Homes & Real Estate / Housing Market Trends

  • Strategies for buying the best washer and dryer

      

    With Memorial Day just around the corner, there will be deals galore on appliances. If you're shopping for a new washer or dryer, you don't have to pay big bucks to get the reliability and...

  • 4 simple entry points into home energy savings

      

    Everybody wants to go green and save money, but how exactly do you do it if it’s all new to you? Try these four approaches. Read more: 19 spring home improvements on a...

  • 3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets

      

    If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you can spruce up your old ones -- paint, faux finishes, new hardware,...

  • A look at the fake landlord scam

      

    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...

  • 7 ways your mudroom could be doing double duty

      

    How does your family use its mudroom? If you're like a lot of families, it may be serving as nothing more than a dumping ground for shoes and coats. However, you could be doing more with...

  • 6 ways to remodel with reclaimed materials

      

    With the overall movement in American culture toward being more environmentally conscious, green home design and remodeling is a trend that's here to stay. A big element of that trend is the...

  • What you need to know about home equity

      

    Home equity is a big deal. In fact, the Federal Reserve reports that total home equity grew by $1.165 trillion between 2014 and 2015; today, home equity accounts for 56.9% of household real...

  • How to find a good home inspector

      

    A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. Choosing the wrong inspector could cost you.

  • 6 options for buying a home with little or no money down

      

    Buying a home is an enormous decision, one that has an impact on your credit and finances like no other purchase could. The vast majority of homes are purchased through a mortgage, but most...

  • 5 ways to save money on your next mortgage or refinance

      

    I get asked for advice regarding real estate transactions all the time. One thing pops up over and over again: "Do I just call my mortgage guy to refinance my loan?" Another variation is...

  • 9 accidents homeowners insurance may not cover

      

    Have you read your most current homeowners insurance policy, or did you pay the premium and stash the paperwork for future reference? If you think your policy protects you from every...

  • 6 pros and cons to living large in a tiny house

      

    The average size of a home in 2013 was 2,598 square feet -- an enormous increase over the cozy 1,525 square feet that was the average in 1973. As homes become bigger and mortgages grow to match,...

  • Inexpensive power backup for your home

      

    A new startup is creating affordable battery backup technology that will keep the power on during blackouts.

  • Top 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters

      

    You’ve heard it before: It’s really expensive to live in New York or San Francisco. The amount some people in those cities spend on rent in one year would be enough for a down payment...

  • Saving for a down payment: How much and where to stash it

      

    Are you saving for a down payment on a home? How much will you need and where should you put the money while it's building up? What you need to know about down payment The conventional...