Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity I’ve been upcycling and repurposing since I watched Grandma paint salvaged stands for her spider plant collections when I was a girl. We used to call it “yard-sailing” or “junk shopping”—and while we may have upgraded the name of one of my all-time favorite activities, the sense of purpose and pleasure [...]
Now that we're almost a full month into 2018, we can look back at the end of 2017 and get some perspective on the year. Overall, 2017 was a great one for existing-home sales. It was up 1.1% from last year and was the best year for sales since 2006. One interesting part of the [...]
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 [...]
For a first-time buyer, the thought of applying for a mortgage loan can be daunting. Will you qualify? What sort of rate will you get? What type of mortgage should you apply for? Are you even a good candidate in the first place? The questions are endless. But the truth is there are no perfect [...]
Was the U.S. housing market something you said you were thankful for at the Thanksgiving table? If not, it should have been! According to Realtor.com, sales in November were 3.8% higher than a year ago and were at their strongest pace since December 2006. The regions with the lowest median home prices also saw the [...]
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 [...]
In September, we saw existing home sales rise for the first time in three months. Then, in October, the market got even hotter with existing home sales increasing to their strongest pace since earlier this summer. However, supply and demand weren’t quite in sync—there were fewer closings on an annual basis for the second straight month due to supply shortages.
Marriage is a big deal, both personally and financially. Once you say those “I dos,” everything changes. Your lives are intertwined forever---and that includes your money, your credit score and your financial history. As such, marriage can have a huge impact on your ability to buy a home. But is that a good or bad [...]
To get the best in-home office setup, don’t be scared to think outside of the box—after all, you decided to start your own business or go it alone for your own reasons, one of which was very likely to get out of the cubicle.
Buying a home is one of the most monumental feats to take on as an adult. It’s no easy task—it takes a lot of planning and preparation to make sure you are in the best position financially to take on the challenge. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to go over what not to do before you apply for a loan and try to create some solutions in advance.