Amazon Wants to Give You $5,000—All You Have to Do Is Buy a House
As if Amazon didn’t already do everything, it's now dipping into real estate with a lead-generation partnership with Realogy, the parent company of national brokerages.
Jul 24, 2019
6 Mistakes Even Real Estate Agents Make When Buying Their First Home
While you may think real estate agents are too clever (and qualified!) to make rookie mistakes in the home-buying process, they're prone to the same excitement that can cloud rationality, too.
Jul 24, 2019
6 Reasons Floor-to-Ceiling Windows Are Totally Overrated
From complicated cleaning to uncontrollable heat, these architectural wonders may not be all they're cracked up to be.
Jul 23, 2019
This Week on Liz$plaining: Everything You Need to Know About Down Payments
You may have realized that not everyone who wants to own a home does (especially if they're a Millennial). It's not because they can't afford the monthly mortgage payment, it's because there is a barrier to entry for mortgages in the tune of thousands of dollars, a.k.a. that pesky down payment.
Jul 23, 2019
This $265K Cali Home Lets You Live the Influencer Life & Have Your Avo Toast Too
This adorable, stylish home in Joshua Tree on the market for just $265,000. Yes, that genuinely affordable price tag is no mirage.
Jul 17, 2019
8 Easy Landscaping Hacks (From Someone Who Really Hates Landscaping)
Though I really just want to ignore the weeds and towering grasses surrounding my home, the reality is that I have to do something with my yard.
Jul 14, 2019
This Was the Biggest Mistake I Made When Buying My First Home
It seems quite absurd now that this sealed the deal for us, and lead us to close on the biggest single purchase of our lives.
Jul 11, 2019
This Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrade Is Timeless (and Expert-Approved!)
Whether you’re looking for cost-effective ways to get your house in shape to sell or are just after a refreshed look, these simple additions offer a great return on your investment.
Jul 8, 2019
The Most Googled Tiny House Questions, Answered by Tiny Home Dwellers
I've corralled eight of the most Googled questions about tiny homes and spoke with real owners, builders, and dwellers for real answers. Here, they clear up some of the uncertainty.
Jul 3, 2019
In-Ground Pools Are Totally Overrated—Here's Why
Although having a pool in your own backyard provides plenty of perks, it also comes with a slew of (expensive) pitfalls—some of which you might not realize until it’s too late.
Jul 4, 2019
7 Tips for Styling Your Entryway, According to Professional Home Stagers
Whether you're looking to sell your home or just want an impressive entrance, these front entryway ideas will help give off that good “welcome home” vibe.
Jul 3, 2019
What the Word "Modern" Actually Means in a Real Estate Listing
Used liberally by real estate agents, this term does not always mean updated, new, and renovated or evocative of Frank Lloyd Wright or "Mad Men."
Jul 3, 2019
4 Up-and-Coming Kitchen Cabinet Trends Experts Love to See in Homes
Home builders, remodelers, and designers chime in on what current trends are worth investing in for the rest of this year.
Jul 2, 2019
I Wanted to Pay Off My Mortgage Early, Then I Realized This
To me, the math was clear: The longer I paid mortgage payments, the more that house was going to cost.
Jul 2, 2019
7 Tips for Moving With Pets, According to Animal Trainers
To help make the moving process easier on Fido and Fluffy, we’ve asked animal trainers and behaviorists for their best pet-friendly moving tips.
Jun 23, 2019
The 7 Landscaping Mistakes That Real Estate Agents See All the Time
You may not have a green thumb, but that’s no reason to let your yard become an eyesore. Not only will maintaining your lot keep your neighbors happy, landscaping can actually also help boost your home's value.
Jun 23, 2019
The 6 Budget Choices That Actually Helped Me Buy a House
To keep on track with my savings goals, here are six budgeting strategies I enacted (with insight from a personal finance expert)
Jun 23, 2019
What Real Estate Marketing Terms Actually Mean
Allow me to decode some common jargon found in real estate listings so you can focus on the fun tasks, like raising your credit score and figuring out how you're going to pay for those closing costs. Okay, I have a twisted idea of "fun."
Jun 22, 2019
The 5 Most Popular Home Styles of 2019, According to Google
Now that McMansions have come and gone, tastes are swinging back toward a more modern, minimal approach and Americans are exploring different home styles across the country.
