Homes & Real Estate / Realtors & Services

  • 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...

  • 29 tactics for living alone without breaking the bank

      

    Living with roommates is a great way to keep housing costs low. But what if you get sick of sharing a kitchen with dudes who help themselves to your breakfast cereal? Or you get incredibly tired...

  • Why the holidays may be the best time to sell a house

      

    There's no place like home for the holidays—and that's especially true if you're looking to sell a home right now! Read more: What you should know before selling your home...

  • What you should know before selling your home without an agent

      

      The United States has some of the highest real estate commissions in the word. To avoid this, many people choose to buy or sell their home on their own. However, if...

  • Early occupancy agreements: How to handle this real estate curveball

      

    Recently my family found itself in the not uncommon position of having the house we were selling close before we would be able to purchase a new house. In order to avoid being homeless, we...

  • Tips for first-time homebuyers

      

    Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of qualifying for a loan and shopping for your first home. Tips for first-time homebuyers: What you need to do before you...

  • 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...

  • How to find a good home inspector

      

    A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. Choosing the wrong inspector could cost you.

  • 6 options for buying a home with little or no money down

      

    Buying a home is an enormous decision, one that has an impact on your credit and finances like no other purchase could. The vast majority of homes are purchased through a mortgage, but most...

  • 9 things to ask before selling your home

      

    Just the other day I got an ad in the mail from a real estate agent. The bold print screamed "PRICES ARE UP 15% FROM LAST YEAR" and "HOMES ARE SELLING...

  • 10 top school districts and what it costs to live there

      

    Home buyers with school aged children have more than just location, property values and home features to consider when shopping for a house. A good school district rises to the top of their search...

  • Buy or rent? The new view of the American Dream

      

    Once upon a time, the American Dream was to own your own home, complete with the proverbial white picket fence. But over the past few decades, that dream has been shifting to something less...

  • 5 starter home tips for Millennials with student loan debt

      

    You're in your 20s or 30s and saddled with student loan debt. Maybe you're not yet earning what you expected this far out from graduation, and now you're wondering how to save for a...

  • Do real estate agents really matter anymore?

      

    With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers, the research you can do online and with your phone is amazing. Apps like...

  • Best and worst door locks for your money

      

    The locks on your doors are one of the most important parts of the entry points to your home. They're what let you in and keeps the bad guys out! So be sure you're getting the best lock...