The 10 Best Places to Live If You Hate Driving
Driving to work can eat up your time, stress you out, and pollute the air. Worse, owning a car gets expensive. But in many cities across the U.S., you don’t have much of a choice—but some places allow you to sit back and let a bus, train, subway, or streetcar take you where you need to go. Some of the best places for those that don’t want to drive? New York, New York; Union City, New Jersey; and San Francisco, California, says Redfin’s 2019 Transit Score report.
Mar 31, 2019
7 Things Every Homeowner Should Know for Tax Day 2019
It’s that time of year again. The time where we either pull out the cumbersome, confusing forms to file our taxes—or look to an online service to do most of the heavy lifting for us. (Hello, Turbo Tax.) Last year’s major tax changes seemingly doubled or tripled the annual filing headache on top of all of the additional requirements for homeowners.
Mar 30, 2019
15 of the Best U.S. Cities for Work-Life Balance, According to Statistics
Tired of telling your niece you can’t come to her birthday party out in the ‘burbs because you have to get some work done this weekend? Or maybe it’s more that you have too much time—like you’re underemployed and can’t partake in all the amazing opportunities your city offers? It may be time to move to a city with a better work-life balance. Might I suggest Provo-Orem, Utah?
Mar 30, 2019
This Controversial Exterior Might Be Making A Comeback
When it comes to curb appeal, prospective home buyers are being wooed by a classic: red brick exteriors. Trulia zeroed in on the trend after analyzing its most searched listings for March. Among the East Coast properties that are garnering the most attention, several had red brick facades, according to the real estate and rental listing site. Red brick is an oldie—some people may say “dated,” even—but others may see it as a “goodie” for its vintage charm.
Mar 29, 2019
The Best Time to Put Your Home on the Market, in Every Metro Area
Watching your house sit while it’s on the market can be a real drag. So maybe you’ve been hesitant to list yours. Well, now might be the time if you live in the New York metro area, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, or another major city. The first week of April is a real estate market sweet spot where high buyer demand, low competition, speedy sales, and strong prices come together to give sellers who list a major wallet win. Don’t believe it? We’ll show you the numbers.
Mar 28, 2019
This $150K Philadelphia Home Is the Most Popular Fixer-Upper on the Market
Flirting with the idea of a fixer upper? Those who are searching for homes online are majorly crushing on this massive stone home in Philadelphia that was originally built in 1900 and is for sale, “as is,” for $150,000. While the sprawling 2,000-square-foot home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms is definitely begging for some TLC, it’s among this month’s “most searched” properties on Trulia, a home and neighborhood site for buyers and renters.
Mar 28, 2019
The Small Home Improvement Projects That Make A Big Difference, According To Reddit
When it comes to home improvement, you probably associate the most dramatic changes with major hits to your wallet. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, there are a number of small changes you can implement that can actually make a huge difference in your home’s appearance, functionality, and even resale value. One Redditor asked, “What small thing have you done that resulted in relatively large improvement to your home?
Mar 24, 2019
4 Things Every First-Time Homeowner Needs, According to Reddit
You’ve closed on a house and the keys are in your hands. Now it’s time to officially start your life as a brand-new homeowner. Even if you think you’ve thought of everything, there may be a few things you missed that will come in handy now that you’re no longer renting. One Reddit user took to the forum to ask other homeowners for their advice on this topic and got some great suggestions.
Mar 23, 2019
Here’s Why You Should Get Your Home Tested for Radon (Even If You Rent)
As a homeowner (or renter), you might have heard of radon: an invisible, odorless, and dangerous gas that’s formed when uranium is broken down over time (this, by the way, is called radioactive decay). The rocks and soil underneath all of our homes have traces of uranium—but what does that mean for our homes? I asked a couple of experts and here’s what they say everyone should know about radon gas. Technically, we’re already exposed to radon. According to the U.S.
