Homebuyer's Blog

A forest, a stack of logs, a pile of wood pellets

Today's wood-burning stoves and fireplaces offer the best of both worlds, providing the sights, sounds, and beauty of flickering flames without compromising the quality of air in your home or your community.

Recycling green symbol for electronic appliances waste trash pile

The number of “old” devices discarded annually continues to grow as more people adopt more electronics into their lives—and ultimately update them to newer models. But there are responsible ways to dispose of old gadgets.

Paint manufactures seem to agree that green is having a moment. What’s driving the trend and which shade is most likely to grow on you?

Flame from a gas stove abstractly

Natural gas plays an essential role in many homes, fueling heating systems, cooktops and ovens, fireplaces, grills, clothes dryers, water heaters, and more. But if a leak occurs, gas can also pose health and safety hazards. So what are the signs of trouble?

Young woman sorting wardrobe indoors at home, charity donation concept.

You don’t need to become a minimalist to streamline your household. But, the more you can remove or eliminate what is already in your home, the easier your life will be. Here are eight helpful ways to approach the process.

Big old residential house with big tree stems in front

It’s hard to deny that trees improve homes and neighborhoods. Like any major home improvement, however, there are several significant issues to consider to make the best landscaping decisions.

panel with termite damage

It’s always better to be alert to signs of problems in your home, including potential insect infestations. The following facts can help you spot trouble and implement quick countermeasures!

Converted barn houses rest area

Barndominiums have captured many potential buyers' imaginations and for several good reasons. But is this type of home right for you? Take a closer look at the pros and cons of buying or building one.

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One of the most important decisions a homebuyer can make is the selection of a real estate professional. There are several ways to define your relationship with an agent, and it's essential to understand how the services your receive may differ.

Fungus growths root sponge on a tree stump.

The trees in your neighborhood may be taking on the colors of autumn, and little ghosts and goblins may be preparing to ring your doorbell. But, hopefully, the dreaded zombie tree won't be making any appearances!

Organizing and cleaning home. Man preparing orderly folded t-shirts in drawer.

You do your best to make your home a restful, enjoyable, and peaceful place to be. Yet, you still wrestle with self-reproach about not doing enough. Maybe the answer is to remove guilt-inducing agents from your home so you can do less and feel better about it!

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Buying a home is unlike any other purchase. Before you assume you can do this with any agent, consider why it may be smarter to work with an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®).

Closeup of freshly harvested vegetables (turnips, beetroots, carrots, round marrow), top view

As summer transitions to fall and daylight hours grow shorter, your vegetable garden's appearance is shifting. Here are three ways to get the most from the remaining days.

As summer turns to fall, the flickering flames of a fire pit offer an ideal spot to host an outdoor gathering. All you need to do is pick a theme and add some music. Here are five options!

Your home looks neat and orderly, so you can’t possibly be a hoarder, right? Still, if you’ve watched those programs showcasing hoarders’ homes, you may wonder if you have secret stasher tendencies. Take this quiz to find out!

Hot water

Modern living provides us with many conveniences and indulgences, including easy access to hot water. But as a homeowner, hot water comes at a two-fold price—our consumption of water AND our use of energy. Here are 15 ways to trim your bill.

tic tac toe backyard game

If you’re hosting a party outdoors, why not include a game or two? It’s an excellent way to get guests actively involved in your event, especially if you can stir up a little friendly competition. For starters, consider these easy and inexpensive options.

Signing a Contract for home

You've found a home that's right for you, and it's time to make an offer. What are the steps involved in negotiating a real estate purchase?

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Getting top dollar for your home means making it look its best. Some staging steps don’t have to put a significant dent in your budget—and can easily be accomplished in tandem with your moving plans.

Summer is the perfect time to entertain under the stars, and movies are an excellent way to create an unforgettable evening. To earn a standing ovation for your silver screen event, consider three essential steps for hosting the best outdoor movie party.