9 November 2017

What Is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure? An Option for When You Default on Your Mortgage

maybefalse/iStock A deed in lieu of foreclosure is one of the options available to homeowners who default on their mortgage. For borrowers at risk of losing their home, a deed in lieu of foreclosure can be a better solution than a full foreclosure for a number of reasons—chief among them the fact that your credit score will take less […]

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9 November 2017

10 Basic Things Every Homeowner Should Know Before Disaster Strikes

sturti/iStock If a disaster were to strike your home right now, would you know what to do? What would your first move be—besides, you know, panicking? If we’ve learned anything recently, it’s that hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires can affect anyone—at any time. So it’s probably a good idea to take a quick refresher on how to help […]

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9 November 2017

Townhouse for Sale? Here’s What Sellers (and Buyers) Can Expect

When buyers see your townhouse for sale, they might not be aware of everything they’re buying into. For starters, townhouse owners typically enjoy the benefit of having more freedom over making changes to their domain than, say, condo owners or apartment renters. Townhome communities can also win out in terms of the common facilities—like a shared pool or gym—that […]

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9 November 2017

5 Things to Never Buy at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Other Big Hardware Store

M_a_y_a/iStock It’s inevitable: For homeowners, all paths eventually lead to Home Depot or Lowe’s—and for good reason.These big-box hardware stores are the place where a dizzying array of faucets, crown moldings, ceiling fans, toilet seats, paint colors, and other supplies abound to inspire DIYers to dabble in a little (or a whole lot of) home improvement. Especially when you see it’s so […]

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8 November 2017

What’s That Smell? It Could Be Stink Bugs Invading Your Home

claudiodivizia/iStock As autumn’s chill firmly takes hold, if you’re really on your game, you’ve been systematically sealing up your home to protect it from the usual pests that find their way indoors: mice, rats, and the requisite creepy-crawlies. But there might be one you’re not looking for, and let us warn you—it stinks. Scientists say Asian stink bugs, which have been worrying farmers […]

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8 November 2017

The Ultimate Stylish and Durable Home Decor for People With Pets

Kerkez/iStock You undoubtedly love your pet, but cats and dogs can be rough ‘n’ tough on your home furnishings. But having animal companions doesn’t mean you have to live with torn couches, stained rugs, and claw-gouged floors. Really! You just have to shop carefully for beautiful things that can withstand being in the same house as your four-legged […]

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8 November 2017

How Do I Change the Real Estate Closing Date on a House?

NoDerog/iStock; realtor.com When you go through the process of buying a house, you might have to change the real estate closing date. It’s actually fairly common for the buyer or the seller to request this kind of adjustment, so don’t be alarmed if it happens to you. Let’s take a closer look at the closing process and why someone […]

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8 November 2017

Selling Your Home? 8 Uncomfortable Realizations You’ll Have Before You Succeed

kali9/iStock; realtor.com Selling a home is just one of those experiences you’ve got to go through to truly understand—it’s a lot more involved, emotional, and exasperating than you might think. As a real estate agent in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, for the past four years, I’ve worked with lots of home sellers. And I’ve seen […]

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7 November 2017

What Is a Garden Tub? A Hot New Bathroom Amenity Explained

KristianSeptimiusKrogh/iStock What is a garden tub? Also called a soaking tub, it’s a free-standing, oval-shaped tub that’s far larger, deeper, and more comfortable than the usual model—and a luxury bathroom amenity that’s quickly gaining steam. Whether you’re doing a bathroom remodel or building a new home, here’s what to consider when choosing a garden tub, from materials to […]

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7 November 2017

My Epic Struggle to Clean a House That’s Packed With Pets

kozorog/iStock My family has one dog, two cats, a gerbil, and a pony. Although I adore them all and would never give them up (OK, maybe the gerbil if I knew for certain he was going to a really good home), my menagerie of pets does present a conundrum: How do I keep my house clean? While I’m not OCD-level obsessive about […]

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7 November 2017

How to Sell a Home With Two Mortgages

iStock; realtor.com If you’ve tapped the lender well twice and hold two mortgages on one house, you might think selling that house will be a challenge. After all, having two mortgages doesn’t mean you owe more on the house—it just means you have loans coming from two different sources. So what actually happens when it’s time to […]

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7 November 2017

‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’ Adds a Woman’s Touch: ‘She’s a Boss’

Bravo “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” is back for Season 10, with all your favorite La-La Land real estate agents shooting off more fireworks, as well as the debut of the show’s first female agent, Tracy Tutor Maltas. In the season premiere, “She’s a Boss,” it quickly becomes clear that this Bravo show’s veterans—Josh Altman, Josh Flagg, Madison Hildebrand, David Parnes, and […]

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