Mar 22, 2019
Now You Have a Reason to Resent Word Art
You step out of your car at an open house and walk into what looks like your dream home. It’s perfectly picturesque from the outside, but as soon as you get through the doorway, you see it—there’s a giant “Live Laugh Love” decal stuck onto the living room wall. For legions of prospective homeowners, real estate agents tell us that word art tends to be at the top of the cringe-inducing decor list—and, point blank, word art makes it hard to sell a home.
Mar 20, 2019
Why a Condo Might Actually Be the Answer to My Millennial Home-Buying Woes
I’ve got big dreams to own a Craftsman home one day, with a backyard big enough for a barbecue grill, an inflatable pool, and a big dog. But the median asking price for houses in Los Angeles is a hefty $694,200 and there are no signs of an impending cool down. So is that backyard looking more like a balcony and a shared courtyard with neighbors? Is that house realistically… a condo? A condo (short for condominium) is basically an apartment that you own.
Mar 19, 2019
The Best Online Mortgage Payment Calculators, According to Experts
Whether you’re a serious buyer or daydreaming to pass the time at work, a common part of buying a home is trying to predict your monthly mortgage payments. Is it going to end up being cheaper than your rent? Are you going to need to downsize a bit? You probably want a ballpark number before you call your mortgage lender and hire a real estate agent, so you plug the numbers into an online mortgage payment calculator.
Mar 14, 2019
7 Tweets That Hilariously Sum Up How Hard It Is to Buy a House
Buying a home can be an incredibly stressful process. Although it’s exciting to look forward to having a new space to call your own, anyone who’s been through it before can tell you it’s not always as fun as it looks on HGTV. From trying to figure out what you can actually afford, to finding the right real estate agent, to the delicate art of making an offer, the home-buying process is not without its craze-inducing moments.
Mar 10, 2019
Stucco Homes Are Totally Underrated—Here’s Why
The ancient Greeks and Romans had some great ideas that are still around today in some form (The Olympics, geometry, newspapers, grid systems, bacchanals, etc.) Another unsung hero from the period? Stucco (the form of siding similar to plaster) which was formerly used as a base for painting frescoes. Though the average homeowner is no longer using it to paint “The Last Judgment,” they are still using it to side their homes.
Mar 9, 2019
Just Like ‘The Brady Bunch’ House, These 5 Retro Features Are Making a (Big) Comeback
Let’s just say you loved the look of “The Brady Bunch” house—we’re talking sunken living room, modular furniture, the works. If that retro vibe talks to you, this is good news: These blast-from-the-past features are now on the major rebound.
Mar 9, 2019
I Thought I Was Watching ‘Attack of the Clones’—But It Was Just an Open House
In Los Angeles, people build entire careers out of resembling someone else. There are the impersonators, the stand-ins, and the stunt people who make a living looking like celebrities. It seems pretty cool to look like someone else—until you’re searching to buy your first house in a super competitive real estate market. Suddenly, you’re at an open house, surrounded by a swarm of doppelgängers.
Mar 7, 2019
45 Percent of People Don’t Know Who Pays Their Real Estate Agent—Do You?
Buying a home is expensive. Selling a home is expensive. This is common knowledge. Something I recently learned is not common knowledge? Just who pays the buyer’s real estate agent once a house sells (and who pays the seller’s, too). It’s likely you haven’t really thought about this ever. For expediency’s sake, the answer is “the seller.” Yes, the seller pays their listing agent and the buyer agent’s commission.
Mar 6, 2019
The Best Affordable City for Your Zodiac Sign
How does moving to a brand new city sound? For some zodiac sun signs, like Cancers, it might sound terrible, as they’re prone to staying close to their family and are nostalgic for the “old neighborhood.” (Though, it might be a great experience for them to get out of their shells a bit!) “They are the homebodies of the zodiac,” explains Jenna Smith of My Stars! Horoscopes. “Once they get nestled into a place, they don’t want to leave.
Mar 5, 2019
10 Cities Where It’s Actually Cheaper to Rent Than Buy
On the fence about homeownership? There are many factors that should go into your decision to rent or buy property—and not all of them are purely financial. Perhaps you’re not sure if you’re going to stay in your current city long-term. And, hey, it’s pretty nice to be able to call your landlord when something needs fixing. But for many, the ultimate decision comes down to dollars and cents.
