10 Tips to Help Sell a Home The Fall

Sep. 24, 2021 | Written by: Lori Fox

10 Tips to Help Sell a Home The FallThe fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren't upon us—at least not yet. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy, and that's a great time to sell a h...

Thinking About Home Improvements?

Jan. 18, 2021 | Written by: Lori Fox

Thinking About Home Improvements?Do you want to make a few changes in your home? No matter what type of remodeling project you choose, make certain the improvements increase your home's resale value as well as provide comfort and convenience.Fact to Consider:Don't assume that the money spent on spru...

Buying or Selling a Home in Winter: What You Need to Know

Dec. 11, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Dave Ramsey

Buying or Selling a Home in Winter: What You Need to KnowNobody buys or sells a home in the winter. Right? Wrong! In fact, if you checked the numbers, you’d find that a good chunk of home purchases happen during the coldest months of the year. Besides, many southern regions aren’t all that affected ...

6 Things To Consider Before You Flip A House

Dec. 06, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & MarketWatch

6 Things To Consider Before You Flip A HouseWith ​house-flipping profits at a 10-year high, it may be time to learn how to flip!Flippers beware: The cost to rehab a home usually adds 20% to 33% on top of the initial purchase price of the home.With low interest rates, tight inventory and high demand ...

15 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Rental Property

Nov. 25, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Investopedia

15 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Rental PropertyAre you thinking about purchasing an investment property? Real estate has produced many of the world's wealthiest people, so there are plenty of reasons to think that it is a sound investment. Experts agree, however, that as with any inve...

15 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Rental Property

Nov. 25, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Investopedia

15 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Rental PropertyAre you thinking about purchasing an investment property? Real estate has produced many of the world's wealthiest people, so there are plenty of reasons to think that it is a sound investment. Experts agree, however, that as with any inve...

The Pros and Cons of 10 Countertop Materials

Nov. 10, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

The Pros and Cons of 10 Countertop Materials. Have you been wondering what kind of countertop to use in your home?  Durability and beauty are the determining factor for most people.  We have tested the durability of the most popular materials to provide you with a honest comparison. To test durabili...

The 7 Do’s of Holiday Decorating When Your Home Is for Sale

Nov. 02, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Neila Deen

The 7 Do’s of Holiday Decorating When Your Home Is for SaleYou can still be festive. These tips will help you celebrate — without alienating would-be buyersSelling your home through the holiday season can certainly come with a few challenges. Chilly, wet weather and falling leaves in November and De...

Winterize Your Home Before It Gets Cold

Oct. 15, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Bob Vila

Winterize Your Home Before It Gets ColdUncover any home repair issues and insulate your house before winter settles in.Eliminate Winter SurprisesWhile you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. Sun, wind and rain can cause as much wear and tear as snow and ice. A ...

Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized

Oct. 03, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox & Bob Vila

Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting OrganizedA thoughtful approach to garage storage makes the most of this valuable space and keeps every necessity at your fingertips.If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. T...

How to Tell If a Wall Is Load-Bearing

Sep. 28, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

How to Tell If a Wall Is Load-BearingIf you have remodeling plans that include removing or altering a wall, you must determine whether the wall is load-bearing or non-load-bearing. Any part of a load-bearing wall that is removed must be replaced with a suitable structural support, such as a beam and...

Hot Fireplace Design Ideas

Sep. 24, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

Hot Fireplace Design IdeasBrick FireplaceThe classic mirror-over-fireplace trick can reflect traditional or modern tastes, depending on which style of mirror you choose. Design by Vern Yip.See more:  Hot Fireplace Design Ideas...

How to Find a Reliable Home Contractor

Sep. 14, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

How to Find a Reliable Home ContractorBefore hiring a contractor for your home improvement project, interview at least five candidates and check their references. For most homeowners, the hardest part of any home renovation project isn't the work itself – it's finding a competent and reliable c...

First-time home buyers guide: Finding the perfect house

Sep. 04, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

First-time home buyers guide: Finding the perfect house!How to find the “best home” for your needsAt any given moment, there are millions of homes for sale nationwide.With so many homes from which to choose, it’s no wonder that finding the “best house” can be a challenge.However, for home buyer...

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Home

Aug. 20, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First HomeNoisy neighbors upstairs? Sick of living in mom and dad's basement? Or just want to take part in the American Dream? Whatever your reason for wanting your own home, taking the leap can be both exciting and daunting. Yet, according to a National Association of Re...

5 Small Backyard Ideas to Make Your Cramped Outdoor Space Feel Like Versailles

Aug. 19, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

5 Small Backyard Ideas to Make Your Cramped Outdoor Space Feel Like VersaillesThese backyard ideas will make your small space look and feel BIGGER.Don't think of your microscopic yard as a curse. So what if it's technically a small concrete slab that baaarely accommodates a half-sized Weber grill? O...

10 Things to Know About a Home Appraisal

Aug. 18, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

10 Things to Know About a Home AppraisalOf all the people you'll interact with when buying or selling a house, the appraiser is the one you'll probably get to know the least. But he or she may play one of the most important roles in the sale or purchase of your home. What the appraiser finds can be ...

Tips To Make Moving Stress Free

Jan. 30, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

Tips To Make Moving Stress FreeMoving can be a very stressful event.  The goal is to make the event and transition go as smoothly as possible. This can be done by following a few steps to gain control of your possessions in your new home. Ease the Transition to Your New HomeThis can be don...