Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you’ve got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook advice to squirrel away 20% of a home’s cost. Here are five creative ways to […]Read more "5 Surprising (and Useful!) Ways to Save for a Down Payment"
Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern; when your home looks empty, break-ins happen. A lot. Ugh. You could deter burglars by never leaving your house again. Or you could do the next best […]Read more "6 Near-Genious Ways to Fool Burglers into Thinking You’re Home"
Perhaps you’d love to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday meal, but you’re not sure you have enough room. Don’t write off the idea too fast. With a little planning and creativity, you can host a holiday feast in your small or average-size home. Follow these seven steps to prepare for a […]Read more "How to Host a Big Holiday Meal in Your Not-So-Big Home"
This year is flying by – Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Before you know it, that food-filled day will be here. Whether you are entertaining guests at your house, or need something to bring to a family or friends’ house, we’ve got you covered with unique dessert recipes that are sure to please! Pick […]Read more
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life. It signifies that you are ready to take another step in building your life. To ensure you don’t look back on your closing day with regret, avoid these four common mistakes that most first-time homebuyers make. It is so […]Read more "4 Foolish Mistakes Most First-Time Home Buyers Make"
It’s official: The programmable thermostat is the VCR of our day. Why? We think they’re too complicated. According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans say they’ve rarely (or never) programmed their thermostat because they’re not sure how to do it. But it’s really not that hard, and it’s […]Read more "How to Use a Programmable Thermostat to See Real Savings"
Managing your money is imperative to help you find the best home within your budget. And no, back of the napkin math won’t cut it. Not only do you need to organize, but you also have to make difficult budgeting decisions about how to spend your cash. This can be overwhelming, but there’s one smart and simple strategy that makes budgeting […]Read more "New to Budgeting? Try the 50/20/30 Rule"