See How 6 First-Time Homeowners Around the World Shaped Their Starter Houses

Aug 23, 2017 4:14:04 AM Share this:

Rent or buy? It’s the question most of us face at different times in our lives. These 6 homeowners around the world opted to buy, not only for financial reasons but to have a place they could call their own and tailor to their tastes. Step inside these residences — in Sydney, Moscow, San Francisco and more — and see what these first-time buyers have done to turn their new houses and apartments into homes.


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Topics: Buying, DIY, Home Ownership

The Difference between a Condo, Townhouse, Co-op, and TIC

Aug 3, 2017 4:52:42 AM Share this:

 

When we think of buying a home, the first thing that comes to mind for many is a detached, single-family home (complete with grassy yard and dog). But for many, especially those looking to buy in an urban area, a condo, a townhouse or an apartment could be a more likely scenario.


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Topics: Buying, Advice, Home Ownership

Home Project: Give Your Living Room a Facelift

Jul 27, 2017 9:04:26 AM Share this:

 

Does your living room have a case of the blahs? Whether you’re looking for quick furniture-arranging help or a complete overhaul, read on for the need-to-know info on making your living room live up to its full potential. We caught up with interior designer Mollie Openshaw to get the scoop on costs, time frames and picking the right pro for the job.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Moving: How to Sort through Paper Clutter

Jul 18, 2017 2:00:00 AM Share this:
 

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Topics: Moving House

Low Inventory Market: 5 Tips for Buyers

Jun 30, 2017 2:00:00 AM Share this:

The phrase, “Seller’s Market” is everywhere at the moment. Current housing inventory is low, creating high demand and raising prices substantially. What if you are looking to buy? Buying a home is a complex process and current market conditions can make the process even more daunting. Reduce the stress in buying a home with these tips suggested by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR):


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Topics: Buying

Home Improvement: Tips for Sellers

Jun 28, 2017 4:40:11 AM Share this:

Even in today’s market it’s important to put your best foot forward. Here are a few things you can do to enhance the appearance of your home and increase buyer interest.


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Topics: Selling, home improvements

What you should know about property taxes

Jun 28, 2017 3:35:01 AM Share this:

Property taxes are often forgotten when planning a budget for a home. It is important to understand how your property tax bill works as your monthly payment goes beyond just your mortgage. As a home buyer, you have several tax breaks available to you, and you have the ability to challenge your property tax if it seems too high. Here are a few things you need to know about property taxes:


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Topics: Finance, Advice

Finding Your Perfect Size Home

Jun 6, 2017 8:37:35 AM Share this:

Learn the reasons to go bigger or smaller and how to decide how much space you’ll really need in your next home

The size of your house can have a huge impact on your cost of living, comfort, ability to work from home and much more. If you are house hunting, or plan to house hunt in the near future, consider assessing your current living space first to better understand your needs. Here you’ll find the how-to, as well as things to mull over as you prepare for the hunt.

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Topics: Buying, Advice

Younger Homeowners Increase Spending For Renovation Projects

May 31, 2017 5:17:47 AM Share this:
 

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. 

Renovation spending among younger homeowners is on the rise amid a strong renovation market, a new Houzz research report reveals. Among the report’s key findings: Younger homeowners and first-time buyers are driven at least in part by a desire to customize their homes.

The 2017 Houzz & Home survey gathered information from close to 107,000 registered users of Houzz, including nearly 56,000 homeowners who renovated in 2016. Read on for more insight into how homeowners are renovating, how much they are spending and why they choose to renovate.

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Topics: Millennial Buyers, Renovations