5 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

When the subprime mortgage crisis roiled the U.S. housing market from 2007 to 2010, many states saw their number of home foreclosures increase. Nationally, the foreclosure rate peaked at about 3.6% by the beginning of 2011. The overall picture has since improved, with the national rate declining to around .05% at the time of this writing. The recovery hasn't been...

How to Tell if a Roof is Leaky and Needs Fixing

When it comes to home repairs, finding out about any issues can be a very difficult thing to do. When the issues are found, it is often too late. This is especially true for home roofs. Now that the summer has gone by homeowners all across the country will begin to deal with heavy rains and snow...

To Build or Not to Build? That Is the Real Estate Question

If you're in the market to buy a new home, you generally have two options: You can either choose to buy an existing home or build a new house from the ground up. Let's look at some reasons to consider each option and how to decide which one is for you. Buying a House

4 Must-Know Tips for Building Your Dream Home

If you've been hunting for your dream home but coming up short, don't despair. It's still out there, but you might need to be a bit more proactive. Building your dream home might be the best option if you know exactly what you want are able to deal with the construction wait. Before building your dream home,...

Tips for Remodeling to Sell Fast

Getting your house ready to sell may require renovation, but where do you put your money and time for the best return? If you're focused on getting a new house, you want to save as much as possible to put into the new house. Which projects should you focus on? What's in Demand?

Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

If you are thinking about buying a home for the first time, you are probably wondering which option—renting or buying—is the best option for you. Fortunately, there are a lot of different positives for each. There are several points to think about before you make this very important decision. Renting a Home

Do Home Security Systems Actually Help?

Commercials about home burglaries conjure up all kinds of scary thoughts and images, causing you to wonder if your home really is safe, or if there is anything that you can do to protect your family. You may even wonder if a home security system makes a difference. It does. Having a home security system can make a huge difference,...

3 Pests You Should Look Out for During Your Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodeling project can be exciting, with each day’s work bringing you closer to the kitchen of your dreams. However, the renovation process might reveal some pests that you’ll want to eradicate before finishing off your new cooking space. Keeping an eye out for these 3 pests can help you nip any growing problems and prepare...

3 Reasons You Should Consider Metal for Your Next Roofing Project

When you’re looking to replace your roof, the number of options for materials can seem overwhelming. You want to get the right material that’s the most friendly on your wallet and the longest lasting. Metal is the ideal choice for many homeowners who plan to undertake a roof renovation or full replacement. Compared...

Paint and Your Kitchen: What to Know

Painting your kitchen will require some serious decisions. For example, your kitchen is exposed to high levels of moisture and airborne grease, so you'll need to choose the right kind of paint for this environment. In addition, your kitchen requires more thorough cleaning than other areas of your home. Here are some considerations to keep in mind...

How Do I Fix My Uneven Driveway?

Heavy vehicles, leaky fluids, extreme temperatures and simple age can all take a heavy toll on a driveway, causing it to crack and become uneven. This causes the driveway to become unsightly, makes it hard to use, and can even present a danger to your vehicles. Though it is possible to DYI some of these projects, it...

The Dangers of Renting Your Home on Airbnb

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Are you looking to make some extra money by renting out an extra room or, while you’re out of town, your entire home? Airbnb has quickly become one of the most popular options for both renters and homeowners who want to score some extra cash. After all, you make your rent or home payment every month anyways, it makes...

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7 Things You Never Knew About South Africa

(Image Source: CapetownVillas.net) South Africa lies on the southernmost tip of Africa. It is the second most visited country on the continent. There is so...

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