If you've ever left a door open, you've probably been asked if you were raised in a barn (the antiquated phrase refers to farmers' tendency to leave the door open during the day to facilitate easy coming and going.) But what in the past was a clever dig is now a compliment. With all the attractive homes converted from barns on the market right now, who wouldn't want to grow up in one?
These days, actually using the phone to call people has pretty much fallen by the wayside. But here's ample reason to pick up the phone: By making a few simple calls—and asking the right questions—you could save hundreds on your household bills.
They say good things come in small packages—and fans of the tiny house movement seem to agree. More and more people are giving up typical homes (and typical mortgages) and choosing the pared-down experience of living in small prefab homes—but that doesn't mean sacrificing luxury or comfort. Here are five examples of prefab homes that pack a ton of upscale amenities into tiny spaces.
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the saying holds true for homes. When your house is on the market, you want potential buyers to fall in love at first sight—and that means having major curb appeal. While the house itself is the focus of curb appeal, keep in mind that landscaping is an important factor to consider as well. Thoughtful use of plants can create visual interest and enhance the overall look of your property.
When buying a house these days, homeowners insurance is typically mandatory–even if you don't think you'll ever need it. However, the hefty monthly sum you pay for coverage may be more useful than you realize.
They say that your home is your biggest investment–meaning you're going to sink a good chunk of change into your new abode, both at the outset and over the years. With that kind of money on the table, it's crucial to save some dollars wherever you can.:
Buying a home—especially for the first time—can be an overwhelming and confusing ordeal, and your real estate agent is your guide through that complicated process. So it's only natural that you look to them for guidance and trust their advice and expertise on matters big and small.
But keep in mind that agents are looking to make a sale, so there can be times when some may resort to omitting a bit of info here or sugarcoating something there just to help everything go more smoothly.
To say I was a bit stressed out while hunting for and purchasing my first home would be a gross understatement. You see, I'm a planner. I like to know what to expect in any given situation, and having to trust our real estate agent to guide us through the whole process—without having a road map detailing each step of that process—made me a nervous wreck. There seemed to be so many moving parts that it made my head spin.
But one smart purchase helped me maintain my sanity.
First impressions are important. So, just as you might primp before a first date, it makes sense to glam up your home before introducing it to potential buyers.
Finding an apartment you absolutely adore and want to stay in is a rare and special thing in the rental market today. But, unfortunately, a renter's desire to stay put isn't always enough to make it a reality.
Shopping for a rental property can be downright exhausting, but—unfortunately–the work isn't over once you think you've found a keeper. Before you sign a lease or put any money down, you need to do your due diligence to ensure you will be legally protected in the transaction.
Aries will feel right at home in a colorful Mediterranean home. The style channels the buildings of its namesake region with balconies, porticos, and ornate details like multicolored tiles.
From location and lot size to curb appeal and area schools, most people know the most common factors that can affect a home's property value. However, the list doesn't quite end there.
The market is flooded with real estate agents looking to get your business. So how do you determine who to trust and who to kick to the curb? There are certain red flags that may indicate an agent isn't capable of finding your dream home. Here, three real estate professionals sound off on common warning signs.