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17 Brands Born and Loved in the U.S.A.
In honor of the Fourth of July, we decided to recognize some popular made-in-America brands. From garage doors to blankets to exterior paints, these companies are...
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The New Homeowner's Survival Guide
So you’ve bought your first house—congratulations! You’ve searched for and found a place that you love. You've secure...
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7 Real Estate Deal Breakers to Avoid
The house is yours—almost. Make sure you don't fall victim to these common pitfalls that might break the deal.
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Don't "Fall" Down: Surviving Autumn's New Real Estate Rules
Well, that didn’t last long. The buoyant housing market of this past spring has already sputtered out, and mounting e...
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Quick Tip: House Hunting
If you're house hunting, here are some things to keep in mind on your walk-through. Check for structural integrity. E...
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3 Steps to an Easy Mortgage Approval
Risky practices consigned to the past, mortgage lenders are now returning to applying the same standards that your pa...
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5 Pro Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Fixer-Upper
As founder and president of The Rural Connection, a real estate company based in Upstate New York, Randy Florke has p...
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A Good School District Is Worth How Much?
You don't need children to understand that good public schools support the value of homes in their district. And whil...
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Don't Let Emotions Cloud Your Real Estate Judgment
Real estate agents like to say that house hunters make offers based not on price, but emotions. Recently, Duke Univer...
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10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Foreclosed Home
With almost a third of the home sales in this country consisting of properties in some stage of foreclosure last quar...
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House-Choosing Checklist
Buying a new home can be exciting, and it’s tempting to grab the first house you fall in love with. But exercising a ...
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How To: Find Affordable Housing
In most areas of the U. S. , housing costs are rising faster than wages. To meet the federal government’s definition ...
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Historic Home Buying 101
Perhaps you have been searching for several months or even years, and now you have found the perfect home. Your dream...
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Consider a Condo for Your Second Home
Bob Vila’s Home Again opened its fifteenth season with a bay-front condo remodel along the Venetian Island stretch of...
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Evaluate the Home Systems
So you like the way the house looks and believe the footprint will accommodate your family’s needs. But how does it f...
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Evaluate the Home Interior
The Floor PlanFind out how many rooms the house has and whether or not the number will meet your family’s needs. In p...
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Evaluate the Home Exterior
Before you buy a home, you should hire a professional inspector to conduct a thorough analysis of the true state of t...
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Don’t Waive That Inspection Contingency!
With home sales running a solid 12% ahead of last spring, some house hunters are waiving the inspection contingency. ...
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What’s Up with Down Payments?
For the past several years, 20% has been the minimum down payment for standard loans, but as the market recovers and ...
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Has the Recovery Hit Your Block?
The residential housing market is finally experiencing an upswing across most markets. Even relatively stable regions...
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Want to Build Wealth? Pick the Right Mortgage
Owning a home is the best way to build family wealth—that's been the prevailing wisdom, at least, for the last severa...
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Walkable Locations Step Up Value
Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher val...
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Quick Flip: Is Now the Moment to Buy, Improve, and Sell?
All of a sudden there are not enough houses for sale to meet homebuyers' rising level of demand.  Could you pull off ...
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How To: Sleuth an Open House
Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
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Buy for Your Buyer
The smart way to buy today is with resale in mind. Here are four long-term trends that will likely shape the marketab...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Short Sales
Lots of home-buyers look for “short sales”, because on the surface, they can seem like a bargain. CM_BVILANOTES-6 Buy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Foreclosures
In the current real estate market, it’s not hard to find foreclosed properties to buy. But a home that looks like a g...
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Gen 'Why' Ponders Homeownership
Though they've seen their parents lose equity, today's 20-somethings have home-buying on their minds. A just-released...
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How To: (Really) Win a Bidding War
It's a realty agent's dream: bidding wars are back! At least, that's the hyperventilation du jour. From Boston to Los...
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Checklist: A Safe and Insurable House
Following some simple guidelines can safeguard your property, keep your family protected, and lower your insurance pr...
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Quick Tip: Hire a Home Inspector Before You Buy
Search for Hidden Problems Now, more than ever, buyer beware. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repa...
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Getting a Loan
Loaning money is at the heart of a bank's business. But to stay in business, the bank must do it carefully, lending i...
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Should Your First Home Be a Fixer-Upper?
Mark Brock is a fan of fixer-uppers. He bought his first in the midseventies, a circa-1935 house in Columbia, SC, tha...
The “Briolette” faceted glass sink from Kohler measures 17.5” wide and is sure to catch the eye—as it does the light. $707.50 Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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