Lenders report decreasing mortgage demand in Q2 2018

Although a majority of lenders said they considered it easy to get a mortgage in the second quarter of 2018, respondents also reported a decreasing demand for the loans and continued to expect their profit margins to shrink.

Fennel is a hardy choice for vegetable or herb gardens

People with home gardens often set aside space for both herbs and vegetables. When starting a fennel crop, you can easily establish it in either plot.

What do do with all that stuff

So you want to move, downsize, start fresh, or simply declutter your house, but how do you get rid of your stuff? Decluttering makes staging, selling, and moving easier—and less costly.

Property Transactions June 22, 2018

Property Transactions June 22, 2018

Elbow grease is essential in cleaning exterior brickwork

Bricks can lend a stately aesthetic to a home, whether they are used in a patio, walkway, chimney, or even as the key exterior element. As with other types of construction materials, it's helpful to do some regular upkeep on brickwork to keep it...

Cut down on your hot water use for utility savings

A few simple upgrades to your water heating system can help you save money on your utility bills. You can also reduce your hot water use by modifying some of your behaviors around the home.

Birth rates fall fastest in areas with soaring home prices

The housing markets that have seen the greatest increases in home values have also seen some of the most pronounced decreases in birth rates, according to an analysis by the real estate site Zillow.

Pending sales continue downward trend in April

Fewer homes were going under contract in April, continuing a 2018 trend that real estate professionals attribute to an ongoing shortage of available homes for sale.

Should you focus on paying down debts or building up savings for a down payment?

Unfortunately, with all the other financial obligations you regularly face—food, utilities, putting away money for retirement—it can be difficult to both pay down your debts and save up for a home. Though your strategy will depend on...

How does a "soft pull" affect your credit report?

Inquiries into your credit can result in a temporary decrease in your credit score. However, soft pulls—also known as soft checks or soft inquiries—allow your credit to be reviewed without a negative effect.

Keeping heavy items secure when hanging them on the wall

Specialized hangers and certain hanging techniques can help keep heavy items from crashing to the floor.

Carpenter ants can create persistent home infestations

A few preventative steps can help keep carpenter ants away from your property, and it's also possible to eradicate any ants that try to colonize your residence. But first you'll want to make sure you're dealing with the right pest.

Don't be caught off-guard by the hidden costs of selling

Selling a home isn't as simple as pocketing the proceeds once an offer has been finalized. Anyone listing a home should also be aware of the hidden costs which can either rack up some expenses prior to a sale or leave you with less of a profit than...

Home observatories bring convenience to amateur astronomy

Several amateur astronomers have found that building a home observatory is a relatively inexpensive project.

Property Transactions June 15, 2018

Property Transactions June 15, 2018

Signs it's time to get a new dishwasher

When the dishwasher starts running less effectively than it should, you'll need to decide whether to repair or replace it.


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