Home-Selling Checklist: 12 Things to Do Before Selling Your House

iStock; realtor.com Getting ready to sell your house? Then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home, after all, entails a whole lot more than just planting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn or uploading a few random photos of your place—especially if you’re … [Read more...]

What Is the Best Flooring for Dogs and Other Rambunctious House Pets?

igorr1/iStock The best flooring for dogs and other four-legged friends is, among other things, durable. Popular varieties of beautiful hardwood and luxurious wool carpets don't stand up well to daily wear and tear, so if you've fantasized about filling your home with high-maintenance … [Read more...]

7 Easy Home Maintenance Tasks to Cross Off Your List This November

If you're anything like us, you're getting ready to hunker down for the impending holiday rush as November arrives and fall begins its inevitable acceleration toward winter. But before you throw the turkey in the deep fryer and binge on a Lifetime holiday movie marathon (you know who you … [Read more...]

5 Painting Mistakes That’ll Show

Painting can be one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce up a listing. But homeowners can also make a lot of mistakes with this common DIY job. Realtor.com® recently spoke with staging and color experts to find out some of the most obvious mistakes that they see most often. 1. Choosing the … [Read more...]

Survey: Buyers Leery of Online Mortgage Info

Consumers trust real estate professionals and lenders more than online sources or family and friends when it comes to obtaining information about mortgages, according to a new Fannie Mae survey based on 1,000 responses. Recent home buyers surveyed, including younger age groups, say they consulted … [Read more...]

New-Home Sales Hit 10-Year High

Sales of newly built single-family homes rose 18.9 percent last month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This represented the highest sales rate since October 2007, with a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000 units, after an … [Read more...]

The Pet Lover’s Guide to Buying a Home: 6 Things You Might Miss

Peopleimages/iStock If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes, really. Your furry roommates might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than … [Read more...]

Happy Veterans Day!

Wishing all veterans in advance a Happy Veterans Day! … [Read more...]

Time to Brush Up: 9 Ugly Painting Mistakes You’ll Come to Regret

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock To a new homeowner, painting rooms might seem like the ultimate dream. After years of renting white walls that weren't yours to alter even a smidge, you finally get to slather your home in whichever colors you desire. Freedom! But if you're gonna do the job … [Read more...]

Essential Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before You Hire – video

Good questions to ask your inspector: Questions to ask a home inspector before hiring … [Read more...]