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7 Ways to Save on Painting a Home

If you're ready for a new look, but don't have a lot of money to splurge, these seven tips will help you update your wall colors without spending a fortune. Continue Reading »

HOA Dues: 8 Steps to Cutting the Costs

You don't need to accept monthly homeowners association dues at face value, if you take action to bring them down. Here are some tips. Continue Reading »

Renters Guide to Creating a Budget

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you create your first budget as a renter. Continue Reading »

Alternative Ways to Come Up With the Down Payment on a Home

Think you don't have the money for a down payment on a home? There might be some places that you haven't thought to look. Continue Reading »

How to Save $20,000 for a Down Payment in Just 2 Years

Financial experts say most prospective homeowners likely need to make some aggressive moves to cut spending, boost income, or both to have enough for a down payment on a first home. Here are some actions to start with. Continue Reading »

Getting Your Home Ready for Your Vacation

Nobody wants to come home from a vacation to find their home has been burgled or discover their furniture floating about because of a flood. Here are four ways to avoid having that happen. Continue Reading »

It's Still Possible to Qualify for a Mortgage Despite Bad Credit

A mortgage company's definition of bad credit might not be what a consumer considers to be bad credit, and here's why you might still qualify for a home loan if you have a low rating. Continue Reading »

How 'Accidental Landlords' Say They Fell Victim to Nonpaying Tenants

A Minnesota couple who signed rental agreements on Twin Cities-area homes reportedly managed to live rent-free for months after moving in and allegedly refusing to pay rent. By the time their eviction made it through the court process, though, their landlords were out thousands of dollars, says a local TV... Continue Reading »

Don't Let Student Debt Keep You From Graduating Into a House

Student loans can reduce the ability to borrow because they erode income. So let's take a closer look at how your student loans can hurt your mortgage application, and what you can do to protect yourself. Continue Reading »

Abandoned New Orleans House Falls on Neighbor's Home

After being notified of the situation two weeks ago, complained Keyana Maxwell, city officials still hadn't acted to clean up the wreckage abutting her home. Continue Reading »

Home Inspection Horrors

From a wasp's nest the size of a basketball to a DIY electrical job that's truly shocking, here are some things you might not expect when you're doing a home inspection. Continue Reading »

Cramped by Rising Mortgage Rates? Here's a Way to Cut Your Payment

There is a way to cut your mortgage payment using single-pay mortgage insurance as long as you do it the right way. Continue Reading »

Tech-Savvy Tips for Getting Top Dollar on a Home Sale

By Juliette Fairley NEW YORK -- When a house is up for sale, professional photos of the property can increase its perceived value by 13 percent, according to a new study by VHT Studios. On a $250,000 home, 13 percent equates to a rise of $32,500. A decade ago, real estate sales involved pounding a sign in the... Continue Reading »

How to Succeed at DIY Plumbing -- and What Not to Do

It would probably be plumb crazy to try repiping without the help of a pro, but here are some easy fixes to common problems that most any DIYer can do. Continue Reading »

Making Roof Repairs Yourself? Careful, Or This Could Happen

Doing roofing projects and repairs can be challenging -- and downright dangerous -- without proper safety measures. Here are some DIY roofing tips. Continue Reading »

Your Perfect Apartment Might Not Be in Your Favorite Neighborhood

Can't afford the neighborhood you really want to live in? Look for a comparable area, even though it may be less desirable, for a cheaper place. Continue Reading »

How You Should Be Cleaning Hardwood Floors

By Erin Loechner I'm a hardwood floors gal all the way. I love the rich colors and patterns that come from natural wood, and there's just something about a good game of sock hockey in the kitchen that gets me every time. Yet I'll admit --- it's sometimes tricky to clean hardwood floors. After all, how do you... Continue Reading »

How One Woman Created a Zero-Waste Home

After changes to their lifestyle, Bea Johnson and her family can fit their yearly waste into a quart-size jar. Continue Reading »

Spring Home Makeover Don'ts: HGTV's Sabrina Soto On Big Mistakes

Springtime is upon us, and you know what that means. Well, yeah, all that spring cleaning, but now's a great time to do something else with your home: give it a makeover. You may be considering repainting your home, buying new furniture or even going all the way with a remodel. You may also think... Continue Reading »

First Impressions That Get Homes Sold the Fastest

If you want to sell your home fast, then the first impression you give a buyer needs to be a good one. Continue Reading »

Disaster Tax Relief: How to Optimize Your Refund If Your Home Has Been Damaged

By Mary Boone Wildfires in the West, flooding and landslides in Alaska and hard-hitting Superstorm Sandy were just a few of the major natural disasters that hit the United States last year. In all, 112 federal disaster declarations were issued in 2012. For those living in an area where a federal disaster has... Continue Reading »

13 Ways to Sell Your Home in 2013

As the housing recovery that began last year continues to gain steam into 2013, selling your home may become less of a headache. But you can be sure of one thing: You're always likely to make the process easier if you use smart marketing tactics. Some of them are givens: De-clutter your home for open... Continue Reading »

Quick and Easy Home Makeovers for the New Year

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon It's a new year, and an ambitious resolution that always falls on our list (of resolutions that inevitably get broken) is a home makeover. What a daunting task, it seems! But there are easy home fixes that won't take you more than 15 minutes to do, and they'll have your place looking... Continue Reading »

A Green Christmas: 3 Ways to Help the Environment This Holiday Season

By Deirdre Sullivan The holiday season has a naughty impact on the environment: We accumulate 25 percent more waste this time of year, and much of that can't be recycled. Fortunately, our nice ideas make sure that Christmas is more eco-friendly. 1. Christmas tree alternatives Although cut trees are more... Continue Reading »

Sealing the Deal: Creative Ways to Clinch a Real Estate Sale

By Brendon Desimone Real estate buyers and sellers often come close to making a deal -- but something stands in their way. Multiple offers and counters fly back and forth over the course of several weeks. Maybe the buyer and seller are just a few thousand dollars apart on price. There could be one sticking... Continue Reading »

Secondhand Smoke in Apartment Buildings: Can You Make Your Neighbor Stop Puffing Inside?

Just because you keep your own apartment smoke-free doesn't mean that you're not still breathing in secondhand smoke from your neighbor. Cigarette smoke can easily seep into next-door apartments in multi-unit buildings, and millions of Americans are affected by this every day, according to a new study. But is... Continue Reading »

Black Ice: Are You Responsible for Keeping It Off Your Property?

Black ice is a scary sounding term, and for good reason: It leads to car accidents, injuries, and a fear of walking outside in the winter. But are you responsible to clear this invisible menace if it's on your property? If someone gets injured slipping in front of your house or on your property, the short answer... Continue Reading »

How to Get Out of a Real Estate Contract

Got cold feet? There are contingencies by which you can end a contract to buy a home. Continue Reading »

Holiday Disasters: Homeowners' Tales of Their Worst Yuletide Nightmares

We asked around to get some of the most ridiculous holiday horror stories from homeowners who just couldn't catch a break, and we rounded up seven of our favorites. Continue Reading »

Escrow -- It's What Happens After Your Homebuying Offer Is Accepted

The hard work isn't over when your offer on a home has been accepted. In fact, it's only beginning. Continue Reading »


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