Designers Share 5 Tips to Style Your Home for Spring

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means we receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Please check out our disclosure policy for more details. Has winter weather had you feeling down in the dumps? You are in luck because spring weather is here and with it comes a whole new bright …

What is a Co-Op? A Home You Partially Own

A co-op (a.k.a. a housing cooperative) is a type of housing owned by a corporation made up of the owners within the co-op. The corporation owns the interior, exterior and all common areas of the building. Instead of buying property as you would in a traditional real estate transaction, you’re buying a share of the corporation that controls the co-op, …

Costs to Look Out for (and Avoid) When Leasing a Car

Leasing a car isn’t for everyone. Some love the noncommittal freedom it gives a lessee to switch cars every few years. Then there are some who think leasing is overpriced, calculated to provide the dealership with a maximum amount of dough while providing a minimum amount of product. Here’s the thing: Dealers aren’t making the bulk of their money by …

How to Get Your Patio Summer-Ready

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means we receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Please check out our disclosure policy for more details. The snow melts, the days become warmer and suddenly you realize your patio looks like the abandoned backdrop of a post-apocalyptic movie. This sight may leave you …

20 Mortgage Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Doing your research and asking questions is important when looking for a mortgage lender. Not all lenders are the same, and it’s important to understand as much as possible before you move forward in the home loan process. Whether you’re purchasing a home or refinancing, having a list of mortgage questions to ask before making a decision should be your …

Appraisal Values Spike in April

Home values were up more than at any point in the last four years in April. On the other hand, appraisers and homeowners drifted slightly further apart on the value of homes. If you’re looking to buy or refinance, there’s definitely some momentum in terms of home values. Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) Homeowners and appraisers experienced a bit more …

6 Low-maintenance Plants for Your Indoor Garden

Indoor plants are great. They can brighten up your home, make it feel fresh and add a certain leafy liveliness to your décor. However, that all comes at a cost: keeping the darn things alive. As living organisms, plants tend to need a lot of TLC when we remove them from their natural habitats and bring them indoors. However, not …

Saving for Retirement? What the Multiply by 25 and 4 Percent Rules Mean

You know how important it is to save for retirement. But how can you determine exactly how much money you’ll need for your after-work years? Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula. How much you’ll need to save depends on everything from your health, to the lifestyle you want to live, to how long you can stay in your current home. And …