Homes & Real Estate / Housing Market Trends

  • No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid

      

    Andy Hickman and his wife Rosemary Kimble live entirely debt free in an off-the-grid home that he built with his own two hands. That means no mortgage, no utility bills and no compromises! Read...

  • 86% of renters can't afford to buy a home: Here's how you can prepare

      

    New research by Zillow found that most Americans who are currently renting either do not have the financial means or a high enough credit score for home ownership. As home ownership...

  • How much house do Americans actually own?

      

    When people say they own their home, it’s usually a half-truth at best. Often, a bank owns the home they live in — most of it, anyway. Read more: Buying a home? Here are 9...

  • These are the 15 most expensive college towns

      

    There’s no way around it: College is expensive. And it’s not just the tuition and books — you also need somewhere to live. HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management...

  • Why you should update your homeowners coverage limits every 5 years

      

    If you've been in a house for a long time, chances are you may be grossly underinsured for homeowners coverage. If the unthinkable happens and you have a catastrophic loss, that's not...

  • These 10 kitchen upgrades could ruin your home's resale value

      

    There's a reason they say the kitchen is the heart of your home. Even if you don't cook, it's likely the room where you gather with family and friends. It might also serve as your home...

  • How to improve your credit after a foreclosure

      

    Losing a home due to foreclosure can leave a heavy mark on your credit record, however, there are things that you can do to re-build a great credit history sooner, making credit availability and...

  • Man faces eviction after landlord hikes rent by 350%

      

    A San Francisco man is fighting eviction after his landlord abruptly hiked his rent from $1,800 per month to $8,000, according to KGO. Read more: 7 lessons I learned as an Airbnb host Tenant...

  • New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades

      

    Want to make some energy-efficient upgrades to your existing home or a new one you're getting ready to buy? Maybe you're finding it difficult to come up with the cash. That's where...

  • How to get that HGTV decorating look from your Habitat ReStore!

      

    Do you watch the HGTV channel and lament that you'll never be able to afford the luxurious home accents featured throughout their programming? Worry not, as your local Habitat ReStore can...

  • Strategies for buying the best washer and dryer

      

    With Memorial Day just around the corner, there will be deals galore on appliances. If you're shopping for a new washer or dryer, you don't have to pay big bucks to get the reliability and...

  • 4 simple entry points into home energy savings

      

    Everybody wants to go green and save money, but how exactly do you do it if it’s all new to you? Try these four approaches. Read more: 19 spring home improvements on a...

  • 3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets

      

    If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you can spruce up your old ones -- paint, faux finishes, new hardware,...

  • A look at the fake landlord scam

      

    If you're in the market for a new apartment, beware of criminals acting as bogus landlords who may try to rent you a foreclosure. Read more: Best and worst door locks for your...

  • 7 ways your mudroom could be doing double duty

      

    How does your family use its mudroom? If you're like a lot of families, it may be serving as nothing more than a dumping ground for shoes and coats. However, you could be doing more with...