Mar 4, 2019
Walk-Away Warning Signs: 5 House Hunt Deal Breakers
Before the deal is finalized, it’s important to ensure your dream home won’t come with any hidden surprises. When home shopping, things aren’t always what they seem. Some surface issues are more damaging to the value of the home than they seem, while others are easily fixed. Before you are knee deep in paperwork or empty your wallet for rounds of inspections, consider these five clear warning signs screaming at you to walk away.
Mar 2, 2019
Enjoy Renting Because Homeownership Really Does Suck Up All Your Cash
You saved up that down payment—and those extra closing costs. The furniture has been bought and the rooms have been painted. You’ve sent the movers a deposit and even paid your first mortgage payment! You’re past the most stressful financial part of homeownership, right? Not so fast. A large portion of American homeowners say they’re still facing financial anxiety—even after move-in day.
Feb 28, 2019
The Least Expensive City to Own a Home in Every U.S. State
When it comes to owning a home, it’s all about location, location, location. The city you choose to put down roots will affect so many aspects of your life, including the home you can afford. While certain urban hubs are notorious for being unaffordable, there are other markets that make buying a home just a little more achievable. Wondering where housing costs are lowest in your state? Yearly, the Census Bureau produces the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks U.S.
Feb 27, 2019
5 Surprising Places to Live in the U.S. If You Love Hiking
For some people, a big backyard is a priority—as in a backyard that boasts hundreds of miles of trails perfect for weekends spent hiking and exploring. You know of the biggies like the Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon and The Narrows in Zion National Park. But there are several, lesser-known destinations throughout the United States where hiking is spectacular, thanks in part to preservation efforts, volunteers who groom the trails, and good ole’ Mother Nature.
Feb 25, 2019
8 of the Best Places to Live if You Love Movies
Sure, New York has a new film festival every weekend and you’re practically guaranteed to run into a local actor any time step outside. And, of course, there’s the whole city of Los Angeles. But what if you’re a cinephile who doesn’t want to deal with traffic or the MTA? Thankfully, it’s not just the major cities that host all things silver screen.
Feb 22, 2019
Can You Guess the Best U.S. State Capital to Live In?
It’s likely been awhile since you knew every state capital by heart. Even if you can’t remember every single one—Montana, I’m looking at you—many are probably still the first city that comes to mind when you think of a certain state. But contrary to what you may think, state capitals aren’t just wealthy metro hubs for local politics—a lot of them also offer amenities like quality school systems, an affordable cost of living, and cultural attractions.
Feb 21, 2019
Study Says People Aren’t Using Real Estate Agents, for Bad Reasons
From skipping title insurance to letting the seller stay in the home after closing, there’s a lot of bad real estate advice out there. But one of the most ill-advised tips? You don’t need a real estate agent. The benefits of using an agent are well-documented, but it seems like an alarming amount of people haven’t gotten the memo.
Feb 20, 2019
6 Overlooked Home Upgrades That Are Totally Worth It
There are quite a couple of “luxury” amenities in homes that are actually nothing more than a bother. Whirlpool tub expectation: Hop into a relaxing candlelit bath the moment you even begin to feel stress. Whirlpool tub reality: Who the hell has the energy to clean all those valves? But then there are actually those that are, indeed, worth your time and money for the amount they make your life better.
Feb 17, 2019
High Ceilings Are Totally Overrated—Here’s Why
It’s not hard to see why high ceilings are highly-coveted real estate assets: Being typically found in pre-war homes, they give a historic feel and evoke a sense of grandeur. After all, a chandelier looks a bit more stately hanging from a 18-foot ceiling than an eight-foot one. They’re not just impressive looking, either. Tall ceilings also make spaces look and feel bigger than they actually are—a nifty trick in otherwise small apartments.
