Archive for January, 2017

7 Ways to Get the Best Work from Your Contractor

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

We’ve been around enough remodeling jobs to know that if you want great results, you’ll need to actively manage the process — even if you’ve hired a general contractor to oversee the work. Get apathetic or lose your focus and you may pay for it — literally. Here are seven smart ways to stay on top of […]

They’ll Think You Hired a Pro if You Use These 5 Painting Hacks

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue. Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result. 1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft […]

6 Essential Steps for Selling a Home With Pets

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

We love our pets, whether they be dogs, cats, hamsters, capybaras, hedgehogs, or pygmy goats—but that doesn’t mean that potential buyers want to see said pets (or any evidence of them) when looking at a home they’re thinking of buying. “Pets are either an attractive distraction, so cute they distract prospective buyers from looking at the real […]

Open House Timeline: Countdown to a Successful Sale

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Get ready for your open house — stress-free — by starting early and breaking down your to-do list into manageable chunks. Use this timeline of 35 tips and your house will stand out from the competition on open house day. Four Weeks Before the Open House Ask your parents to babysit the kids the weekend […]

How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you. Decide what you can do yourself. TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In the real world, […]

How to Sell an Investment Property and Make a Killing

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

An investment property, by definition, is a place with one simple goal: to make money. So if you want to learn how to sell an investment property, we’d wager that maximizing those profits is likely your top priority. In many ways, the steps to selling an investment property are the same as selling a home where you […]

5 Vows to Make Now to Sell Your Home in 2017

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

People vow to do all kinds of things—hit the gym, get more sleep, quit Froot Loops—and if you plan to sell your home this year, making a few promises matter here most of all. After all, selling your home for top dollar takes work and the right mindset to strike a deal. To help make that happen, we […]


Friday, January 13th, 2017

WASHINGTON – As the nation’s housing market continues to improve, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums most borrowers will pay by a quarter of a percent.  FHA’s new premium rates are projected to save new FHA-insured homeowners an average of $500 […]

5 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Save for a Down Payment

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you’ve got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook advice to squirrel away 20% of a home’s cost. Here are five creative ways to […]

What to Do A Year Before Buying Your First Home

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common […]