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Air Conditioner Issues Q: The second story of my house is much warmer in the summer months than the lower level. Why is this, and what can I do to reduce the temperature difference between the upstairs and downstairs? A: Cooling the upstairs of a home can be difficult — especially if the HVAC air … [Read more...]

Why Housing Is on Track for a Good Year

Low mortgage rates and strong job growth are giving the housing market one of its best years in decades—even as overall economic growth has weakened—according to Freddie Mac’s monthly Outlook report for May. The report’s optimism is a change from the mortgage giant’s previous predictions, … [Read more...]

What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen revamps tend to be one of the most popular home remodeling projects. About 10.2 million American households tackled a kitchen remodel or replacement work in 2015, according to a recent report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Homeowners tend to want new flooring, countertops, … [Read more...]

Appreciation Sensation: The Real Factors That Boost Your Home’s Bottom Line

The galloping real estate market is a scary and exhilarating thing. On the one hand, as home prices soar, how on earth will you ever buy one? On the other, assuming you do pull off the biggest purchase of your life and become a proud homeowner, those very same rising prices are a promise that one … [Read more...]

Why You Should Consider a Home Warranty

Home buyers purchase house insurance plans to cover the costs of repairing structural damage in the event of disasters like floods, fires or tornados. But home insurance doesn't cover smaller costs, such as the breakdown of appliances including central air systems and kitchen appliances. But it is … [Read more...]

Reviving a dead garbage disposal

Dead garbage disposal? Usually, it's easy to bring this gadget back to life. Take a look at the illustration and follow these simple steps. Does the disposal "hum" when the switch is on? If not, most likely the problem is a tripped overload in the disposal. Turn the wall switch off. Look under the … [Read more...]

Buyers: Earnest Money Mistakes to Avoid

Once a buyer settles on a home, they often show their commitment with an earnest-money deposit. But if they’re not careful, they could lose thousands of dollars. Realtor.com® recently featured some of the biggest mistakes home buyers most often make with earnest-money deposits, … [Read more...]

Mortgages: common sense isn’t common practice anymore

It used to be that there was logic applied in the world of mortgage lending. An appraiser determined the value of a home by the axiom, “what a reasonable buyer would pay a reasonable seller”. An underwriter weighed the plusses and minuses of a file (after analyzing the income, the assets, the … [Read more...]

Should You Buy or Rent: What the research indicates

Should people buy or rent in today’s market, what is the current condition of the U.S. housing market,  how affordable are homes today, is the market turning around or are we headed for another dip? If you are a consumer (buyer, seller, renter or landlord), the information contained within … [Read more...]

Even the Naysayers Say Now Is the Time to Buy

Business School professors Eli Beracha of East Carolina University and Ken H. Johnson of Florida International University have done extensive research on which makes more sense financially: to rent or own a home. They published, Lessons from Over 30 Years of Buy versus Rent Decisions: Is the … [Read more...]