The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Paint, dust, and moisture can all make a window stick. Luckily, you can get a window working again in just a few easy steps. 1. Fix a leaky toilet. Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and.. read more →

🏠 Home Appraisal: Do I really need one?

There are many different reasons why it’s necessary to have a home appraised. A home appraisal is a monetary valuation of your property, and if you are buying or selling a home you will want to know what the home is worth. Your local tax department will use an appraisal to determine how much you.. read more →

Keep Your Kids Happy and Yourself Sane During a Remodel: 5 Tips

1.  Don’t Skip Self-Care Keeping your kids sane through a remodel starts with keeping yourself sane. Children pick up on your emotions. If you’re stressed, exhausted, and anxious, they’ll reflect those feelings right back at you. “When you’re in an airplane, they say put the oxygen mask on yourself first, then you can help the.. read more →

Paying $83 for Your Home Deed is $80 Too Much

A company called Property Transfer Services is sending letters to homeowners across the country encouraging them to get a copy of their property deed for only $83. Don’t bite at that offer. It’s a rip-off, and Property Transfer Services has a failing grade of “F” from the Delaware Better Business Bureau. You can get a.. read more →

Rising Home Prices Create Affordability Issues for Homebuyers

Home prices rose strongly in the lion’s share of U.S. metro areas in the fourth quarter of 2013, data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® shows. As homes became more expensive, however, they became less affordable, particularly for Western homebuyers. The national median existing single-family home price was $196,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10.1%.. read more →

How Much Tougher is It to Get Approved for a Mortgage?

A raft of new mortgage lending rules going into effect this month change the way consumers borrow and pay back home loans. Designed to put behind us the irresponsible lending that disrupted the housing market and badly damaged the U.S. economy, the changes: Protect you from bad mortgage lenders. Set clear standards for what a.. read more →

Want to Complain About Your Lousy Mortgage Closing?

Think it took a long time to close your last purchase or refi mortgage? How about more than seven hours? That’s what happened to a couple of folks I know in Texas, and theirs is just one of many stories I’ve heard about things, ranging from interest rates that rise to mysterious appearance of random.. read more →

Preparing Your Home for a Quick Sale

If you are getting ready to sell your home or know someone who is, there are several small and inexpensive things any owner can do to help prepare it for the market. You need to have a plan which includes making small repairs in the most important rooms of your home, cleaning everywhere within your.. read more →

Lasting Love: 3 Ways Your Remodel Will Keep You Happy for Years to Come

1.  Expanding Living Space — Outside Florida’s called the Sunshine State for a reason, but what’s the point of all that vitamin D without a proper spot to enjoy it? When Jane Watkins purchased her Miami home 13 years ago, it offered a pool and plenty of yardage — but little outdoor living space. Watkins.. read more →

This Common DIY Mistake Can End Up Costing You a Bundle. These 5 Tips Will Protect You

They bought a new piece of PVC pipe to replace the cracked one. “We installed it, glued it, gave it 24 hours to cure. The next day we turned on the water and it busted at the seams. We had extra pipe and did it again, this time allowing it to cure for two days… read more →