Should you get a starter home?

Buying a home with a plan to move out in the near future can sometimes accomplish a number of goals. However, it can also bring unexpected expenses and other problems.

Signs of bad neighbors when shopping for a house

Buyers may think they have discovered the perfect home, only to be driven up the wall by the homeowners next door. Taking the time to assess the properties near the one you are considering buying can help you avoid this heartache.

Right of first refusal offers a compromise for eager sellers and uncertain buyers

A right of first refusal clause can give a buyer an advantage in purchasing the property while giving the seller the option of considering other offers.

Supporting bees and other pollinators in your yard

You don't have to set up a hive and become an amateur beekeeper to support pollinators at your home. Simply maintaining a healthy garden and providing space for pollinator habitats can be very beneficial.

Shasta daisies give your garden a sunny disposition

Shasta daisies work well as perennial borders, in containers, and in cut flower displays. They will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and are also deer resistant.

Sellers net largest equity gain in a decade in Q2 2017, report finds

Homeowners who sold their home in the second quarter of 2017 realized the largest average profit in 10 years, according to an analysis by the real estate data company RealtyTrac. The average homeownership tenure in the United States also increased...

Look before you sign

In the excitement of the negotiating process, contract details can be overlooked. This can waste time and delay negotiations. It's wise to look over a blank contract before viewing properties, so you can familiarize yourself with the important...

Property Transactions - August 11, 2017

Property Transactions - August 11, 2017

Should you clean the dryer vent on your own or hire a pro?

Cleaning out the dryer vent might seem simple enough to be a "do it yourself" job, but calling in an HVAC specialist is often necessary to get the best results.

Seal the gaps in your homeowners insurance

Homeowners insurance can provide relief in a number of different scenarios, and it's important to maintain coverage to protect your home. But you'll also want to make sure you aren't leaving any gaps that could cost you a bundle after an emergency.

Dividing perennials helps rejuvenate and replicate plants

Dividing a perennial plant keeps it at a more manageable size, allowing it to maintain its health. Taking this step can have other benefits as well.

Few homeowners use programmable thermostats for cooling, survey finds

A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature in your home to minimize heating or cooling use when it is not needed. But a recent survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration finds that few homeowners program their...

Fast-growing garden cress brings a zing to your meals

Garden cress has introduced generations of children to the care and cultivation of plants. The plant's seeds will sprout with little more than a damp paper towel to provide them with moisture, and watching the seedlings develop has proved to be a...

Existing home sales stumble in June

Existing homes were selling at the second slowest rate of the year in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. The pace dropped significantly from the previous month, but still showed some year-over-year growth.

Protect your home from burglary when you're on vacation

Vacations can create unforgettable memories, but may also leave your home more vulnerable to burglary. Before taking a trip, take steps to deter intruders.

Keeping squirrels out of your house and garden

If you are experiencing problems with squirrels, a few strategic deterrents can keep them from causing damage. In some cases, it might be more appropriate to trap and remove the animals.


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