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and many more.

Why ‘Starter Homes’ Aren’t What They Used to Be

How First-Home Shoppers Can Keep a Cool Head in a Hot Market

6 DYI Bathroom Up grades you can try

Owning a home isn’t always a happily-ever-after story. On any given day you might deal with a leaky roof, a weedy lawn or a bad neighbor. Homeowners associations can help with these inconveniences.

6 Apps Every Homeowner Should Have on Their Phone

What are your options?

If you’re a homeowner and your water heater hasn’t gone out yet, just wait. They bust a seam or spring a leak or otherwise go on the fritz every 10 years, give or take. So you’ve got that to look forward to.

5 Homebuying Lessons From Last Year’s Unsuccessful Buyers

Title Insurance: What it is and Why you (probably) need it.

6 Ways to Avoid Delays on Your Remodel

Dream of Living in a New Place?

Here’s How to Make It a Reality

Analyzing “For Sale By Owner”

How much is your time really worth? The reason to sell your own house is to save money, right? On the surface that makes sense, but once you’ve factored in the amount of time and stress that you’re going to spend and experience in this process, are you really coming out ahead.

How to Buy a House Without Help From Your Family

4 Home Improvements That Don’t Pay (and 4 Better Options)

Stop Stressing: You Don’t Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home

Your debt-to income ratio plays a large role in whether you’re ready and able to qualify for a mortgage.

It’s the old supply-and demand predicament.

What is appraisal Gap?

June 2021

Learn how to determine your current net worth and how an investment in real estate can help improve your bottom line.

Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.1 This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for some renters, rising home prices are making dreams of homeownership feel further out of reach.

May 2021

Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right?

For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical.1 A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical to heat and clean. It’s no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home purchase.

April 2021

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard then watch a line form around the block?

March 2021

While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?

When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market.

February 2021

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.

January 2021

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.

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