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Slim And Modern Shower Drain Systems For The Minimalist In You

Beauty lies in the details and that applies to everything, even something as insignificant as a shower drain. Actually, nothing is completely …

A Green, Prefabricated Home With A Living Room And Water Views

Waterfront properties are rarely not impressive. No matter how small or simple a house is, if it has great views than a unique perspective can be …

Cozy charred-timber home offers front row seats for viewing autumn colors

If relaxing by a cozy fire and watching the beauty of the changing seasons sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll love Tinkerbox. Designed by Studio MM …

Hudson Valley

10 Modern Kitchens Rocking Natural Wood Cabinets

We predicted that natural materials and warmer finishes would rule the kitchen in 2017 (here are our other guesses). One way we're seeing this …

Interior Design

DIY Easy to Sew Zippered Dog Bed Cover

Daisy’s dog bed was looking pretty ratty so I decided to give it an update by sewing a new cover for it. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite …

15 modern entrance ideas you can copy at home

The way your home entrance looks should be given some real thought. Not only is it the first impression that your house makes on guests, it also sets …

9 DIY Cinder Block Gardens That Will Make You Want to Grab Your Gardening Tools

With the weather warming up, it’s time to embrace your green thumb. Break out your gloves, shovels and seeds, and get ready to garden your heart out! Whether you’re looking to boost your health with an edible garden or show off your love for Mother Nature with a rose garden, cinder block gardening …

Landscaping

8 Ways to Boost Your Home Value

When Alec and Jennifer Harmes spent $264,900 for their first home in 2011—a 1,500-square-foot ranch fixer-­upper in Austin, Texas—they assumed they …

Home Improvement

U.S. Trust

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Salt Dough - Oleander + Palm

Click here for an easy to follow how-to video.<p>Well, as you can see, my week of DIY ornaments took a little break. It wasn’t my intention, but life …

Home Buying 101: Making trade-offs

Home Buying 101: How Do I Get Started?

Housing 2015: The return of first-time home buyers

When it comes to the housing market, 2015 may be the year first-time home buyers make a comeback.<p>With rents rising faster than incomes, many Millennials are expected to start looking to buy homes of their own.<p>What they will find are much more favorable conditions than they have seen in years, …

It’s Official: First-Time Home Buyers Held Back in 2014

First-time buyers purchased nearly one-third of previously owned homes sold in 2014–the same share as 2013, according to a report released Friday by the National Association of Realtors. That’s the lowest share, 29%, since NAR began tracking the data in 2008.

Dow Jones

Home Buyers Will Get a Break in 2015

Buying a home was tough this year thanks to tight inventory and all-cash buyers, but that’s expected to change in the New Year.<p>While some areas of the country will still experience bidding wars and lofty valuations, many places will have enough affordable inventory to get buyers into a home.<p>“We’re …

More Builders See First-Time Home Buyers Returning

Home builders speaking this week at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s Homebuilding & Building Products Conference in New York reported that they’ve seen more activity from first-time and entry-level buyers of late.<p>That’s likely welcome news to some housing economists, builders and Realtors, given that the …

Dow Jones

10 Valuable Lessons for First-Time Home Buyers

In the summer of 2007, my wife and I purchased our first home. As a first-time home buyer, I knew we needed to spend a considerable amount of time …

Personal Finance

Four first-time home buyer mistakes

Buying a first home is an exciting time. But it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and end up overpaying or buying a home that just isn’t right. If you’re a first-time home buyer, here are some common traps to watch out for.<p><b>Rent or Own?</b><p>Many people assume that owning a home is a …

Free home buyer workshop scheduled in Columbia Heights

Real estate brokerage <b>DC Home Buzz</b> as well as <b>Federal Title & Escrow Co</b>. and <b>Kelly Wadsworth</b> of <b>SunTrust Mortgage</b> are sponsoring the “10 Commandments of Home Buying,” a free first-time home buyer workshop on July 11 in Northwest Washington.<p>The workshop will cover several topics, including how buyers …

Real Estate

First-Time Home Buyer Resources | Programs & Assistance

Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful for first-time home buyers. You might alleviate some of the typical anxieties by learning as much as …

Buyer or Seller: Are You Ready for the Home Inspection?

If you've bought and sold a few homes in your lifetime, you may already know some of this information. However, I've found that those who are buying or selling for the first or second time may not have bumped into the inspection report and repair negotiation challenges in an existing home sale. …

The 10 best states to buy your first home

With the economy continuing to strengthen in 2015, however, many wannabe homeowners have decided it's time to buy their first homes.<p>One-third (32%) of home purchases made in May 2015 were by first-time home buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).<p>Lawrence Yun, chief …

Real Estate

First Time Home Buyers Should Take a Harder Line

A recent survey by the California Association of Realtors had one interesting data point. 85 percent of recent home buyers believed that the home they purchased was fairly priced. This could be true, but price is relative, and many factors play into a negotiation. That same survey indicated that …

4 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Over the past several years first-time home buyers may have shied away from entering the housing market due to stagnant wages and debt, but times have changed.<p>According to TD Bank's First-Time Home Buyer Pulse, one in five consumers is actively looking to buy his or her first home, and 46% of …

America's 10 best ZIP codes for first-time home buyers, ranked

The ZIP codes were chosen for their "healthy local economics, job opportunities, and affordability." Homes for sale in these areas sell four to nine times faster than the national average. Plus, unemployment rates in these ZIP codes are falling faster than all other metros in the country, median …

Real Estate

Edith Macefield's house to be saved

SEATTLE -- The Ballard house with parallels to the Disney movie "Up!" will have a happy ending.<p>Real estate broker Paul Thomas said Thursday that …

10 free things to do around Seattle

Around Seattle, where it seems there’s news every day about rents doubling and incomes being unequal, free is a very good price. Here are 10 things …

Puget Sound

Hidden Seattle

What you see isn’t what you get in this town. Some of the city’s best sights and eats aren’t easy to find, and some of the coolest jobs are done by …

The Most Well-Read Cities in America

Did you know that the city that buys the most print books—instead of e-books—is Washington, D.C.? And, fun fact, folks in Las Vegas rank number one in the country in romance-novel consumption. Meanwhile, it seems like everyone in Houston, Austin, Charlotte, Tucson, Louisville, Albuquerque, and …

New York City

Seattle Writer's Rustic Island Retreat Available For $1.39M

When you think of crime and horror, think of this 4,076 square-foot Lopez Island estate. Perhaps we should explain that. The four-bedroom waterfront property, known as Sea Oaks, was put on the market by author <b>John Saul</b>, best known for a series of thrillers and horror novels. Built on the edge of a …