9 Listing Photo Do’s and Don’ts

You have one chance at a great first impression — knock their socks off with listing photos that shine. Your bags are packed, you’re ready to move and the last thing you want to do is follow your agent’s advice about putting time and money into your listing photos. But if you don’t, your photos could prevent the home from selling quickly. Consider these nine do’s and don’ts to help your listing attract the attention it deserves. 1. Do: Take a shot from the curb. Keep your home’s Read more [...]

13 Decor Items Grown Adults Should Never Have in Their Homes

Millennials call it "adulting"—those triumphant/scary moments in life when we discover that we've actually got our acts together, that we're grown-ups tackling grown-up things. In grown-up ways!There are a few common milestones of adulting: Have steady employment. Pay your bills. Know how to cook for yourself. Contribute to a 401(k).If you've checked all of those things off your list, you might be feeling pretty good about your status as a responsible member of human society. Read more [...]

The Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers in 2018 Include Some Shockers

Think San Francisco or New York City would be the most challenging place to buy your first home? Nope—first-time home buyers will struggle far more in Denver. Really.This surprising finding comes from LendingTree's just-released list of the best and worst cities for first-time home buyers. LendingTree researchers ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities not only by the price of homes, but also by other criteria such as the average down payment, the percentage of buyers who have Read more [...]

Will It Become Harder to Afford a Home? Experts Say Yes

Despite a red-hot real estate market, most aspiring buyers can still afford to buy a home—if they can find one. But it may not be that way for much longer.Households bringing in at least $68,000 a year, the national median, could afford about 59.6% of all newly constructed and existing (previously lived in) homes sold in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders report. But that doesn't take into account the most expensive coastal markets Read more [...]

Inflation for Dummies

At its most basic level, inflation is a general increase in prices across the economy and is well-known to all of us. After all, who among us has not reminisced about cheap rents of the past or how little lunch used to cost? And who has not noticed prices on everything from milk to movie tickets creeping upward? In this article, we explore the major types of inflation and touch upon the competing explanations offered by different economic schools. Stagflation and Hyperinflation: Two Extremes Although Read more [...]

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Contractors

When you're building or renovating a home, having the right team on your side makes all the difference. Building or renovating a home is a complex project with plenty of moving parts. Even if you’re planning to take a DIY approach, it’s likely you’ll need some help from contractors along the way. Here’s a guide to the types of contractors you might enlist to help you complete your dream home. General contractors If you think of a general contractor like a general in the military, you Read more [...]

Types of Kitchen Countertops: Which One’s Best for You?

There are many types of kitchen countertops, and each has its particular pros and cons, including the price. Since this surface can have such a big impact on how a kitchen looks, you might be wondering: What's the best kitchen countertop for your home?That depends, of course, on your sense of style and your cooking proclivities. So whether you're looking to renovate your kitchen or are shopping for homes and wondering whether you'll love or hate the counters you see , here's Read more [...]

How to Declutter Your Home Without Throwing Out All Your Stuff

Clutter. The mere mention of the word makes many of us gasp in horror. These days, the overarching mantra is that we should all learn how to declutter, simplify, go all Marie Kondo on our homes until they're bare, minimalist to the extreme. We must toss out everything.But what about those of us who actually like our clutter—or at least the things that make up that disarray—and actually cringe at the thought of sacrificing most of our worldly possessions?The good news Read more [...]

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home That You Won’t Regret

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a paralyzing decision. There are hundreds of hues to wade through, and if you choose wrong, it could ruin your home's ambiance and be expensive and/or time-consuming to fix. That's a whole lot of pressure!All that said, choose you must. (Apologies for the Yoda speak.) And don't worry, selecting the right colors is definitely a task you can handle. One way is with the help of an interior designer or color professional, but you Read more [...]

All-White Kitchens on the Way Out? 7 Design Ideas to Make Yours Look Timeless

A debate has been raging in the design world: Is the trendy, all-white kitchen a stark and soulless space that's a nightmare to keep clean, or is it a stylish, sleek look with timeless appeal?Countless design forecasts (including our own!) have sounded the death knell for the ubiquitous all-white kitchen for some time now. Designers and homeowners—once seduced by the monochromatic space's airy brightness and sleek lines—now generally crave some color, contrast, and warmth."Predominantly Read more [...]