Jun 21, 2019
The 7 Best Decluttering Lessons to Learn from People Who Are Moving
You don’t have to wait until the stressful days before a big move to feel that freedom. Here's how to declutter like you're moving without actually doing it.
Jun 20, 2019
The 5 Components That Make Up The Platonic Ideal of a Kitchen
But what separates the "meh" kitchens from the ones you'll actually enjoy cooking dinner in? I tapped real estate experts for their advice.
Jun 20, 2019
5 Surprising Places to Live in the U.S. If You Love National Parks
People living near protected areas like national parks tend to be healthier and wealthier, according to a 2019 Oregon State University study.
Jun 20, 2019
5 Things You Should Avoid Buying for Your New Home, According to Real Estate Agents
Real estate experts say these five purchases are the ones first-time homebuyers often regret after move-in day.
Jun 19, 2019
The No-Freak Out Guide for How to Handle a Wild Animal in Your Home
Wildlife management experts say, for the most part, you can evict unwanted tenants (also known as "nuisance animals") fairly easily. But don't try to take care of everything yourself (and don't ignore what's happening). Call on the experts for guidance as soon as possible.
Jun 19, 2019
6 Things Homeowners Regret Not Knowing Before Buying a Home
Buying a home is stressful. Here's how to make the process a little easier.
Jun 18, 2019
5 Adult Habits That Will Get You That Much Closer To Buying A Home
Let's be clear: We're also not suggesting that renting makes you less of an adult. It's just that some of these habits aren't very fun and will require you to shuck some of the devil-may-care attitude of your youth.
Jun 17, 2019
Why Real Estate Agents Are Warning Homeowners About 'Blooper Rooms'
If your house has been lingering on the market, the reason it hasn't sold may have nothing to do with price or location.
Jun 16, 2019
5 Must-Have Laundry Room Features, According to Real Estate Agents
Aside from “washer and dryer included,” what else should homebuyers keep in mind when it comes to this functional space? Here's what experts say.
Jun 16, 2019
The 5 Most Important Home Maintenance Tasks You’re Forgetting to Do, According to Home Inspectors
Professional home inspectors see what goes wrong in maintaining a home. Here, the half-dozen tasks and missteps they say homeowners often make when it comes to home maintenance 101.
Jun 15, 2019
4 Things Pet Owners Regret Doing When Buying a Home
Though I was able to find the perfect home for our whole family—pets included, I've heard many stories from those who were less fortunate.
Jun 13, 2019
The 5 IKEA Products Professional Home Stagers Swear By
You may think refreshing your home will cost a fortune, but you can elevate your space affordably—just head to IKEA. That's what professional home stagers do, after all.
Jun 13, 2019
3 Totally Doable Mortgage Hacks That Can Save You Thousands
Potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars and years off your mortgage with these smart payment tricks.
Jun 11, 2019
These 3 Things Make the “Perfect” Home Office, According to Real Estate Agents
These three features separate a so-so home office from one that inspires your best work.
Jun 11, 2019
What is Functional Obsolescence?
You know what functional means, and you know what obsolescent means, but what does it mean for you, the home buyer and potential future seller? Here, everything you need to know.
Jun 7, 2019
8 Landscaping Ideas That’ll Up Your Home’s Value
Even if you're not putting your home on the market any time soon, you might want to invest in a bit of landscaping to up your curb appeal.
Jun 7, 2019
The Most Common Mistakes House Hunters Make, According to Real Estate Experts
Trying to find your first home is very exciting. But somewhere between the online research and countless showings, house hunting loses its luster. The whole thing just overwhelms. In this mix of ever-changing emotions, it’s easy to make mistakes. And while you can expect to make a few blunders the first time you do anything new, the stakes are a bit higher when buying a home. A few slip-ups can end up costing thousands of dollars—and possibly your dream home.
Jun 6, 2019
The Best Blue Living Room Wall Colors, According to Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents spend countless hours in living rooms of every color. They're unexpected experts in knowing which shades will work well and which ones you should avoid at all costs.
Jun 6, 2019
How ‘Fixer Upper’ Changed the Way People Buy Homes
A decade ago, real estate agents struggled to get clients to look beyond burnt orange shag carpet or avocado green tiles. Now, agents say buyers excitedly search for homes they can renovate.
