What First-Time Homebuyers Can Expect in 2017

The real estate market is looking better for first-time homebuyers, so 2017 may be your year to finally settle into a new home. However, we know it is not an easy decision to make, so Nerd Wallet gives us a … Continue reading




8 Home Improvement Skills to Master Before Moving In

Maybe you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time. Maybe you are transitioning back to owning a home after several years of renting. Maybe you just need to freshen up on your home improvement skills. Whatever your situation, you haven’t had … Continue reading




Don’t Wait! Move Up to the Home You Always Wanted

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ago and interest rates are still around 4%. … Continue reading




Baby Boomers Finding Freedom in Retirement

Within the next five years, more than one in five people will be aged 65+, and one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard … Continue reading




Ruhl Gives Back for the Holidays

Across all of our regions, our offices have been spreading holiday joy by giving back to their communities, as we continually strive for excellence in community service as well within the Ruhl Family. December 2 was the National Association of Realtor’s … Continue reading




Buying is Now 37.7% Cheaper than Renting in the U.S.

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the … Continue reading




Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

In many of our local markets including the Quad Cities and Dubuque, the amount of buyers searching for their dream home greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need … Continue reading




Quad City Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors Win Annual Awards

If any of the three associates receiving awards were expecting it, they certainly did not show it. The annual Quad City Area Realtor Associate Holiday Party is held to induct the new board for the organization in addition to awarding local … Continue reading




Four Appliances that Need Cleaning

It’s not that crazy of a thought. Why wash things that… wash things? Have you ever cleaned your dishwasher? What about your washing machine? Here are some tips to clean up four of your most-used cleaning appliances before they get … Continue reading




5 Reasons to Hire a Ruhl&Ruhl Realtor

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Ruhl&Ruhl Realtor to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that … Continue reading




High Demand for Affordable Housing

We continue to have a bifurcated market with strong demand for and low inventory of affordable homes for sale, but low demand for and abundant inventory of expensive homes for sale. Recall that fewer than 4 months of inventory is … Continue reading




Tales from the Empty Nest

RIS Media’s Executive Editor shares her top fives ways to “plan” for an empty nest, if you can even plan at all! 1. Expect to miss your kids. I think I was led astray by those parents who said they … Continue reading




New Homes Market Steadies Regionally

Steady, if modest, growth in the regional new homes market has continued through the 3rd quarter of 2016. Area Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) have reported a sustained increase of 7% YTD. Both house and condo sales increased equally. At the … Continue reading