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This Is the Best Time of Year to Get a Mortgage

January 27, 2021

If you’re playing the waiting game with mortgage rates, you may not want to wait much longer. A new study from Haus, the home-finance startup created by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, examined what role seasonality, loan size, credit scores and other factors play in the mortgage rates that lenders offer borrowers. The study found that much like […]


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5 Stress-Reducing Tips for Planning Your Long-Distance Move

January 25, 2021

Move-in day excitement shouldn’t be overshadowed by moving day anxiety. Some smart preparation can go a long way towards making moving a little more uplifting (and a little less heavy lifting). Here are 5 things you can do leading up to your move to make for less stress on moving day. 1. Consider Your Move […]


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Good Riddance to Open Floor Plans and Cabinets Galore: Top Kitchen Trends of 2021

January 22, 2021

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes. For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the […]


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How the Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines Could Help—and Hurt—the U.S. Housing Market

January 20, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis have caused immeasurable hardship and pain across the U.S. Paradoxically enough, the crisis has also served as a turbocharged shot to the housing market. Feverish buyers rushed into the market just as COVID-19-shy sellers pulled their homes off—forcing buyers into bidding wars and pushing prices up to […]


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HOME IMPROVEMENT 7 Winter Home Maintenance Tasks That Will Save You Money (and Your Sanity)

January 18, 2021

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we’re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we’ve put off or let slip through the cracks. And we hate to break it to you, but it’s time to get to work. We know you’re wondering if […]


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Second Home vs. Investment Property: What’s the Difference?

January 15, 2021

You hear these terms thrown around all the time: Second home, investment property, vacation home, rental property. But is there any real difference among them? And does it even matter what you call it? As it turns out, there are some very big differences between second homes and investment properties, especially if you are financing it. “Both […]


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Lessons From Listing Photos: Why This Modest Home Sold in 5 Days and Grew In Value

January 13, 2021

It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets. All over the country, housing markets […]


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Bring on New Beginnings With These 5 Beautifully Bold Bedroom Design Trends

January 11, 2021

A new year is the perfect time for new beginnings, especially when it comes to your home decor. And what better space to refresh than the room where you start each new day? To provide you with inspiration for your decor endeavors, we turned to Instagram (as we do every week) and we scrolled through […]


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What Is New-House Smell? A Reality Check on the Risks, and How To Get Rid of It

January 8, 2021

While most of us are familiar with new-car smell—that distinct scent of a brand-new automobile—home buyers might have caught a whiff of another scent entirely during their home-shopping spree: new-house smell. What exactly is new-house smell? Also known as new-construction smell, it’s essentially a combination of smells given off by the many materials that go […]


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Experts Predict What The Housing Market Will Be Like In 2021

January 6, 2021

The housing market has been on fire this year with record-low mortgage rates and a sudden wave of relocations made possible by remote work. Meanwhile, home prices have pushed new boundaries as buyer demand continues to surge. As we near the end of 2020, here’s a look at the expectations of real estate experts for […]


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