Unless you know the future, buying a new home can feel like a gamble. You’re betting you’ll have the money to pay the mortgage every month for decades. You’re also betting you can afford the taxes, ... Read More about Home Ownership: Savings In The Long Run
My parents just finished remodeling their kitchen. They changed the layout, and installed new cabinets, countertops, and flooring. The result is a much more open kitchen, and one that looks updated ... Read More about Does it Make Sense for You to Remodel Your Home?
Unlike most items we purchase these days, a house isn’t something that you can go out and buy today if you decided that you wanted to. It can take months or years of planning before you’re ready to ... Read More about How to Save Money for the Down Payment on a House
One of the joys (and headaches) of home ownership is embarking on the remodeling projects that will turn your house into your dream home. While no one expects an addition or a remodel to their ... Read More about 3 Home Additions That Will Raise Your Insurance Rates
Whether you are building, remodeling, or just doing a few home improvements, it can help to hire a general contractor. There are those who point out that you can be your own general contractor, and ... Read More about Hiring a General Contractor – What You Need to Know Before Signing a Home-Improvement Contract
When my wife and I moved into our new home a year ago, it marked the first time I had to take care of my own lawn. Before this, I had always lived in apartments, or in a townhome, both of which ... Read More about Should You Hire a Lawn Care Service?
In a perfect world, buying a house would be an easy and fun experience. And truthfully, it is exhilarating finding a new home and laying claim to it. But it’s also frustrating, exhausting, arduous, ... Read More about Home Buying Mistakes
Over the past five years, my husband and I renovated a 1921 Craftsman style bungalow. We learned several things along this journey, including the fastest route to a marital argument. (It’s through ... Read More about Home Improvement Projects Best Left to Professionals
Due to the soft real estate market, selling a home can take years and leave you with a big financial loss. Many home owners have decided that instead of going through the heartache, they’d rather ... Read More about When is Home Renovation Worth It?
Selling your home in a down market is tough. So far, I'm 0 for 2 in selling homes for a loss. My wife and I have owned two homes, and we lost money on both of them. Obviously, no one sets out to ... Read More about Thoughts on Losing $50,000 on Our House – And How it Could Have Been Worse