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Choosing an Exterior Door
Replacing your front door can pay for itself by increasing your home's value. In fact, installing a steel door is the No. 1 home improvement project with a 96.6% return on investment, according "Remodeling" magazine's annual "Cost vs Value Report."

What's more, if you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you may trim up to 10% off your energy bills. (With utility bills averaging $2,200 annually, that's a savings of as much as $220.)

But how do you know which door is right for you? Make your decision by comparing the three main materials available for exterior doors: steel, fiberglass, and wood.

If you're looking to save money, a steel door may be a good choice, particularly if you have the skills to hang it yourself. A simple, unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 (not including hardware, lock set, paint, or labor) and typically runs as much as $400 at big-box retailers. Steel offers the strongest barrier against intruders, although its advantage over fiberglass and wood in this area is slight.

Still, the attractive cost of a steel door comes with an important caveat: Its typical life span under duress is shorter than both fiberglass and wood. A steel door exposed to salt air or heavy rains may last only five to seven years. Despite steel's reputation for toughness, it actually didn't perform well in "Consumer Report's" testing against wood and fiberglass for normal wear and tear.

With heavy use, it may dent, and the damage can be difficult and expensive to repair. If your door will be heavily exposed to traffic or the elements, you may be better off choosing a different material.


Improving Your Home's Outdoor Space
Finding ways to improve your home’s outdoor space can be a fulfilling way to enjoy nature and spend time with friends and family in the fresh air (when the weather cooperates) as an extension of your home. The confines of your home can be limiting in comparison to the outdoors, so making the most of your outdoor living space can add to your home’s market value, overall appeal, and personal enjoyment of all your home has to offer.

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10 Tips for Saving Water in Your Home
You’ll likely be surprised to learn how much water the average family of four uses every single day in their home: 255 gallons! ...more
9 out of 10 homebuyer assistance programs have funding
An analysis of homebuyer assistance programs available through state and local housing finance agencies (HFAs) and nonprofit groups around the nation found that 90 percent are funded, and that 70 percent of homes for sale could be eligible for one or more programs.

The analysis of 1,654 homebuyer assistance programs, by Down Payment Resource, found that Southern states had the greatest number of programs (598). But the 228 programs offered in the Northeast were the most likely to be funded — 96.5 percent had money to provide help to eligible buyers such as down payment and closing cost assistance, grants, tax credits, and affordable first mortgages with competitive or below-market interest rates. ...more

Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make
Buying a new home is an exciting and sometimes demanding process. The heightened emotions and the high stakes make it extra important to find a home that fits your family financially and “feels right.” Knowing some of the most common mistakes home buyers make will put you in a better position to make the best choice. Here are some things to avoid. ...more
Homes of the Future
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently wrapped up in Las Vegas, and one idea creating a big buzz was “The Connected Home.” This isn’t a particularly new idea, and it has been talked about for years at CES, but it appears as if the technology is finally catching up with the idea, and having your very own connected home is not so very far away. ...more
The Wired Home
We're not quite to Jetsons-level futuristic living—no Rosie the Robot dispensing wisdom and drinks, for one--but we're getting pretty close. With computers and tech infiltrating everything from refrigerators to thermostats, today's fully wired homes are getting smarter than ever. ...more
Curb Appeal Matters (Even When You're Not Selling)
First impressions aren’t just important in the business world; they’re also crucial in the real estate world. Consequently, curb appeal is a detail that shouldn’t fall to the wayside, whether you’re currently selling your home or not. While it goes without saying that attention to curb appeal can make all the difference in getting a prospective buyer to part with thousands of dollars more when a sale occurs, there are plenty of reasons to boost your home’s curb appeal now (even if a “For Sale” sign isn’t posted on your front lawn). ...more
Don't lower your standards just because homes are scarce
In low-inventory markets that are now common in many areas of the country, buyers might be prone to jump at a listing they wouldn't even consider if there were a lot of homes for sale. ...more
Six signs a home will hold its resale value
Most buyers have a wish list of features they'd like to have in a home. Often missing from that list is how salable the home will be when they later decide to sell. ...more
What Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Housing Affordability
Is it the right time to buy a house? Is it the right time to sell? How do you know when to jump into the real estate market? Th ...more
10 Makeover Projects for Less than $500
Makeover projects to improve the look of your home don’t have to break the bank, and many projects can be done over a weekend. Do-it-yourself updates, for a small price, can produce great results and give you the most value for your renovation dollar. Here are 10 projects based on affordable ideas: ...more
Fire Safety Tips for Your Home
Summer’s coming and, in many parts of the country, summer means fire season. Fire can hit anywhere--not just in isolated wilderness communities. With the right combination of hot dry weather, wind, flammable brush and an ignition source, any house is potentially in danger. ...more
Improve your chances in multiple-offer situations
Some buyers in hot markets with a low inventory of homes for sale are losing out over and over in multiple-offer competitions. You can improve your chances of having an offer accepted by clearing up any issues that might cause a seller to look askance at your offer when compared to one from another buyer. ...more
Top Seller Mistakes
Selling a home involves more than putting up a “For Sale” and waiting for the offers to roll in. But what, exactly, does it take to make the process as simple and successful as possible? The first step is knowing what NOT to do by avoiding the following most common mistakes home sellers make: ...more
Make the Most of a Spare Room
If you’re lucky enough to have extra space in your home in the form of an unused spare room, then turning it into a multipurpose space that can still accommodate overnight visitors is a great way to show off the versatility of your home to potential buyers, as well as improve your living arrangements by rethinking how the space can best be used in your life. Maybe you want to devote a spare room to just one focus, or perhaps you want it to have three functions, with a mix of office, guest, and music space. Whatever suits your lifestyle, considering your options is an important first step to transforming your space and maximizing your home’s marketability. ...more
Top 10 Projects for New Homeowners
You’ve found the home of your dreams, or you’ve at least come pretty close. There’s not quite enough space in the garage, the paint colors are outdated and there’s a spot in the kitchen where the floor squeaks. ...more
The Latest Trends in Pools
This is the time of year when people who don't have pools suddenly realize the advantages of having one. Whether you are consid ...more
Finding and Fixing Hidden Dangers in Your Home
News reports feed us a steady stream of stories on scary, invisible hazards lurking in our homes, presumably ready strike us down at any second, but how much of it is really cause for alarm? Which hidden dangers are serious and which aren't? And what should you do to protect yourself and your family? ...more
Creating a Home Inventory Checklist for Insurance
Creating a home inventory checklist for home insurance is probably not anyone's idea of a great way to spend a Saturday, but taking the time to do it is important and can save you time, money, and a lot of hassle. Here's why: ...more
Common Mortgage Scams and How to Avoid Them
During the recent housing crisis, scams became quite common. Here are some typical hoaxes, and advice on how to avoid being duped. ...more
Decorating for the Senses
When starting a new decorating project, the big decisions are mostly about how the results will look. And the visuals of a room or house are important. But another big part of how a space feels to us is how we perceive it with our other senses. Think of how a luxuriously soft throw tossed across a worn leather chair makes a reading spot seem extra appealing or how the background scent of eucalyptus makes a spa seem clean and calming. Keeping all the senses in mind when making decorating choices will create spaces that feel more inviting and are a pleasure to inhabit. Here are some ideas: ...more
Numbers Game: The Upper Hand in Bargaining for a Bargain
A seat at the negotiating table can be an intimidating part of real estate transactions, and while your REALTOR® is an important partner and trusted advisor in this process, insights from a new study might serve as valuable food for thought when it comes to obtaining the best possible outcome. It turns out that precision can make all the difference when forming a first offer, according to professors Daniel Ames and Malia Mason. ...more
Price your house to sell quickly
A first-quarter survey of home buyers and sellers done by, a real estate services website, revealed that 76 percent of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate agent. ...more
5 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends That Will Last
To help you get ahead of and sort out the kitchen and bathroom trends — pity the last fool to install an avocado appliance in the 1970s — went to this month's trend central, the International Builder's Show. Our takeaway: For gosh sake, enjoy your home; remodel so that you love where you live.

Still, with a couple of exceptions, these five kitchen and bath trends offer lasting value:


Greening Your Home to Save Money and Energy
Making your house a cleaner, greener space will save energy and resources, create a healthier, safer home environment, and save you money. You'll be helping out in the big picture too. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, houses account for 20 percent of all energy used in the U.S., are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and use more water than other kinds of buildings. ...more
Tips To Avoid Being Burglarized This Summer
The number of residential break-ins spike during the summer months. In 10 minutes, approximately 40 homes will be burglarized. ...more
How to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home's foundation and the very core that holds your house together.