Feb 15, 2019
7 Romantic (and Affordable) Cities, Because What’s Hotter Than Saving Money?
When you think of romance, pinching pennies isn’t necessarily what comes to mind. But let’s face it: When you’re spending a chunk of change on your housing every month, you can’t afford to break the bank for holidays like Valentine’s Day by planning lavish dates and buying expensive gifts for your special someone. So why not whisk your bae away to a locale that can do both? I found seven great examples from coast to coast that are both affordable and romantic.
Feb 14, 2019
5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Landlord
When my husband and I—aspiring landlords that we are—found out we could get an FHA loan to cover the purchase of a duplex, triplex, or fourplex, we thought we had it all figured out. But four months and a dozen offers later, we were still discovering surprises right and left. Here’s what we wish we’d known before navigating on our less-informed, high-risk multi-family home search. Read up on landlord/tenant laws in your area before embarking on this journey!
Feb 10, 2019
Married People Are More Likely to Own a Home—But Here’s Hope for You
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes an 18 percent higher probability of being a homeowner. According to research from the Urban Institute, delayed marriage is a major factor holding millennials back from homeownership. If the marriage rates were the same as they were in 1990, the millennial homeownership rate would be about five percentage points higher, says the Washington, D.C.-based economic and social policy research institute.
Feb 9, 2019
Here’s What You Can Get for Under $350,000 in 5 Major Cities
In many locations across the country, having a $350,000 budget to buy a home will get you some pretty nice digs, but when you’re looking in some of the big cities that stack of cash can translate into what some people may consider a college dorm room. Interested in seeing just how far your dollar stretches in the five major cities?
Feb 8, 2019
This Super-Common Real Estate Tip is Actually Terrible Advice
We’ve all heard it. If you’re looking to buy, you should always go for the worst house in the best neighborhood. But have many of us ever stopped to question that conventional wisdom? I thought I was bucking convention when I bought one of the lowest priced houses in a neighborhood that many locals steer clear of (and to my eternal frustration that Uber drivers tell my Airbnb guests they should avoid) — but is it true?
Feb 3, 2019
7 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew
Ask real estate agents and they’ll admit that they’re just as frustrated about some quirks in the home buying process as you are. Here, seven things that bother them the most: Usually it’s no one’s business but yours if you’re messy or tidy—but when your place is on the market, your cleanliness habits can affect how quickly your home sells: “It should go without saying, but I have to say it all the time: Tidy up!
Feb 2, 2019
7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying My Fixer-Upper
When my husband and I finally started looking for a home (after years of renting a barn loft that was short on insulation and long on character), our budget led us to two options: a newer home we would reluctantly call “nice,” or an older home in need of some major updating but one that we could definitely see becoming ours.
Feb 1, 2019
These Are The Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers in 2019
If you’re thinking about buying a home this year, you’ve probably already come to terms with leaving city life behind to take advantage of those sweet suburban prices. But if you can’t bear to part with walkability, public transportation, a lively food and entertainment scene, or any other of the many benefits to living in a city, there is hope: Some cities are more hospitable to those entering the real estate market than others.
Jan 31, 2019
The Worst Home Buying Advice Experts Have Ever Heard
Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. There’s no shortage of advice on the process out there—especially from friends and family members just trying to help. Unfortunately, not all of it is good. Thankfully, three experts have cut through the clutter.
Jan 29, 2019
6 Expert Tips for Using Zillow, According to Real Estate Agents
Zillow was the matchmaker that introduced me to my dream home. I had been saving for a down payment and was “just curious” what I could get near Denver in my budget, which led me to casually scroll through listings on my lunch break. I found my three-bedroom row home on the real estate site, and it was love at first site. I then called up a real estate agent my friend referred to me, had a showing the next day, and closed a few weeks later. I’m not alone.
Jan 26, 2019
I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Moved to the Suburbs
According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, delayed marriage and student loan debt are the biggest factors holding millennials back from buying homes. But though the path to homeownership is rocky, many millennials still want that “American Dream.” In fact, according to the Census Bureau, nearly 37 percent of them already own homes.
