The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2018 (but You’d Better Hurry)

Figuring out when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint. “We’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price appreciation, as well as an inventory shortage that resulted in a record-low number of homes for sale […]

What the 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth in 2018

Planning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch out—not all of these home improvements pay off like they did in the past, according to Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report. For this much-referenced annual report, now in its 31st year, researchers pinpointed the average return on investment of 20 popular home renovations by […]

6 Bedroom Decor Ideas Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy Into

The bedroom may be a private retreat, but sooner or later guests could enter this area—and you don’t want it to be an embarrassment, right? Sadly, bedroom decor leaves a lot to be desired, according to interior designers, who see homeowners make the same mistakes over and over when choosing how to furnish this room. But you don’t have to […]

6 Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Even Realize You Have to Do

Home maintenance and ownership go hand in hand, so you’re no doubt aware that there’s plenty you should be doing (hello, gutter cleaning!). Sorry to lengthen your to-do list, but we thought you should know that there are actually a few more home maintenance tasks that may require your attention—and odds are you don’t even realize it. Curious what you might be overlooking? […]

The 5 Best Things to Do When You Move into Your New Home

Moving into your dream home can be a daunting task. Between unpacking, cleaning, and trying to find that stray roll of toilet paper, it may feel like you’ve lost your mind in a sea of Bubble Wrap. That’s why I wanted to share with you five simple things that you should do during the first month […]

6 Simple Steps to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you. #1 Decide What You Can DIY TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In the real world, […]

Buying a House at Foreclosure Auction is Risky Business

You can buy a home at a significant discount at a foreclosure auction, but you’ll face a host of challenges. Don’t get burned; be solutions-ready. If you want to get a good deal at a foreclosure auction, know what you’re buying and how you’ll be expected to pay for it. Start by understanding the foreclosure […]

Don’t Buy That Fixer-Upper (Unless You Know These 4 Things)

In 2012, Alessandra Pollina and her husband, Ondre, were looking for a property that would need no more than some cosmetic changes and upgrades. But because the price was right, they ended up with the ultimate fixer-upper: a two unit, single-family-style home that was already gutted to the studs. They were excited about its potential, […]

3 Must-vs-Lust Buying Tips to Avoid Overspending

When you embark on the home-buying process, your heart is filled with all the dreams in the world. It’s really easy to get caught up in the “I have to have ___________,  so I’ll cut back somewhere else ” game, even when you don’t actually know where that somewhere else is or if you can […]