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Jan 18

How to: Save Up for a Vacation

Save Up For Vacation Are you already dreaming of the perfect 2018 vacation? Here’s how to save up to get the biggest bang for your buck. Before you start planning Open a vacation bank account An easy way to save for a vacation is to open a dedicated savings account... read more →
Jan 18

Five Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

How to Become a Real Estate Agent People enter the real estate field from many different careers or as their first career move. No matter where you are coming from, your first question is probably going to be “How do I become a real estate agent?” Here are the steps... read more →
Jan 17

Four Factors Affecting Home Buying in 2018

Factors Affecting Home Buying in 2018 Are you looking to purchase a home in 2018? While a lot depends on where you live, new forecasts for 2018 show that this just might be your year to buy. Prices are climbing, but not too fast Over the past few years, home... read more →
Jan 17

How to Keep Cords From Getting Tangled

Keep Cords From Getting Tangled In this day and age, everyone has hundreds of cords from their electronics laying around their house. If they’re not already, they are bound to get twisted in a clump of cords. Here are some ways to clear all that cord clutter. Unplug, untangle, and... read more →
Jan 17

What is a Down Payment?

Down Payment A down payment is a type of payment made in cash at the beginning of the purchase of an expensive good or service, such as a home. The payment typically represents a percentage of the full purchase price. Most homebuyers pay 5 to 25% of the total value... read more →
Jan 16

Four Myths about Jumbo Loans

Jumbo Loan Myths A jumbo loan is a home loan that exceeds conforming loan limits. Jumbo loans are often used for larger homes. Not everyone who buys these large homes is wealthy and can afford a cash payment. Many need financing. However, there are many myths that surround jumbo loans... read more →
Jan 16

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui Feng shui is a practice based on the idea that the home is a mirror of what is happening inside us. It is an ancient Chinese art that developed over 3,000 years ago. Its purpose to balance the energies in any given space and to bring your environment... read more →
Jan 16

How to Choose a Tax Preparer

Choosing a Tax Preparer This year, tax season opens up on January 28th. By April 15th, individuals must file their annual tax return. One way that a person can do their taxes is by hiring a tax return preparer. What is a tax return preparer? A tax return preparer is... read more →
Jan 15

Four Home Maintenance Tasks That May Have Been Forgotten

Home Maintenance Tasks It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the chores you must do as a homeowner. As a result, some tasks may be forgotten. However, these tasks still need to be taken care of. Here are four home maintenance tasks that you may not think to complete to... read more →
Jan 15

What is an FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan?

FHA 203(k) Rehab Loan An FHA 203(k) rehab loan is also known as a renovation loan. It allows homebuyers to finance both the finance the purchase or refinance of a home along with a renovation through one mortgage. Requirements To qualify for this loan, a homeowner must meet certain requirements... read more →
Jan 12

E-Filing Your Taxes

Tax Season: E-File Your Taxes The time between January 1st and April 15th is tax season. During this time, individuals prepare their financial statements and reports from the previous year. By April 15th, individuals must file their annual tax return. One way to file your taxes is to e-file. What... read more →
Jan 11

IKEA Place: The App That Makes You an Interior Designer

IKEA Place Decorating a home can be difficult, especially if you’re not sure exactly what you want in your space. IKEA aims to help ease the stress with their new app IKEA Place. When introduced, the iOS 11 update brought with it a new ARKit Tech, which allowed companies to... read more →
Jan 10

The Essential Homeowner Toolbox

Tools Every Homeowner Should Have Every home should have a full toolbox, whether you are a new or seasoned homeowner. Here are what tools every house should have. Toolbox A toolbox is important for keeping your things organized. Large-capacity plastic toolboxes with a metal latch are best as they close... read more →
Jan 09

How to Insulate Walls Using Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation Insulation is an important step during the process of building or renovating your house. Insulation is important to increase the energy efficiency of your home, reduce your heating and cooling bills, and help to buffer sound. One of the most common forms of insulation is spray foam.... read more →
Jan 09

Decorating a Nursery on a Budget

Nursery on a Budget Setting up a nursery can be expensive. However, this doesn’t mean that it needs to be. There are many ways to decorate a nursery while on a budget. Here are a few tips to get you started! Convertible crib While a convertible crib may have a... read more →
Jan 09

What Does it Mean When a House Has “Good Bones”?

Does your house have good bones? When shopping around for a home, you may hear that a home has “good bones”. However, you may not be sure what this means. In general, a house with good bones means that while the outside of the home isn’t the prettiest, underneath it... read more →
Jan 08

Five Common Contingencies in Real Estate Contracts

Contingency Clauses A contingency clause is a condition that must be met in order for a real estate contract to become binding. To become part of the sales contract, both parties (the buyer and the seller) must agree to the terms and sign off on the contract. Some of the... read more →
Jan 08

PANTONE Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet: Color of the Year Every year, the color experts at PANTONE release a color of the year, which is a color snapshot of what is taking place in the global culture. Previous colors include greenery, rose quartz, and marsala. This year, PANTONE has chosen the color, Ultra Violet.... read more →
Jan 08

How to Consolidate Your Credit Card Debt

Consolidating Credit Card Debt Credit card debt can be very worrisome. The average American household has roughly $16,425 in credit card debt. If you are one of these people and wish to consolidate your debt in 2018, here are a few ways that can help. Consolidate Debt to a Single... read more →
Jan 05

What is a Partition Action?

Partition Action Two or more people can own a property together. However, it’s possible that co-owners won’t agree with what to do with the property. In these cases, a partition action can be used to divide the property into separate shares. This can be done on a voluntary basis if... read more →
Jan 05

Ten Uses for Salt Other Than for Cooking

Other Uses for Salt in the Home Salt isn’t only for cooking. In fact, it can be used in a multitude of different ways all around the household. Here are ten new ways to use salt around the house. Sterilize your sponges All you need to do to sterilize your... read more →
Jan 05

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Keep your pipes from freezing A real threat to your home during the winter is your pipes. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause your pipes to burst and your home to flood. The damage caused to your home can be monumental, and on average, amounts to about $18,000... read more →
Jan 03

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Winter Storm Preparation Winter storms occur when the temperature is low enough that precipitation forms as sleet/snow, or rain turns to ice. They can make roads and walkways dangerous and can close or limit important community services. The term winter storm covers a variety of weather conditions, from freezing rain... read more →
Jan 03

Eight Design Trends for 2018

Design Trends for 2018 Everyone wants their home décor to stand the test of time. However, it is almost impossible to not let trends of the year influence how you decorate your home, which isn’t a bad thing! Some of the big trends of 2018 are: Tone on tone Tone... read more →
Jan 02

Costs Associated with Selling a Home

Selling a Home: The Cost Many people save for and anticipate the costs associated with buying a house. However, not everyone thinks about the costs associated with selling a home. Here are the common costs associated with selling a home. Real estate agent commission Most agents don’t receive a salary,... read more →
Jan 02

How to Fall Asleep

Tips to Fall Asleep Sleeping well directly effects your mental and physical health. If you are having trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep, here are some tips to help you. Keep the same sleep-wake cycle Keeping the same sleep-wake cycle helps you to feel refreshed and energized. This... read more →
Jan 02

What is Value Range Pricing?

Value Range Pricing Value range pricing, or variable range pricing (VRP), is an alternative way of listing your home for sale. Instead of listing the home at a certain price, sellers put up a range instead. While this pricing method is rare, it’s growing in popularity. Benefits for sellers Home... read more →
Dec 29

Eight Design Trends to Ditch in 2018

Design Trends to Ditch in 2018 Design trends come and go. In 2018, here are the trends that should be ousted. Chevron pattern A basic chevron pattern is a simple zigzag pattern that incorporates two colors. The design has been exploding all over the design scene. However, the pattern can... read more →
Dec 28

How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors in the Winter

Hardwood Floor Protection Hardwood floors are durable. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need extra care. This is especially true in the winter. Here are some ways to take care of your hardwood floors this winter. Wipe your feet There’s no reason to bring dirt into your home and onto... read more →
Dec 27

How to Sell a Home on a Busy Road

Selling a Home on a Busy Road Selling a home on a busy street can be difficult. Whether it’s for safety concerns or because of noise, buyers can be turned off by a home in a bustling location. Here’s how to sell a home on a busy road. Make the... read more →
Dec 26

Financial Advisors vs. Financial Planners

Financial Advisors and Financial Planners There are many different investment professionals that consumers can take advantage of. Two of these are a financial advisor and a financial planner. These two professionals help people manage their money. What is a financial advisor? A financial advisor is a broad term for any... read more →
Dec 26

Five Interior Designer Apps

Interior Designer Apps Do home decorating shows leave you jealous of the skills of the interior designers? Worry no more! There are plenty of apps that can bring out the interior designer in you. Color Capture Cost: Free Platform: iOS and Android Color Capture is a color matching app from... read more →
Dec 26

How to Remove Snow and Ice

Snow and Ice Removal As colder weather sets in, the threat of snow and ice starts to build. Here’s how to remove snow and ice to make your driveway safer. Before the snow Before the snow comes, drive stakes around any plant beds near your driveway. This gives you an... read more →
Dec 22

How to Sell Your Home in the Winter

Selling Your Home in the Winter It’s no secret that homes sell better in the spring and summer. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your home in the winter months! Here are some tips and tricks to sell your home in the winter. Combat the cold One thing... read more →
Dec 22

How to Entertain in Small Spaces

Entertaining in Small Spaces Small living spaces don’t mean that you can’t have big parties. Here’s how to entertain in small spaces. Clean Whether you have a big house or a small space, cleaning should always be a priority before guests come over. Small spaces may be even more important... read more →
Dec 22

How the Tax Bill Will Affect Homeownership

The Tax Bill and Homeownership The House and the Senate have agreed on a compromise plan for the tax bill. This is how the compromise bill could change homeownership. Mortgage interest deduction The mortgage interest deduction is explained as a way to make homeownership more affordable. The compromise bill cuts... read more →
Dec 21

Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan Fire safety is very important, but it doesn’t stop at having fire extinguishers and alarms installed throughout the house. You and your family should have a fire escape plan in place should a fire start. Here are some things to include in your fire escape plan. Plan... read more →
Dec 21

Smart Home Technology for Parents

Smart Home Technology and Parents Smart home accessories have been becoming more and more popular. Parents can also take advantage of these smart accessories. Motion-sensing lights Motion activated lights work perfectly when the little ones need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Purchase a motion... read more →
Dec 21

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Home?

Cost to Build a Home Building a new home is the perfect opportunity to get exactly what you want in a home. However, it can be costly. Here is a breakdown of typical costs associated with building your own home. Custom homes: $350,000 - $1.5 Million+ A custom construction allows... read more →
Dec 20

Buying a Home Before Marriage

Buying a Home Before Marriage Many couples nowadays don’t wait until marriage before moving in together and buying a home. However, if you are thinking about making this decision, there are a few things you need to consider in addition to the type of home you want. Here is what... read more →
Dec 20

How to Make a Homeless Care Package

Homeless Care Package Throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season, many families gather together a care kit for the homeless people in their area. If you are thinking about making kits, consider adding these items. A typical care kit consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag. Food... read more →
Dec 20

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer's Remorse Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret someone has after making a purchase. This is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item, such as a home. Here’s how to avoid buyer’s remorse. What brings on buyer’s remorse? Many things may bring on buyer’s remorse. Some of... read more →
Dec 19

What is a Tenants-in-Common Arrangement?

Tenants-in-common Tenants-in-common is an arrangement that is characterized by multiple people deciding to purchase one property together. This can be either a primary residence or a vacation home. Basically, a tenants-in-common arrangement is a split homeownership among multiple people. A tenants-in-common arrangement does not have to be an equal ownership.... read more →
Dec 19

How to Install a Pocket Door

Installing a Pocket Door A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears into a compartment in an adjacent wall once the door is fully open. They are great for small spaces where there isn’t enough room for a hinged door. Here is how to install a pocket door in... read more →
Dec 19

What is Credit Counseling?

Credit Counseling Credit counseling is used to help debt settlement through education, budgeting, and other tools to help reduce and ultimately eliminate debt. How does credit counseling work? Credit counselors will look at your total financial situation to help you create a plan to pay off your debt, including a... read more →