Top 10 Things to Know About Your Credit

How do you build credit? Focus on the five fundamentals that determine your credit score: payment history, credit utilization, length of credit history, new credit, and credit mix. A general rule is to use credit sparingly and make payments on time. It takes years to build good credit, but it’s worthwhile to be patient. Is […]

Signs You’re Not Ready to Buy a House

There are certainly pros and cons of becoming a homeowner — and stumbling across just one dreamy listing of a home for sale with the perfect open-concept kitchen and fenced-in backyard can leave you thinking about little else. But then you realize you’d rather save your money for a dream vacation and said house doesn’t […]

Preparing Your Garden for Spring

Now is the time to get your garden ready for spring. Here are some general tips to get your space ready for growth! Take Stock This is probably the most important step and you should not skip it. Most of us are eager to get out and actually do something in the garden after a […]

Most Popular Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions

There was a time when the term eco-friendly evoked images of bland, boring, and neutral colored materials. Thankfully, that is not the case anymore. As more designers seek out eco-friendly materials for an environmentally aware clientele, manufacturers have given the design world many beautiful options. 1. Cork Cork is relatively new to the flooring world. […]

Energy Efficient Home Improvement Projects

Commonly heard and read about energy-saving advice: Buy only Energy Star-rated appliances, replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent twists or LEDs, and choose the cheapest electric provider. But there are many other low-cost, energy-saving strategies that can escape homeowners’ attention. About 35 percent of heating and cooling is lost through the roof, according to energy […]

Five Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

Staying home and making comforting, hot foods is one of our favorite parts of winter. We wanted to share some great slow cooker recipes to help you stay warm this winter. Easy Slow Cooker Saag Aloo This delightful Indian dish makes a great side. You may have tried a similar version with cheese (called saag paneer) […]

What You Should Keep in Your Car for Wintertime

Living in a climate where winter means unpredictably cold weather means having your car stocked up for wintertime emergencies is a must. It doesn’t take much preparation to assure that you can focus on getting to your winter destinations safe and sound. But in the event of an emergency there are items you should have […]

Books to Read with Your Family this Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! If you celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other holidays this time of year—or if you are just looking for some excellent winter-themed reading, here’s a list to read and share with all your family. Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story by Jonny Sucker Recommended for children ages 5 and up The […]

The Big Demand for Smaller Homes

As a homebuyer, initial considerations before purchase are the importance of location, floor plan, and solid construction. A recent report from Barclays has presented a new addition to consider. According to analyst Stephen Kim, the forty-year trend of bigger is better is over, as smaller homes are becoming the preference for the majority of American […]

What You Should Know About Home Closing Costs

Closing costs are expenses over and above the price of the property in any real estate transaction. Costs incurred include loan origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title searches, title insurance, surveys, taxes, deed-recording fees, and credit report charges. Prepaid costs are those that recur over time, such as property taxes and homeowners’ insurance, and […]