12 September 2017

With an Offer on the Table, Is It Still Wise to Show Your Home?

Fotoamator/iStock As a home seller, you wait for this moment: At long last, you’ve found a (nearly) perfect buyer. You’ve accepted the offer, which means you’re in wedded bliss and off the market, so to speak, right? Not so fast! Just as a romantic relationship can go sour, so can your real estate transaction. No matter how perfectly matched […]

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12 September 2017

Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

Marc Bruxelle/iStock Landlords wield an awful lot of power over their tenants—and where there’s power, it’s likely to be abused. We’re not saying all landlords are awful, but some sure can get annoying, or offensive, or leave you in the lurch. To help guide you through these dicey scenarios, here’s a field guide to five types of landlords you might encounter. […]

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12 September 2017

Live the Dream: 7 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Bedroom Look Expensive

2Mmedia/iStock Of all of your home’s spaces, the bedroom might just be the most sacred. It’s your sanctuary, your refuge, your retreat—and it should feel luxurious, even if you don’t have the cash to back it up. The good news: Tricking out your bedroom space doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve consulted with the nation’s best design […]

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12 September 2017

If the Contract Has Expired, Can a Real Estate Agent Get Commission?

conejota/iStock Despite you and your listing agent’s best efforts, your home didn’t get any interest from buyers. It’s been a couple of months and your contract is set to expire, meaning that your agent is no longer legally obligated to represent you. That means you no longer have to pay the commission, right? Not exactly. Whether or not a real […]

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11 September 2017

3 Foreclosure Alternatives: What to Do Before Your Mortgage Goes Underwater

DS011/iStock Maybe you’ve missed a couple of monthly mortgage payments. Maybe a notice of default from your lender is looming right now. You understand the severity of the situation, but what most homeowners don’t know is that foreclosure is not the only option you have when you’re no longer able to afford your house. The first step […]

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11 September 2017

Real Estate Agents Reveal the Toughest Home Buyers They’ve Ever Met

MattKay/iStock Real estate agents have the pleasure (or sometimes misfortune) of working with an array of home buyers—some good, some bad, and some who drive them totally bonkers. Of course, as is the case with most annoying people, these buyers probably had little self-awareness of the pain they were inflicting. And since it’s never wise to get on the […]

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11 September 2017

8 Doghouse Ideas That’ll Put Snoopy’s Digs to Shame

realtor.com Most prefab doggie home products on the market tend to be a bit of a snooze: They’re plastic or metal, and they’re all built for pooches who spend a lot of time outdoors. But what if you’ve got a canine who sticks to the indoors but still seems to crave its own space in your house? Lucky for you, there […]

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11 September 2017

Buying a Home? Ask Your Partner These 4 Questions First

SolisImages/iStock Buying your first home is incredibly exciting, but there’s also more than a little bit of stress that comes with it. A house is a big purchase, and it brings a whole host of new hurdles beyond the initial price tag. If you’ll be purchasing your first house with your significant other, one way […]

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8 September 2017

Cheap Moving Boxes, Trucks, and Other Money-Saving Hacks Revealed

IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock If you’re moving, you might be wondering where to score cheap boxes, packing supplies, and, while we’re at it, trucks and movers! And it’s smart that you’re looking to save, since moving is not only a pain in the neck (and lower back, and feet), but also a major drain on your wallet. The average move costs $1,170 if you’re moving […]

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8 September 2017

6 Laundry Room Ideas to Make Washing Clothes Actually Enjoyable

irina88w/iStock A pile of dirty clothes can be a big and odorous drag, but smart laundry room ideas and storage solutions can make doing the wash less of a hassle. You know already that laundry never ends—there’s always another basket of sweaty workout gear and used towels right around the corner—but fortunately, it doesn’t have to take place in […]

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8 September 2017

Watch Drew Scott Dance (and Fix Up a Horse Farm) on ‘Property Brothers: Buying & Selling’

HGTV On the same day it’s announced that Drew Scott will be competing in this season of “Dancing With the Stars,” HGTV airs an episode of “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” in which Drew breaks out a few dance moves. Coincidence? We think not. In the episode “No Horsing Around,” Drew and his brother Jonathan tackle the remodel of a […]

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8 September 2017

Buying Outdoor Furniture? 6 Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

allenmorrisphoto/iStock The vestiges of summer are fast slipping away, along with all those lazy afternoons and evenings spent lounging outside. But before you hermetically seal yourself indoors for the next six months or so, consider this: Now is actually the best time to buy brand-new outdoor furniture that you can enjoy next summer. Just as January is the hot […]

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