June 14, 2012 - 9:03 AM
If you’re a first-time home buyer or a renter like me, you may have heard of mortgage points, but you may not have any idea what they’re for, whether you should take advantage of them, or who to ask. A mortgage consultant or even your Realtor will be able to give you more detailed information on mortgage... Read More

What’s the "Point"? An Overview of Mortgage Points (and How They Can Save You Money)

If you’re a first-time home buyer or a renter like me, you may have heard of mortgage points, but you may not have any idea what they’re for, whether you should take advantage of them, or who to ask. A mortgage consultant or even your Realtor will be able to give you more detailed information on mortgage points, but in the meantime here’s our super-basic guide.

 

 

June 13, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Bored with same old floor treatments, homeowners? Or love the rich warmth of hard woods, but don't have a budget to match? Maybe you're very eco-friendly and want your home interiors to reflect responsible choices. Personally, I'm all three. As a first-time buyer, I'm excited by the idea of making over my... Read More

3 Fabulous Floor Options

Bored with same old floor treatments, homeowners? Or love the rich warmth of hard woods, but don't have a budget to match? Maybe you're very eco-friendly and want your home interiors to reflect responsible choices. Personally, I'm all three. As a first-time buyer, I'm excited by the idea of making over my home, but also want (and need, from a monetary standpoint) to do it right. Lucky for all who are like-minded, there are amazing options for floors right now, truly innovative and fun.

June 11, 2012 - 3:59 PM
We recently wrapped up our “Drop in and Win” contest. Over the course of the month we took over 6,500 of you out to visit one (or several!) homes for sale. Many of you probably got one step closer to finding the one meant for you (and maybe even made an offer). All of you were entered into our sweepstakes,... Read More

Meet our Sweepstakes Winners

We recently wrapped up our “Drop in and Win” contest. Over the course of the month we took over 6,500 of you out to visit one (or several!) homes for sale. Many of you probably got one step closer to finding the one meant for you (and maybe even made an offer). All of you were entered into our sweepstakes, and we’re happy to announce our three lucky winners:

June 11, 2012 - 10:27 AM
Use your home as a vacation home
Though you could ostensibly arrange a home swap a million ways, including the least formal (a listing on Craigslist; a flyer you tack up on a bulletin board somewhere), more secure and comprehensive services exist. Those too are myriad, but for purposes of this article, we’ve targeted three. One is an... Read More

3 Ways to Use Your Home to Make Money, Save Money, and Have Adventure

Though you could ostensibly arrange a home swap a million ways, including the least formal (a listing on Craigslist; a flyer you tack up on a bulletin board somewhere), more secure and comprehensive services exist. Those too are myriad, but for purposes of this article, we’ve targeted three. One is an established website where homeowners look to trade homes with other homeowners for vacationing. The next is a fairly new and inventive service linking travelers to you, whether you want to offer a room, a studio apartment, a cottage, or your whole home for temporary stays.

June 8, 2012 - 4:00 PM
We're having a ton of fun posting our color combos on Pinterest. This week, we decided for a summery and nautical vibe with navy and yellow! We also created our very first Olioboard for a possible yellow and navy living room - check it out! fireplace / vases / sofa / table lamp / pillows   Sarah Louise... Read More

Color of the Week: Yellow and Navy

We're having a ton of fun posting our color combos on Pinterest. This week, we decided for a summery and nautical vibe with navy and yellow!

We also created our very first Olioboard for a possible yellow and navy living room - check it out!

June 7, 2012 - 10:30 AM
We all know that buying a home can be a bit of a stressful life event (understatement?), but buying from across state lines is even harder! With some thoughtful planning, you can undertake a successful interstate move without losing your mind on the way. Think about the costs You may be relocating for a job... Read More

Buying Out of Sight Without Going Out of Your Mind

We all know that buying a home can be a bit of a stressful life event (understatement?), but buying from across state lines is even harder! With some thoughtful planning, you can undertake a successful interstate move without losing your mind on the way.

Think about the costs

June 6, 2012 - 11:12 AM
Renters have probably noticed: rents are up, way up, all across the country.  Famously expensive cities have only gotten more expensive. For example, a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition in March of 2012 names San Francisco as the most expensive place in the country to rent housing... Read More
June 5, 2012 - 7:45 AM
Yes, this chronicle has a happy ending, because we did finally close on our very first home. Over champagne, I will tell you that after all that house-hunting, weekends spent open-housing and hours spent internet searching, the home we bought is right across the street from the home we’re renting now. I was... Read More

The First-time Buyer Chronicles End with Success

Anna Marie Erwert

Yes, this chronicle has a happy ending, because we did finally close on our very first home. Over champagne, I will tell you that after all that house-hunting, weekends spent open-housing and hours spent internet searching, the home we bought is right across the street from the home we’re renting now.

June 4, 2012 - 11:22 AM
The state of American real estate is, right now, basically an entirely new state. The conditions making this market are so extremely opposite, and have such opposing ramifications, experts find themselves without firm precedence to make predictions. Industry professionals, struggling to define the current... Read More

The Nations's Summer Sales Outlook: Expect the Unexpected

Summer Sales Outlook

The state of American real estate is, right now, basically an entirely new state. The conditions making this market are so extremely opposite, and have such opposing ramifications, experts find themselves without firm precedence to make predictions.

June 1, 2012 - 12:01 PM
This week, we’re switching our focus to color combinations since most of you probably don’t decorate in monochrome. And we’re starting off with the Power Couple of color combos: yellow and gray. Seriously, yellow and gray are like that awesome couple you know that have totally different personalities, but... Read More

Color of the Week: Yellow and Gray

This week, we’re switching our focus to color combinations since most of you probably don’t decorate in monochrome. And we’re starting off with the Power Couple of color combos: yellow and gray.

Seriously, yellow and gray are like that awesome couple you know that have totally different personalities, but are somehow magically on the same wavelength. They’re both cheerful and chill at the same time.

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