Homes & Real Estate

  • 8 painless ways to pare down

      

    I recently moved out of a fifth-floor walk-up apartment. Moving a dozen and a half boxes down five flights of stairs caused me to ponder the question: “Do I really need all of this...

  • Steps to take to avoid moving company ripoffs

      

    Some movers might move half your stuff, but charge full price. How to prevent these and other moving scams.

  • How to get the best deals on rent

      

    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...

  • 5 natural ways to get rid of pests

      

    Our world is filled with chemicals. Pesticides are commonly used as a quick way to get rid of any pests that might plague the house, yard, or garden, but we all pay a price for this convenient...

  • 10 ways you're ruining your home - and how not to

      

    Your home represents one of the most important facets of your life. Just as you wouldn't ignore the needs of your kids, spouse, or pets, you can't neglect your home if you want it to...

  • Veteran gets mortgage-free home during Tim McGraw concert

      

    Country music superstar Tim McGraw performed Thursday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and he brought more than his music act. He also brought a special gift for a local...

  • Fast Internet connection adds $5,000 to your home's value

      

    When you go to buy a home, a new study shows you'll pay substantially more for that home if it has access to very fast Internet. What's been called "the digital divide" is...

  • 5 common contractor scams and how to avoid them

      

    The vast majority of building and remodeling contractors are honest, hardworking, contentious people who take a great deal of pride in their work. Unfortunately, like any profession, it can only...

  • 8 common refinance mistakes

      

    With mortgage rates around 4 percent, it's still a great time to refinance your mortgage.  But you want to make sure you avoid simple mistakes so you get the savings that you...

  • Buying a home? 15 ways to shop for the lowest mortgage rates

      

    When purchasing a home, shopping for the lowest mortgage rates is an essential strategy that can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. For the best results, shop with a plan....

  • Trader Joe's beats Whole Foods in the home value wars

      

    In the market for a new home? Finding the right fit has gotten so much more complicated than just making sure you're in the right school district! The New York Post reports there's an...

  • Pros and cons of reverse mortgages for seniors

      

    Reverse mortgages remain a popular lure for cash-strapped seniors, but what's good in theory is often abysmal in execution. A reverse mortgage allows someone who is "house rich and...

  • Top 5 lessons learned from an under $5,000 complete kitchen remodel

      

    Ok, I'll admit it, we're still finishing up the kitchen. Things take a bit longer when you've got a 3 and 1 year old. BUT, we've hit most of the major milestones, and are at least...

  • Find the best interest rates for a mortgage or refinance

      

    It is a terrible fact of life that getting a mortgage is the biggest pain in the rear just about of any financial thing you will ever have to do. Just when you think you've given them every...

  • Georgia natural gas guide

      

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