The Cost of Selling a Home

First-time home sellers are typically in for a bit of a shock when they receive the closing statement. Yikes! It seems like everyone in town has their fingers on part of the proceeds from the sale of the home. From taxes to insurance to real estate fees, what you think you’ll get at closing is…

Tax Liens: A Lucrative Investment – With a Dark Side

For good or for ill, county and municipal governments rely on property taxes to provide services to their residents. Police and fire protection and school districts all rely on homeowners’ timely payment of property taxes in order to fund their payroll and operations. And that’s where tax lien investing comes in. When a homeowner is…

Easy DIY: Installing New Bathroom Faucets

Even the nicest faucets wear out in time. Give your bathroom a new look by simply changing out your sink hardware. The choices are almost limitless and the task is simple. It will take you less than an hour or two in most cases, and you’ll be amazed at how such a simple thing changes the…

Must-Have Makeup Organization

When was the last time you organized your makeup collection or thought about how long you’ve had your concealer or mascara? Do you know what’s lurking within that seemingly endless bottle of foundation? Are you constantly digging through eye shadows in every color of the rainbow even though you only use a few shades? Get…

U.S. Market Lures Foreign Buyers; Home Construction Slows

Foreign Buyers Rushing Into U.S. Market International buyers are continuing to make a beeline for the American housing market. Attracted by cheaper home prices, relative economic stability and an affinity to all things American, these buyers are lapping up homes. Their interest continues to rise along with rising home values and an improving market, says…

Decorating Ideas: Creating a Fun and Safe Bedroom for Kids

Options are endless when it comes to decorating a bedroom for your child. Consider the space you have to work with as you craft a room for your child to enjoy. This room should be comforting and practical but also embrace your child’s individuality by employing a general theme or color scheme that appeals to…

3 Cities Where New Home Construction is Booming

Toward the end of each month, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development release residential construction activity statistics for the previous month. The statistics are broken down into several categories; the most heavily anticipated being the number of groundbreakings – which they refer to as “housing starts” – and the…

Renovations and the Importance of a Margin of Safety

It’s been a long dry spell, but it’s looking like significant improvements are providing a better return on investment for real estate investors than they have in years. That’s good news for flippers, because that’s just one more way for a fix-and-flipper to add value. The latest Cost vs. Value Report, done every year by…

How to Check the AC Unit Before Purchasing a Home

You have finally found the home of your dreams, but your adventure in homeownership has only just begun. First, you have to make sure everything, including the air conditioning, is in proper working order. Although you should always have your home professionally inspected, there are a few things you can check on your own to…

Tame Totes and Straighten Scarves

Do your scarves look more like a miniature Mount Everest piled on the floor of your closet than an organized collection of color? Are your purses plunked wherever there is a corner in your closet instead of treated like the treasures they are? Get these accessories straightened out with the following organizing systems. Straighten Up…