10 Things to Toss From Your Bathroom Today: How Many Do You Have?
By Julie Ryan Evans Posted on: March 17, 2017
What’s that lurking in your bathroom? Don’t answer. Really, we don’t want to know. Just go take a look, and you’ll probably realize there’s a lot more in there than necessary. From the medicine cabinet to those cupboards under your sink and beyond, there are things hanging out in your bathroom that need to go—for the sake of space, your health, and your sanity.
Here are 10 things you can toss immediately.
Can You Trust Zillow's Home Price Zestimate? In a Word: No.
By: Jaymi Naciri Posted on: March 10, 2017
I got an email from Zillow last week. Seems my house has gone up in value another $2,000+ dollars in the past 30 days. And it's going to rise another 3.5% in the next year, according to their Zestimate®. Fab!
Except that it's just speculation. When it comes to Zillow's Zestimates, you have to take the numbers with a grain of salt. Make that a big shake of salt, right over your shoulder. And maybe a stiff drink. And a frank conversation with your real estate agent.
10 Things to Toss From Your Garage: How Many Are Parked in Yours?
By Julie Ryan Evans, posted on March 3, 2017
If you have a garage, you know how handy all that extra storage space can be. The problem is it’s a little too convenient. Oftentimes our garages end up filled from floor to ceiling with piles of stuff that we certainly don’t need. In fact, a recent study found 25% of people can’t fit even one car in their garage, while one-third said they keep the garage door shut so others won’t see their mess!
6 rules to save money on air conditioning this summer
Cnet, posted on March 28, 2017
Don't let your AC blow your money away. Use these tips and pay less to cool your house this summer.
Running the air conditioning can make an electricity bill skyrocket, but the alternative isn't very pretty, either. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can help your air conditioner run better and save you money as the summer months progress.
Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?
by Houselogic, posted on February 15, 2017
Your windows are drafty, look worn out, and are just plain cranky to operate. So you’re thinking it’s time for new windows, especially since the energy savings will help offset their steep cost.
Think again. That’s one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make: Believing that the cost of new windows is worth it because of energy savings.
How to Save Money Buying Inexpensive Furniture for Your Home
By Casey Slide, published on January 24, 2017
Recently, a friend of mine told me her young son was jumping out of his crib. He is only a year and a half, and his new ability took his mother by surprise. She had concerns about the safety of her son, and concerns about the costs associated with buying her son a new toddler or twin bed.
Whether you’ve been saving up to buy some furniture to decorate your home, or you need to make an unexpected furniture purchase, there is no need to worry about the cost. Fortunately, there are a variety of places to shop, and many ways to save money on furniture.
How Mortgage Interest Deductions Can Help You Save on Taxes
By Evan Nemeroff, posted on January 18, 2017
Filing taxes is never what most rational folks would call “fun,” but if you own a home, the onerous process may at least lead to a nice bit of delayed gratification down the road. Because if you have a mortgage, you could be looking forward to a federal tax break in the form of a mortgage interest deduction. So what exactly is a this deduction?
In a nutshell, the mortgage interest deduction allows you to subtract whatever you’re paying toward mortgage interest from your taxable income. And the lower your taxable income, the less you pay in taxes! Sweet!
1 Ways to Reduce and Save Money on Utility Bills
By Heather Levin, posted on January 7, 2017
It is common for many families to stare dejectedly at $200, $300, $400, and sometimes even $500 in utility bills every month. That can be an especially hard pill to swallow when times are tight – especially with gas prices rising.
So what can you do to reduce your utility bill without being forced to move? Well, according to Energy Star, half of all the energy we use in our homes goes toward heating and cooling. A significant amount goes towards water as well.
8 Outdoor Projects You Can (and Should) Do Over Fall and Winter
By Jamie Wiebe, Posted on January 4, 2017
You already know that you can score a sweet deal by buying a home in early fall—after all, you procrastinated waited just long enough to miss the summer rush. But if your green thumb is itching for action, unless you’re living in the Sun Belt, you’ll probably be disappointed once the big chill descends.
But don’t despair! There are a number of outdoor projects that can still be carried out when the mercury drops. In fact, fall and winter can be an ideal time to tackle some of these critical items on your to-do list.
Here are eight cold-weather projects that promise to rejuvenate your outdoor space come spring.....
When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy Large Appliances?
