Homes & Real Estate

  • Best and worst home insurers

      

    A new ranking of home insurance companies shows that just focusing on what you pay in premiums isn't necessarily the smartest idea. A July 2015 update of Consumer Reports names the best and...

  • 5 freakishly creative home and garden hacks

      

    For centuries, grandparents have handed down little tricks to help make their heirs' lives easier: little hacks for things that annoy you around the house. How do you keep potatoes fresh? How...

  • 3 reasons you shouldn’t wait to refinance your mortgage

      

    Refinance applications are down to 2009 levels as mortgage rates have shot up past 4 percent again. Homeowners may have been scared away by recent rate increases, but now is still a good time to...

  • 3 big reasons a mortgage prequalification isn't enough to buy a home

      

    Homebuyers are often told they need to prequalify for a mortgage. That's good advice, up to a point; a prequalification is only a baby step toward getting a loan. What's better -- by far...

  • 10 home improvements that can really hurt

      

    Who doesn't want to save money on home improvement projects? That's why so many homeowners turn to DIY every year -- but all too often, they wind up in the emergency room for injuries...

  • 18 confusing mortgage terms explained

      

    If you think mortgage jargon is confusing, you're not alone. And it's not only novice homebuyers who are stumped. Some of the terms are so tricky even the experts don't agree about...

  • 5 mistakes to avoid when installing a natural gas grill

      

    Nothing says "Summer's here!" like firing up the outdoor grill. Is this the year you finally get that natural gas grill or outdoor kitchen? Wouldn't it be nice to free yourself...

  • 10 worst kitchen upgrades you can make

      

    There's a reason they say the kitchen is the heart of your home. Even if you don't cook, it's likely the room where you gather with family and friends. It might also serve as your home...

  • 10 common refinance misconceptions

      

    Evolving regulations and occasional horror stories of traumatic mortgage transactions add confusion to the perception of refinancing. Misconceptions about refinancing are not surprising when...

  • 10 simple (and cheap) backyard upgrades

      

    When summer comes calling, the backyard looks like a haven of fun. But what if yours isn't quite up to par? No worries - these awesome backyard hacks can help you enjoy the great outdoors much...

  • Florida woman, 85, donates home to Army vet injured in Iraq

      

    EUSTIS, Fla. — A wounded veteran and his family are stepping foot into a brand new life on Friday. Because of Army veteran Tommy Travis' sacrifices, a Eustis woman has donated...

  • High or low insurance deductible: Which is better?

      

    Do you have the right amount deductible on your insurance? Save big bucks in the long term with these tips.

  • 6 ways to go green even if you're lazy!

      

    Many people have the best of intentions when it comes to helping the environment, but their plans often come to a screeching halt when going green starts to seem too complicated. Fortunately,...

  • 7 ways to make more from garage sales

      

    Garage sales can be a lot of fun. But not so much if you don't sell stuff. How do you arrange your items so they sell? How do you price those items? How do you earn the most money...

  • 8 home renovation projects to tackle this summer

      

    Summer brings pool parties, ice cream and popsicles, playing in the yard…and renovations. Many homeowners find that some home upgrades are best completed during the warm summer months. The...