What Thieves Are Most After in Homes

Here are some sobering stats from the FBI: A robbery occurs every 1.6 minutes in the U.S., a burglary every 18.2 seconds, and a larceny theft every 5.4 seconds. SafeHome, a home security systems reviews resource, analyzed FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data from 2015 to determine the items thieves … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Squirrels If They’re Driving You Nuts

Inner_Vision/iStock How to get rid of squirrels? It’s a question that many homeowners will ponder the day these bushy-tailed critters start causing problems—no matter how cute they look in Disney movies. And they can do a lot of damage. They might munch on vegetables in your garden, … [Read more...]

The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home

Lure potential buyers with a simple and clean palette. Shades of white and off-white are the top colors for a quick home sale, Jody Finglas of Finglas Painting in Ossining, N.Y., told USA Today. Watch Out: The All-White Room Trap “White is the foundation that anchors the home,” adds Friley … [Read more...]

4 Common Home Buyer Slip-Ups

Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing out on a deal. Practitioners recently shared some of the more common mistakes with realtor.com®, including ways to correct the situation: 1. Shopping outside their price range. “It sounds obvious, but … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]