By Casey Slide, Posted on December 27, 2016
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Necessity never made a good bargain.” It was true back in Ben’s time and it’s still true today. Consider what happens when you decide at the last-minute to take a vacation to the beach. When you go online to book it, ticket prices are astronomical. Yet, had you planned your trip out over the last 6 months, you would have had plenty of time to find a good deal. The same is true when it comes to buying a large appliance. If you plan ahead, you’ll have plenty of time to find a good deal before you desperately need the appliance. This is because there are certain times of year that are best for purchasing washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves/ranges, and the like. But when is the right time of year to buy? And what should you do if you need a new appliance immediately?
The Worst Home Renovation Advice You Might Actually Try
By Margaret Heidenry, Posted on December 15, 2016
There’s a ton of terrific, true, and essential home improvement advice out there. “Measure twice, cut once” comes to mind. Ditto “Pick remodeling projects with the best ROI.” But “Screw contractors, do it all yourself”? Not so much. Bottom line: There’s some very, very bad advice out there, fighting for attention along with the good. And much of this misdirection may actually be trotted out by friends and family who mean well. Unfortunately, good intentions won’t keep your home from becoming seriously messed up.
So before you pick up a hammer, make sure to check this list of the worst home renovation advice you might be tempted to try. Then slowly back away from the toolkit and think twice! Maybe even three times.
by The KCM Crew, Posted on: December 6, 2016
Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait:
Stop! 5 Things You Should Never Do With Your Down Payment
By Angela Colley, Posted on: November 29, 2016
So you finally saved up a good chunk of change for your down payment, and now you think you’re in the clear. Savings goals (and #lifegoals) = reached. But hold it right there. You haven’t actually bought a home yet, and a lot of terrible things could happen to your hard-earned money between now and then. How? Poor money management, of course! Do the wrong thing, and you might end up in a paperwork nightmare. Or worse, denied a loan altogether.So what’s the wrong thing? Glad you asked.
How to Buy a Home With Bad Credit (Yes, You Can)
By Daniel Bortz
Posted on: November 23, 2016
Buying a home typically requires getting a mortgage—and rest assured, lenders prefer lending money to people with a proven track record paying off debts. The reason: This bodes well that they’ll get their cash back, too. That’s why lenders check your credit score, which sums up how well you’ve handled your credit cards, college loans, and other financial obligations.
7 Things People Forget to Do Before They Move
By Margaret Heidenry
Posted on November 15, 2016
You packed everything perfectly, including that dining room chandelier, the big-screen TV, the vintage ’70s “Dukes of Hazzard” T-shirt collection. You even got your dog’s medical records from the vet. But something’s keeping you awake at night as your move draws nigh. You know you forgot something.
Don’t worry, keep packing. We assembled this handy checklist of things people often forget to do—or don’t even realize they should take care of—so you can make sure you’re covered and can move and settle down in your new digs with ease.
10 ways homebuyers can improve credit scores
By Johnson Fedrick, Published on: November 9, 2016
It's better to have two credit cards if you are a definite credit card spender.
Maintain a good mix of good and bad loan, AKA a healthy credit mix.
Close your unwanted savings bank accounts.
Real estate is a booming business in the world. To get loans quickly, potential homebuyers need to keep an eye on their finances and credit.
Below, you will find 10 general tips that will help ease the process of acquiring a home loan by improving credit scores.....
Redoing Your Kitchen on a Budget of $1,000 or Less
By Andrea Davis
Posted on October 4, 2016
Do you want to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank? You may have to skip the custom cabinetry, but a few key changes can make a huge difference. Here are five budget-friendly ideas to freshen up your kitchen...
The Hot Colors, Materials for Kitchens
By: DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS
Posted on: October 30, 2016
What colors and materials are hot in kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and appliances? To find out, the National Association of Home Builders culled the data from its own surveys as well as from Houzz, a remodeling website, and the Home Innovation Research Labs’ 2016 Builder Practices Survey, a survey of more than 1,300 homebuilders.
11 Housewarming Gifts You’ll Want To Snag For Yourself, Too
By Lauren Caruso
Posted on: October 16, 2016
Sure, it's obvious to welcome your BFF into her new pad with a huge bottle of wine. But, because a typical housewarming party is practically a happy hour sesh already, skip the vino and bring her something a tad more creative.
10 Interior Design Trends That Turn Off Home Buyers
by Patricia-Anne Tom
Posted on: October 12, 2016
You want your home to look its best, and maybe you’ve been inspired by the interior design trends you’ve seen
in magazines, on TV or on design websites. But following some of the hottest home remodeling and interior
design trends can backfire when it comes time to sell your home. Buyers want to picture themselves in a home,
and highly individualistic touches can get in the way of that.