Surviving Homeownership

Becoming a first time homeowner can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you can face.  At first it’s all about arranging the furniture, painting and hosting your first party, but as time sets in – even with … Continue reading

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:01 am
Laura Polt | Category: Real Estate Updates

Home sweet home

This 1980 Chevy school bus doubles as Coleman Barry’s mobile home. Barry purchased the bus for $640 and spent two years renovating the interior with custom cabinetry, wood paneling, a two-piece bath, and kitchenette. Coleman says the adjustment from a … Continue reading

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Home Depot highlights housing recovery

Both Home Depot and Lowe’s, the nation’s largest DIY home improvement stores, have outperformed the broader market in sales earnings. CNNMoney’s Paul R. La Monica says the retailers’ positive gains clearly point to the recovery of housing as fact, not … Continue reading

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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What housing features do Millennials value?

A survey of homebuyers between the ages of 18 and 35, conducted by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, indicates that a significant number of Millennials are willing to purchase fixer-uppers and even do the home improvement themselves. Millennials also … Continue reading

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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To repair or not to repair?

Contrary to our wishes, household appliances don’t last forever. When they do break down, should homeowners repair or ditch them? Patty Kim of National Geographic’s The Green Guide provides guidelines for determining whether to replace certain appliances based on their … Continue reading

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Refinancing tips with David Bach

Are you considering refinancing your current home loan? Financial advisor and author David Bach provides expert tips on navigating this important decision.

http://youtu.be/RxexKR28mDM

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Get the lawn ready for autumn

As August comes to an end, late summer lawn care is important for replenishing and preparing the grass for the upcoming season. The Early Show on CBS talks with William Moss, Master Gardener, about what homeowners can do now to … Continue reading

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Adding vintage to your home

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s certainly true of Julie, a Chicago resident who repurposes old things into decorative and functional new pieces for the home. P. Allen Smith of eHowHome talks with Julie about her flea … Continue reading

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Downsizing as a design opportunity

Downsizing can feel limiting. After all, the object is to get rid of a lot of stuff and learn to live in a smaller space. Homeowners William and Rhina Wooten, however, demonstrate the benefits of living in a home with … Continue reading

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Building on a smaller scale has its rewards

The small home movement is gaining a lot of traction, particularly with households who want to leave a smaller footprint on their environment. Architects are responding to the evolving demands of homeowners who seek functional spaces that blend with nature. … Continue reading

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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