Emily Benda Gaylord

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Benda Gaylord is a freelance writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and holds a journalism and Spanish degree from Iowa State University. She specializes in real estate, interior design, home entertaining, and lifestyle categories. Her work has been featured in Traditional Home, The Crittenden Report, and other regional publications. When she’s not writing, Emily is fixing up her home with her husband or reading a good book. Her proudest DIY is refinishing her Facebook Marketplace dining table. You can follow her home updates and book recommendations on Instagram.

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JANUARY 19, 2023 | THURSDAY
Will Mortgage Rates Go Down in 2023?

Q: I’m ready to buy a house, but I keep hearing different opinions about whether now is a good time to buy because of high mortgage rates. Will mortgage rates go down in 2023?A: The pande...

JANUARY 17, 2023 | TUESDAY
How to Clean an Air Fryer

If you love crispy fries or a speedy weeknight meal, then an air fryer provides a healthy, easy way to prepare food. However, the matter of how to clean an air fryer may seem a little les...

JANUARY 10, 2023 | TUESDAY
How to Put on a Duvet Cover: 2 Stress-Free Methods

When it comes to choosing your bedding, there are plenty of options, from quilts to comforters. Duvet covers can also be a good option for the top layer of your bedding, but many people e...

DECEMBER 29, 2022 | THURSDAY
How to Become an Airbnb Host

Since Airbnb’s inception in 2007, the platform has become a popular travel tool with over one billion people using it to secure lodging around the world. In fact, as of 2022, more than 4 ...

NOVEMBER 22, 2022 | TUESDAY
How Much Does a Real Estate Agent Make Per Sale?

Q: I’m looking to buy a house soon, but I’ve heard real estate agent fees can really add up. How much does a real estate agent make per sale, and how do real estate agents get paid? A: Wh...

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
Would You Buy Your Home on TikTok?

Virtual home tours have become increasingly popular as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 42% of respondents in a recent poll said they’d be willing to make an offer on a home af...

NOVEMBER 15, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Does a Candle in the Window Mean?

Q: Every winter I see a candle displayed in my neighbor’s window. It’s beautiful, but I’m not sure if there’s more to it than a nice decoration. What does a candle in the window mean?A: O...

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! How Does Rent-to-Own Work in Home Buying?

Q: I want to buy a house, but my credit score isn’t great and I don’t have enough saved for a down payment. I’ve heard of rent-to-own, but I’m not entirely sure what it means. How does re...