Homebuyer's Blog

housing market trends, summary of trends, pricing trends

How do real estate professionals monitor their local market? Agents rely on different techniques, but here are the questions they tend to ask, the data they like to track, and the ways they refine their analysis.

man caulking outside of window to prevent air leaks

Homes should be airtight. When they aren’t, comfort is compromised, and budgets are busted. So, how can you find the spots where air is escaping or entering your home? There are two ways to tackle this challenge.

houseguests greeting homeowners, visiting friends,

Are you getting ready to share your home with overnight guests? Or will you be hitting the road to stay with family or friends? It's a perfect time to revisit ways to roll out the welcome mat and show your appreciation.

sous vide, countertop appliance, thermal immersion circulator

If you already own a microwave, a toaster oven, or a slow cooker, would you benefit from adding another cooking appliance to your kitchen? Perhaps. Here are four of the most popular alternatives, including their benefits and limitations.

birds in bird feeder. spring, trees, bird feeders

Watching birds outside your windows is one of the best ways to enjoy wildlife in the winter. So if you want to see more feathered friends and the greatest diversity of birds, follow these tips for attracting more traffic to your feeders.

condo insurance, buying a condominium, handing keys to condo, homebuying

If you decide you’d like to buy a condominium, you’ll probably need to purchase condo insurance, too. So, as a condo buyer, what do you need to know about this unique type of homeowners insurance policy?

winterize home, snow covered home, shoveling, freezing pipes

Your house needs help preparing for the changing seasons, especially if you live in an area where the temps can plummet and the snow can pile up. Get a jump on winter weather by taking these steps to safeguard your home.

comparative market analysis, housing prices, homebuying, home costs

No homebuyer wants to overspend on their new home. But if you’re interested in a particular property, how do you know if the listing price is fair?

woman behind counter, kitchen island, renovation, homebuying, kitchen

Today’s kitchen islands frequently serve multiple purposes beyond preparing food. If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen and want to include an island, make sure it checks all the essential boxes!

dog with hair in curlers, pet hair removal, vacuums

Pet owners may adore their furry companions but struggle to keep their homes clean. However, it’s much easier to win the daily battle against dog and cat hair with the right tools and strategies. Here’s how.

light pollution, earth photo, lights from space, europe map lights

Humans rely heavily on artificial lighting, especially at night. Sometimes, however, lights are excessive and do more harm than good. Here are five ways you can make a positive impact on light pollution.

mouse, mousetrap, cheese, pest elimination,

Mice might be wild creatures, but they’re happy to take up residence in a home, especially if it offers easy access to food and shelter. How can you tell if there’s a mouse in the house, and what should you do about it?

bulb planting, gardening, gloves, small shovel, plant

For flower lovers, fall is a bittersweet time. But it’s also an ideal time to get a head start on spring blooms by adding bulbs to your garden. Follow these tips to improve your results!

LED lightbulb, hand holding bulb, illumination,

Energy-efficient LED bulbs provide substantial energy-saving benefits. But if you're ready to switch your incandescent bulbs or compact fluorescent lights, you'll need to learn several new terms before shopping for LED replacements.

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Savvy homebuyers know that one of the first essential steps is selecting a real estate professional to serve as your buyer’s agent—someone who matches your needs and your personality. These questions include many of the topics you’ll want to discuss.

bird feather outside window, window collision, bird safety

Large panes of glass can provide lovely, unimpeded views of the outdoors, but they often pose a deadly threat to birds. What can you do to reduce the risk of collisions?

flat roof, residential roofing, bitumen roofing,

Flat roofs are less common in residential construction than gabled roofs, but they're still an attractive option. So, what should you know about flat roofs if you’re new to them?

power washing, pressure washing, house maintenance, washing roof

Over time, the exterior of every house needs a good cleaning, and a power washer is often the best tool for the job. But what should you know first?

fire pit, marshmallows, outdoor fire,

It’s hard to top evenings around a campfire. But if you’re craving a fire pit in your yard, it’s essential to consider how to tackle your project. Take these steps to make sure your fire pit is a perfect fit.

kitchen cabinets, renovation, rehab, organization

You’ve been planning to remodel your kitchen for months, and the start date is finally approaching. What preparations will make it easier to give up your kitchen temporarily and keep your sanity once the dust starts flying?

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