For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it’s a common misconception that you always need 20 percent down to buy a home.
Here’s the lowdown on the most popular low-down alternative payment options! … More First-time homebuyers: You’re closer to a down payment than you think
Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.
Here are 5 things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home. … More Paw-sitive Reinforcement: 5 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move
Schools can have a big impact on property value and quality of life. If you’re buying a home, here are a few reasons local school ratings matter – even if you don’t have kids. … More 5 Reasons School Ratings Matter (Whether you have kids or not)
Whether you wish to reduce your impact on the environment or just want to live a simpler life, downsizing may be the next big step to reaching your tiny home plans. If you’re ready to take the leap to downsize and declutter, here are a few tips to help get you started. … More Tiny Home Plans? 5 Tips for Downsizing
Parenting comes with some surprises: diaper blowouts, kindergarten homework and intensely competitive soccer games. But one fun surprise is the colorful art collection you’ll accumulate while watching your little Picasso’s creativity blossom through the years. … More Is that An Ash Tray? Four Ways to Showcase Your Child’s Art
December capped off 2017 with record-breaking home prices, speedy sales and low inventory. One thing is for sure is that the real estate market is on fire, and there’s no indication the flames will be dying down anytime soon. Here are key points from January’s report: 1. Homes are selling fast In December, homes spent an average … More January 2018 Housing Report: 4 Things to Know
Once upon a time, the idea of renting out your home to a stranger while you left for vacation was considered quite odd. Enter changing consumer attitudes, the “sharing economy” and online services such as Airbnb, FlipKey (owned by TripAdvisor) and VRBO (owned by HomeAway, which is now owned by Expedia). Today, renting a room … More 3 Things to Consider Before Registering Your Home on a Short-Term Rental Site
It happens a lot. The dream vacation on the beach, at the lake or on the ski slopes suddenly morphs into a dream of buying a piece of paradise.
If you’re considering buying a property in your dream getaway area, here are some preparatory steps you can take as you embark on your search. … More Vacation Property: Dream Responsibly
In the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home. … More 6 Decisions to Make Before the Home Search
One of the best pieces of advice you can heed when it comes to buying a house is to order a home inspection. Regardless of whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or an old pro, you might have on rose-colored glasses when it comes to buying a house – your future home. … More Reality Check: Why Home Inspections Matter