Why Renters Renovate

Kelly and Brandon Michon used plenty of their own elbow grease to clear out old carpets and remove layers of plaster, but got professional help for technical work like redesigning the kitchen, right. Katherine Marks for The New York Times After finding a two-bedroom one-bath fixer-upper in the financial district last fall, Kelly and Brandon…

Ask the Expert: What Do Changes Proposed By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mean for Real Estate?

Today’s “Ask the Expert” column features Marvin Stone, CFPB Program 
Manager for Stewart. Q: What do the recently proposed changes announced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau mean for today’s buyers and sellers? A: The recently proposed changes announced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—also known as the CFPB or Bureau—are good news for professionals…

Keep Your Home Healthy: Use a Whole-House Humidifier

(BPT)—Dry, winter air causes numerous problems that can adversely affect the health and comfort of your family. Many of these issues materialize indoors, where countless people suffer from dry noses, cracked, itchy skin and sore throats. These health and comfort issues arise because the relative humidity (RH) of cold, outdoor air drops significantly when brought…

Mortgages: The Pre-emptive Rate Lock

Fixed mortgage rates inched upward as the federal budget deadline loomed. Now that the budget stalemate is over, however, borrowers getting ready to apply for home loans shouldn’t wait around for the still-reasonable rates to drop — lock in the best rate you can get, industry experts say. The likelihood is that rates will move…

5 Tips for Independent Contractor Agreements

What should your independent contractor agreements contain? While hiring an independent contractor (as opposed to an employee) may seem like an easier option,drafting a binding agreement is still necessary and can provide you, the employer, with legal protection. Independent contractors can be very beneficial for a small business owner, and can often save you money when…

7 Ways to Save on Painting a Home

By Abby Hayes – Repainting a room is a quick way to freshen up your home, but at $30 a gallon, premium paint is no picnic — especially considering that a mid-sized bedroom could require two to three gallons. If you’re ready for a new look, but don’t have a lot of money to splurge, these…