Homes & Real Estate

  • Buying a home? Here are 9 costly mortgage mistakes to avoid

      

    For most Americans, it's pretty safe to say that a house will be the biggest purchase you'll make in your lifetime -- and a mortgage will be the biggest debt you'll ever carry. So...

  • Foreclosure predictions for 2016

      

    The housing market is back on its feet -- or is it? Following the burst of the housing bubble and the crisis that followed, it seemed every other home on any street in the U.S. was in foreclosure....

  • How can you find the best mortgage rates?

      

    Most people are intimidated by the mortgage application process so they only go to one lender for a loan. Yet you know instinctively that shopping around gets you the best price on most anything...

  • 10 top school districts and what it costs to live there

      

    Home buyers with school aged children have more than just location, property values and home features to consider when shopping for a house. A good school district rises to the top of their search...

  • Green home improvements make you more green at resale

      

    I recently spent big bucks to install whole house solar at my home. At the time, I went on air making fun of myself talking about how it may not ever pay off for years and years. In addition, I...

  • 13 handy smartphone apps for home improvement

      

    You probably rely on your smartphone to do a lot of things, but home improvement? While your phone can't replace a full set of tools, only a fool would wield a crowbar much less a power saw...

  • 3 winter hacks to stay warm and save some money

      

    Winter’s finally here and everything seems so hard all of a sudden. Your heating bill has skyrocketed, your holiday debt needs to be paid, and your feet feel like ice cubes, among countless...

  • 7 lessons I learned as an Airbnb host

      

    From 2014 through 2015, I took the crazy leap into becoming an Airbnb host.  I'm a landlord in Atlanta, and I decided to turn one of my rental properties into an AirBnB unit for one...

  • Scented candles might create harmful formaldehyde in your home

      

      Hidden dangers of candles The cost of using scented candles to keep your house smelling fresh could be much higher than you think. According to new research, citrus-scented candles...

  • How to get the best deals on rent in 2016

      

    Looking for a deal on rent is challenging, but it can be done! The apartment market is splitting Older apartments that are not desirable are having by far the fastest increases in rent. This...

  • Should you finance your business with a home equity loan?

      

    The small business sector of the US is often called "the backbone of the economy," and the "engine of job creation." Its importance is the reason the Small Business...

  • 49 winter hacks to help you stay warm and save money

      

    Let's face it: sometimes winter can be harsh -- on your home, car, you and your money. And trying to stay warm can quickly burn a hole in your wallet! But the good news is...

  • Georgia natural gas guide

      

     Which company has the best rate for you? My regular update on natural gas rates in Georgia can help you decide... Here are the low-cost leaders for fixed rate natural gas plans There...

  • How to get trusted referrals for home repairs

      

    Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it had been during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor? I recall back during the bubble how often I'd get calls...

  • 15 things you should never put in the microwave

      

    If you've ever started a small kitchen fire in your home, you aren't alone. In fact, cooking was the leading cause of reported home fires and the third leading cause of home fire...