Homes & Real Estate / Home Ownership

  • 7 tax credits every homeowner should be aware of

      

    The benefits of home ownership are many. There is, of course, the monetary investment you hope will increase over time, and even more than that, most people gain a sense of stability and belonging...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 6 home maintenance tasks you have to learn to do

      

    Good home maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your place in good repair. But there are many home maintenance points that homeowners might skimp on or even ignore altogether. Here are the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Buy or rent? The new view of the American Dream

      

    Once upon a time, the American Dream was to own your own home, complete with the proverbial white picket fence. But over the past few decades, that dream has been shifting to something less...

  • 9 easy ways to cut your home heating costs

      

      Sunshine and warm temperatures over the past few months made it easy to forget what winter is really like -- and then January arrived. For much of the U.S., the first of the year...

  • 5 design tricks for a small kitchen

      

    The American kitchen has doubled in size over the last three decades, growing to an average of 300 square feet. These days, the kitchen is not only where we cook, but where we entertain, where the...

  • New robotic bricklayer can build a house in just two days

      

    Australian robotics company, Fastbrick Robotics, has created a bricklaying robot that lays bricks 20 times faster than a human bricklayer -- and is 10 years in the making.  At first...

  • 5 starter home tips for Millennials with student loan debt

      

    You're in your 20s or 30s and saddled with student loan debt. Maybe you're not yet earning what you expected this far out from graduation, and now you're wondering how to save for a...

  • Beware of foreclosures being rented by fake landlords

      

    If you're in the market for a new apartment, beware of criminals acting as bogus landlords who may try to rent you a foreclosure. Read more: Best and worst door locks for your money A...