August 7, 2012 - 9:18 AM
My first experience with PITI was in a meeting with a mortgage broker. She said the word a few times; but it was new to me (like everything else about mortgages) and she was throwing around a lot of lending lingo. I couldn’t grasp the context and had almost no idea what she meant.  I kept thinking of a... Read More

Lessons in Loan Lingo: What's a PITI?

what is PITI

My first experience with PITI was in a meeting with a mortgage broker. She said the word a few times; but it was new to me (like everything else about mortgages) and she was throwing around a lot of lending lingo. I couldn’t grasp the context and had almost no idea what she meant.  I kept thinking of a small pit bull, aptly named “Piti.”

In realty, PITI is an acronym, standing for

August 6, 2012 - 10:54 AM
How to market your home to families with school age kids
  Economists, Realtors® and parents all know this: family homebuyers are often willing to pay more for close access to the best schools. How much more, of course, varies on the general budget constraints of the buyer, but the latest Brooking Institute study on public schools and property values confirms that... Read More
August 3, 2012 - 3:13 PM
I remember looking at a giant gold mirror in my grandma’s house and being totally mesmerized. It was so big, so gold, and so fancy! The sunburst mirror is a classic, and it’s having yet another heyday. I’ve been spotting it on a lot of home design blogs, but there are some handy DIY-ers out there who have... Read More

DIY Friday: Sunburst Mirror

I remember looking at a giant gold mirror in my grandma’s house and being totally mesmerized. It was so big, so gold, and so fancy!

The sunburst mirror is a classic, and it’s having yet another heyday. I’ve been spotting it on a lot of home design blogs, but there are some handy DIY-ers out there who have been making their own versions. Check them out! 

August 2, 2012 - 9:44 AM
We hope you’re all enjoying the fervor of the summer games in London! We’re so proud to watch our athletes winning medals at the Olympics and anticipate each day’s results – but today, gold medals aren’t the only good news going for the USA. You may have missed it watching the Men’s 100m Freestyle race, but... Read More

Summer Report Card: Home Prices Up All Over the USA

We hope you’re all enjoying the fervor of the summer games in London! We’re so proud to watch our athletes winning medals at the Olympics and anticipate each day’s results – but today, gold medals aren’t the only good news going for the USA.

August 1, 2012 - 10:28 AM
Families want good schools with housing
With summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in... Read More

3 States Offering Award Winning Public Schools

families want good schoolsWith summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in mind, today we focus on public high schools.

July 31, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Rent part of your home during major events like the olympics
One advantage of owning your home: you can use it to generate income. Maybe you rent a room out, or have a fully separate in-law in the basement. You get help with your mortgage and if you need it/want it, some company. But if you’re more like me, you don’t thrill to the idea of renting out a room because... Read More
July 30, 2012 - 10:01 AM
  Sometimes buying a tenant occupied property can be a great deal. The seller, aware the situation is more complex than with a vacant house, makes concessions for you—possibly monetary concessions. But take it from me: that complexity I just mentioned can be an outright quagmire. So while I’m certainly not... Read More
July 26, 2012 - 9:29 AM
Fixed-rate and adjustable-rate home loans are two of the most common mortgages used today. But what exactly are the differences? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And which one is right for you? Get to Know the Fixed-rate Loan The fixed-rate home loan has been described as the “plain vanilla” of... Read More
July 25, 2012 - 10:04 AM
College towns as investments
  With the fall semester gearing up (summer is flying by!), we turn our attention to college towns. In many American cities and towns, demand for housing is predicated on the economy: mainly, jobs. Other factors, like good schools, good weather, and natural beauty also come into play, but are highly... Read More
July 24, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Control basement moisture
Like any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a... Read More

New Buyers: Damp Basement Creeping You Out? Deal with It!

Remodel Your Basement so it is Clean and DryLike any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a basement, Im learning to deal with all of these issues. Today though. I’ll only write about dealing with damp cellars.

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