It’s the first day of summer, though here in the Bay Area, you wouldn’t know it – the weather is overcast and drizzly – but throughout most of the US, temperatures are really heating up. You’ve probably been ready for summer for months, but is your home ready for the heat? Here are some things to think about to prepare your home for the season.
Ah, the Costco shopping list. 4 foot tall bottle of vodka? Check. A 16-pack of muffins the size of a toddler’s head? Check. TVs, tires, mattresses? Check, check, check. But a home mortgage? As of April of this year, you can check that off the list too.
This weekend, we’re celebrating fathers. Whether your dad is handy or thinks he’s handy (like mine), here are some projects for you to make for him or make together!
For the Dad who loves books:
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.
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.
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:
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.