6 November 2017

11 Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate to Weed Out the Weirdos Fast

ErmanCivici/iStock Picking a roommate is a bit different from picking a spouse, a pet, or a nice couch—it’s a giant leap into the great unknown. What are some questions to ask a potential roomie to help you separate the special someone you can happily live with from all the freaks and weirdos who will drive you nuts? […]

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6 November 2017

Why You Should Still Talk to a Lender Even If You’re Not Ready to Buy a Home

BrianAJackson/iStock If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly expenses. Whatever the circumstances, every borrower and financial situation is unique. Unless you’re a financial expert, it’s best not to self-diagnose your financial […]

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6 November 2017

Co-op vs. Condo: What’s the Difference Between These Types of Homes?

sx70/iStock Urban dwellers and potential buyers who want to purchase a new home in a common building or community will likely consider two types of properties: co-op and condo. Although they’re similar in size and appearance, a co-op (short for “cooperative”) and a condo (short for “condominium”) are actually quite different. To help you decide which property is right for you—and […]

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6 November 2017

‘Flip or Flop Fort Worth’: These House Flippers Will Make You Feel Better About the U.S.

HGTV Attention, “Flip or Flop” fans! The premiere episode of “Flip or Flip Fort Worth” recently aired on HGTV, and house renovation duo Ashley and Andy Williams are far more inspiring than, say, embattled former lovebirds Tarek and Christina El Moussa (sorry, guys, we love you but…). Sure, it follows the same format of husband contractor, wife designer. But this cute couple have the unique twist […]

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3 November 2017

These 8 Household Items Are Going Extinct (How Many Are in Your Home?)

deepblue4you/iStock From that convenient Keurig machine in the kitchen to the luxurious waterfall shower head in the bathroom, we’ve done a pretty thorough job of outfitting our homes with the latest modern amenities. But as we embrace the new, the old, everyday items we once relied on are all but disappearing. It’s all part of the changing game of taste—often accelerated […]

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3 November 2017

The Property Brothers Bust a ‘Shameful’ Contractor Who Hid a Doozy in the Walls

HGTV On “Property Brothers,” Jonathan and Drew Scott have seen a lot of houses that could stand for big-time, floorboard-to-rooftop improvement, but in the latest episode of this HGTV show, they are downright outraged to see what one shady contractor has done. The sitch: In the “Lakeside Dreaming” episode, Tre, Amanda, and their young children Zoey and Thomas have outgrown their […]

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3 November 2017

What Is the Difference Between Housing Repossession and Foreclosure?

Vaniatos/iStock Housing repossession and foreclosure are legal processes that both refer to a creditor taking away your home. These processes are similar, but they have significant differences. “Foreclosure refers to the process that your lender must follow if you go into default on your home loan and stop making payments,” says real estate expert Michele Lerner. States have different regulations for how long […]

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3 November 2017

Home Decor Ideas for People Who Love Their Dogs a Little Too Much

ChesiireCat/iStock Believe the cliché! Dogs are indeed man’s best friend. So why not express this bond with doggy doorknobs? Or pillows made from your dog’s hair (no joke) and festooned with clever statements calling all that doggie fur in your house “tiny strands of love”? You can have all this and more, thanks to a bumper crop of home decor items that pay […]

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2 November 2017

What Is a Real Estate Broker vs. a Real Estate Agent (and Which Should You Hire)?

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock What is a real estate broker? Many people think that real estate agent and real estate broker are interchangeable titles, but there are actually key differences. Here’s what you need to know. What is a real estate broker? A real estate broker is someone who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and passed a […]

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2 November 2017

‘We Gave Up the Perfect Apartment for Our Pet’

Sasha Brown-Worsham If you had to choose between having the perfect apartment or a sweet, sloppy, loving pet, which would you pick? Fifteen years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in this situation when we adopted a stray dog named Rocky—all high-strung energy and cuddles concentrated in a tiny Chihuahua body. He suited us perfectly. The only problem? We didn’t […]

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2 November 2017

Offering Over Asking Price on a Home: When to Pull Out the Cash and When to Hold Back

erhui1979/iStock One tried and true method for standing out among hordes of eager home buyers is to offer more money than the asking price. It’s a tactic that makes sense: When a well-priced house in a great neighborhood goes on the market, you’ll need to do something to get the seller’s attention. Extra cash could be just the thing to […]

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2 November 2017

Electric Car Charger Installation in Your Home: True Costs—and What You Need to Know

xbusto/iStock When shopping for an electric vehicle, you have to consider the cost of both the car and the electric car charger. Fueling an electric vehicle is as simple as plugging it in—you can wake up to a fully charged vehicle. However, choosing the right charging station for your household can be quite a bit more complicated. So whether […]

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