Homebuyer's Blog

condominium, condos, homebuying, property, city life

Many buyers view condominiums, or simply condos, as an excellent way to join the ranks of homeowners. Should you buy a condo? Of course, it depends on what you want. Here are some of the most critical trade-offs.

home renovation, painting, kitchen, remodeling, selling home, insulation

If you’re preparing to sell your home, your agent will undoubtedly offer recommendations to help it sell faster and at a higher price. Learn more about agents' top remodeling recommendations.

laundry, detergent, cleaning, bleach, powder, liquid, soap

Glance down the laundry aisle at most major retail outlets, and it’s easy to assume that detergent products are nearly identical. But take a closer look, and you’ll realize that laundry detergents can be complex buying decisions. Not sure where to start? Here are six helpful tips.

energy efficient window, window film, storm windows, weather proofing

Windows play a significant role in your heating and cooling costs. If you aren’t satisfied with how some or all of your windows are performing, there are many ways to upgrade their performance without replacing them.

bare root planting, tree, shovel, arbor day, plant

Spring is an excellent time to celebrate the many ways trees enhance our environment and add to their ranks. If you're purchasing bare-root saplings or picking up free seedlings at an Arbor Day event, here’s how to give your baby tree a healthy start.

home remodel, investment, renovation, painting, floor refinish,

For many homeowners, additional time spent at home during the pandemic has meant more remodeling projects. So which projects offer the best return on investment?

accessibility, disability, ADA, home, grandfather, elderly, mobility

Entertaining overnight guests can offer excellent opportunities to grow closer with others, especially when you make sincere efforts to help your guests feel comfortable and included. This is particularly true if a visitor has a disability. 

Home appraisal, inspection, homebuying, home buying, home inspection,

Your home inspection revealed unexpected issues with the property. How should you proceed? Your agent is your best source of advice, but it may also be helpful to consider these questions.

homebuyer assistance, freddie mac, fannie mae, mortgage assistance, down payment, low down payment

One of the most significant challenges buyers face is saving enough money to purchase a home. Fortunately, there are numerous programs designed to lower the costs of homeownership and other obstacles.

spring cleaning, home maintenance, yard, projects, patio furniture

With winter weather nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get a head start on yard projects. Follow these five critical steps in anticipation of enjoying more time outdoors!

solar panels, solar photovoltaic system, renewable energy,

Since many homeowners have added solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to their property, it's increasingly possibly that you may have an opportunity to buy a home that includes a solar energy system. What questions should you consider asking the seller before making an offer?

hands protects a house from the elements, rain or storm, homeowners insurance

Homeowners insurance protects your property from significant losses, but at a substantial cost. See if one or more of these strategies can help you trim your bill. 

adjustable-rate mortgage, home finance, financing, borrowing, interest rate

If you’re trying to buy a home, one of the biggest hurdles you’ll probably need to clear is financing your purchase. Fortunately, homebuyers have numerous options, including traditional fixed-rate loans and less common adjustable-rate mortgage products.

mother daughter induction cooktop cooking stirring kitchen stove

Induction cooktops may resemble many conventional electric cooktops, but don’t let appearances fool you. The technology is entirely different. If you're considering adding induction to your home, here are some of the most essential things to know.

shower tiles, shower installation, bathroom, walls, faucet, hand

Remodeling a full bathroom is an expensive project that requires numerous decisions. One of the most significant issues is selecting the material for your shower walls. Here are five factors to consider to make the best choice.

home inspection, property, red flags, repairs, buyer's rep, contingency clause

If you’ve included an inspection clause in your purchase contract and the seller has accepted your offer, here’s what you should know about what happens next.

Cozy fireplace burning woman cup drink gas wood

If you’re clamoring to add a fireplace to your home, you’ll quickly discover that it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the myriad of options. One of your first decisions is the type of fuel you’ll want to use—wood or gas. Here are five of the most significant factors to consider.

Clothes, closet organization, decluttering, mindfulness

Times change, bodies change, and attitudes change. Therefore, your closet should also change with the times! If you’ve been accumulating clothes but feel like it’s a struggle to find something to wear, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to overhaul your wardrobe. Here's how.

One of the smartest decisions homebuyers can make is to commit to working with a buyer's agent before searching for the home you want to buy. It's the best way to ensure everyone is on the same page, and it will help avoid potential conflicts.

Saving money, ideas, income, down payment, penny pinching

Saving money for a down payment on your home may be the most challenging part of purchasing a property, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer in an expensive housing market. But there are many ways to get over the hump!