16 November 2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know a VA Loan Could Do for You

realtor.com Because of the bravery and sacrifices of veterans and active military, the rest of the country’s civilians can live the American dream in safety. As one tangible way to say “thank you for your service,” current and former members of the military have access to Veterans Affairs home loans. These unique mortgage options allow veterans and […]

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16 November 2017

How to Host a Huge Thanksgiving in a Small Space

PeopleImages/iStock Want to host a giant Thanksgiving dinner, but think it’s hopeless because you live in a tiny apartment or other wee space? Never fear—you don’t need the powers of Houdini to squeeze your guests around your breakfast nook, or that turkey and stuffing and pie into your overcrowded oven. Hosting can happen in any-size home, if you know a few tricks to make […]

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16 November 2017

5 Surprisingly Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays

iStock; realtor.com Turkeys and tinsel, dreidels and pumpkin pie. Yes friends, the holidays are here again, and it’s the perfect time for … house hunting? OK, we know you’re busy enough planning family feasts and much-needed vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a big-ticket item […]

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15 November 2017

Just Moved? 7 Tips for Making Your New Community Feel Like Home

Spiderplay/iStock Moving into a new house involves more than arranging furniture and getting your kids acclimated to a different school. To feel truly comfortable and settled in another city or state, you’ll want to make connections with neighbors and community members. Sure, it can feel awkward extending a hand to introduce yourself. But if you dive right in, […]

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15 November 2017

7 Kitchen Items You Really Need for Thanksgiving: Do You Have Them All?

iStock; realtor.com Nobody wants unnecessary kitchen clutter. Marie Kondo and Alton Brown have drilled it into our heads that our artfully arranged kitchen storage spaces should be stocked (never stuffed) only with multipurpose, untrendy, chef-style kitchen gear; leave the Spiralyzer for somebody else’s yard sale! And yet, if you’re planning to host a classic turkey-and-fixin’s Thanksgiving […]

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14 November 2017

‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’: How to Find a Bargain in a Hot Market

BRAVO ‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” is proof positive that real estate is a competitive, cutthroat business … not just for home buyers and sellers, but the agents who fight on their behalf. And in the latest episode of this hit Bravo show, “A Tantalizing Offer,” you get to see just how far these intrepid agents […]

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14 November 2017

5 Home Organization Ideas That Are Also Gorgeous (Bye-Bye, Storage Bins)

Matthew Williams Home organization is essential to, well, being able to find stuff … but is it beautiful? Not so much. If you’re tired of being told to stash your possessions in clunky storage bins, then you’ll definitely want to check out a new book out this week, titled “Remodelista: The Organized Home.” Remodelista, a home decor site launched 10 years ago […]

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13 November 2017

Close Off an Open Kitchen?! This ‘Flip or Flop’ Couple’s Riskiest Renovation Yet

HGTV Open kitchens are all the rage these days—which is why we were stunned to see Ashley and Andy Williams close one off in the latest episode of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth.” The backstory: These veteran Lone Star state house flippers (who are military veterans to boot) have bought a two-bedroom, two-bath home in Hurst, TX. It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s highly […]

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13 November 2017

The Short Sale Process: 5 Steps to Break Free of Mortgage Trouble for Good

Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images The short sale process can seem intimidating, yet getting a handle on the steps can make it a lot less scary—and help home sellers navigate a difficult financial situation without too much damage. A short sale—where homeowners sell their property for less than they owe on their mortgage—is often the last resort for people who can’t […]

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10 November 2017

The Property Brothers Find the Ultimate Reno Budget Killer (Is It in Your Home, Too?)

HGTV On “Property Brothers,” Jonathan and Drew Scott always seem to be under the gun to bring their projects in on time and on budget—but it’s especially challenging this week in an episode called “Miles Apart.” The sitch: George and Jen are looking for a newer, larger home closer to family and friends—a place where their extended family […]

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10 November 2017

How to Get Rid of PMI: Tips to Ditch Private Mortgage Insurance Fast

SIphotography/iStock Most people with private mortgage insurance want to know how to get rid of it. And for good reason: PMI tacks on a substantial extra fee to your already massive mortgage payments. Lenders traditionally require PMI for borrowers who put down less than 20% on a house. Of course, it’s a godsend if you couldn’t afford a home otherwise. But once you have PMI, […]

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10 November 2017

8 Things Pets Secretly Hate About Your Home

sankai/iStock We’re crazy about our pets, but have you ever asked yourself what your house looks like from your dog or cat’s perspective?If not, it’s time to put yourself in your pet’s paws. According to animal behaviorists and vets, certain features or items in a home can make dogs and cats mighty uncomfortable. So if you want to […]

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