Living in Phoenix

Search Phoenix MLS at Living in Phoenix, the website and blog for Robert Foreman, HomeSmart Elite. Search Phoenix metro area for homes and newbuilds alike.

Now that the economy is improving, some homeowners feel hemmed in to the houses because they don’t want to give up the rock-bottom interest rate they procured in recent years.

Massachusetts overtook California this year as the top state for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s state scorecard.

Mortgage rates remained mostly unchanged this week, with borrowing costs just slightly above their lows for 2014, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.

Search Phoenix MLS at Living in Phoenix, the website and blog for Robert Foreman, HomeSmart Elite. Search Phoenix metro area for homes and newbuilds alike.

When it comes to smart homes, consumers are more interested in their security features than the gadgets that control the homes’ appliances. New research by Icontrol Networks, a home technology company, shows that 90 percent of 932 respondents recently surveyed say that security is one of the most important reasons for using a smart-home system.

The housing market has been sluggish in many markets over the past six months, after last year’s double-digit appreciation. But researchers at the real estate brokerage Redfin say they see signs that the housing market is now edging back to normal. In a new report, they say they expect the market in urban areas to regain its footing over the second half of 2014.

First-timer home buyers can be eager to jump into home ownership. But real estate experts say they see them committing the same mistakes, time and time again. Here are some of the most common ones, as identified by experts in a recent CNBC article:

John Paulson, a billionaire hedge fund manager, says that for those looking for the best investment possible, they need to look toward home ownership.