House Hacking 101: What It Is and How It Works

Whether you stand firmly on the side of mid-century modern or split-level ranch, or proudly wave the flag of condo or detached home; there’s one thing all real estate tribes can agree on: property costs are too darn high! But, as is so often the case in today’s world, the home-buying race is not always […]

The Top 10 Apps to Find a Home in 2019

How did we manage as home buyers before the internet? Can you imagine having to drive all over town—up and down street after street—trying to get a sense of your target neighborhoods? Or trying to narrow down the dozens of homes for sale to the one or two you’d really want to move into? Or […]

The First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Closing Costs

Closing costs. Even the best home mortgages have them, and it can seem like they never end. It’s totally understandable if you think there might be an actual kitchen sink somewhere on the list. However, while it’s no fun coming up with an additional 2-5% of the purchase price of your home, closing costs play an important part […]

How to Make Your Lawn Look Great for Your First Open House

Clichés become, well, clichéd for a reason: there’s a big chunk of truth in them. And when it comes to selling your home the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” never rings truer. Your front yard can make or break a potential buyer’s interest in your home. If the first […]

The Top Home Renovations with the Best ROI in 2019

ROI. It’s the three-letter acronym that home buyers and renovators learn PDQ when looking to cash in on their TME (Time, Money, and Energy). Renters interested in buying a home aren’t going to scour the web for home mortgages and agree to a 30-year-loan if they think they’ll end up with a 1,200 square-foot lemon. So, […]

8 Tips for Buying a House when You Have Student Loan Debt

You’re carrying a lot of student debt, but you want to buy a house? Read on for eight protips you can use to improve your chances of qualifying for a home mortgage. Let’s not sugar-coat what you already know: student loan debt makes a lot of things more difficult than if you were debt free. […]

18 Money-Saving Winterizing Tips for Your Home

To borrow a phrase, drafty halls do not make for a comfy house. Now that you’ve purchased your home, make sure your first winter is a warm and cost-effective one. Below are 18 money-saving ways to winterize your home. THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR FREE Clean the Gutters: If rainwater can’t easily flow out the spout, […]

Should You Consider a Rent-to-Own Property?

“Why rent when you can build equity?” is the usual refrain when talking with homeowners and would-be homeowners. While there’s still plenty of value left in the old saw, the truth is the best home mortgages are out of reach for many people. And with all of the recent factors lining up to make home […]

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