Contributed by Anita Alvarez Foundation issues, mold problems, water damage – these are just a few home problems that can bring the strongest homeowner to his knees. While painting a room, replacing a broken light fixture and even minor electrical repair jobs may be within your purview, some jobs should be left to the pros. Foundation issues Perhaps the most dreaded...

“Comps” – or recent comparable sales – give real estate practitioners and appraisers the information they need to price a home at fair-market value. Though comparable data are clear-cut to a professional, how many sellers understand the various tangibles and intangibles that inform these comparisons? If the gap between seller perception and appraiser opinion...

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter it needs regular care and attention. When a home is occupied, many of the things that are necessary to keep it in good working order happen by default. But when the home is vacant, it is up to the owner or the property manager to prepare it for freezing temperatures and other winter risks. The worst risk comes...

From inspection issues and property liens to last-minute requests by the lender, twists in the real estate transaction lurk at every turn – and as we all know, the unexpected can stop a deal dead in its tracks. With that in mind (and the scariest time of year just around the corner!), RISMedia wants to know: What twist in the transaction almost cost the sale? Share...

Contributed by Rachel Rieger You know it’s important to set aside some savings for emergency home repairs, but it’s equally as important to spend money now to prevent what can turn into future disasters. So, don’t put it off for a rainy day (that is when you’re most likely to get a flooded basement, after all!). Invest in these five products for your home...

Contributed by Chan Plett It's finally yours. The paperwork's all signed and you've secured one of the most important investments of your life: your dream home! But, what happens next? Most new homeowners often find it difficult to transition into their new house or home, but the next five steps are key to a seamless move into the house or home you've been coveting. Step...

Do you love to travel? Looking for somewhere to spend Halloween night in Paris? How about the catacombs? Yes, we're serious! Thanks to airbnb, two (un)lucky guests will get the chance to have the ultimate slumber party - for free! Contest winners will rest alongside six million other souls inside the world's largest grave site. Creepy! According to the listing, the...

Halloween is the best holiday ever! (This is a fact right?) (#SorryNotSorry, Christmas.) And who doesn't love a little fall-inspired fun? Now, buyers and sellers can create the home of their dreams nightmares with the Build Your Own Haunted House site by realtor.com®! In just a few clicks, users can customize their own spooky spectacle complete with zombies, bats,...

Real estate is once again on the big screen - brokers, agents and "Glengarry Glen Ross" fans, rejoice! Now in select cities and opening tomorrow nationwide, "99 Homes," starring Michael Shannon, Laura Dern and Andrew Garfield, puts a spotlight on some of the more nerve-wracking aspects of the biz, In this thriller, directed by Ramin Bahrani, Garfield plays Dennis...

Contributed by Anita Alvarez Shorter days, cooler temperatures, Halloween – these are all signs that winter’s right around the corner. While the weather is still suitable for working outside, put on your work boots and gloves, head outside and give your property a once-over. Then, work your way inside the home to check its winter-readiness. Here are 21 signs that...