Moving a staircase can help open up a house

Moving a staircase might seem like an intimidating proposal at first, but it is not unreasonable to consider it during a larger home remodel.

New England has the largest and most expensive construction lots in U.S., NAHB finds

People who purchase a newly constructed home in New England are likely to enjoy a large building lot, but this space will also come at a price.

Safeguarding a property after you move out

If you need to move before your home sells, you'll want to make sure it stays safe in your absence.

How much space do you need for a kitchen island?

An island can be an essential part of your kitchen's workflow, but only if there is enough space to move around it.

Even with debt, those with higher education are more likely to own a home

Research by the real estate site Zillow suggests that while student debt can inhibit the probability that a person will be able to buy a home, it will have less of an effect on those who have earned a degree.

Property Transactions - October 2, 2015

Canterbury 51 Kinne Rd: Beckwith, Karen E to Yost, Joelle S & Mancini, David, $205,000. 149 Westminster Rd: Burnham, Herbert W & Burnham, Nancy H to Hart, Kenneth N & Hart, Kathleen, $234,000. 84 Tripp...

Prepare garlic now for a spring harvest

While garlic can be planted in the spring, setting it out in the fall can produce larger and tastier bulbs.

Fannie Mae finds that lenders are easing credit standards

Lenders have been more likely to ease their credit standards when considering mortgage applications in recent months, according to a quarterly analysis by Fannie Mae.

Safety, affordability are most sought after qualities among home buyers

People searching for a new home were most concerned with finding a residence in a safe neighborhood and buying a property they can afford, according to a recent survey by the real estate company Redfin.

NAR: Existing home sales decrease in August

The number of existing home sales in the United States fell in August after three months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors.

How energy efficient is your fireplace?

A fireplace may take the chill out of those first frosty days of autumn in cold weather climates, but it may not really be effective in reducing your overall energy bill.

Clean your dryer vent to keep your home safe

The dryer vent should be cleaned at least once a year to prevent the buildup of lint from becoming a problem. If you are using the appliance frequently, you'll want to clean the vent more frequently.

Buyers say they won't be deterred by an increase in mortgage rates

People searching for a new home were more concerned with affordability and competition with other buyers than they were with a potential increase in mortgage rates, according to a survey by the real estate company Redfin. While a significant share...

Noise, lack of storage among top irritations in survey on neighborhood and home annoyances

A recent survey named noisy neighbors, speeding drivers, and a lack of storage as the top annoyances homeowners had with their neighborhood and home.

CoreLogic: 91 percent of U.S. homes have equity

More than nine out of every 10 mortgaged homes in the United States has positive equity, according to a recent report by the real estate data company CoreLogic. However, more than 4 million homes in the nation continue to have negative equity.

Two car garages remain the most popular parking option in new homes

The majority of new single-family homes started in 2014 included a two-car garage, according to an analysis of United States Census Bureau data by the National Association of Home Builders.

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