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Here's how much your house prices are going to rise by in 2018

House prices are set to rise next year - though at a slower pace than previous years.<p>The average house will increase by one per cent in 2018, driven …

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

Set aside money for a house repair fund.<p>So you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, and suddenly a home matching your criteria appears on the market. Then …

Research debunks notion that debt-laden grads won't be buying homes

Is college debt truly keeping a generation of young adults from buying homes?<p>That's been the popular storyline as people in their 20s have shunned the housing market since the housing crash. Economists seeking explanations for a change in behavior, and worried about a long-term drag on the economy, …

3 reasons it's smart for 20-somethings to invest in real estate

Investing in real estate can be a good way to diversify your portfolio. And it can be particularly appealing to 20-somethings who are comfortable taking risks and who want to earn bigger returns.<p>If you're in your 20s and you've toyed with the idea of becoming a landlord or putting money into a real …

Real Estate

How To Own A Home Before You're 30, According To Real Estate Experts

You can do it!<p>Wanna make that studio apartment into a full-on house?<p>Many ambitious renters in their 20s are aiming to become real-deal homeowners by the time they hit 30 years old. And you don't have to be an overachiever in order to join them.<p>Turns out many of us CAN own a home or apartment by the …

Real Estate

Buying Your First Home? Better Make Sure It Has These 4 Things

Finding the perfect starter home is a journey as well as a destination. You've got to know what you want, then adjust expectations to meet the reality of the market. In the end, you don't have to settle on your "forever home" -- just a place you'll call home for at least five to seven years.<p>But …

More first-time buyers skip starter home stage for bigger, better

The concept of a “starter home” is quickly becoming a real estate relic, like track lighting and brass hardware. Time was, young families with average incomes who were shopping for a first house would choose a small one in an affordable neighborhood — maybe with just a hint of a yard and a carport, …

Home Sales Up as First-Time Buyers Re-Emerge

First-time home buyers flooded the market last month, reaching their greatest share in nearly four years, according to NAR’s latest housing report. …

10 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a Home (That You May Have Missed)

You've finally found it: a home you're swooning over and dying to own. From the exposed ceiling beams to the hardwood floors, this feels like <i>the place.</i> So what's next? Don't just stand there dumbstruck; it's time to dig deeper and ask questions -- and not just the kind that randomly pop into your …

How to Furnish and Decorate Your New Home on a Tight Budget

Singaporeans take decorating their love nests very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that people are spending more and more on costly renovation …

New research says it's better to buy than rent—but not because of money

Historically, homeownership has been considered an effective mechanism for wealth creation, especially for low- and moderate-income and minority households. Even with a modest down payment, homeowners can accumulate wealth through the forced savings that result from the periodic payments on …

Housing

How much home can you comfortably afford?

The last thing you want is to be overstretched on your mortgage. Learn how to calculate the right price range that’s within your budget.<p><i>The material</i> …

If you’re considering home ownership, here’s what you should know

If you’re considering homeownership, here’s what you should know.<p>Get prepared for the costs involved<p>Down payment<p>You likely need money up front for a …

30 Gorgeous Fall-Inspired Rooms That Are Full of Decor Ideas

The most colorful time of the year is the perfect opportunity to refresh your interior.<p>Fall is the perfect time to experiment with gorgeous hues ranging from red to green. Get inspired by these stylish fall-inspired spaces that are full of ideas to get started on your seasonal refresh.

Interior Design

Solar and battery technology power a novel hurricane resistant floating electric house boat

Arkup, the “avant-garde life on water” company, has designed a new luxury home that integrates solar on the roof and a newly approved lithium ion marine battery system. The main selling features are that it can rise with sea levels via jacks, withstand extreme weather, move as a regular electric …

Waste Management

Outdoor Christmas lights to give exteriors festive sparkle

Are you switched on to the power of outdoor Christmas lights? Christmas decorating is no longer confined to indoors as these best outdoor lights …

Top Predictions for U.S. Home Prices In 2018

These are good times for U.S. homeowners, and they should continue to roll in 2018, experts say.<p>U.S. home prices rose by 7% from September 2016 to …

Real Estate

Renting Would Beat Owning Under House Tax Proposal, Realtors Say

Under the tax plan proposed by House Republicans, owning a home would make less financial sense than renting for the great majority of Americans, …

Real Estate

How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

There are few things as important as keeping your backyard well illuminated. Your house backyard is the perfect place to retreat to after a hard day …

22 Upgrades Under $50 to Make Your House Look Awesome

Are you dreaming of improving your home, but you don’t have the budget to do major remodeling? If so, there’s still plenty you can do to scratch the …

Home Depot

Selling & Buying Real Estate: How to Get the Most Out of the Deal

Are you shopping for a new home? How exciting! You and your realtor have probably been racing to get your offers in since in most locales it is a …

Real Estate

How We Got Out of Debt and Purchased Our First Home

I never thought I’d be days away from becoming a homeowner just one year after our move out of Austin, Texas. Last November, we decided to move to …

Personal Finance

Tips for Home Sellers on the Day You Move

No matter how organized you think you are, when you're moving out of your house, it's almost always a stressful time. Mix in the fact that most …

Get Tips on How to Profit the Most From the Fall Real Estate Market

The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn is the second-best time of the year to sell a home. Families have …

Making home possible: Creative ways to conquer the down payment

For many interested homebuyers, the reality of purchasing a home can feel like an abstract ideal. Since the housing downturn of the late 2000s, …

Do I Have To Move to Buy a Home?

If you've been living in a major city the past few years, you've probably seen your rent go up — and up, and up — and thought about buying a home to …

Real Estate

WATCH: The Property Brothers Are Not Big Fans of This Popular Home Trend

In the HGTV series <i>Property Brothers</i>, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples turn fixer-uppers and dated properties into dream homes and …

Drew Scott

10 Colorful Ideas for Small House Design

Don’t shy away from colors and prints in a smaller home. Make the most of your space with these bright ideas for small house design.<p>When it came time …

Interior Design

7 Fall Decor Trends Pinterest Says You're Going to See Everywhere

Pinterest isn't just a treasure trove of inspiration — it's also a search engine. So when we wanted to know what home trends people were curious about for Fall, we turned to the visual bookmarking site to find out what its mass of style-savvy users were looking for. The results did not disappoint; …

Buyers Remain Positive Despite Low Inventory

Low inventory continues to plague real estate markets across the country, but what effect is this having on young buyers? Berkshire Hathaway …

Real Estate