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Buying or Selling a Home
A home foreclosure may appear to be a hot deal, but beware of hidden costs if you are bargain shopping. Foreclosed homes often come with a variety of repair and financial problems that can add up to major expenses. Before starting your property search, make sure you know exactly how much home...
Building and Remodeling

Choosing the best home improvement financing for your project requires careful planning.  There many home improvement financing options avaible, appropriate for everything from purchase of a new appliance to a complete kitchen redo.

Here's a look at the most common home improvement financing...

Home Warranty Advice: Are They Worth the Money?

If you own a home, you may be more tempted to purchase a home warranty to help avoid the financial surprise of an unexpected repair. But do home warranties truly offer the peace of mind they claim on the brochure? Will purchasing a home warranty cover an air conditioner that gives out mid...

Mold
Buying a foreclosed home is not as easy as it sounds. It would seem like bargain hunting on a grand scale and when gazing up a tree-lined street featuring foreclosed homes, you may think there's homeowner's gold in them there hills.  But beware before buying a foreclosed home. Foreclosed homes...
Exterior Remodeling

Winterizing your vacation home is best accomplished when you develop a checklist of tasks that need to be completed and then follow that list faithfully. The major areas a winterization list should include:

1. Plumbing. Plumbing is one of the most important areas to address when winterizing...

Finance and Home Loans

Debating whether to move or improve?  Here are some important financial factors to consider.  It's all based on costs and trade-offs.  Remodeling can have a big price tag, but can increase your home's current value.  Moving takes you somewhere new, but can cost 10 to 15 percent over the value of...