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8 Ways Your Old Stuff Can Become Creative Storage

Don’t let your old stuff freeload! Put it to work. Use that old suitcase, file cabinet, magazine rack — even items you might ordinarily pitch into …

Dining Rooms

Kitchen Color Schemes: How to Avoid Kitschy Colors

The kitchen is the heart of the household, a place where you prepare meals and make memories. So it only makes sense that your kitchen’s color scheme …

7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

It’s so easy (and so unfair) how quickly your entryway can go from clean to chaos — and that chaos makes trying to get out the door brutal.<p>Think of …

Storage Ideas

Hey, Buyers: These Home Appraisal Tips Are for You

Most people have deeply personal reasons for wanting to buy a home. Maybe it’s the bathroom that feels like a dreamy, modern spa. Or that two-tiered …

Buy Your First Home in One Year: A Step-by-Step Guide

This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much …

How to Prepare Your Finances for Home Ownership

Preparing your finances for home ownership begins the day someone decides they actually want to buy a home. After all, saving for a down payment …

Home Ownership

The Best 5 Projects (to Do Now) to Help You Sell Your House

Planning on selling your home soon? Take an objective look around your home from a buyer’s perspective. What would stop you from making an offer? …

Home Improvement

Who Represents You in a Real Estate Transaction?

When you hire a real estate agent, it’s important to understand whose side she’s on as you select a home to buy (or list your current home for sale) …

Real Estate

What Every Seller Needs to Know About Closing

Closing time. The end of the road. The last hurrah — and hurrahs are in order.<p>If you’re here, then you’ve found a buyer, negotiated home repairs, and …

Real Estate

9 Powerful Feelings You’ll Probably Have When You Sell

Selling a home has its moments of joy and frustration. Here’s your emotional road map.

Selling

81 Staging Tips That Help Buyers Fall in Love

Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are …

Living Rooms

How to Price Your Home Like the Savviest Sellers

Home pricing is more of a science than an art, but many homeowners price with their heartstrings instead of cold, hard data.<p>Smart sellers know that …

Real Estate

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

The first thing you need to know about home inspection: You’ll feel all the feels.<p>There’s the excitement — the inspection could be the longest time …

How to Save for a Home While Pursuing Other Financial Goals

If you’re like many Americans in their 20s to 40s, chances are you have multiple life transitions and goals you’re pursuing at any given time. You’re …

Your Guide to Negotiating an Offer

When it comes to evaluating offers, what’s good for the goose may not necessarily be good for the gander. One seller may be overjoyed with their …

The Ins and Outs of Setting a Price for Your Home

Everything has value. Especially your home.<p>And when it comes to selling your home, assigning a price to that value is complicated. You made memories …

Real Estate

8 Ways to Get Rid of Awful Pet Smells That Turn Off Buyers

Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential homebuyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion …

Everything You Need to Know About the Pre-Approval Process

You’ve probably heard of the “pre-approval process,” but many people don’t know or fully understand what it actually means. I’m excited to chat with …

How to Get Your Home Show Ready

Everyone knows that selling your house is a big decision, and there are so many emotions involved, not to mention all of the work it takes to get …

Design Your Dream House

Hello, friends! I’m so excited about this post! Whether you’re just now in the process of buying your first home, or you’ve been in your home for …

Long Live Subway Tile!

Subway tile was created for the subway (hence the name). This bright, cleanable, and easily sanitized invention quickly went mainstream in the early …

Picking the Perfect Paint Color! 5 Colors That You Can’t Screw Up

In a world where there are quite literally millions of paint color options, how do you tackle the daunting task of choosing the right one for your …

Get Front Porch Ideas & Tips for a Front Door Makeover

What does your front door say about you? The front entryway and porch are an extension of our homes, and while they are easy to neglect (especially …

Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love

All the world’s a stage, said the Bard. That includes your house. Which is for sale. And thus needs to look bee-yoo-tee-ful. Staging entails hiring …

7 Photos of DIY’d Garages That Will Make You Say “OMG!”

Your garage can be a place to stash everything from tools to seasonal decor without feeling — and looking — like a dumping ground.<p>Follow these seven …

These 7 Knock-Out Projects Will Make You Say, “Yes I Can!”

As anybody who’s been inspired by HGTV can tell you, DIY projects on TV look amaaaazing.<p>But DIY renovations in real life: kiiiinda the toughest thing …

Your Stress-Free Guide to Shopping for Home Loans

When it comes to buying a house, most people know what they prefer: a bungalow or a condo, a hot neighborhood or a sleepy street.<p>Mortgages, too, come …

8 Simple Rules for Negotiating Your Offer and Getting That House

Here’s the dream: Your offer is perfect, you don’t need to negotiate, and you can spend the next few weeks addressing more pressing home-ownership …

Make an Offer Like a Boss

Ah, the offer! Cinematically speaking, this is the iconic moment -- we'd forgive you if you imagined, say, putting a hand on your agent's shoulder …

How to Be a Savvy Open House Guest

Ah, the open house — a chance to wander through other people’s homes and imagine yourself knocking out walls and gut rehabbing their kitchens. This …