Jan 25, 2019
I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Saved in a Low-Cost City
According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, delayed marriage and student loan debt are the biggest factors holding millennials back from buying homes. But though the path to homeownership is rocky, many millennials still want that “American Dream.” In fact, according to the Census Bureau, nearly 37 percent of them already own homes.
Jan 24, 2019
I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Found the Right Agent
If you're in the 63% who doesn't own property, you may be interested in hearing from fellow millennials who accomplished the seemingly impossible. Here's Lauren DiTullio's story.
Jan 23, 2019
I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Kept My Living Costs Low for Years
According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, delayed marriage and student loan debt are the biggest factors holding millennials back from buying homes. But though the path to homeownership is rocky, many millennials still want that “American Dream.” In fact, according to the Census Bureau, nearly 37 percent of them already own homes.
Jan 22, 2019
I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Borrowed from an Unexpected Source
Though some people may consider a dream home to come with a garage, hardwood floors, and the most quiet neighbors in history, truth be told, simply owning a home could be a millennial dream come true for some. According to a 2015 “Millennial Homeownership” report from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.
Jan 21, 2019
3 Things You’re Forgetting to Pay Attention to When You’re Shopping for a Home (And 3 to Ignore)
If you’re in the market for a house, first of all, congrats! Buying a home is one of the most rewarding—albeit at times exasperating—things you’ll do in your life. By the time you’re ready to buy, you likely have a sufficient grasp on the basic necessities: a solid foundation, a roof that doesn’t leak, wiring that won’t cause your new home to spontaneously combust, and so on. But what about the other stuff you should be mindful of?
Jan 20, 2019
The Best Real Estate Advice for Couples, According to Divorce Attorneys
First comes love. Then comes marriage… or a civil union or cohabitation. From there, we’re cheering for something along the lines of “and they lived happily ever after.” But because life is full of plot twists—and because divorce rates are around 40 to 50 percent in the United States—it can be important to take some precautions when you’re buying a house with a partner. Who better to offer that advice than divorce attorneys?
Jan 19, 2019
4 Things to Avoid Doing If You’re Trying to Buy a House Sometime Soon
Most first-time home buyers know not to take out a bunch of new debt, quit their job, or ignore their bill due dates when applying for a mortgage. But several other factors—from all those morning java runs, to a lack of planning, to carrying a high credit card balance—can affect your chances at snagging that house at the best interest rate.
Jan 17, 2019
Millennials Are Losing Faith in the American Dream—Here’s Why
Millennials are losing faith in the American dream—at least according to a new survey from Trulia. In 2015, 80 percent of Americans ages 18-34 said homeownership was part of their personal “American dream.” This year, that number dropped to just 71 percent. For the survey, Trulia asked more than 2,000 American adults about their attitudes toward home ownership.
Jan 10, 2019
In “Hell Yeah” News: More Single Women Own Homes Than Single Men
Sisters are doing it for themselves—and building equity while they do it! All over the United States, single women are outpacing single men when it comes to homeownership. LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, determined that on average, single women own around 22 percent of homes, while single men own less than 13 percent. Considering how expensive it is to buy a house, that’s quite the statistic, particularly since the average woman in the U.S.
Jan 8, 2019
Almost Half of Millennial Renters Aren’t Saving for This Important Purchase
A new year is a great time to set resolutions (obviously), and if you’ve resolved to graduate from rental life to owner life, you’re going to want to set some savings goals ASAP. A new study from Apartment List found that many millennials want to buy a home, but don’t see that happening in the next five years. What’s more: A large portion of the generation isn’t even saving for a down payment yet.
Jan 6, 2019
The Super Important Home Factor You’re Probably Not Considering
Shopping for a home means weighing wants and needs, and making careful compromises to squeeze as many of those must-haves and wish-list items into your budget as possible. But many buyers focus on typical home features while overlooking one potentially important detail. Nine out of 10 home buyers would like a laundry room, for example, while 82 percent want hardwood floors. Most buyers are looking for a three-bedroom house with two bathrooms, a new kitchen, and an open floor plan.
Jan 6, 2019
Experts Predict 2019 Real Estate Will Be a Buyer’s Market (Finally!)
