Fannie Mae: Housing sentiment remains strong at end of year

Consumer attitudes toward the housing market and economy remained favorable at the end of 2019, according to Fannie Mae.

Locking in a mortgage rate can result in long-term savings

Locking in a mortgage rate helps protect you against these unexpected increases. While getting a lock comes at a cost, it can be preferable to paying more in interest over the life of the loan.

Freddie Mac: Child care costs put a squeeze on housing affordability

Plenty of attention has been given to the impact of student loans on the housing market, with many young prospective buyers saying this burden is forcing them to delay a home purchase or limit the amount of money they can spend. However, a new...

"Ghosting" stains point to air leaks in the home

If you notice dark stains on the ceiling or walls of a room, you might fear that it is black mold. However, this might simply be due to a phenomenon known as thermal bridging, or ghosting. While the issue presents more of a nuisance than a serious...

Converting your home to single floor living

Turning a multistory home into a residence that supports single floor living offers several benefits. This type of layout provides better accessibility overall, and is particularly helpful for aging residents or those with disabilities.

Property Transactions January 17, 2020

Property Transactions January 17, 2020

Tips for mounting a TV on the wall

By securing a TV to a wall, you can open up more space, reduce clutter, and establish a more streamlined look in a room. It's essential that you take time to properly complete this process, though.

Pending home sales grow 1.2 percent in November

A boost in pending home sales in November helped erase a similar decline in the previous month, according to the National Association of Realtors' most recent update to their Pending Home Sales Index.

Does your wiring need to be replaced?

Most of the wiring is hidden within the walls, making it difficult to access. You'll need to keep an eye out for telltale signs of trouble when determining if an electrical update is necessary.

Property Transactions January 10, 2020

Property Transactions January 10, 2020

Spruce up laminate countertops with a coat of paint

If you're looking to give a laminate countertop a fresh look, one of the easiest ways to do so is to add a coat of paint. This may seem like an unconventional solution, but it can easily liven up a kitchen and help extend the counter's lifespan...

Caulking a kitchen sink to prevent water damage

While you'll likely keep tabs on any caulk in your bathtub or shower, you may be less aware of the caulk around your sinks. If this seal is not in good condition, water can make its way between the sink and the counter, causing damage to your...

The pros and cons of a strategic default on a mortgage

Unlike a standard foreclosure, where a lender repossesses a property because the borrower is unable to keep up with payments, a strategic foreclosure occurs when a borrower can afford to continue mortgage payments but decides it is more advantageous...

An orangery provides a sunny space in a small home

A home extension known as an orangery was traditionally used to create a temperate zone where oranges and other citrus fruits could be grown during the winter. Today, it can serve as a sunny addition to your home's interior space.

Property Transactions January 3, 2020

Property Transactions January 3, 2020

The pros and cons of electric furnaces

An electric furnace heats a home in the same way as a gas-powered furnace but relies on a different source of energy. While these furnaces have a number of up-front benefits, you'll need to decide whether they'll be more advantageous over the entire...


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