Home Buying

Buying A Home Long Distance

The process of purchasing a home can be a complicated and stressful experience, but if you have to purchase a new home in another city the experience can become even more complicated.

Home Buying Negotiating Tips

When it comes to buying a home, the ability and willingness to negotiate is a must for both the buyer and seller.

Buying A Home That Can Grow With Your Family

If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having children, what should you consider to be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you’ll want to ensure that your home will be right for you and your family for years to come.

Earnest Money Deposit

An earnest money deposit, also known as a good faith deposit, is a specific dollar amount that a potential buyer pays to the seller in an effort to display their serious interest in a property.

When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying Budget

When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying Budget

Setting a budget for your home purchase is an important decision.

How To Handle A Motivated Seller

Often ads for homes on the market include the phrase “motivated seller,” and while this sounds as if it may be to your benefit as a home buyer, what does it actually mean?  If a seller is truly motivated you can benefit from a number of potential perks they may be willing to throw in to get their home sold, or they may even be willing to accept a lower offer than the asking price.

Buying Your First Home

Now that you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home, a hearty congratulations is in order!  Becoming a homeowner, especially for the first time, can stir up some feelings of anxiety and excitement.

Examining A Home Objectively - What Matters And What Doesn’t

Examining A Home Objectively: What Matters And What Doesn’t

Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they definitely do not want.

Home Selling

Marketing Tips

If you want potential home buyers to fall in love with your house, they first have to know it’s for sale.

When Should You Accept A Low Bid

If you are selling your home and are motivated to get the deal done quickly, you may be tempted to accept a low bid.

When Is The Right Time To Reduce The Price

Every homeowner must set an asking price when listing their home on the market, but what happens when you don’t receive any offers?  Just as it’s important to know when it’s time to sell, it’s important to recognize the right time to reduce the price.

Selling A House With Pets At Home

When we have pets, they quickly become a part of our family.

Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The Market

Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy.

Home And Garden

Choosing The Best Lighting For Your Space

Whether it is a romantic dining room or a home office, finding the right lighting for each space in your home is essential to making it functional and inviting.

Decorating For Small Spaces

Decorating For Small Spaces

If you live in a smaller home or condo, you face some particular decorating challenges.

A Homeowner's Toolkit

Whether you have just bought your first home or have been a homeowner for some time, chances are that at some point you will be faced with home repairs.

Ten Things Every Gardener Should Know

Gardening is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is also a livelihood for many.

Can A Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home’s Value

When you are planning to sell your home, a bathroom remodel may be one of the best places to increase your home’s value.

The Latest In Window Treatments

Long gone are the days of plastic vertical blinds and grandma’s lacy curtains.

How And When To Prune Roses

To many, a rose is one of the most beautiful flowers in existence.

Green Laundry Tips - Save Money And The Environment

Let’s face it—two of the biggest issues most of us face in today’s world are concerns over the environment and the economy.

Your Home First Aid Kit - Ten Must Haves

It’s a known fact that the majority of accidents occur at home, which is why every household must be equipped with a first aid kit complete with all of the essentials needed to handle life’s unexpected and unfortunate events.

Make Gardening A Family Affair

As adults, we often assume that gardening is designed exclusively for us.

Storage Solutions For Your Child’s Toys

Storage Solutions For Your Child’s Toys

If you have children, you know how quickly they can accumulate toys and other items.

Home Theater Tips And Tricks

Home Theater Tips And Tricks

With home entertainment equipment becoming more and more advanced and the cost of going out for entertainment making it less realistic for many people, creating the perfect home theater is on the list of many homeowners.

Start A Kitchen Herb Garden

There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden to give your health and taste buds a treat.

Is A Pool Right For Your Property

The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer’s day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard, but making the decision about whether a pool is right for your property is more complicated than buying an inflatable bed with a cup holder.

Decorating Ideas For Girls' Rooms

If you have a room that requires a feminine touch, don’t fret.

Hot Decorating Tips

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Home Safety Tips

Your home is your haven and, as such, it should be a place where you feel safe.

Using Your Fireplace Safely

Using Your Fireplace Safely

A fireplace is a great feature in any home, and can create that warm, homey feeling on a cold winter evening that every homeowner dreams of.

Financing Articles

Finding The Best Fit For Your Mortgage

If you are in the market for a new home, or are looking to refinance your mortgage, there are an ever increasing number of lending options that exist for you as a homeowner.

Finding A Mortgage Broker

If you are in the market for a new home, or looking to refinance your existing mortgage, then you will want to consider the option of hiring a mortgage broker rather than an individual lender or lending institution.

Step-By-Step Guide In Obtaining A Home Loan

Now that you’ve decided to purchase a new home, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the loan process.

Shopping For The Best Home Loan

Finding the perfect home is a task, but shopping for the best home loan can be even more tedious.

Types Of Home Loans

If you are in the market for a new home, it’s important that you know what type of loans are available to you.

How Much House You Can Afford

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the affordability of a house and, as a potential homebuyer, it’s important that you know what type of mortgage payments are within your budget.

Holiday Articles

St. Patrick's Day Ideas For Family Fun

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Decorating For The Fourth Of July - Show Your Patriot Pride

Decorating for the Fourth of July is really a great and easy way to show your patriotic pride, and with our nation’s colors of red, white, and blue going so well together, it also couldn’t be easier.

Decorating For Christmas The Green Living Way

Christmas is probably one of the easiest times of the year to use environmentally friendly decorating ideas, and given the more traditional decorating trends for the season and the ever increasing need for all of us to contribute to making the planet a greener place, it’s never been easier.

Easy Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter is often left out when thinking of holiday decorating, but since it is also the beginning of the spring season it is a great time to freshen up your home and add some of the lively and vibrant colors of the season.

Father's Day Gift Giving Ideas He'll Love

Every June, we celebrate our love for dad with Father’s Day and, although we don’t always know exactly what gift to give that could possibly express our gratitude, it is possible to get him something that he will love.

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Valentine’s Day is all about love—and not just between couples!  Kids love to get in on the action, and creating fun Valentine’s crafts to share is a great way to let them have a good time and make something they can give to friends and family to show their love on this special day.

Ways To Thrill Mom On Mother's Day

A mother is someone who looks after you, takes care of you when you are sick and is always there to show you just how much she loves you.

Hanukkah Decorating Ideas

Hanukkah is a very special time of year on the Jewish calendar.

Planning The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

Planning The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

Searching for hidden treasures and tasty sweets is the biggest part of Easter for young children.

Create Kid-Safe Jack O Lanterns

Halloween is a great time of year to let the creativity go wild, and when decorating for this fun and family-oriented holiday, it really wouldn’t be complete without a jack-o’-lantern or two!  While carving pumpkins is the traditional way to create a jack-o’-lantern, if you have young children or kids who want to create jack-o’-lanterns without adult supervision, then it can be a dangerous and risky craft idea.