Self-Employed? What to Know About Buying a Home.

Jammie pants and slippers. Dog curled up at your feet. Your favorite TV show playing in the background. Sound like a quality weekend day? Not so fast. For a growing number of Americans, it’s what a regular ‘ole workday looks like. We’re not necessarily talking about a work-from-home scenario (although this is another growing workforce…

Why You Should Just Say No to FSBO

There was a lively conversation on our neighborhood Nextdoor last week from someone who was listing his home for sale by owner (FSBO) and wanted to get the word out to neighbors but definitely did NOT want to attract the attention of real estate agents. He had a few choice words for agents around what…

Can Experian Boost Turn You into a Homebuyer?

When it comes to buying a home, it might seem like minimal credit would look good to lenders. But, the opposite is typically true. Among other things, lenders are looking for a credit history that illustrates a pattern (hopefully a good one!). If you don’t have enough credit to satisfy their requirements, you could be…

What Does a Benchmark Interest Rate Halt Mean for Homebuyers?

Big financial news this week, as the Federal Reserve reversed course and and paused benchmark interest rate increases after initially indicating they would continue to rise throughout 2019. “Officials voted to hold their benchmark rate steady and delivered an about-face from their policy stance six weeks earlier,” said the Wall Street Journal. “Last month they…

It’s a Whole New Zestimate as Zillow Announces $1 Million Winners – Or Is It?

Is Zillow’s Zestimate about to get better? It depends on how you define “better.” First, some background: We have written extensively about Zillow’s proprietary home valuation tool, which, according to the company, “is calculated from public and user-submitted data, taking into account special features, location, and market conditions.” Buyers and sellers love to hate the…

Why Marie Kondo Is Fueling Our Thrifting Goals

Last week we talked about our issues with the KonMari Method, but, this week we’re excited to talk about a fun little side benefit of others’ obsession with Marie Kondo. Apparently so many people are decluttering and getting rid of those things that don’t spark joy that charities are bursting with donations. “As the phrase…

How to Keep Your Home Safe During an Open House

Open houses can increase the likelihood that your home will sell but it can also increase the potential of theft. “With so many people touring your open house…the most prominent open house security issue during a house showing is thefts and robbery,” said reolink. “KABC reported that more than $150,000 worth of watches, jewelry and…

Goal-Setting: When The Goal is Buying a Home

Saving for a down payment can seem like an overwhelming task if you’re on a tight budget. It’s just plain not easy to make a plan, stay on that plan no matter what, stay motivated even when your plan goes temporarily awry, and – finally – achieve your desired result. So how do you get…

How to Buy the Right Ceiling Fan

Let’s put a fan in the living room. Sounds easy enough, right? Now all you have to do is figure out the size and the style and the color and the function and whether or not you need a downrod, and how long that should be. Phew. That’s A LOT. Having just been through this…

10 Tips For a More Modern Living Room

1. Paint We say it so much because it’s true: nothing transforms a room easier, more completely, and more affordably than a fresh new paint color. In a small space, use an airy modern color like Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore. See more hot paint colors here. 2. Swap out those accessories A simple update…