Jun 5, 2019
What “Tiny House Nation” Doesn’t Show You About Living in a Tiny Home
Audiences loved “Tiny House Nation”, the reality show that premiered in 2014 and, for the past five seasons, has invited viewers to get a bird’s eye view of micro-living by showing audiences what it’s really like to live in a space no larger than 500 square feet. So, is the show giving viewers an accurate portrayal of what it’s really like to live small?
May 23, 2019
The Most Controversial Design Trends, According to Real Estate Agents
You might not think of real estate agents as experts in interior design. But—given the sheer volume of homes they see—they certainly have some valuable insight to offer. They see firsthand how design can be a detriment when selling a home.Many buyers have the ability to look past cosmetic aspects of a house, like design or finishes, and focus on the important things (the bones of the house, the layout, the location, etc.).
May 18, 2019
The Best Bedroom Paint Colors, According to Real Estate Agents
Unlike your kitchen cabinets and front door, your bedroom’s paint color has no sway on your home’s selling price, according to Zillow’s 2018 Paint Color Analysis. But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and order that neon yellow paint. It’s likely you’re looking to style your space to promote some R&R. And, fact is, there are certain paint colors that do that better than others.
May 14, 2019
3 Things Ridiculously Organized People Do Before They Move
Moving is one of life’s most stressful events, and it’s no wonder why. It’s expensive. You have to go through all your belongings and decide what no longer sparks joy. Then there’s all the packing. This is all before actual moving day rolls around, which adds physical labor to the equation. It’s not hard to see why the whole thing generally makes people want to pull their hair out.But it doesn’t have to be that way!
May 10, 2019
Here’s What Really Happens During the Home Appraisal Process
To the uninitiated, the home-buying process may feel like a never-ending cycle of hoops to jump through. But those hoops are there for a reason—there’s a lot of money at stake and so many moving parts between buyer, seller, and lender. The more firewalls prior to closing, the less likely someone’s getting stuck with a bad deal. One of these tedious, but necessary final steps is the home appraisal.
May 9, 2019
The Best Kitchen Countertop Materials, According to Home Builders
For the past 20 years or so, granite has reigned supreme as the most popular choice for countertop materials in homes. But, in recent years, a new competitor has emerged: quartz. But, putting trends and popularity aside, which countertops actually do the best job, year in and year out? To find out, we talked to two home builders about the best countertop materials in terms of durability, maintenance, and aesthetics.
May 7, 2019
The One Thing First-Time Homeowners Do Better Than Repeat Buyers
We shop around for furniture, cars, even food bargains. So why is it that when it comes to saving on a mortgage, many people don’t bother to look around for the best deal? Of course, it’s not everyone that’s ignoring the possibility of shopping around. A new study conducted by LendingTree found that it’s actually first-time homebuyers who are more likely to shop around for better mortgage loan terms, versus repeat buyers.
May 3, 2019
Real Estate Experts On: Why Are Buyers So Freaked Out By Paint Colors?
It’s an old real estate trope, but it seems to be true: Paint color can heavily sway a prospective buyer’s opinion of a home. While a seller might think throwing a fresh coat of paint on the walls will boost the value of their property, in reality, doing so might actually leave a bad impression on buyers; depending on their individual tastes and styles.
May 3, 2019
The One Expensive Thing Your Homeowners Insurance Probably Doesn’t Cover
When you purchase a home, it’s smart to invest in homeowners insurance. In fact, you probably don’t have a choice: Your mortgage lender will more often than not mandate it. As a first-time buyer, you might wonder exactly what is and what isn’t covered by your new homeowners insurance policy. It turns out, your standard homeowners insurance isn’t exactly a one-stop shop that covers every and any disaster. Sure, it covers a lot of them, but not all.
May 3, 2019
This Ranch Featured On Fixer Upper Just Had a Price Reduction
While some folks just cannot get enough of all things Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines, others are cooling on the couple and their Magnolia empire in Waco, Texas — including, it would appear, local home buyers. A few years ago, after Fixer Upper was well into its third season, each real estate listing for a home featured and fixed up on the show could command a bidding war, but now the same or similar inventory sits on the market, even seeing reductions in price.
