Trending This Week on Instagram: Beautiful Boho Bathrooms

Posted by Stephanie Murray // August 28, 2019

The end is near! The end of summer, that is. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just extend those glorious days of warmth and relaxation? Well, a home makeover might just do the trick, by evoking a luxurious vacation vibe even after you’ve returned to the daily grind. To get great bang for your buck, […]

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6 Surprising Things You Never Knew You Had to Do Before the Movers Arrive

Posted by Stephanie Murray // August 21, 2019

Moving is stressful, so you’d be forgiven if after packing the last box you thought that you were finally done. Now it’s just time to wait for the movers to arrive, right? Not exactly. Working with professional movers is a great option for people making big moves, moving with kids, or moving large or fragile […]

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What Is Fair Market Value? How Much a Home Is Really Worth

Posted by Stephanie Murray // August 14, 2019

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, one question that’s always front and center is the price: How much is a home worth? That’s a tricky question to answer, but probably the best starting point is to know a home’s fair market value, or FMV. A home’s fair market value is the price it would sell for in […]

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Should You Prepay Your Mortgage? The Pros and Cons

Posted by Stephanie Murray // August 7, 2019

Should you prepay your mortgage? For some homeowners it’s a financially savvy move—but for others, beefing up their loan payments just doesn’t make sense. To help you figure out whether prepayment is right for you, here are the pros and cons cited by financial experts. Pro: You’ll cut down on the interest you owe Interest […]

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Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back at Closing?

Posted by Stephanie Murray // July 24, 2019

Do you get your earnest money back at closing? If you’re buying a house and planning to finance the purchase with the help of a mortgage, the question is bound to come up. The short answer is: You don’t usually get your earnest money back at closing. But hold on! Sometimes earnest money is returned at closing. […]

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Stucco Repair: A Quick and Easy Way to Make Your Home Look Like New

Posted by Stephanie Murray // July 17, 2019

Stucco is an extremely popular home siding because it is handsome and durable, offers texture, and is less costly than other high-end exteriors. According to, stucco typically costs $6 to $9 per square foot, compared with $11 to $15 for stone veneer, which has a similar look. While it’s not a load-bearing material like cement or concrete, stucco can […]

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4 Reasons Why Summer Is the Best Time to Move

Posted by Stephanie Murray // July 10, 2019

Moving is the worst. But for those who can be flexible in scheduling their move, choosing the right season to relocate can make the whole experience smoother. So which time of the year is most preferable? For renters and buyers looking to move in the near future, the longer, sunnier days of summer are really ideal—and we’ll tell you […]

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4 Good Reasons to Not Get a Mortgage Online

Posted by Stephanie Murray // July 3, 2019

Applying for a mortgage these days can be accomplished entirely online—no need to schlep to a bank and suffer hand cramps filling out paperwork. Instead, you can punch some basic info into an online mortgage site, and up pops a bunch of loan choices. An industry renowned for being slow and cumbersome is now wooing customers with […]

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Back to Basics: The Summer’s Hottest Decor Trends Take a Turn Toward Traditional

Posted by Stephanie Murray // June 26, 2019

Sometimes it seems like home decor is on a mission to outdo itself. Bigger! Brighter! Bolder! And that’s especially true in summer, when we gravitate toward vibrant colors and funky looks meant to make a statement. Not this year, though. This season, you’ll want to dial things down, because traditional and homey decor is trending […]

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A Guide to Mortgage Interest Rates: Why They Go Down and Up, and What to Do

Posted by Stephanie Murray // June 19, 2019

Mortgage interest rates are a mystery to many of us—whether you’re a home buyer in need of a home loan for your first house or your fifth. After all, what does “interest rate” even mean? Why do rates swing up and down? And, most important, how do you nab the best interest rate—the one that’s […]

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