Is Refinancing Right for You?



You may be looking for some cash if you overdid the holiday spending. Many people are taking advantage of refinancing during this long stretch of low mortgage rates. An interest rate that lowers your monthly payment and how much you ultimately pay for your home is a good reason to refinance and there are several […]

New homes are smaller and have fewer bedrooms



New home contractors are building homes with fewer bedrooms than previously in order to cater to the demand for smaller, more affordable properties. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest survey of construction firms, the number of bedrooms in the average newly constructed home in the country is falling. The amount of new single-family homes […]

Rising costs of childcare hits families’ housing budgets, Freddie Mac says



Freddie Mac has warned that the rising cost of childcare services in the U.S. could force many low-income earners to put off their plans for homeownership. In a new analysis published this week, Freddie Mac officials reported that U.S. childcare costs have risen by an average 49% over the last 25 years, while the cost […]

Zillow says U.S. now boasts 218 ‘million-dollar’ cities



There are currently 218 million-dollar cities in the U.S. – cities with a typical home value of $1 million or more – three more than at the end of 2018 and 74 more than there were five years ago. The net addition of three $1 million cities is easily the lowest in recent years, according […]

How To Protect Your Home From Radiation



Thanks to the plethora of devices and gadgets in our world today, we are faced with the problem of radiation hitting us from every angle. Radiations are all around us, and of course, we cannot do without being exposed because the majority of devices we use in our day-to-day activities rely on electromagnetic conduction. There […]

Projects to Do Before Selling Your Home



Moving is a natural part of life. Sometimes new jobs, new families, or the simple desire to live elsewhere may requires you to pack up and leave your old home. This process often involves selling the old house. You may be eager to just move out, but there are certain projects to do before selling your […]

Landlords offer a cheaper alternative to the security deposit



Fewer landlords are insisting on a security deposit, and are instead coming up with alternative ideas that might help out new tenants who’re struggling to come up with the amount necessary. Landlords generally insist on security deposits in order to protect themselves against any damage caused to the property, or missed rental payments. But the […]

NAR voices support for Trump environmental reforms



President Donald Trump’s proposal to reform the National Environmental Policy Act has won the backing of the National Association of Realtors. NAR President Vince Malta (pictured) said the proposed changes should help to modernize environmental standards while also helping to alleviate housing shortages. The NEPA changes would be the first serious amendment to the Act […]

Canadians raise concerns over stricter mortgage regulations



For many Canadians, buying a home can be a challenging and stressful experience fraught with worry. Indeed, a recent survey from Zillow and Ipsos found that 92% of Canadians see at least one barrier to home ownership, and two of the top concerns are related to the mortgage process. Canadians report feeling pressured by stricter […]

The Crème De la Crème of Alexa Smart Home Devices



The smart home automation trend continues growing in popularity as homeowners seek comfort, security, convenience and cost-savings from the latest technologies. The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts a 16.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in smart home device sales over 2019-2023. While many companies have unique smart home products on the market, Alexa, a digital […]