How to Declutter Your Bathroom So It Isn’t So Gross

Figure8Photos/iStock; realtor.com Want to learn how to declutter your bathroom? We feel your pain. Despite often being the smallest room in the house, it is also one of the hardest to keep organized. If you've ever been late to work because you couldn't find that new can of shaving cream you … [Read more...]

6 Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Even Realize You Have to Do

smartstock/iStock Home maintenance and ownership go hand in hand, so you're no doubt aware that there's plenty you should be doing (hello, gutter cleaning!). Sorry to lengthen your to-do list, but we thought you should know that there are actually a few more home maintenance tasks … [Read more...]

5 Reasons It’ll Pay to Sell Your Home Early in 2018

Getty Images; realtor.com It's been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the fallout feels squarely in the rearview mirror. Markets have bounced back with fervor, and confidence is skyrocketing: From Charlotte, NC, … [Read more...]

The 9 Hottest Interior Design and Decor Trends You’ll See in 2018

Onzeg/iStock When it comes to home design and decor, we'll be the first to tell you to stick with what you love, no matter what the pros say. But if you can't escape that sinking feeling each time you walk through your front door that your decor is looking a little tired, well, don't despair. … [Read more...]

Righteous Renovations! These Home Features Are Proven to Pay Off

pbombaert/Getty Images After all these years of paying down your mortgage, spending thousands on maintenance, and pouring buckets of blood, sweat, and cash into your home, you’re finally ready to move on and sell. But hold on: Those home features you thought were so cool back in 1995 might … [Read more...]

The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2018 (but You’d Better Hurry)

cherezoff/iStock; realtor.com Figuring out when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint. "We’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price … [Read more...]

Ask the Home Inspector: Q. What Does an Inspector Look for When It Comes to Heating Systems?

In the winter, utility costs rise in most regions of the United States. In fact, heating and cooling typically account for about one half of a homeowner’s total yearly utility costs! Since cold weather can tax any type of home heating system, having an NPI inspector look at yours can mean great … [Read more...]

Builders Warn Materials Are in Short Supply

A shortage of building materials is becoming a pressing problem for many of the nation’s homebuilders. Twenty-one percent of single-family builders reported a shortage of framing lumber, according to the 2017 National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Builders also … [Read more...]

Are Hardwood Floors Expected Nowadays?

Real estate professionals say that hardwood floors can pay off when it comes to selling a home. They’re a “bling feature,” particularly in living rooms and dining rooms, and in a master suite they “could help win a buyer’s offer,” Janice Caputo, a real estate pro with Coldwell Banker … [Read more...]

Black Accents Make Comeback in Home Design

Photo credit: KitchenAid Black is making a comeback in home design, with black fixtures, appliances, and furniture emerging as hot trends for the new year. Ryan Brown of Brown Design Group in Southern California predicts that black fixtures will replace brass as the most trendy home hardware in … [Read more...]