Why the real estate boom could keep going for years

October 12, 2020

Even after reaching all-time high average prices and sales numbers not seen since the height of the 2000s boom, the housing market still has lots of room to run, experts say. What’s happening: There were fears in late 2019 and early this year that price levels had outpaced income growth and become unsustainable — but record-low mortgage rates […]


Your Essential Fall Maintenance Checklist: 8 Things You Really Should Do Before the First Frost

October 9, 2020

Ah, fall: The nip of the first chill in the air. The colorful foliage. The pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkin spice everything. Oh yeah, and the long list of home maintenance tasks awaiting you at the start of the season. We hate to intrude on your fall bliss, but the postsummer months are a critical time […]


What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood

October 7, 2020

From Houselogic Whether a flood is caused by ground water, falling water, or home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home and family and give you the best outcome possible with your insurance company. Avoid […]


12 Fresh Fall Container Designs for Your Home and Garden

October 5, 2020

From Houzz If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your entryway or patio for fall, look no further than this fresh batch of container gardens — with tips from the designers on how to arrange your own. These rich designs combine fall favorites with unexpected ingredients, including preserved lotus pods, orange succulents and jewel-like […]


5 Projects to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

October 2, 2020

From Zillow Not surprisingly, a recent Zillow survey¹ found that most people — 81% — reported spending more time at home this year compared to the same time last year. Some of us might be feeling a little stir-crazy, but others are taking the opportunity to tackle home improvement projects. You may decide to change up […]


U.S. existing home sales approach 14-year high; prices scale record peak

September 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. home sales surged to their highest level in nearly 14 years in August as the housing market continued to outperform the overall economy, but record high home prices could squeeze first-time buyers out of the market. The report from the National Association of Realtors confirmed home sales had recovered after slumping […]


7 Things Professional Organizers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Do

September 28, 2020

Think it’s high time to organize your closet, declutter your junk drawer, or tame the chaos in your kids’ rooms—or maybe your entire house? Home organization is a worthwhile pursuit—but according to home organization experts, even the best intentions can be easily derailed. Yup, there’s a right way to sort and arrange your stuff, and […]


No, the Pandemic Is Not Emptying Out America’s Cities

September 25, 2020

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story about how there are bidding wars for homes in tristate area suburbs, and how urban apartment dwellers (especially those with kids) are worried about the uncertainties of living in crowded cities come winter. It’s the latest piece to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on national housing markets, and seems […]


The Real Estate Market Is Hot. First-Time Buyers, Keep Your Cool

September 23, 2020

By Barbara Marquand Shopping for your first house is stressful enough, but when you’re finally ready to be a homeowner and the pickings are slim, the process can become a roller-coaster ride of hope and fear. “Buyers walk in a home and say, ‘This is it!’ Then, they see all the business cards [from other […]


4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

September 21, 2020

Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we’re getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It’s also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance. Stain the Deck Image: Mark and Luzy Gunter-Smith Check Fire Extinguishers Image: CSA Images/Mod Art Collection/Getty According to the Red Cross, fires increase in the fall and winter. […]