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Unless you live in a studio apartment, chances are your rent increased last year. Over the past year, apartment rents increased nationwide, according to Apartment Guide's 2020 Rent Report. Rent prices increased for one-bedroom (3 percent), two-bedroom (1.7 percent) and three-bedroom apartments (1.2 percent) at a higher rate in 2019 than in 2018. For studios, there...

Email-based scams are increasingly derailing real estate transactions and the lives of those who fall prey. Agents and brokers regularly remind their clients to safeguard their information, and educate them on the signs of a fraudulent email. Even industry executives, however, can be vulnerable. Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran, mega investor and founder of The Corcoran...

By Anita Ginsburg Once the weather starts to warm up, consider tackling a few projects around your house. When it comes to keeping your home running smoothly, a little bit of preventative maintenance can make a huge difference. Replace All the Filters in Your Home Many people never even think about replacing their filters, and that can cause some major issues in...

We've finally entered into another decade—but what does that mean for the next 10 years? According to a recently released LendingTree report, for a significant number of U.S. homeowners, moving is in the cards. LendingTree surveyed more than 1,500 Americans, finding that 45 percent of homeowners are planning to move during the 2020s. What is the motivation? At...

Which feature made you fall in love with your current home? Was it the view? The in-ground pool? Or was it the in-law apartment that sealed the deal? According to a new analysis by realtor.com®, the most loved home features vary from state to state. Related: 5 Home Renovations That Will Make You Fall in Love With Your Home Again Realtor.com analyzed their keyword...

By Anita Ginsburg Without windows, our homes would feel like dreary prisons. Windows connect us to the outside world, allowing light and fresh air into our homes. Related: How to Make Your Home Attractive to Environmentally-Conscious Buyers Windows also contribute to the cost of heating and cooling our properties. One way to cut down on this expense is to use energy-efficient...

If you're buying new this year, your choice in homes may skew slightly smaller. That's because, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homes keep shrinking. In the past four years, the average build downsized, and now clocks in at 2,520 square feet, with fewer rooms. Goodbye to the once-popular three-bathroom, four-bedroom layout, and cavernous...

As children, many of us dreamt of living in the homes of the fictional characters we saw on screen and read about in books. From Spongebob Squarepants' pineapple-shaped home to the Lars Homestead in "Star Wars," there are plenty of residences that we'd move into, even today, if given the chance. It's for this reason that outdoor furniture manufacturer FarawayFurniture.com...

It's a crucial question, especially for first-time homebuyers: Should I buy a home, or rent one? As is the case in real estate, it comes down to location. In 53 percent of the country's housing markets, you're better off buying than renting, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' 2020 Rental Affordability Report, newly released. For the report, ATTOM compared 855 counties,...

Curb appeal really does have a major impact on the return you'll see at resale. Among the top 10 home improvement projects with the highest return on investment (ROI) in Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report, nine are outdoor projects. Related: 4 Resolutions for Home Improvements to Make in 2020 Topping this year's list is Manufactured Stone...