Looking to buy a home? 2019 may be your year. According to a new report from CoreLogic, experts predict that this year’s real estate market may swing in favor of buyers. What is causing this shift isn’t necessarily news to potential homeowners: again, it’s a story of increasing home prices and rising interest rates. However, it seems like these factors are finally hitting the market hard enough to cause a change. Over the last several years, home prices have steadily increased.
Jan 5, 2019
Homeowners Say These Are Their 5 Biggest Pet Peeves
Survey says… 61 percent of homeowners are not living in their dream homes. At least says a new survey of 500 homeowners between ages 26 and 64 by Open Listings, an online home-buying platform. Of course, the definition of “dream home” can be fairly subjective. For one person, the criteria could be a pool, basement movie theater, and five-car garage.
Jan 4, 2019
7 Books Experts Say Every Potential Homeowner Should Read
​If you’re planning to buy your first home, you should pick up a guide (or two) to help you get started on thinking about what homeownership really means.
Dec 23, 2018
10 Real Estate Terms Experts Say Every Millennial Should Know
Between saving, searching, and signing on the dotted line, buying your first home can be an overwhelming process. Making the whole experience even more daunting is the real estate jargon, which can sound like Greek to a real estate newbie. Not sure where to start? Don’t stress. We spoke to two real estate professionals to find out the 10 terms millennials should know before they even think about buying their first home: 1.
Dec 21, 2018
The Real Difference Between Rent and a Mortgage Isn’t What You Think
Were there an Apartment Therapy Magic 8 Ball, I bet it would get sick of answering the question “Is is better if I rent or buy?” The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The decision comes down to a few oft-cited things, like the market where you live and your personal financial situation. But there is one big piece of the puzzle that doesn’t get its due. Tip: This years-old New York Times “Is it Better to Rent or Buy?
Dec 16, 2018
Experts Say These 5 Real Estate Tips Are Now Totally Outdated
Like lots of things in life (including yourself!), the real estate world keeps rapidly evolving. Though some things will stay the same, at least one thing your broker told you a decade ago is no longer relevant. Here, five once-common pieces of advice experts say that you should now take with a grain of salt. “This advice is outdated because today—more than ever—people want to feel like they are getting ‘value’ in what they purchase.
Dec 8, 2018
9 Signs You’re Ready to Stop Renting and Buy Your First Place
Do you dream of a future with a yard and a white picket fence? One where you’re not writing away 30 percent of your salary to your landlord every month? Being able to buy a home is a big part of what we’re sold as “The American Dream,” but it’s not for everyone. Renting an apartment forever is absolutely an option, and a damn good one.
Nov 29, 2018
6 Things You Never Knew Your Real Estate Agent Could Do for You
Your real estate agent does so much more than just meet you at open houses or negotiate on your behalf.
Nov 27, 2018
3 Expert-Approved Reasons You Should Add “New Home” to Your Holiday Shopping List
‘Tis the season… to look for houses? It may seem counterintuitive since it’s actually a slower time of year and there may be fewer houses on the market, but the holiday season might actually be the ideal time to house hunt.
Nov 24, 2018
The Best State for Young Homeowners, According to Statistics
Certain areas of the country, like Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado, are notorious for their influx of young folk—be it for their tech-hubs, Instagram-worthy walls, or to-die for food. But when it comes to putting down roots, where are younger people buying homes? A new report from LendingTree ranked America’s metropolitan areas by average age of homeowner, and not surprisingly, (with one exception) the coolest millennial cities didn’t fare too well.
Nov 22, 2018
Why Buying a Home is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done
This past summer, my husband and I checked off that most elusive goal on our “someday” list: We bought our first home together—a perfect open loft space, one of seven carved out of a small former factory building in intown Atlanta. I say that laying claim to our humble loft was “elusive,” only because I honestly didn’t think we’d ever be able to make it happen. Buying a home requires a serendipitous set of circumstances to all fall into place.
