By Kara Masterson Finding your dream home can be difficult for many reasons, one of which is that your budget often restricts your choices. Keeping a healthy budget coupled with strategic house-hunting practices can yield the best possible property that not only fits your personal budget, but also meets your lifestyle needs. Here are four things to keep in mind during...

By Jonathan Deesing So your friend, coworker or daughter just purchased their first home and you want to honor the occasion with a housewarming gift—but the options seem limited. If you don’t want to be that person who gives yet another blender or bottle of wine you should give them something a bit more original and, preferably, a lot more functional. Smart home...

Whether it’s your first house or your fourth, you’ve likely heard the phrase “location, location, location.” A recent Smart Asset study procured information on the very best city to sell a home based on five factors. They looked at the change in median home value, the percent of homes in the area sold at a loss, the average number days a home sits on the...

Looking to purchase a new spot, buy an investment property, or pick up and move? SmartAsset recently published data on the top rising housing markets. In order to evaluate up-and-coming housing markets, SmartAsset looked at data on 308 cities with a population over 100,000, scrutinizing the change in median home values, median incomes, and the difference between population...

Between the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay is this crown jewel estate, recently listed for $26.5 million—a record for all three counties on the central west coast of Florida. Reminiscent of Renaissance-era Italy on the sought-after south end of Longboat Key, the property's 30,000 square feet of living space offer an array of aristocratic...

As a real estate agent, you have a lot on your plate. So when a bill arrives in the mail alerting you that your real estate license is in jeopardy, it may seem like a plausible occurrence. At least, that’s the idea behind a recent scam targeting REALTORS® and real estate licensees in Florida. The fictitious (but plausible sounding) “Florida Board of REALTORS”...

As most real estate agents know, being an independent contractor requires special attention and organization when it comes to managing your day-to-day business finances and keeping on top of your taxes. When it comes to managing your finances, are you a receipt-saver, a DIYer? Do you use an online platform, or hire a pro? Through this brief, 2-minute survey, RISMedia...

If you’re looking to make mega moves in Los Angeles’ Beverly Parks hood, be sure to pay mind to 10 Beverly Park. This lavish gated colonial estate roosts upon 4.25 acres of pristine land, with rolling lawns, a pool, quiet gardens and a five-car garage. Situated in a star-studded neighborhood, your new Beverly Park neighbors will be Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy,...

Every homeowner wants a healthy home for his or her family and pets. Making the right choices in your house isn't always easy though. Keep reading to learn more about how you can create a healthy space and enjoy your home even more. These five tips should put you on the path. Update Your Insulation Individuals and families in older homes should consider the fact...

By Anne-Marie Pritchett Your baby’s nursery serves many purposes other than providing a restful place for her to sleep. It’s essentially a bathroom, a storage room, a dining room, a playroom and a sanctuary. Putting it together is one of the first significant steps to parenting. It takes time, money and care to set up a happy, healthy and well-organized nursery....