Keeping marble countertops clean

Marble is a beautiful material for your kitchen or bathroom countertop, sure to spruce up the appearance of the room. However, it also has a reputation for being more vulnerable to damage.

Using the square footage when pricing your home

There are different ways to measure a home's size, and a buyer might seek to lower their offer if they get a square footage estimate which is smaller than what appeared in the listing.

Sweet peas bring an alluring aroma to the garden or home

The aroma of sweet peas is very distinctive, with the original varieties having a scent similar to honey, jasmine, and orange.

More reticence about housing, personal finances in latest Fannie Mae survey

Although the people polled in Fannie Mae's most recent housing survey said they expect home prices to increase in the next year, the share of those who consider it a good time to buy or sell fell considerably. More respondents also expressed...

Is a solar tube right for your home?

Solar tubes—also known as sun tunnels, tubular skylights, or sky tubes—use a simple design to bring light into the darker areas of a home. They provide a surprising amount of light, helping reduce your reliance on electric bulbs.

NAHB: Home size remains level, prices up in second quarter

The size of new homes built in the United States dropped slightly in the second quarter of 2015 while prices for both new and existing homes increased, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders.

Property transactions, Aug. 20-26

The following property transactions were recorded between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, 2015.

Report: Share of "equity rich" homes increases slightly from 2014

The share of mortgage properties in the United States considered to be "equity rich" increased slightly from a year ago, according to the real estate data site RealtyTrac. The same period also saw a reduction in the share of homes considered to be...

Survey: Millennials aspire for homeownership, but expect it will take some time

Most young adults in the United States aspire to own a home, according to a recent survey by the real estate site Trulia, but the majority does not expect that they will be able to do so for at least another two years. However, Millennials who were...

Get back-to-school savvy by planning your family's meals

After months of long weekends, vacations, relaxing by the pool, and making the Little League circuit, the back-to-school rush can be quite a shock as we're suddenly forced kicking and screaming from our loosey goosey summer languor back into...

What will homeowner's association fees cover?

If you buy a residence which is part of a homeowner's association, you'll need to be prepared to pay a monthly fee.

Property Transactions - August 21, 2015

Canterbury 314 Westminster Rd: Castro, Julian to Holewka, Louis G & Holewka, Kelsey L, $90,500. 284 Barstow Rd: Bayview Loan Servicing to Belmont, Peter A, $110,000. 145 Elmdale Rd: Castro, Julian to...

What if they don't all get along?

One area of controversy can arise when parents leave real property to children as tenants in common, so that the group owns the property together and each child has equal rights in it. This is too often a recipe for disaster.

Median age for U.S. homes increases to 37 years

The typical home in the United States is approaching its midlife crisis, according to recent data. The median age of an owner-occupied home in the nation was 37 years old in 2013, dating it back to a time when Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford were...

Snapdragons bring a medley of colors to the garden

Along with their entertaining name, snapdragons offer plenty of versatility in the garden. They have a long growing season, can be used in everything from edging to vase displays, and come in a wide variety of colors.

When do you have enough equity to refinance?

After you've stayed in a home for several years and faithfully made a mortgage payment each month, you may wonder if it is a good time to refinance your loan. If you proceed with this option, you'll want to start by checking how much equity you have...

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