The New Trend: Do-It-Yourself Appliance Repairs

It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to spend $1,500 for a refrigerator and $800-$1,000 on an electric range. And many are spending $600-$800 on a dishwasher, while front-load washers are pushing $1,000. Overall, these appliances are full of computer-assisted technology […]

You Don’t Have to Live on the Gulf Coast to Need Flood Insurance

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. And even the briefest of floods with only a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in […]

Is 1970s Retro Decorating In Again?

While many of us cringe at the thought of returning to disco style and ’70s decor, professional decorators are embracing it and reviving it with some fun 21st-century improvements. Others believe that the 1970s were raw and real, unlike the […]

Mortgage Deductions: What You Can Do, What You Can’t

What is home acquisition debt? For IRS purposes, it’s a mortgage you took out after Oct. 13, 1987, to “buy, build, or substantially improve a qualified home,” according to IRS regulations. This debt also must be secured by that home. […]

Umbrella Policies Protect You Against Large Lawsuits

It is true that most people have liability insurance for their homes and their cars. Those policies do provide some protection against lawsuits, but typically not large lawsuits such as those from a severe accident on your property or from […]

How to Decorate Your Home the ‘Mad Men’ Way

Mid-century modern is typically classified as architecture and design that span the decades from the 1930s to the 1960s. When looking at catalogs featuring furnishings and decorations in this style, it can seem a little overwhelming. However. if you like […]

Selling Your Home

 Detach yourself emotionally Buying real estate is an emotional decision, but the opposite needs to be true for selling real estate. Emotions can get in the way of selling your property. The more attached you are, the harder it will […]

Your Best Homeowner Tax Return: How To Deduct Mortgage Points

If you itemize your deductions and can take the mortgage interest deduction on your federal income tax, you may be able to deduct the points you paid on your home mortgage, too. Points are prepaid interest, so they get reported […]