Having student loan debt doesn’t deny your approval for a mortgage loan right off the bat, but it can definitely be one of the factors that can make or break your application. According to The Wall Street Journal, out of almost 46,000 first-time home buyers seeking a mortgage loan, nearly 75 percent were approved. Of those approved, 27.3 percent had student debt,...

In celebration of Mother's Day, we're highlighting the homes our favorite on-screen moms. From "Jerry Maguire" to "Almost Famous," this infographic--recently released by Trulia--allows us to peek into some of the most iconic pads occupied by fictional moms, and take a look at what these homes cost off-screen. ...

On April 21, the world lost one of the most iconic musicians we had left: Prince. The flamboyant, genre-bending musician passed away at his own estate which also doubled as his recording studio - Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn., located just outside of Minneapolis. Named after Prince's song of the same name, the compound not only features his recording studios,...

By Benny Lamm The shape of senior living communities across the world has changed drastically over the past several years. Baby boomers have their own unique ideas of what their retirement years are going to look like, and the industry must change in order to fit the shape of their unique preferences. This year’s anticipated trends don’t look like your grandmother’s...

The best way to connect with a client will always vary based on their preferences. But for those seasoned agents working to appeal to a millennial client, a lot can get lost in the age gap. Below are a handful of ways to come off as hip and happening to your younger clientele. Be flexible. When it comes to communication, meet your millennial client in their...

By Mary Grace A spacious home with grand vaulted white ceilings filled with light isn’t in the budget for every homeowner, but creating a space that feels open and airy can be achieved even in the most Lilliputian abode. Decluttering, playing with light effects, and limiting the amount of large objects you have in a single room will change how you interact with...

By Than Merrill Not unlike any other business, investing in real estate requires an acute attention to detail and the utmost respect for due diligence.  Any hope of running a sustainable business is, therefore, dependent on minimizing mistakes and capitalizing on opportunities.  There are, however, some mistakes that are more detrimental to new investors than others....

LED lighting is basking in the residential spotlight. Results of a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) indicate LED lighting is leading the growth in demand for both kitchen and bathroom features in American homes. The survey questioned more than 500 architecture firms that specialize in residences. As large pantries and double islands are...

Keeping your bathroom sanitary doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right cleaning techniques, you can enjoy a sparkling bathroom without spending all day cleaning. Here are six cleaning tips for a fresh bathroom: #1 Shine your mirror Your bathroom mirror can get pretty grimy. Thankfully, it’s easy to restore it to its former glory. Here’s how: Place rubbing...

While trends typically come and go, one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the concept surrounding the zero-energy home, a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As the movement continues to push itself into the limelight—hoping for full-fledged adoption—it’s...