Terri Williams


Terri is a freelance writer for Bob Vila, covering real estate and mortgages, home improvement, and product reviews. She has bylines at Realtor.com, Apartment Therapy, Tom’s Guide, Popular Mechanics, The Daily Beast, The Spruce, Real Simple, Investopedia, The Balance, Architectural Digest, and Insider. Follow her adventures on Twitter.

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Never Compromise on These 5 Things When Buying a Home

If you’re currently in the market for a new home, you’re probably feeling the stress of being a buyer in a seller’s market. Demand continues to outpace supply and some buyers, worn down a...

JULY 27, 2021 | TUESDAY
Dorm Room Essentials Every College Student Needs: Our Top Picks

Unfortunately, you can’t just pick up your home and move it to college. Stocking your new digs with these essentials will make your dorm feel (almost) like home.

JULY 23, 2021 | FRIDAY
Don't Do These 9 Things if You Want to Buy a House This Year

If you plan on purchasing a home this year, you’re not alone. There are currently more willing home buyers than homes for sale. In fact, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddi...

Too Hot to Stay in the Kitchen? You'll Want These Items to Get By

Try a few kitchen tools that help you beat the heat by cutting down on prep, cook, and cleanup time, and providing yummy alternatives to having to cook at all.

JUNE 28, 2021 | MONDAY
Solved! What are Closing Costs?

Q: I’m renting and thinking about buying a home since I would be paying the same amount—if not less—than I’m paying now. I’m saving up for the down payment. However, one of my friends sai...

JUNE 21, 2021 | MONDAY
It's a Seller's Market, But is It a Bad Time to Sell Your Home?

Even before the Covid era, the housing market had been competitive. But now, after spending 24 hours every day at home during the pandemic, many renters have decided to become homeowners,...

If You Can't Find the House You Want, Should You Just Build It?

Looking for a new home? You’re not alone. Demand is high and inventory is low, which means we’re in a seller’s market for the foreseeable future. In fact, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage C...

MAY 28, 2021 | FRIDAY
Best Gifts for Grads That Say ‘You're On Your Own Now’

Give grads what they need to enter their next chapter of life, whether it’s setting up a new place, heading off to college, or simply learning how to handle household chores.

MAY 27, 2021 | THURSDAY
6 Things Every Buyer Needs to Know When It's a Seller's Market

The housing market isn’t just hot—it’s on fire. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the United States has 3. 8 million fewer homes than needed. This is ...

MAY 25, 2021 | TUESDAY
Pro Tips to Help You Close on Your Home Faster

Buying a home is exciting, but it can also be a stressful, and at times drawn-out, process. In addition, in a hot market, sellers may be entertaining multiple offers, which can send your ...