May 3, 2019
What “House Hunters” Didn’t Tell Me About Buying My First Home
“House Hunters” first premiered in 1999 when I was 12 years old. I devoured episode after episode. And since they don’t teach you these practical things in school, I thought I had learned everything there is to know about home buying from the popular HGTV show. But fast forward 18 years: I got married, then pregnant. Suddenly I was eager to trade the nearly-windowless rental basement my husband and I considered home for one we could call our own.
May 3, 2019
Tiny House Obsessed? Here’s Where You Should Vacation Next
While you might be itching to try tiny living, you might not be ready to say goodbye to your stuff just yet. But a trip to the Pacific Northwest might be just what you need. In the past decade, a wave of new policies and laws in Portland, Oregon, has created a micro housing boom, bringing with it a glut of options for tourists trying to live the small life. Want to go small (but not super tiny?) Rent an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) for a weekend.
May 3, 2019
Think SF Real Estate Is Scary? This City Is Even Worse
If you listen closely, you’ll hear something booming in the Silicon Valley—and no, it’s not just the sound of blockchain capital exchanging hands or tech bros downing Soylent. What’s booming far louder than anywhere else in the U.S. is San Jose, California’s real estate market: According to a recent report by Zillow, home values are rising the fastest in San Jose, at a remarkable 26.2% change year over year to a median value of $1,263,900, the highest in the nation.
May 3, 2019
How I Developed an Obsession with Real Estate Apps
My daily use of real estate apps started off as a justifiable act: my husband, Kumar, and I we were in the market for a house after receiving the news that he’d matched for a gastroenterology fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time, we were living in New York City, paying budget-breaking rent for a tiny apartment. Thus, we figured—why not put our money into a small starter home when we move? We wanted a yard for our two little dogs to run around in.
May 3, 2019
7 Instagrams to Follow if You Can’t Stop Looking at Listings
It’s not all puppies and kittens, folks. These days, there’s an Instagram account (and #influencer) for pretty much everything. And that includes real estate. (The word “real estate” alone garners over 15 million hits when entered in the social media app’s search engine). Whether you’re buying, selling, or just like to look, here are a few accounts you might like to add to your feed.
May 3, 2019
This Paint Hack Was a Lifesaver at My First Home
E. L. James might have had a big hit on her hands with “50 Shades of Grey,” but I have a bone to pick with the bestselling author: There are more like 50 million shades of gray. Don’t believe me? Just trying picking a gray paint color for your home. That was the dilemma facing me when buying our first home two years ago. I wanted to move in as soon as possible, which meant getting the house painted (while empty) ASAP.
May 3, 2019
What It Actually Means When Someone Says a Home Has “Good Bones”
We called on a real estate expert to help us break it down.
Apr 27, 2019
3 Things The Savviest Homebuyers All Know About Mortgage Fraud
Real Talk: The chances that you could commit mortgage fraud unknowingly are minimal. The industry has become much more highly regulated in recent years to prevent issues like this. “If you’re working with a reputable lender or a bank and you’re a fairly savvy consumer, it’s probably not something you’ll come across,” say Ed Deveau, a realtor with Century 21 Mario Real Estate in Boston.
Apr 25, 2019
4 Reasons Why You Should Still Go to Open Houses, Even If You’re Not Looking to Move
These are super useful, real estate agent-approved reasons all happy homeowners should spend time at open houses in their neighborhoods.
Apr 24, 2019
How Do You Keep from Going Too Far with Your Fixer Upper?
While stuck in the middle may not sound too appealing, it's exactly where you want to be when it comes to real estate.
Apr 23, 2019
Carpenters Say You’re Not Paying Enough Attention to These 4 Things in Your Home
Carpentry is at the heart of the entire structure of your home, yet chances are, you don’t know much about it.
Apr 21, 2019
These 4 Things Create a “Perfect” Living Room, According to Real Estate Agents
What, exactly, separates a so-so space from one you'll want to spend every extra minute in?
Apr 20, 2019
4 Things You Shouldn’t Skimp on When Buying a Home, According to Real Estate Experts
Trying to save money on these home goods are likely to cost you more over time.
Apr 19, 2019
5 Hidden Risks in Your Home Real Estate Agents Know to Watch Out For
​Few experts know the ins and outs of a home's lifespan better than real estate agents.
