Homes & Real Estate / Home Ownership

  • 50 ways house hunters can get ready for homebuying season

      

    Spring will very soon have sprung — which means “For Sale” signs will be in full bloom — and if you’re hoping to buy a home this year, get ready for a...

  • 7 easy ways to save at The Home Depot

      

    If you work in the home improvement field or love do-it-yourself projects, there’s a good chance you’ve spent some significant time and money at The Home Depot, one of the...

  • Simple steps to get your home ready to be listed in 2017

      

    Spring is almost here and you may be thinking about putting your home on the market. But is it really ready for buyers to see? Kiplinger has some quick ways to assess what needs to be done to...

  • 6 home renovations that cost way more than they're worth

      

    Maybe your home needs a little TLC before you put it on the market this year. Or maybe you love where you live and plan to stay put, but you need to freshen up the look a bit. Don't worry;...

  • 7 tax credits every homeowner should be aware of

      

    The benefits of home ownership are many. There is, of course, the monetary investment you hope will increase over time, and even more than that, most people gain a sense of stability and belonging...

  • 6 cheap ways to add green upgrades to your home

      

    Going green is great — as long as you have several thousand dollars to plunk down on a new solar energy system or more efficient appliances. But some of us (read: most of us) just...

  • Want get organized in 2017? Follow this guide to turn that clutter into cash

      

    It’s that time of year when millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. It should come as no surprise that losing weight is number one. The number two resolution for folks is...

  • A monthly New Year's plan to declutter your home

      

    When the holidays are over, do you panic wondering what to do with all the gifts, new holiday decor and ornaments? Do you ask yourself, "Will another tub fit on that groaning garage shelf...

  • New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home

      

    Just before Thanksgiving, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released the conforming loan limits change for 2017. This change resulted in higher loan limits beginning in January for many counties...

  • 6 top tips to prepare your home for rent

      

    There are several reasons why you might consider renting your house; maybe the market is slow or you’re moving away for a while, but plan on returning. Often times renting is financially a...

  • Should both your names be on the mortgage?

      

    You’ve got a solid relationship and you’re ready to take it to the next step—applying for a joint mortgage. In an ideal world, you want both of your names on the mortgage. This...

  • 13 things a burglar won't tell you

      

    The holidays are prime time for thieves! So to help you protect your home from crooks this season, Reader's Digest put together a list of "13 things a burglar won't...

  • Downpayment insurance: What is it and do you need it?

      

    You can get insurance on almost anything — computers, phones, trips, your identity, your credit, your pets...and even the downpayment you put on your home! But should you? Read more: 5...

  • Dehumidifier warning: Don't forget these 2.5 million recalled units still pose a fire risk!

      

    After a massive 52-brand dehumidifier recall made news in November, a second major manufacturer of dehumidifiers wants to reiterate a warning to consumers that 2.5 million of its recalled models...

  • 8 totally random things people put in the dishwasher

      

    Now that we're right smack in the middle of the holidays, we're all using our dishwashers a whole lot. (It's cheaper to run a full load of dishes than to hand wash them. You do know...