credit Repair Myths

On the path to better credit? Prepare to hear a lot of myths. These myths become prevalent for different reasons, so be sure to inform yourself in all matters regarding credit repair. Watch out for these top five credit repair myths when trying to repair your own credit. After all, dangerous methods can do more harm than good.

More Money Means Better Credit
Having a higher income can come with higher credit, but that's only because more money will allow you to pay down credit cards and loans more easily. Credit companies do not look at your individual income when determining your credit score. The fact that so many high-income households suffer... Read More
Five Ideas for Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Boxes

The holiday season is a time for spreading joy and showing appreciation for our loved ones. One of the most heartfelt ways to do so is by giving a carefully curated gift box. These thoughtfully assembled packages go beyond the typical presents, offering a personalized touch.

Rest & Relaxation
After a year filled with ups and downs, everyone could use a little extra relaxation. This box could include items like luxurious bath salts, scented candles, a cozy blanket, a captivating book, or a selection of herbal teas. It's a perfect way to encourage self-care... Read More


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Nov. 5, 2023

November Newsletter

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House Hunting? Look for These Three Things That Always Appreciate in Value

When looking for a home, one common piece of advice is to choose a property that will appreciate in value. However, value is subjective. For example, a dream home with an in-ground pool for one person might be a hassle for another. These three house hunting tips will aid you in objectively assessing a property’s potential and identifying the assets that tend to... Read More
Get Your Home Prepared for the Holidays with This To-Do List

As the holiday season approaches, ensuring your home is clean, cozy, and prepared becomes a top priority. Make this festive time less stressful and more enjoyable with this guide on how to get your home ready for the holidays, along with some timely tips:

Prepare the Pantry
A clean and organized pantry is a game-changer during the holiday season. Take inventory of... Read More
Creating a Welcoming Entryway: Tips for a Lasting Impression

Your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home, so it should make a positive first impression. Here are five tips to enhance your entryway:

Make a Statement with Color: Bold and vibrant hues like deep reds or royal blues can create a sense of drama and excitement. Alternatively, soft and neutral tones such as beige or gray can establish a serene... Read More
Prices Rise Amid Slowing Sales and Tightening Supply

For the third month in a row, median home prices surpassed $400,000; at the end of August, median existing-home prices reached $407,100, an increase of 3.9% year over year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), all sales regions in the country reported price increases. Yet these increases came despite lower home sales. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, “Supply needs to essentially double to moderate home price gains.”

Housing Supply Dynamics
Unfortunately, the country’s housing supply is a long way off from doubling. By the end of August... Read More
Seven Essential Tips for Listing Your Home over the Holidays

Are you considering selling your home over the holiday season? To kick-start the process, consider these seven key strategies.

Experienced Agent: Enlist the help of an experienced real estate agent who understands the nuances of the market and can guide you through the process.

Optimal Pricing: Set the right price to attract potential buyers without compromising on your profits. A well-researched comparative market analysis (CMA) can be invaluable.

Impressive First Impression: In today’s digital age, online... Read More


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Oct. 2, 2023

October Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News October 2023
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Seven Guaranteed Ways to Scare Away Buyers When Selling Your Home

Selling your home takes a combination of preparation and hard work. However, your chances of selling will be hindered if you make any of the following common mistakes before welcoming a viewer into your home.

1. Overly Quirky Decor. Overly quirky artwork and ornaments should be toned down. Replace excessively striking accessories, paint colors, and floor coverings... Read More
These Decor Trends
Will Set the Mood for Fall

Decorating your home for the fall season can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Here are the top three fall decorating tips to help you achieve a warm and festive look:

Embrace Autumn Colors
This season, jewel tones will take center stage. Deep burgundies, luxurious purples, emerald greens, and royal blues are bold colors that offer a... Read More
The KonMari Method: A Once-and-for-All Decluttering Technique

Are you often overwhelmed by clutter in your home or office? If the mess continues to build up, despite your best efforts, it might be time to discover a new solution. Try the KonMari Method, developed by Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant with a lifelong passion for tidying.

In her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” Kondo shares her philosophy and... Read More
Home Prices Rise as Inventory Shortages Continue

For the fourth time, the median existing-home sales price climbed above $400,000, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR); in July, it reached $406,700, a 1.9% year-over-year increase. Across the country, prices rose in the Northeast, Midwest, and South but remained stable in the West. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, most homeowners are benefiting from the price increases, as their wealth continues to grow. “However,” he added, “many renters are concerned as they’re facing growing affordability challenges because of high... Read More
Sellers, You Can Still Get a Great Price for Your Home

As mortgage rates continue to climb, many have anticipated a significant drop in home prices. However, that hasn’t happened yet and is unlikely to occur anytime soon. In fact, property prices remain high and are even rising in some markets. Here are several factors contributing to high property prices:

Very Low Inventory
The real estate market is experiencing an unprecedented shortage of available homes. Compared to past “normal” years, there are only about half as many homes for sale. This scarcity has created a competitive environment where demand exceeds supply, leaving buyers motivated to find a home... Read More


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Sept. 3, 2023

September 2023 Newsletter

Rivero Realtors News September 2023
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Understand AVMs to Maximize Your Home’s Appraisal Value

Technology has transformed the way homes are appraised, and a new set of rules has emerged for sellers looking to maximize their home’s appraisal value. Understanding modern appraisals is essential, as appraisal value is critical in determining a home’s asking price.

Traditionally, home appraisals were done manually by professionals who used their expertise... Read More
National Home Sales Down, but Prices Still at Record Highs

Existing-home sales saw a decline in June, with every sales region across the country reporting drops in year-over-year sales. However, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), month-over-month sales were more variable, with increases in the Northeast, decreases in the South and West, and stability in the Midwest. Home prices, meanwhile, held firm in most regions of the country. According to Lawrence... Read More
The Pros and Cons of Seller Financing: What You Need to Know

In the last year, interest rates have surged—with the average mortgage rate more than doubling. This rapid rise has left some homebuyers seeking alternative financing to fund their property purchases. As a result, private financing options have gained popularity in the real estate market. According to data from Realtor.com, the mention of private financing in property listings reached... Read More
Here’s What’s Trending for Kitchen Renovations

Planning to renovate your kitchen? You’ll want to know the latest trends. Houzz recently conducted a survey of 2,380 U.S. homeowners to learn about their kitchen renovation plans and preferences. Here are some of the most interesting findings:

Sustainability Tops the List
Ninety-two percent of those surveyed said they incorporate sustainable features when they’re doing a kitchen renovation, with LED bulbs and energy-efficient appliances being the most popular choices. Water-efficient fixtures and energy-efficient windows are also becoming increasingly... Read More
Select the Perfect Paint Color and Finish for a Modern Makeover

To achieve a modern makeover, it’s important to consider the right paint color and finish for your interior. Neutral colors like beige and gray have always been popular choices for interior paint colors. In 2023, neutral paint colors are trending toward warmer grays, greige tones, creamy whites, and shades closer to beige. These colors bring warmth and a clean, modern feel to your space. They work well in both traditional and contemporary settings, providing versatility and a fresh look.

When selecting a finish, consider the following options... Read More


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