Apr 18, 2019
How to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse When Buying a House, According to Therapists
It’s one thing to have buyer’s remorse when it comes to an over-size sectional that doesn’t exactly fit in your living room. But what’s the best way to handle buyer’s remorse over the purchase of your home—perhaps the biggest purchase of your life so far—which you are now seriously regretting? First of all, keep in mind that buyer’s remorse may be a mask for something deeper.
Apr 16, 2019
The 4 Construction Shortcuts Every New Home Buyer Should Watch Out For
Looking back, I was an easy-to-please buyer—pretty much the opposite of anyone on “House Hunters.” Case-in-point: My 28-year-old self was impressed that the cheap, very standard mirrors in the bathroom came included with my newly built house. As I toured the upstairs of the home, though, my real estate agent immediately pointed out there were no baseboards in any of the bedrooms, a shortcut she was increasingly taking note of in new builds.
Apr 14, 2019
9 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal, According to Real Estate Experts
When it comes to curb appeal, doesn’t it seem like everyone talks only about painting your door a bright color and manicuring your front yard? My thoughts exactly. Happily, there are lots of other things you can do that will make a big difference when it comes to freshening your house’s exterior, making it the cutest one on the block and, hopefully, prompting it to linger less on the market. Here, some of the best tips, from real estate professionals.
Apr 13, 2019
5 Things You Need to Know About ‘Home Equity’ Before Getting a Mortgage
They say that buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make. And, while the jury is out on whether it’s always the best long-term investment for everyone, it’s important to learn the lingo so that you’re handling this big decision—and the big money that goes along with it—wisely. One of the most crucial things to know about home finance is equity. To break down exactly what equity is and why it’s important, we spoke to two real estate experts.
Apr 12, 2019
Money Mistakes That Will Make it Really Hard to Buy a Home One Day
The real estate process begins well before you make your short list of dream homes and start attending open houses—and it can end there, too, if you’re not prepared. Many people worry about saving enough money for the down payment, but there’s more to learn about the process of buying a home, requirements for loan approvals and how to overcome obstacles to home ownership. Weigh your financial history carefully, because with the right knowledge comes home-buying power.
Apr 7, 2019
One Thing That Agents Wish They Could Tell Their Buyers
Have you ever wondered what your real estate agent is thinking — like really thinking? Well, now’s your chance to find out. Agents have to stay pretty neutral with their buyers—there are legal protections governing some of what agents can and cannot say in order to ensure buyers are making their own decisions. But we reached out to a few real-life agents to learn the truth: What’s the one thing you wish you could tell your clients?
Apr 6, 2019
The Best Small Homes For Sale (That Aren’t Too Small) Under $250K
While some people think bigger is better, we’re firmly in the camp that good things come in small packages… but not too small. Thankfully, there are plenty of homes across the country that make great use of the limited space they take up. But if you don’t know what to look for, you just might miss them. Want to skip the McMansions—but aren’t quite ready for a tiny house? These listings make great options. (Oh, and they’re super affordable, too!
Apr 5, 2019
What First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know About the Spring 2019 Real Estate Market
If there’s one thing that seems to trend throughout the country’s real estate market for spring, it’s an all-around cooling. America’s hottest markets are seeing a deceleration of what have up until recently been eye-watering appreciation rates. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), home prices for the next 12 months are expected to rise only 2 percent—a slowdown compared to 2018’s 4.8 percent.
Apr 4, 2019
Why I’m Living Abroad to Buy a Home in the U.S.
While I’ve always wanted to buy a house to make into a home, my partner has always looked at real estate as a financial investment, not an emotional one. We both have our reasons: My family lost our home when I was 13, and I love the idea of raising a family and creating memories in a financially-stable house I own. My partner comes from an immigrant family, and he was brought up to see homeownership solely as a means of generating passive income. The thing we can agree on?
Apr 3, 2019
Why I Really Regret Buying a ‘Good Enough’ House
When my husband and I first started looking for a house in 2017, we had just brought our second baby home from the hospital. By the time we sat down at the settlement table, she was just a few weeks away from crawling. Neither of us expected the process to take so long. After all, “for sale” signs were going up and coming down across the state with breakneck speed. We didn’t realize at the time that those quick moving properties were actually bad news for us as buyers.
Mar 31, 2019