Posts Covering Homeownership Topics

Painting contractors: How much should painting cost, or should you DIY?

You could probably pain your home yourself, if you’re willing and able. But many would rather leave it in the (hopefully) capable hands of painting contractors. Here’s how to find a cood one, and what you should expect to pay.

Don’t waste your weekends: How to find reliable lawn care

Not everyone gets joy from gardening or lawn care. If you don’t like the DIY solution, here’s how to find a reliable provider.

Homeownership question: “How do I find a licensed plumber near me?”

The time to find a licensed plumber in your area is before you need one. Here’s how to choose one.

Homeownership question: “How do I hire an electrician, and what does it cost?”

Electricians can take care of dangerous or annoying tasks in your home that you don’t want to do. Here’s what you need to know about hiring an electrican.

Roofing contractors: Should you DIY or hire a guy?

Unless you want to put up a roof yourself, you’ll likely be talking to roofing contractors. Here’s what you need to know about getting bids from and working with roofing contractors.

Home security tips and tricks: keeping the bad guys out

Home security tips: learn how to secure your home, avoid home burglary, and what to do in case of a home break in.

New house checklist: Things you need that you never imagined

Preparing a new house checklist before you move will remove some of the stress beforehand, and will definitely help you handle the inevitable emergencies down the road. The ounce of prevention really does beat the pound of care.

Home maintenance: essential for preserving home value

As a renter, you bore little responsibility for home maintenance. But now, you are your own landlord. Here are the essential tasks you’ll have to perform yourself or pay someone else to do.

Lower my bills, please! Phone, utilities, cable, internet, insurance

Who hasn’t said, “I need to lower my bills” at some point in their lives? Unless you are free and clear of debt, you can probably benefit from these tips.

Home technology: What’s important when you buy or sell a smart home?

Today’s home technology, aka “smart home” brings up new issues when you buy or sell. How do you transfer services and protect your own information?

Moving tips: how to move for less

How to move and pay less If you’ve not changed addresses before, or if you have but would like to spend less, try these moving tips to save money: Be ruthless: the more stuff you get rid of now, the less you have to move. Charities, letgo, eBay and the old-school garage sale are good […]

Get to know your neighbors, even if you’re shy

If you are a bit introverted, it can be tough to get to know your neighbors. But the benefits can be huge. And they can begin even before you move in.

Forwarding mail: how to get your mail at your new place

Getting your mail is a must Preparing to move to a new address? Forwarding mail to your new place is critical. Change your address with the postal service Alert government agencies and utilities Check your old address for unforwarded mail Overlook this task and you may not get payments or bill notices in time. You […]

Don’t be a victim of mortgage fraud

Mortgage fraud: unlikely, but possible According to the FBI, you are not the most likely victim of mortgage fraud — most cases are perpetrated by borrowers against mortgage lenders. Often those involve exaggerations, white lies or outright falsehoods on loan applications. Should you lie on your mortgage application? However, mortgage industry professionals who abuse their […]

What mortgage rate history can tell us about the future

How useful is mortgage rate history? Mortgage rate history may sound a pretty boring topic. Indeed, you may subscribe to the Henry Ford school, which believes that all history is bunk. However, knowing how mortgage rates behaved in the past can help you understand what might happen to them in the future. That knowledge could […]

Small house, smaller down payment: how to get the home you want as fast as possible

Buying a small house can make financing your first home easier. You may have less square footage, but you’ll also have a smaller down payment and mortgage.

VA refinance in 2018: How to avoid the scammers

Beware! Scammers operating Are you considering a VA refinance in 2018? Then take care. Unscrupulous con artists are targeting veterans and servicemembers who want to refinance; some with VA loans have suffered real losses. Read on to discover how the scams work…and how to avoid them. A real issue There’s a bipartisan initiative in the […]

Is 2018 the year you should become a homeowner?

Happy new year — as a homeowner Is your new year’s resolution for 2018 to become a homeowner? Or would you make it one, if only you thought it was a smart move — and you stood a chance of achieving it? Well, read on because you might find some good news. 2018: A vintage […]

Your state may let you deduct savings for down payments

Some states help with homeownership There is a small but growing number of states that are using their tax systems to encourage would-be homeowners to save for their down payments. Is yours one of those that allow you to make deductions? And how much help might you get? Read on to find out. Down payments […]

Why flood insurance is so important: lessons from Hurricane Harvey

Unless your mortgage lender forces you to get flood insurance, you probably don’t have it. But you should — these days, as one FEMA official put it, we all live in a flood zone.

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Painting contractors: How much should painting cost, or should you DIY?

Don’t waste your weekends: How to find reliable lawn care

Homeownership question: “How do I find a licensed plumber near me?”

Homeownership question: “How do I hire an electrician, and what does it cost?”

Roofing contractors: Should you DIY or hire a guy?

Home security tips and tricks: keeping the bad guys out

New house checklist: Things you need that you never imagined

Home maintenance: essential for preserving home value

Lower my bills, please! Phone, utilities, cable, internet, insurance

Home technology: What’s important when you buy or sell a smart home?

Moving tips: how to move for less

Get to know your neighbors, even if you’re shy

Forwarding mail: how to get your mail at your new place

Don’t be a victim of mortgage fraud

What mortgage rate history can tell us about the future

Small house, smaller down payment: how to get the home you want as fast as possible

VA refinance in 2018: How to avoid the scammers

Is 2018 the year you should become a homeowner?

Your state may let you deduct savings for down payments

Why flood insurance is so important: lessons from Hurricane Harvey

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)