What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Home Inspector

Congratulations! You put in an offer to buy a home, and it’s been accepted! Now it’s time to get a home inspection to make sure you are willing to move forward with the purchase. Most potential home buyers choose to include an inspection as a contingency in the purchase agreement. It’s a wise move. The last thing you want is to …

Sun or Shade: The Perfect Plants for Your Garden

Not every garden is created equal. If you have trees shading your garden, you want to select plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight. On the flip side, you don’t want to put a shade-preferring plant in direct sunlight. Want to know the right plants for your garden? Here are a few of our favorite plants that grow best …

Spring Cleaning with Young Kids – One Family’s Successes and Failures

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.  Spring is here! The days are getting longer and the sun is shining more brightly. It’s time for us to crawl out from under our winter rocks …

Why Is My Mortgage Payment Changing?

When you get a mortgage or any other kind of loan, it’s common to think that you make a set payment every month. It just continues that way until 30 years down the line when you finally pay it off … right? With a mortgage, your principal and interest payment may not change if you have a fixed-rate loan. If …

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Every April 22, nearly 200 countries observe Earth Day – a holiday that consists of advocating for both policy and environmental change on a global scale. It all started in 1970, in response to the Santa Barbara oil blowout of 1969. More than three million gallons of oil spilled into the coast, killing the native wildlife and striking a cord …

How to Remove Pet Odors from Your Home

We all love our pets. They’re our favorite non-human part of the family. However, we don’t always love the smells they produce. Whether you’re preparing to host a dinner party, staging your home for selling or just need a refresh, removing pet odors can help to make any home feel more inviting. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide …

Highlights from NAHREP’s 2017 State of Hispanic Homeownership

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) hosted its annual Housing Policy and Hispanic Lending Conference at the end of February in Washington, D.C. The three-day conference featured a number of speakers and panel discussions on issues affecting this growing segment of the housing market. Every year at the conference, NAHREP releases its annual report on the state …

Low Inflation Numbers and a Stock Market Rebound – Market Update

It was kind of a dreary weekend here in Detroit. For the last several days, it’s been nothing but rain and chilly temps. It should not be 38 degrees on April 16, but maybe that’s just my opinion! The stock market hasn’t done all that great recently, either. Would it rebound? We know the Federal Reserve is keeping an eye …

Homemade Bathroom Cleaners That Are Safe and Inexpensive

Similar to the many other menial maintenance and household tasks that come with homeownership, cleaning your bathroom is oftentimes found at the very bottom of your chore list. However, cleaning your bathroom can be important for your health and safety. A regular bathroom cleaning could help prevent illness and infection from mold, dust and bacteria that tend to collect in …

Low Down Payment Options for Conventional Loans

There’s a misconception out there that you need to put 20% down in order to get a mortgage. That may have been the case in previous generations, but it isn’t anymore. While there are some benefits to a higher down payment, you can now get into a home with as little as 3% down. This could help you buy a …