The Top Housing Markets to Watch in 2018

Housing prices are rising at quite a rate across most of the country, but there’s certainly no denying that prices are higher than in some areas than others. Where are the places with the highest demand for real estate this year? We decided to do a roundup of the predictions of some of the biggest analysts in the real estate …

Why Young Kids Need Chores (and How to Get Them Started)

According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” having your child do chores is one of the best ways to help them succeed in life. When they understand that their contributions are a major factor in the happiness and overall harmony of the household, they become more fulfilled and happier people. I’m seeing this firsthand with my …

Home Values Continue to Rise

Appraisers and homeowners were a little further apart from each other for the first time in eight months as the average appraisal came in 0.60% below homeowner estimates. The good news is that home values were up 0.46% in January and have risen 7.03% on the year. Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) The gap between homeowner perceptions of home value …

How to Furnish Your First House: Expert Designers Reveal How in 10 Tips

Purchasing your first house is an exciting time. There are endless possibilities for how you can personalize your space and make it your own, but it also might be a little nerve-racking deciding where you should start. Luckily, we’ve put together a list to put your anxieties to rest. We reached out to expert interior designers to get their insight …

Interest-Only Mortgages: The Facts and Alternatives

There are many methods used to try to make a home more affordable. One of the most common is to eliminate or reduce the down payment. The other way is to lower the monthly payment. The most common way of lowering monthly payments is to get a really good rate. There are also interest-only loans that save people money on …

Stock Market Nears Correction Territory – Market Update

The stock market was a stinker last week. There’s no other way to put it. Stocks were the entire show, and for various reasons that we’ll get into in a minute, they just didn’t perform. Although there wasn’t much to look at from an economic data standpoint, a few things did manage to cross the wire. Let’s touch on those …

4 Affordable Child Care Options You Might Not Know About

One of the most challenging aspects of being a working parent is knowing where to find affordable child care. The cost of child care for kids under five years old can be astronomical, but if you know where to look, there are many affordable options. Here are some examples. Au Pairs Many families decide to hire an au pair. An …

Winter Olympic Sports Terms Translated

The Winter Olympics are upon us once again, and it’s hard not to sit in front of the TV and dream of what it would feel like to be one of these athletes on the world stage. It’s also hard to understand some of the terminology used while watching some sports. How can you accurately picture yourself standing on the …

Airbnb and Quicken Loans Partner on a New Mortgage Qualification Option

When you qualify to get a mortgage, one of the most important factors is your income. In general, higher incomes open up more mortgage options. With that in mind, we’ve got a new announcement that should be exciting for many homeowners. If you rent out your home through Airbnb, you can now count that income toward your qualification when getting …