The largest housing industry show occurs at the beginning of each year, and this year it was held in Orlando, Florida. Design & Construction week combines several shows to introduce housing industry trends to the world’s builders, remodelers
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For most people, home ownership is your largest purchase. Saving money looks at the total cost of home ownership. We cover everything from buying a house to monthly operating expenses that include your mortgage, insurance, taxes, utilities, cleaning services, home repair and preventive home maintenance.
We help you make smart decisions by shifting home repair costs to home improvements so you can create your dream lifestyle. Our homeowner tips look at when and how to buy things from refrigerators to furniture. With the right planning and budgeting, we know you'll become a whiz at making smart homeowner decisions.
By understanding homeowner expenses, you'll protect your investment and build homeowner equity to achieve financial independence.
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Wondering what net neutrality means and why you should care? The best analogy I’ve come up with is your cable TV bill. If you’re old enough you remember when television was free, when families watched the Ed Sullivan show
Buyers focus on the mortgage but it doesn’t tell you the true cost of home ownership. With your first home, you compare your mortgage payment to the rent you’ve been paying but wait, what expenses were included in your rent?
Our world is changing in many ways. Uber is changing how we think about cars, so maybe you don’t need one? AirBnB is changing travel, making overnight trips affordable. Unison is a new disruptive mortgage lender redefining how we buy houses.
Heart and home – are they always in the same place? Maybe not. When we understand the difference, we can enjoy our homes more while accepting that we need to nourish other parts of who we are. Here’s how I reconnect with the city where I was born because everyone wants to go photos of … Read More
Income taxes can be filed using the standard deduction or itemized deductions. Most homeowners prefer itemized deductions to reduce their taxable income by what they’ve spent on mortgage interest, property taxes and more. It does take more time to gather all the paperwork needed to support itemized deductions and it’s usually worth it.
Most of us take homeowner insurance for granted. When we finance a house, the mortgage holder requires insurance. We often assume any national insurance company is trustworthy, without realizing
Wondering where you can learn how to tape and mud drywall? If you want to do your own home repairs and/or remodeling projects, knowing how to tape and mud is a good skill to have. You can watch lots of videos but you also need
We never had a home warranty until house #15, so why did we get one this time? The house was 20 years old, and many of the major systems fail around twenty years, something I learned running a handyman business for 8 years. Rather than have to worry about making an emergency HVAC system purchase during … Read More
Selling a house is never easy. The biggest challenge is picking the right house price, one that will attract the right buyers. Picking the right price for a condo in a beach community is even harder. And if these challenges weren’t enough, the condo was bought just as the housing industry crashed so Hampton Beach has only begun … Read More