6 Surprising Reasons to Go to an Open House—Even If You’re Not Buying

Marcelo Santos/Getty Images Perusing online real estate listings can be nothing less than addictive. We've all spent time scouring the internet, ogling homes for sale that we don't intend—or can't afford—to buy. Because it's fun! But would you ever hop in the car and go look at a house in … [Read more...]

7 Blazing-Hot Landscaping Trends That You Can Tap Into This Summer

EpicStockMedia/iStock Balancing trendy touches with classic appeal can be tricky in your home and even trickier in your outdoor spaces. After all, you can always repaint a wall, but no one wants to tear up their entire hedge every year. Luckily for you, we consulted with experts on the top … [Read more...]

8 Dumb Reasons People Can’t Buy a Home

akurtz/Getty Images Buying a home—especially if it’s your first—can be a lot like losing weight in the sense that people end up doing, well, some pretty dumb stuff in the process. But while desperate dieters might waste money on “magical” weight-loss pills or silly exercise … [Read more...]

7 Home Improvements That Could Turn Your Neighbors Against You

GregorBister/iStock The good news: You're upgrading your home! The potential downside? You might be downgrading your neighbors' quality of life in the process. Sadly, not every home or yard improvement you embark upon is a boon for all the people who live around you. Think of it this way: It's … [Read more...]

5 First-Year Mistakes New Owners Make

Homeowners can make a lot of mistakes during that first year in homeownership, especially when eagerness can sometimes lead to ignorance. HouseLogic recently featured several of the most common and costly missteps homeowners most often make in their first year, including: 1. Always going with the … [Read more...]

6 Shocking Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Check

SLRadcliffe/iStock Home inspectors are quite thorough. Before you buy a house, they'll scrutinize things you never thought to look at in your many walk-throughs, from cracks in stucco to how well the toilet flushes. In fact, their checklists include over 1,600 features, all with the goal … [Read more...]

Have a Bad Credit Score? It Could Soon Get Better—but Is It Enough to Buy a Home?

Have a bad credit score that's keeping you from buying a home? You're in luck: In July, credit reports are undergoing a major cleanup that could help. Your credit report and score, of course, are scrutinized by lenders since they reveal how well you've paid off past debts. The problem? A … [Read more...]

Home Security Tips for the Summer

An increase in burglaries during the summer months means it’s time to help safeguard your clients’ homes while they’re away for the season or absent while selling. Ooma, a smart home phone and security company, offers six tips for preventing break-ins. Front door surveillance. Because 34 … [Read more...]

The Butler’s Pantry Is Back in Style

A butler’s pantry could be a strong selling point for your listing. These spaces are often used as staging areas for meal prep and typically include a countertop and cabinets for storing tableware, dishes, serving pieces, and other items. More upscale butler’s pantries may include a dishwasher, … [Read more...]

4 Vacation Home Issues Buyers Should Know

Before purchasing a vacation home, make sure you are ready for the responsibilities of owning a second property. “Costs of owning and renting a vacation home can be very high,” says Todd Huettner, owner of Denver-based lending company Huettner Capital. “The hassles and costs of short-term … [Read more...]