You ...more

Four tips for a smarter home purchase
The fields of behavioral economics and behavioral finance are a couple of 21st-century mashups, academia-style, blending observations about the often-irrational financial decisions people make with insights from the behavioral sciences, from anthropology to psychology, and beyond. ...more
Home Staging Tips for the Spring
As the spring buying season heats up, now is the time to get ahead of the curve with fresh staging tips and updates for spring to draw in buyers. First off, spring staging steps must start with spring cleaning. A freshly organized, clean, dust-free, and de-cluttered home will be all the more appealing to potential buyers who are getting their first look at the property. Get to scrubbing before buyer-foot-traffic works its way through your home, as a clean home lays the groundwork for artful home staging. ...more
Make Your House FHA-Loan Friendly
Since the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures a sizable portion of the mortgage loans used by today’s home buyers, it stands to reason that making your house FHA-friendly will increase its appeal to more buyers. In preparation, you should know some of the basics of FHA loan rules so that you increase your home’s potential to reach as many buyers as possible. First-time home buyers in particular rely on FHA loans to achieve homeownership. ...more
15 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value
You’re finally ready to put your home on the market, but want to ensure you get top dollar. Are there any easy fixes that can increase your asking price without breaking your budget? Here are some tips, ranging from free to under $1,000. Happy selling! ...more
Three tips for staging your home to sell
Today's buyers are looking for turnkey homes. That is, they want to move right in without having to do a lot of work. Buyers with busy lifestyles pay a premium for listings that are in prime condition. Staging can make the difference between a listing selling or not, the time it takes to sell, and the ultimate sale price. ...more
Quick Fixes to Common Home Problems
Owning a home can be wonderful, but sometimes the amount of repairs required, big and small, can begin to feel overwhelming. While there are many household problems that should be fixed by a professional—think plumbing and electrical work—there are other, less prominent problems that you can solve on your own! ...more
Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance
It’s getting closer to the time of year when there’s a fall chill in the air, and one of the nicest parts about cold weather is sitting by a blazing fire. Most likely, you haven’t used your fireplace since February. It’s unwise to just toss in some wood and a match without any proper maintenance beforehand, so what can you do now to ensure you’re ready for cozy fireside nights when the weather cools? ...more
Avoid overcharges when refinancing
The process of deciding whether to refinance a mortgage in order to lower costs involves four steps: • Step one: Select the preferred type of new mortgage. • Step two: Find the best available price on that mortgage. • Step three: Determine whether the cost of the new mortgage will be lower than the cost of retaining the current mortgage. • Step four: Find a way to prevent being overcharged after committing to the transaction. ...more
Tips for a Successful Garage Makeover
We demand a lot from our garages. We put them to work as tool sheds, gardening benches, sports equipment depositories, dumping ground for off-season holiday decorations and general go-to spot for everything that doesn't quite fit elsewhere in the house. Add in (maybe) room for a car or two, a couple of oily spots on the floor and a generous coating of dust, and most garages end up a cluttered, unorganized mess. ...more
Checking Out a House? Check Your Credit First
If you’re in the market for a house, you might find the home-buying process complicated by one little number: your credit score. Whether you like it or not, the most important financial decisions of your life are affected by your credit rating, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared well in advance. As home prices continue to rise, some sellers are re-entering the market, but if you don’t educate yourself about the importance of improving your credit score before you get too far along in the process, you could see your dream home slip out of your fingers. ...more
Interior Design Tips to Help Sell Your Home
While it might be a seller’s market, an interior designer’s views on how you can make your home more appealing to buyers can be invaluable. Extra touches can make a world of difference to attract the eye of an interested buyer, according to Associate Designer Anne Liu from GEORGE Interior Design. Here are her tips on how you can give your house a fresh look without breaking the bank. ...more
A Year-Round Guide for Home Maintenance
Homeowners know the satisfying, deep pleasure of a house that's in good order—a house where appliances are working, the paint is not chipped, and that dust under the refrigerator is gone (at least temporarily). ...more
Five real estate tasks best done early
While I'm a big proponent of avoiding premature real estate moves, there are a number of tasks that are best done before you think they need to be. These are things that tend to take longer or often turn out to be more complex than people plan for. ...more
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