Homes & Real Estate / Home Ownership

  • How a $2.50 lightbulb can save you $70

      

    LED bulbs put money in your pocket over time. Clark does the math, and tells you where you can score a really hot deal on a 2-pack right now.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 12 things I learned when buying my first home

      

    My name is Tim Manni, I’m a 32-year-old first-time homebuyer. While my wife briefly owned a co-op prior to our home purchase, I was a career renter up until last month. Despite immersing...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 5 things you probably didn't know about inheriting a house

      

    Inheriting a house may seem like winning the lottery, but you need to be prepared to make a number of tough financial and emotional decisions. Here are 5 important things you probably...

  • 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...

  • 3 Bad Choices That Can Kill Your Home's Value

      

    By Iris Price of ImprovementCenter.com When you buy a house, are you already thinking about the day you sell it and its potential value? Unless you're a house-flipper, that's...

  • 13 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

      

    Reader's Digest recently ran an article titled "13 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You" that offers some sobering caveats from convicted burglars. Here are 13 secrets of home...

  • How To Hire The Best Moving Companies

      

    People are moving again in larger numbers and it's a good time to take a look at how to hire a reputable mover. The price quotes in the moving industry are dictated heavily by supply and...

  • The Truth About the Cost of Escrow Payments

      

    Ever since I bought my first house, the concept of escrow payments has always seemed unfair to me.  Many banks will allow you to stop making escrow payments to them, but they charge a fee for...