5 Insightful Questions to Ask the Neighbors Before You Buy That Home


It’s tough to get an accurate feel for a neighborhood—especially if you’re new to the area. Sure, you can check crime rates and do online research about schools and local events. But there’s one other very simple thing you can do to uncover a fountain of immediate info: Talk to the neighbors. Because who knows the area better than the Read More

Wooden Wonderland: How-To Accent Your Space With Wood


Love that glossy wood floor, exposed beam ceiling look? You’re far from alone. Wood is a wonderful, natural way to add earthy elements to your living space. If you’re looking to add even more wood to your interior design scheme, consider a few of the following. Countertops. While real wood countertops may be more difficult Read More

Money That Can Be Better Spent on a Down Payment

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One of the biggest obstacles for first-time homebuyers is saving for a down payment. The first mistake new homebuyers make is believing that they must have 20 percent to put down on a home, when (depending on your credit and the loan terms) you can usually put down much less. The second mistake is believing you’ll never Read More