Jan. 25, 2018

Dog Owners On The Move

Dog Owners On the Move: Tips for an Easy Move


Moving is a happy change, but your dog might not agree when he sees you packing up his bed and favorite toys. You might not be able to make him understand what is going on, but there are things you can do to make the move easy and stress-free for your four-legged family member. The tips in this infographic will get you through, and soon you’ll be unpacking that last box.


Once moving day is behind you it’s time to start having some fun with your furry companion. Take your dog to Elm Street Dog Park for some much needed exercise. Afterwards, stop in for a bite to eat at any of these dog-friendly establishments: Rooster Creek Tavern, Branch Street Deli, or Jaffa Caffe to recharge.




For more information:

1. Visit bringfido.com to find pet friendly establishments

2. Visit petco.com to order new ID tags

3. Visit yelp.com to read vet reviews

4. Visit humanesociety.org for help with packing a travel bag for your dog

5. Visit hireahelper.com to hire pet friendly movers

6. Visit vcahospitals.com for tips on managing your pet’s stress

7. Visit aspca.com for more tips on moving with a pet

8. Visit cesarsway.com to get tips on being calm and patient with your dog



Moving is one of those necessary evils, but the reward makes it all worth it. Snuggle your pooch a little longer during the process, and you’ll be leashing up for a day of fun in your new home in no time.

Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info

Nov. 19, 2015

Real Estate Market Updates


 Home Sales Are Up Again, but So Is Competition Among Buyers





A month-over-month dip in home sales last month caused real estate watchers to ponder—gasp—a potential cooling of the market. But on Thursday the National Association of Realtors® reported that sales are up again.

Existing-home sales—completed sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops—rose 4.7% from August to September, reaching 5.55 million. That’s the 12th consecutive month to see year-over-year growth, and the second-highest peak since February 2007, when sales totaled 5.79 million.

The median existing-home price for all housing types was $221,900 in September, 6.1% more than September 2014. This is the 43rd consecutive month that we’ve had year-over-year gains. Single-family home sales increased 5.3%, with a median price of $223,500, while condo and co-op sales remained unchanged, with a median existing-condo price of $209,200.

All-cash sales rose, too: They represented 24% of transactions in September, up from 22% in August. Short sales stayed on the market for an average of 135 days, but short sales and foreclosures are still down from a year ago—7% now and 10% then.

Why the reversal on sales in general? These are seasonally adjusted numbers, so they don’t reflect the typical fall slowdown. August sales, however, were affected by the stock market dips that shook buyers’ confidence.

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“Sales are impacted by major stock market declines, since at least one in five buyers funds at least a portion of their purchase with stock or retirement funds,” said realtor.com® chief economist Jonathan Smoke. “But barring stock corrections that reflect real economic downturns—which we are not experiencing—homes sales typically return to the prior trend after stock values stabilize.”

But not all numbers were up: Inventory decreased 2.6% and is 3.1% lower than a year go. There’s a 4.8-month supply of unsold housing—in August, it was 5.1 months.

Maybe it’s counterintuitive—how can there be more sales when there’s less inventory?

It’s all that pent-up demand. Unfortunately for first-time buyers, all that competition has driven house prices up; you’re more likely to buy a home if you already have one.

“First-time buyers fell to 29% of sales in September after climbing to their highest share of the year in August (32%),” according to the NAR. “A year ago, first-time buyers represented 29% of all buyers.”

That’s the biggest surprise, Smoke said, but “despite that decline, we estimate from the monthly sales data this year that first-time buyers have been responsible for 45% of the growth in sales over last year.”

Whether the rise in existing-home sales continues depends on one thing: jobs. The 6% rise in prices is just about double the pace of wages. We need more, and better-paying, employment to keep sales up. That’s complicated by the fact that most future job growthis rooted in the relatively low-paying service sector. Sales may be up, but we’ll need inventory to rise with them.

Regional breakdown

Northeast: September existing-home sales rose 8.6% to an annual rate of 760,000, 11.8% above a year ago. The Northeastern median price was $256,500, 4% above September 2014.

Midwest: September existing-home sales rose 2.3% to an annual rate of 1.31 million, 12% above a year ago. The Midwestern median price was $174,400, 5.4% above September 2014.

South: September existing-home sales rose 3.8% to an annual rate of 2.21 million, 5.7% above a year ago. The Southern median price was $191,500, 6.2% above September 2014.

West: September existing-home sales rose 6.7% to an annual rate of 1.27 million, 9.5% above a year ago. The Western median price was $318,100, 8% above September 2014.

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis covers news and trends for realtor.com. She's written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time, among many others. She's the author of two novels, “Belly" and the forthcoming "Lost Stars."

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