Nov 22, 2018
5 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won’t Tell You
House hunting? You probably need a broker to help with your search. A great broker can find you a place to live but also sometimes winds up acting as your best friend, your mom, and your therapist all in one. For a successful end result, you really want to make this complex relationship work; we’ll let you in on what your broker might really be thinking… When you’re a broker there are no guarantees.
Nov 20, 2018
Here’s Who Gets the House When an Unmarried Couple Breaks Up
I asked some experts about the smart way to buy a house with partner—both financially and emotionally—if you're not married. Here's what they said.
Nov 17, 2018
5 “Luxury” Home Upgrades That End Up Being Totally Annoying
Whether you are home shopping or considering adding new bells and whistles to your current pad, the fact is that some features aren’t worth the time, effort, or cost. We asked the experts for add-ons that you may think are a good investment but actually turn out to be pretty annoying (and costly in terms of your ROI!)—some may just surprise you: Just say not to those fancy-schmancy rain showerheads.
Nov 14, 2018
4 Smart Home Secrets to Steal from Famous Houses
Some of the world’s most iconic homes, such as Philip Johnson’s Glass House, now function as “House Museums.” Every day, numerous visitors enter the homes to marvel at their style—and every day, the buildings’ house managers are tasked with creating an intimate, homey setting, and keeping up with maintenance so people can continue visiting for years.
Oct 30, 2018
New UltraFICO Credit Score Factors in How You Manage Cash
You pay your rent on time every month, keep your savings account padded with at least a few hundred bucks, and don’t overdraw your checking account. While these are all responsible money management habits, they haven’t actually been helping you build your credit–but that could change soon.
Oct 24, 2018
Why 20% of Workers Will Have Trouble Getting a Mortgage
Andrea Kaplan-Chambers and her husband have owned their Austin, Texas, home for a year now, but the path there wasn’t easy. The couple were both freelancers when they were applying for mortgages, (Kaplan-Chambers worked as a contract programmer and her husband owned a small sound design business) something they didn’t know was going to be as big of a problem as it ended up being.
Oct 17, 2018
How I Bought a Home on My $37K Teacher’s Salary
I started my first teaching gig only a few months after finishing college. At first, I was thoroughly unprepared, but two years later, I was confident enough to land a coveted job teaching English at one of the best high schools in the county—a 30-minute drive south of my grubby apartment in Daytona Beach, Florida. After a few too many days of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to beat traffic, I decided I had to move closer to the school in New Smyrna Beach.
Oct 13, 2018
Why I Let Our Seller Back Out—Right Before We Closed
There are a multitude of reasons why people don’t make it to move-in day after an offer is accepted: Your financing doesn’t go through, inspections uncover major issues, or you don’t move quickly enough. But one issue you usually don’t hear about? The seller backing out. “It is very rare for the seller to back out of the sale,” says Alex Lehr, proprietor of Lehr Real Estate in San Carlos, California.
Oct 13, 2018
50% of Homeowners Bought Their First Home by This Age
First, a disclaimer: You should, of course, live your life on your own timeline. But, if you were curious about the median age of homebuyers, a snapshot from the National Association of Realtors reveals that it’s 32. To get super specific… the average household income of the median homebuyer is $75,000, their homes were 1,640 square feet, and they spent $190,000 on their first property.
Oct 11, 2018
I Wrote an Offer Letter That Beat 6 Other Bids—Here’s What I Did
When my husband and I put an offer on our house, I asked our agent if he thought sending an offer letter, or a personalized letter to the buyer explaining why they should pick us over another offer, would be appropriate. “Yes, definitely do that,” Mark Branch, our real estate broker with Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis, Indiana, told me. “And send pictures, too.
Oct 10, 2018
7 Red Flags Experts Say to Watch Out For in Home Listings
If you’ve been searching for a new house or apartment, you’ve likely already encountered some exaggerated listings. Whether it’s ad copy that stresses the home’s soaring city views or sneakily staged photos, some listings look better on the MLS than they are IRL. But you can cut through the clutter if you know what to ignore. Read on for seven listing red flags you should know about, according to real estate experts.
Oct 6, 2018