The 10 Most Affordable Places to Live

A place in PA makes the list! Home affordability is more than the price a buyer agrees to pay a seller. In a new study, SmartAsset factored in closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and mortgage rates for every county and city in the U.S. with a population of more than … [Read more...]

The Big Down Payment Myth

Having the spare capital to put 20 percent down on a home purchase is great, but it's certainly not the norm. Still, many people think it is and that belief may be holding some would-be home buyers back, particularly young adults. Indeed, 39 percent of non-owners say they believe they need more … [Read more...]

Consumers Will Compromise to Buy Homes

Consumers view homeownership as a priority and say they’re willing to make significant compromises in order to purchase a home, according to a survey of more than 1,000 consumers considering a home purchase in 2017, conducted by the online brokerage firm Owners.com. Sixty-nine percent of survey … [Read more...]

What First Time Buyers don’t know about Mortgages

When it comes to mortgages, there’s a big gap between what people think they need in order to get one and the reality of what buyers are successfully doing—especially young people. I know, I know, I’ve written on down payments before (like last month, when I highlighted that putting 20% … [Read more...]

The Early Bird gets its dream home this year

Planning to buy a home this spring? Then right now—yes, during these last days of winter—is the time to get rolling. “Spring is peak home-buying season, which means you’re going to have a ton of competition from other buyers,” says Peggy Yee, supervising broker at Frankly Realtors in … [Read more...]

Study: Small Homes Appreciate Faster

Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to appreciation. In fact, a new study shows that smaller homes likely will offer a bigger percentage return on a home shopper’s investment. A new study conducted by NerdWallet culled three years of listing data from realtor.com® of the 20 of the … [Read more...]

6 Top Landscaping Trends for 2017

Smart technology, thoughtful -- yet simplistic -- design, and sustainability are the keywords when it comes to landscapes today. Read more: Planning a Smart Landscape “Savvy homeowners are seeking smart landscape solutions, which means we’re finding new ways to adapt to environmental … [Read more...]

The 4 DIY Bathroom Upgrade Errors

Remodeling your bathroom can make your home appear more valuable to prospective buyers. But be careful. Here are four common mistakes homeowners make when DIY upgrading the bathroom. 1. Not taking ventilation into account We know you've realized the importance of the bathroom fan if you've … [Read more...]

How to Buy a Home With No Money Down (You Really Can!)

Drumming up money for a down payment on a home can feel like a lost cause: After you’ve shelled out money for rent, gas, groceries, and other expenses, you might have little or nothing left over. Which may have you fantasizing: Is there some secret out there, somewhere, that could show you how to … [Read more...]

5 Things Every Loving Homeowner Should Know About Their Own Home

Your relationship with your home is one that will hopefully last a long time, so it pays to learn its most intimate details. And not to be weird, but we really do mean intimate: what turns it on (or off), what makes it hot (or cold), and its delicate inner workings. Because, after all, your home … [Read more...]