One of the easiest, most fun ways to change things up in your house is to decorate for holidays—even the smaller ones, like Valentine’s Day. You can go all out, or just keep the Valentine touches subtle; get super crafty and spend a lot of time, or be a bit more frugal and keep things [...]
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or you’re well into paying off your mortgage, one thing’s for certain. You need homeowners insurance. Though it’s frustrating to add yet another monthly cost on top of your mortgage payment, your utilities, your car loans, and even just your groceries, the truth of the matter is this: homeowners [...]
As I write this, the GOP has just passed the most sweeping tax reform bill in more than 30 years. Thankfully, if you purchased a home in 2017, you’re not going to need to worry about navigating those changes until you do your taxes at this time next year. Here are some things you will [...]
There’s no doubt that renovating your home is a great idea---particularly if you plan to sell your property any time down the line. The right home renovations can add value to your property, make it easier to market and sell and, most importantly, transform your house into a more comfortable, more beautiful haven for you, [...]
Unless you plan to be in your home forever, you should always be considering its value---particularly when you choose remodeling projects, upgrades or even just go about the regular care and maintenance of your property. The right projects, upgrades, and care can mean a bigger ROI and more money in your pocket when it comes [...]
Have a friend, family member, or colleague who bought a home in 2017? Don’t phone it in with their holiday gift. Being a new homeowner is expensive, and you can bet your loved one could use a helping hand this season. Instead of giving them the standard candle or cozy blanket this time around, consider [...]
It may be an inventory-strapped market, but that doesn’t mean people are willing to buy anything. Today’s homebuyers still want a great home, in a great location, at a great price – and sellers need to do their best to position their properties as such. Staging, adding some curb appeal and sprucing up the kitchen [...]
The only thing worse than selling your cherished, loved and lived-in home? That’d be NOT selling it. The wasted time, energy and resources are enough to frustrate even the most nostalgic homeowner, especially if you’re stuck paying your old mortgage, and one on your new place to boot.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and one thing’s for certain: today’s home buyers have a lot to be thankful for this year. Thank Your Lucky Stars For one, mortgage rates are low. Hovering around 4 percent (actually a smidge lower this week!) on a 30-year-loan, they’re rock-bottom, historically speaking. Just a decade ago, rates averaged 6 percent or higher.
As we get further into fall, energy bills start to climb. Faced with chilly nights and frosty mornings, many homeowners are running their heaters day and night – a decision that means higher electric costs and more energy usage on the whole. But cold weather doesn’t automatically mean you have to shell out more on [...]