20 September 2017

Dirty Work: 7 Scary Warning Signs You Need to Call a Plumber ASAP

Michael Blann/Getty Images Plumbing tends to be one of those things you don’t think about until it’s too late. Average homeowners know their way around a plunger and a bottle of drain cleaner, but that’s typically the extent of most people’s plumbing know-how. That’s why it’s vital to know the warning signs of a clogged […]

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20 September 2017

15 Natural Odor Eliminators to Freshen Up Your Home

MariaBobrova/iStock If you’re having trouble achieving a fresh, clean smell in your house, rest assured—doing so generally does not require industrial-strength chemicals. Unless you’re dealing with a mold infestation, all you need to get the job done is some natural odor eliminators. Go natural! Smell great! But first you need to identify the source of the stink. Take […]

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20 September 2017

9 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew About Selling Your Home

turgaygundogdu/Shutterstock When it comes time to sell your house, having a great listing agent is one of the keys to making it happen. And yet, the agent can’t do it all—your help is needed. Help your agent help you! Ideally, you will have an open, honest relationship with your listing agent. But even then, there are some things your agent might be […]

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19 September 2017

Is Every Offer Shown to the Seller? What to Do If You Think Your Offer Is Being Ignored

kokouu/iStock It’s unsettling to think your offer on a house is being ignored. After all, isn’t it only fair that every offer be shown to the seller? The real deal: While that might seem like a reasonable ask of the seller’s real estate agent, it’s not necessarily required. Is it ethical for an agent to present all offers to the […]

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19 September 2017

#NewHomeProblems So Horrifyingly Hilarious, They Have Their Own Hashtag

suedhang/Getty Images; realtor.com Moving into a new home is exciting for sure, but it also has its share of hassles—all of which can be found in a corner of the internet with the hashtag #newhomeproblems. That’s where social media mavens go to share—through pictures and pithy 140-character phrases—all that annoys them about their new digs. So, whether you want to brace […]

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19 September 2017

After Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Can You Still Rent or Buy a Home?

Bill Oxford/iStock It’s natural to wonder whether you’ll be able to rent or buy a home when you’re faced with filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. After all, everyone has to live somewhere—even those who turn to the court system for help with handling their debts. Applying for bankruptcy will affect your credit history for years to come and can make getting […]

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19 September 2017

9 Cleaning Myths That Could Be Wrecking Your House

monkeybusinessimages/iStock Urban myths live forever on the internet. Enter your PIN backward at an ATM and you’ll summon the police! (Cool, but not true.) The cast of “Friends” is in talks for a reunion! (For the millionth time, this ain’t happening.) Actual sharks were caught up in Hurricane Irma! (No.) With such rampant lies in mind, […]

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18 September 2017

In a Home Trust, How Does One Beneficiary Buy Out the Others?

stocknshares/iStock Inheriting property from a home trust—whether it’s from a parent or other benefactor—can be a fortunate but complex situation. It’s likely that someone close to you has passed away, so emotional distress could cloud your judgment and inhibit you from making a clear-headed decision about what to do with the property. Plus, if multiple people inherit the […]

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18 September 2017

I Live in a 250-Square-Foot Home With My Boyfriend, Baby, and Dog—Here’s How I Deal

Colleen Kane I live in a tiny home—a 250-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment—with my partner, Thaddeus, our 14-month-old daughter, Fiona, and our Lab mix, Addie. I know what you’re wondering: How do we do it? And why? Though tiny houses are all the rage, this is not a deliberate lifestyle choice for us. My family just happens to rent in Brooklyn, NY—one of the […]

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18 September 2017

Contingent Offers Are Useful for Buyers, but Will They Turn Off Sellers?

bernie_photo/iStock If we made a contingent offer, can we still lose the house? If this is a question you’ve been mulling over, welcome to the challenge of selling one home while purchasing another! When homeowners decide it’s time to move to another house, they face the quandary of deciding whether to wait until their old place sells before looking for […]

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18 September 2017

Homeowners Reveal the Worst Purchases They Made After Moving In

Aljndr/iStock; tomap49/iStock During the frenzied excitement that accompanies moving into a new home, you might end up filling it with a few purchases you’ll quickly regret. A couch you loved at the store might look absolutely ginormous in your living room, for instance. Or, those drapes that seemed like they match your carpet to a T might turn […]

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15 September 2017

The Property Brothers Reveal How to Make a Small House Look Larger Than Life

Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott are pros at making small homes seem spacious, but in their latest episode they face a daunting challenge: landing a big sale for a minuscule 960-square-foot cottage in Nashville, TN. In the “Making the Most of Nana’s Gift” episode, the Scotts meet Alex and Sam, a couple who are ready to make the big […]

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