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Must-Haves for Aging in Place

Getting ready to retire? You must be making the trek to Florida to live out your “Golden years,” right? Not your speed? You’re not alone. Aging in place is a growing trend, as retirees opt to stay close to friends and family and in the neighborhood they love. “Ninety percent of older Americans would prefer…

Practical Homeowner Knowledge Is Vital

If you didn’t take a class or read a “how-to” book to learn the best, the most productive way to live as an independent adult in your first home, PJ Wade offers sound bathroom advice and a quiz highlighting home management. Did you take a class or read a “How-to-live-in-a-house” book to learn the best,…

Myth-Busting the No Closing Cost Mortgage

When someone is getting a bit more serious about buying a home or refinancing an existing mortgage, the next step is typically to get a rate quote from a mortgage company. Because lenders set their interest rates on the very same set of indices, these rates will be very close to one another. In fact,…

Ask the HOA Expert: Professional Management Perks

All too often a homeowner association board of directors approaches problems as would a renter looking after the apartment building…reacting by crisis rather than by a long range plan. Guess what? Many HOAs are in constant turmoil because of this approach. A professional HOA manager can smooth out the bumps in this rocky road by…

How to Keep For-Sale Properties Safe

Congratulations, you’ve put your property on the market! That’s a huge step toward the next phase of your life, whether that’s buying a new house or just selling off a rental property. But for potential intruders, that for-sale sign means something else entirely. Burglars sometimes target for-sale properties because they know those properties might be…

6 Ways to KonMari Your Junk

You don’t just have a junk drawer; You have a junk garage or basement or backyard or spare room. The thought of getting in there and clearing it out and organizing the space is so overwhelming that you just end up letting it sit month after month or maybe even year after year. But getting…

Going it Alone: The Single Homebuyer

More Canadians are living with their parents as high real estate prices and tough mortgage qualification rules make it difficult for young people, especially singles, to buy a home. Here’s how some young homeowners achieved their goal. Real estate affordability in Canada is a hot topic these days. Following a decade of house price appreciation…

Room For 2: First-time Home Buying Tips For Newlyweds

Buying or selling a house is more stressful than getting divorced, going bankrupt or getting fired, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by EstatesDirect.com. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by home buying with your loved one, you’re not alone. Figuring out how to merge your lifestyles, budgets and expectations can be difficult, but doesn’t have…

9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter

With people away on trips and cold weather making house hunting less appealing, winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets and paying attention to…

Is It Clutter Or Is It Inspiration?

It’s not your stuff that’s ever the problem, but how you react to your stuff that is the point of concern. PJ Wade offers insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly of clutter. We have all brought things into our lives, into our environments, which we thought were great additions. Over time and…