While some Easter egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny have been cancelled (again) because of Covid-19, some are happening! Manhattan NYC Virtual Easter Parade The city’s festive annual Easter Parade will be virtual for the second year in a row to keep things Covid-19 safe.  But you can still claim glory by posting your best Easter bonnet and finery to Instagram. Tag it with #EasterOnFifth by 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. The prize? A one-night stay in a deluxe room at the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue, plus a continental breakfast for two. ForRead More →

A new report shows that New York City is getting a head start on the spring home shopping season. According to StreetEasy.com, the number of homes going into contract in February in New York City reached near record highs in all of the boroughs analyzed. This year, home prices fell dramatically compared to what they were in 2020 before the pandemic. “We’re now a year into the pandemic, and for many buyers, it’s been a year of window shopping and waiting for the right time to make a move on a home,” said StreetEasy Economist Nancy Wu. “With prices coming down, an abundance of homesRead More →

U.S. mortgage rates rose again slightly this week, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate averaged 3.05% for the week ending March 11 — up from 3.02% last week. Over a month ago, mortgage rates hit 2.65%, which was the lowest since tracking began in 1971. A year ago, mortgage rates stood at 3.36%. Low mortgage rates help propel U.S. home sales and the refinance market. “As the economy improves given labor market optimism, continued vaccination roll-out and additional stimulus pending, mortgage interest rates increased this week,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “But even as rates rise modestly, the housing market remainsRead More →

Preparing to sell your home is a big task. And even if it’s a seller’s market and homes are flying off the shelves, this doesn’t mean yours is guaranteed a quick sale. To ensure your house stands out and attracts as many buyers as possible, you’ll need to consider what homebuyers are looking for in 2021. Eye-catching curb appeal Making a great first impression begins with the exterior of your home. Having a well-manicured lawn and freshly-planted flowers can make all the difference. Home office Many people will continue to work from home in 2021 and beyond, making a home office an essential feature forRead More →