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8 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Kitchen Remodel


It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time home buyer or a decades-long homeowner, fantasizing about a kitchen remodel is just plain fun. Knocking down a wall, adding an island, getting rid of those dated pine cabinets—everyone’s makeover master plan is a little different, but the goal is always the same: Get the most you can […]

Home Loan Basics Explained


What is a mortgage? In a nutshell, a mortgage is a loan that enables you to cover the cost of a home. Since you probably don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around, a mortgage loan makes it possible to purchase real estate by fronting you the money. From there, you pay back the […]

Outdated Home Selling Advice You Should Ignore


There’s one thing more scary than buying a house, and that’s selling a house. There is so much pressure to list your house and sell it quickly—and for a great price—that you probably find yourself turning to those who’ve been there before for advice. But here’s the problem: The housing market changes on a dime, […]

The 5 Factors That Influence a Home’s Asking Price


Ever gotten excited about a house for sale, then looked at the price and thought, “Are they out of their minds?” It can be a disheartening moment when you’re house hunting. And that jaw-dropping asking price might simply seem like an arbitrary, money-grabbing number that’s keeping you from your dream home. But before you dismiss […]

How Often to Clean Everything in Your House


We bet spring-cleaning is on your mind right about now: time to tackle every corner of your home until it shines! Still, if spring is the only time you wipe those baseboards or vacuum those crumbs that collect behind the stove, we have some sobering news: Many of those oft-overlooked areas should be cleaned more […]

How to Improve Your Score Before You Buy a House


If you’re hoping to buy a house soon, one little number you’ll want to bring up to snuff is your credit score. Your credit score is a numerical summary of your credit report, a detailed document outlining how well you’ve paid off past debts—to your credit cards, college loans, and any place you owe money. […]

5 Big Reasons to Sell Your Home This Year


It’s no secret that life’s been pretty good to sellers for the past several years. Even if you had no need—or desire—to move, the housing landscape might have seriously tempted you to put your house on the market anyway. After all, it’s hard not to see visions of dollar signs when your neighbors are unloading […]

5 Unwritten Etiquette Rules For Home Buyers


If you’re looking to buy a house, you’re probably eager and excited. That’s fine, but just keep in mind that in this heightened emotional state, it’s easy to get swept up in the moment and behave, well, not perfectly. This can lead to trouble since, just like anything else, buying a home comes with its […]

How To Give Your Guest Bathroom a Glam Makeover


Be honest: When was the last time you set foot in your guest bathroom? We’re guessing it was probably the last time you hosted friends or family—and that might have been quite a while ago. It’s easy to overlook this space, especially if it doesn’t get much use. But to truly give your guests a […]

Top 8 Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender


What are the best questions to ask a mortgage lender before you lock in a home loan? 1. What types of home loans do you offer? Some lenders offer a wide range of mortgage products, while others specialize in only one or two types of home loans. Finding a lender that offers the type of […]