Catherine Hiles

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Hiles is Senior Editor at BobVila.com. She has more than a decade of experience writing, editing, and publishing in a variety of industries, including home, automotive, finance, insurance, travel, entertainment, pet care, and parenting. Her work has been published on The Penny Hoarder, The News Wheel, City Mom Collective, and more. Connect with Catherine Hiles on LinkedIn.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2022 | MONDAY
How Much Is Flood Insurance in Florida?

Typical Range: $194 to $3,877 National Average: $657Florida is known for its breathtaking beaches and year-round warm temperatures, but many Florida residents are at risk of flooding c...

NOVEMBER 28, 2022 | MONDAY
Solved! How Long Do Ovens Last?

Q: We just purchased our first home and maxed out our savings on the down payment. The appliances in the home are fairly old, and I’m a little concerned about them breaking down and not b...

OCTOBER 31, 2022 | MONDAY
Everyone Uses Airbnb. But Should They?

Since getting its start in the late 2000s, Airbnb has quickly become a go-to for many travelers looking for a place to stay while they explore new places. Through the website or app, cust...

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | FRIDAY
Solved! What Is a Good Mortgage Rate?

Q: I’m in the process of purchasing my first home, and the entire process is overwhelming. One of my biggest stressors is finding a mortgage with a rate that will allow me to purchase my ...

OCTOBER 26, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! What Are the Requirements for a Home Equity Loan?

Q: I purchased my home 7 years ago and would like to make some improvements to it, but I need to figure out how to pay for it. A friend recommended looking into a home equity loan to help...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
Empire Today's TV Jingle Is Nothing Short of Iconic—But Is It Actually Worth Buying Their Flooring?

Empire Today, which some may know as simply Empire, is a long-standing flooring company with decades of experience selling and installing various types of floors. The company boasts trans...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Is an Interest-Only Mortgage and How Does It Work?

Q: I am looking to buy a home for my growing family, and I’m finding that many homes that suit my needs are out of my price range with my current salary. However, I’m on a great path at w...

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 | FRIDAY
How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate

A home is one of the most significant purchases many people will make in their lifetime, and many will need to take out a mortgage in order to afford to buy a home. What is a mortgage? A ...

AUGUST 26, 2022 | FRIDAY
TruGreen Offers Almost Every Lawn Service a Homeowner Would Need—But Can It Rise Above Dismal Customer Reviews and Ratings?

A brown lawn that’s full of weeds is a real downer, but many homeowners don’t want to spend their spare time treating, fertilizing, and aerating their lawns. For those homeowners, a lawn ...

AUGUST 26, 2022 | FRIDAY
How Much Does It Cost to Refinance a Mortgage?

Typical Range: 2 to 6 percent of the loan amountBuying a home is one of the largest expenses many people will take on in their lifetime. Most buyers don’t have the cash to purchase a ho...