Is it Fall or Pumpkin Spice Season?

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In case you missed it or have been living on an ice floe for the past several years, a certain smell has very rapidly come to be synonymous with that season that comes after summer and before winter. Whatever...
Bathroom Design Trends

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If you want a few words to describe the latest bathroom design trends, think: bigger, bolder and whiter. Dominating a lot of the ideas from many designers and remodelers is the concept of very smooth and...
How to Host a Football Watching party

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Ah, football season is here. Can you start to see the fall colors? Can you feel the nip in the morning air? Even if you live in the South, football brings an excitement you can’t deny.Why not take...
Empty Nesters - Time to Downsize?

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So the kids have grown up, moved out and are asking you for help with the rent—but at least not at your house. Now you’re looking around and wondering, “What do we need all this space...
Smart Home Technology

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When it comes to keeping your home safe from intruders and saving money on your utilities, modern technology has presented some elegant ways to create a truly smart home—even if you don’t want to...
Qualifying for a Loan

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A lot of people let the home loan process freak them out, but qualifying for a loan doesn’t have to be the stress-fest some make it out to be.First of all, do a bluntly honest self-assessment: How much...
Budgeting for the Big Move to Homeownership

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Moving from renting to buying can make for some big shocks to first-time homebuyers, especially when it comes to monthly expenses. While renting often can require a bigger monthly house payment, it’s all...
Refinancing

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With home lending rates still at historic lows, now is the time for anyone with any appreciable equity in their home to at least look into refinancing their mortgage.Rates for 30-year fixed rate mortgages...
Get Away -- One Last Trip of the Summer

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Oh, where did the summer go? Maybe more important, what do you do when the boredom level is a lot higher than the budget for another family getaway? A Day at the Park. No matter where you live, a state or...