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Are you interested in finding a rent-to-own home? Making the jump from renting to owning a house can be difficult. Finding the large amount of cash for the down payment isn't normally easy when you have rent to pay. But what if you could rent to own instead? Related: Green Updates That Add Value to Your Home It can be possible to move into a rental property that...

Of the many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has altered everyday life, one of the more permanent changes may be 'work from home' culture. With some major tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, already allowing workers to work from home indefinitely, smaller companies across the country are likely to follow their lead. According to Gallup, some 62 percent...

By Anita Ginsburg Your home's foundation must remain stable and secure because it literally supports the entire structure and all of its occupants. Luckily, most foundations, if built effectively, can last decades. Related: What Makes A Home Foundation Sound?
Over time or due to major storm damage, though, a foundation may begin to show evidence of a damage....

One of the most important qualities that buyers and sellers look for in a real estate agent is local market expertise. Of course, this type of information should include what is selling, which neighborhoods are most sought after, what properties are coming on the market, etc. But to be viewed as a truly valuable agent, you need to know more than just the data. By...

By Meghan Belnap As COVID-19 continues to change much about daily life, it can be hard to know how to move forward. For the real estate industry, specifically, the pandemic has caused many people to hunker down in their current homes, meaning that the market isn't moving as fast as it was pre-coronavirus. Related: Real Estate Slowed but Agents Still Transacting Amid...

By Anita Ginsburg Now that the summer heat is slowly dissipating, it's time to start prepping your air conditioner for the cooler fall temperatures. Depending on where you live in the U.S., you might not expect to use your AC unit much this fall, and you might not use it at all during the winter. Related: Essential Maintenance to Conduct on Newly Purchased Homes

VA loans are having a record 2020. Although the process of obtaining one has slowed in some areas of the country, demand has never been higher. According to mortgage lender Veterans United Home Loans, the VA loan program backed more than 865,000 loans so far this year. The previous record was set in 2017, when the VA loan program backed some 740,386 loans. This year,...

By Jordan Fuller There are many good reasons to make your home more energy-efficient, but in addition to reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your monthly utility bills, making green updates to your property can also raise your home's value. Here are a few ideas to consider: Lighting It doesn't matter if you're planning to stay in your home for 10 years,...

By Meghan Belnap You've worked hard to become a homeowner. However, your work is not done. After you move into your new house, there are several essential maintenance tasks that you'll need to attend to. Here are a few things you need to do in order to maintain your new home: Gutter Maintenance Your gutters are an important part of your home. They're designed to...

By Brooke Chaplan If you're looking to enhance the value of your home, one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can make is to install new windows. Older windows could make your home appear out-of-date and raise questions about their ability to insulate the home's interior. Related: 4 Energy-Efficient Window Treatments New windows are available in many...