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Don’t Know Your Mortgage Rate? You Could Be Costing Yourself Thousands

July 22nd, 2018
(TNS)—Not knowing your mortgage rate can be an expensive mistake, especially in this rising interest rate market. Yet nearly three in 10 mortgage holders (29 percent) either didn’t know their mortgage rate or wouldn’t say, according to a survey by...

The Defining Financial Question of Millennials: Do You Want to Live Comfortably Now, or in the Future?

September 27th, 2018
(TNS)—Millennials are faced with the internal conflict almost every day: live comfortably now, or later? Thanks to $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, rapidly increasing healthcare costs and high living costs, scraping by now often can be prioritized over worrying...

Listing This Summer? The Best Investments to Make Outdoors

May 28th, 2018
Are you listing this summer? Get your outdoors in shape—it can pay off. According to National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) research, certain exterior improvements are likely to recoup at resale. Based on feedback from REALTORS®—who, through their experience, know what...

A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

June 18th, 2018
(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a...

Buyers: Challenged by Student Debt? Consider Down Payment Programs

July 8th, 2018
Student loan debt is one of the biggest factors impacting millennials’ ability to purchase a home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 80 percent of millennials do not own a home, and, of that, 83 percent say student...

‘Aging in Place’ Begins Early: Report

January 8th, 2018
Homeowners are getting older, and to continue on in their current house, improvements are necessary. “Aging in place,” however, is not just about adding railings and ramps—in fact, 46 percent of homeowners aged 75-plus began improvements early with the expectation...

Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

January 16th, 2018
I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at...

Survey Finds Hidden Costs of Homeownership

February 19th, 2018
(TNS)—Your day burns brightly on both ends. You prod your kids out of bed at daybreak, get them dressed, fed and off to school. You drive to work, endure meetings, colleagues, power lunches, memos and strategy sessions, only to return...

Sinkholes: Avoiding Collapsed Transactions

March 4th, 2018
In 2017, multiple regions were severely impacted by natural disasters—and the real estate industry has been affected by them all. But one event which often occurs across the U.S. has largely been out of the limelight. Sinkhole activity typically occurs...

Japandi Style: Embracing Minimalist Beauty and Nature in Home Decor

July 27th, 2017
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