Homebuyer's Blog

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!

phone recycling old devices reuse reduce recycle electronics

It’s exciting to acquire a new smartphone or tablet! But what about the device it’s replacing? Before disposing of it, have you considered dedicating it to a new purpose? Old phones or tablets can make excellent “dedicated” devices around your home.

House closing, key in door, closing faq, buying a house

After months of preparing to buy a home, finding the right property, and completing all the related transaction details, you officially become a homeowner on closing day! What are buyers' most common questions about the closing process?

DIY light switch installation craft project

Light switch covers don't have to be plain and boring. You can quickly turn these ho-hum objects into creative decorating statements. Think of light switch plates as a few inches of “canvas” with unlimited possibilities.

Home appraisal, inspection, homebuying

Buying a home is often a long, complex process. If you've found a house and signed a sales contract, your lender will probably require a professional determination of the property’s value. What are buyers' common questions about the appraisal process?

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 manufacturers 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!