Monthly Archives: February 2020

Trends Designers Want to Leave in the 2010s

Paint firm Sherwin Williams surveyed 700 professional interior designers to learn the three major trends that they want to leave in the last decade. Here are the trends they said they’re most tired of.

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What Do Closing Costs Cover?

A home costs more than just the sale price. For example, closing costs—which make up about 2% to 5% of the home’s purchase price—are a major added expense. Michael Hyman, a research data specialist at the National Association of REALTORS®, … Continue reading

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What Stresses Out Young People the Most About Buying

Young adults may be eager to buy, but 75% of first-time home buyers say they’re overwhelmed about the purchase process, according to TD Bank’s First-Time Homebuyer Pulse of more than 850 millennial buyers between the ages of 23 to 38. … Continue reading

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Are You Saving Enough?

More than one in five Americans—or 21%—are not saving any of their annual income, according to a survey from Bankrate.com of 1,000 working American adults. A separate study, meanwhile, shows that only 29%—or 73 million of Americans—say they are financially … Continue reading

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97-Year-Olds Can Still Get a 30-Year Mortgage

Older Americans may not realize that they can still qualify for a mortgage, even though the Equal Credit Opportunity Act forbids discrimination in the mortgage market on the basis of age. Yet, Mary Babinski, a senior loan officer with Motto … Continue reading

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How Much Savings a Higher Credit Score Can Unlock

A higher credit score could mean thousands of dollars in savings on a mortgage, according to a new study from LendingTree that compares very good credit scores to fair ones. A fair credit score is considered in the range of … Continue reading

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The Median Age of Repeat Homebuyers is Increasing

The median age of a home buyer has risen from 31 in 1981 to 47 in 2019, according to research from the National Association of REALTORS®. But the median age of the segment of first-time buyers has actually changed very … Continue reading

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Are Your Neighbors Copycats?

Seventy percent of homeowners admit that they’ve copied their next-door neighbor’s decor. The most common similarity was to their neighbor’s indoor furniture, according to a new international survey from the U.K. of 2,275 homeowners from My Job Quote, a job … Continue reading

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Cities Having the Most Bedbug Treatments

A bedbug infestation in a home can be an owner’s worst nightmare. These tiny bugs, 4–5 mm in length with red to dark brown colors, can easily travel from place to place, hitching rides on luggage and purses and ultimately … Continue reading

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Keep a Stainless Steel Sink Shiny

Stainless steel can be tough to keep sparkling, particularly the kitchen sink. Stainless steel can be prone to scratching, and hard water can leave behind marks. Further, very hot items that come into contact with a stainless steel sink can … Continue reading

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