Home Buyer's Blog
As a homebuyer, you have many housing options, including some less familiar alternatives like cohousing. Learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of this unique and community-based approach to housing.
When shopping for a home, most buyers consider a home’s size and layout. The neighborhood and the school district may be other relevant factors. Do you ever think about the role of natural light in a potential home? Maybe you should!
Have you ever toured a house you really liked, but can’t quite remember some aspects of the home’s layout? Or perhaps you just purchased a home and want to keep a copy of the floorplan in your pocket—a handy reference tool when shopping for furniture or for giving friends and relatives a remote tour of your new home.
You’re moving into a new home and have decided to do it yourself? Great! It’s an excellent way to save money. First, check out these tips for packing all those boxes and making your move as smooth and easy as possible!
It’s almost time to close on your new home! Your excitement is building…until you discover you’ve sent your closing funds to an offshore account and there’s no way to get the money back. You’ve lost the house and everything you’ve saved to purchase it. Don’t think it could happen to you?
You’re about to purchase and move into a new home. Congratulations! Regardless of whether you already own furniture or are planning to buy some new pieces, wouldn’t it be nice to visualize how your furniture will look without lugging it around from one room to another?
For homeowners, each season ushers in a new set of maintenance chores. Now is the time of the year when many owners are preparing for a significant dip in the temperatures. Even if you live in a more moderate climate and don’t expect a deep freeze or blinding snow, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape for winter weather.
Have you decided it’s time to freshen the look of your home? Do you want to build an addition, rather than moving? Are you yearning to fix that kitchen layout that makes you nuts? If you're ready to tackle a major remodeling project, but don’t want to do the work yourself, it’s time to hire a contractor.
Home improvements are usually made for two reasons—personal enjoyment, or to boost your home’s resale value. Ideally, renovation projects accomplish both goals, especially if a move is in your future. Here are three of the worst upgrades, in terms of return on investment.
Cooperative buildings, or “co-ops,” are a unique housing option, typically found in a limited number of U.S. urban markets. Is a co-op right for you? Learn more.
Remodeling your house can improve your quality of life and enjoyment of your home for years to come. It can also require a sizeable financial investment. Before launching into a major project, take time to assess your priorities from more than one perspective.
So everyone is coming to your house for Thanksgiving this year? Do you need a quick way to wow your guests, while having a little fun with the process? Here are five simple but elegant options, relying on nature’s bounty to add some holiday magic.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, exhausting, and expensive! To keep more money in your pocket, leverage these budget-friendly tips.
It’s that season again! Before the little “monsters” start canvasing for candy, you may want to get your house in the Halloween spirit. Here are five easy and inexpensive options.
Finding a new home is an exciting experience! You’ve spent hours online, window shopping for homes, and daydreaming about how amazing it will be to live in your new space. However, before you can live the dream, another big decision needs to be made.
It’s time to select a real estate agent.
Traditionally, spring is the season to clean and freshen your home, inside and out. Why not plan a fall “refresh” too? With the hectic holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of crisp fall afternoons and improve your home's exterior. Here's how!
Can your credit score actually COST you money when buying a house? Absolutely! Lower credit scores can cost thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage loan. Here’s why.
Saving money is always easier than making more money, right? Why let expensive energy literally pour out of your home if you can prevent it? The average home leaks a lot of air—similar to leaving a medium-sized window open year round, 24 hours a day! You may be able to close that “window”-sized hole in your wallet by identifying areas where your heating and cooling dollars are escaping. Here's how.
Property tours are fun! You get to imagine yourself living in new spaces and, perhaps, learn something new about your priorities and preferences. It’s also relatively easy to make mistakes while touring properties—mistakes that could anger the seller, hurt your negotiating position, or worse. For the best results, follow these tips.
Moving is one of the most stressful life changes you can experience. It’s up there with the death of a loved one and divorce. It is also often accompanied by other major life stressors, like moving away from family and friends, starting a new job, or helping children acclimate to a new school. Here are seven ways to help reduce the stress of your next move: