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Top Home-Staging Advice

From adding furniture to repainting, the act of making homes more appealing to potential buyers can result in swifter sales and increased profits. Not only does home staging help buyers visualize a property as their future home, but prospective buyers are more willing to walk through a staged home they viewed online. For those who […]

Home Maintenance Costs That Can Catch First-Time Buyers Off Guard

Now that you’ve closed the deal on your new home and moved in, you can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief. Right? Not quite, because owning a home means you have to maintain it—and maintenance costs money to do properly. Here, realtor.com discusses some of the expenses you might not have considered. 1. New […]

Home Staging on a Budget

Not only does staging your home on a budget effectively help you show off its best features, but it also can increase your final sales price. In fact, on average, experts report that sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. Here, RISMedia offers the following five […]

9 of the Most Googled Mortgage Questions

Whether you’re dreaming of owning your first house or living in your third or fourth home, mortgages can seem complicated and a little daunting. That’s why thousands of people ask Google mortgage-related questions every day. Here, Nerdwallet offers up some of the most common questions about mortgage rates, calculating payments, choosing the best lender, getting […]

How Escrow Protects Home Buyers and Sellers

In real estate, an escrow account is a secure holding area where important items such as the earnest money check and contracts are kept safe by an escrow company until the deal is closed and the house officially changes hands. Escrow also is a contractual arrangement in which a third party—usually the escrow officer—maintains money and […]

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—the most substantial overhaul to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years—went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. So, as you prepare to file your taxes, you might want to consider how the new plan will affect the perks of homeownership. Here, realtor.com breaks down exactly what changed, and all […]

How to Feng Shui Your Yard for Maximum Curb Appeal

It’s been said that using the principles of feng shui can make a home hum with harmony. But while you might consider this ancient Chinese philosophy as a way to improve your interiors, you might not realize that it also can be directed toward your home’s exterior and can even help entice potential buyers. Here, […]

8 Ways to Make Buyers Love Your Bonus Room

Home buyers love to get the most space for their money. In fact, a recent survey conducted by SunTrust revealed that 66 percent of millennials cited more living space as the top reason for purchasing a house. So, if you’re selling a home with a bonus bedroom, a finished basement or an extra-large landing on […]

Where’s the Best Place to Buy a Home in California?

Based on the results of a recent study, the top place to buy a home in California is Hawthorne, a city in Los Angeles County that’s home to Elon Musk’s Tesla, SpaceX and Boring Co. Research by the financial website GoBankingRates—which aims to find “the best place to buy a home in every state based […]

4 Huge Mistakes You Might Make Moving from a City to the Suburbs

There comes a time in many people’s lives—usually after having kids—when people consider moving from the city to the suburbs. Only where should you go and why? Here, realtor.com shares some key advice parents and others should adhere to when they’re considering a move to the ’burbs. 1. Focus on the entire neighborhood rather than […]