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For Sale By Owner? The Truth About How Much Homes Sell For Without A Broker

Does this recent tweet below from the National Association of Realtors seem at all believable to you?<p><b>FSBO</b><p>FSBO (pronounced, “fizbo”) is real estate agent lingo for “For Sale By Owner.” FSBOs are home sellers who sell their homes directly to buyers without using real estate agents. Those sellers …

Real Estate

Swimming Pool Fences: 10 Ideas for Safety & Style at Water’s Edge

A fence is an important safety feature if you have a swimming pool; you don’t want anyone drowning.<p>Legal requirements for swimming pool fences can …

Landscaping

Should You Reroute Some of Your Retirement Savings to Pay for a House?

If you’ve just about saved enough for a down payment, how much do you need for all the extra expenses that come up in the home buying process? And is …

Personal Finance

Find Out How Long Negative Information Stays On Your Credit Report

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is the federal law that spells, among other things, out how long negative information can remain on your credit report. …

Personal Finance

Here's How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Space, as Told by Designers

The lighting you choose can transform your home, for better or for worse. And since it's always preferable to land on the former—especially because …

Interior Design

36 Spaces with Statement Ceilings

One of the best ways to bring drama or completely transform a space is by creating a design statement to its ceiling. From wood, to paint, to …

Interior Design

Never Connect a Trap to a Vertical Drain Like This

Connecting a trap to a vertical drain with a wye fitting and a 45-degree elbow seems like a good idea. But it’s not. As water drains down the steep …

Jeff Gorton

10 Myths About Owning a Home People Still Believe

Home ownership is a lifelong dream for millions, and one that comes with its own unique set of pleasures and challenges. But for all the true …

Home Improvement

A Stylish Floating Shelf You Can Hang in Less Than 60 Seconds, No Tools Required

Here’s how you can use High & Mighty’s shelves in any room of your home.<p>When every inch of your home is valuable (something that rings especially …

Small Spaces

What Really Happened When I Rented Out My Apartment on Airbnb

Make money while you're on vacation? Sounds too good to be true, but it <i>is</i> possible for many, thanks to websites like Airbnb that allow you to rent out your empty home while you travel.<p>I decided to take the plunge into the sharing economy during my recent two-week European vacation. While my husband …

San Francisco

18 Shower Essentials That'll Elevate Your Morning Routine

The shower is where you go rinse away the grit of the day (or prepare yourself for it if you shower in the morning). It's the best place to cool off …

Skin Care

How to style a show-stopping room: 6 interior designers share their secrets

What are the ingredients of a truly show-stopping room? We asked the designers behind these gorgeous homes to share their styling tips.<p>Old and New<p>The starting point for this room, above, designed by Rachel Chudley, was the owner’s collection of pop-art prints. ‘We combined fresh colours and …

Home Decorating

Ask The Taxgirl: Can You Save Taxes By Treating Your Home As A Rental?

<i>Taxpayer asks:</i><p>Dear Taxgirl,<p>My husband was told that if he reclassified our home to a rental property and rents it to me then we could avoid the $10K tax cap as the real estate taxes, mortgage interest, and other related expenses would fall under Schedule E. We would then be able to take the …

Real Estate

Do You Have the Money to Keep Up With Homeownership? Most Americans Don't

It takes money to keep a home standing throughout the years, and if you don't have savings, you'll risk hurting your finances and your …

Personal Finance

How to water your plants while you’re away

You've worked hard to grow beautiful houseplants and a healthy vegetable garden with a consistent watering schedule. If you head out on vacation, you don't want your plants to suffer.<p>Here are four methods to keep your plants watered while you're away. They also work great for the forgetful gardener.<p>…

Gardening

3 Reasons Why Renting A Home May Beat Buying

When it comes to buying vs. renting a house, there is always a passionate debate about which makes the most financial sense. Both sides have valid points, so it can be a bit confusing. The recent changes in the tax law have also made owning a home less financially advantageous, so the buy vs. rent …

Personal Finance

5 Creative Ideas for Forest Scene Walls

Artistic wall design has become a huge trend in homes over the years. From geometric patterns to realistic art, statement walls fit into just about …

Interior Design

Homebuyers still have options in a bidding war

When you are in a Seller Multiple Counter Offer (SMCO) situation, you must understand that the seller is in the drivers’ seat.<p>The SMCO is the form …

Real Estate

How much will it cost you to sell your house?

Many sellers don’t realize that getting rid of their house likely will cost them thousands of dollars. They have to cover realtors’ commissions, home …

Real Estate

Six bathroom trends to consider -- and two trends to avoid

The best part of renovating a bathroom? Picking out the colors, finishes, patterns and shapes of everything from the flooring to the drawer …

Home Improvement

Your Weekend Project: Feng Shui the Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep

Welcome to <i>Your Weekend Project</i>, featuring how-tos and ideas from our archives for an organized and inspired home.<p>A feng shui master who hails from …

Home Decorating

Home Values Are Rising, So Grab the Benefits and Avoid the Risks

Home values are rising in many parts of the country. According to Zillow, the real estate site, the median value of a U.S. home was $216,000 in May, …

Personal Finance

7 reasons your garden needs Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Richland, Wash.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

This Washington city has sunny weather that makes for good wine, along with access to three large hospital systems.<p>With more than 300 days of …

Real Estate

I'm a financial planner — here's why I won't buy a home

Some people seem surprised when I tell them I rent by choice.<p>I'm a business owner and financial planner, I'm married, and by all counts I'm well established in my life. I should own a house, right?<p>But that's where a lot of people get into trouble: They feel like they "should" do one thing or …

Personal Finance

large-two-bedrooms-apartment-floor-plan-design - Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

Understanding 3D Floor Plans And Finding The Right Layout For You ← Back to article<p>Understanding 3D Floor Plans And Finding The Right Layout For …

Interior Design

Why You Shouldn’t Buy an R22 Air Conditioner

If you’re in the market for a new central AC system, don’t buy one that uses R22 refrigerant. As of January 1, 2020, production and importing of R22 …

Home Improvement

Don’t Believe This Electrical Panel Myth

We stumbled onto an online discussion in which a homeowner claimed his monthly electric bill dropped 30 percent after he installed a new circuit …

Home Improvement

How to Respond Effectively When Buyers Resort to These 5 Obnoxious Negotiating Tactics

Get over the shock, figure out what's really going on and respond calmly.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve been working with a buyer for months. You’ve had multiple meetings, developed a great relationship, answered their objections and now, you’re hoping …

Whiteboards

These Cauliflower, Bacon, And Cheese Fritters Are the Low-Carb Snack Your Next Party Needs

Need to make a quick, healthy, and delicious snack for your next girls night in? Then we've got just the thing for you — and don't worry, it's much …

Recipes