7 Space Heater Mistakes That Could Burn Down Your House

With winter in full swing, your home might not be as cozy as you’d like, especially if you have drafty rooms and chilly floors.

The fix? Plugging in a space heater. Particularly if you just need to warm up a small area, heaters can help you save energy—and money.

Yet using these appliances isn’t always intuitive, and setting them up incorrectly can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable space heaters cause 1,100 fires every year, injuring and killing dozens of people.

Read more HERE.

What To Expect in 2021’s Housing Market

Few will be reluctant to say goodbye to 2020. With vaccines rolling out, the days of the deadly pandemic that bludgeoned the nation’s economy seem to be numbered. Good riddance! But the soaring home prices that became a hallmark of the COVID-19 crisis may be here to stay.

Realtor.com®’s 2021 housing forecast predicts record-high prices will continue rising in 2021, delivering a blow to first-time buyers and those on a budget. Mortgage interest rates, which hit historic lows this year and helped fuel the go-go growth in U.S. housing markets, are also expected to tick up again, making monthly housing payments ever more expensive.

Read more HERE.

10 Drastically Different Design Trends for 2021

Many of us have never felt more desperate for a fresh start and a new beginning. And since it’s not like we’re leaving the house anytime soon, it makes perfect sense that the first place to start anew would be at home. (Plus, decorating and home renovation projects are a pretty good distraction from ever-present existential dread, if we do say so ourselves.)

If you’re looking to do a design overhaul, you’re probably also looking for some inspiration—so we asked real estate and design experts to weigh in on what they anticipate will be the biggest home trends of 2021. It turns out, with all the stress that 2020 brought to our lives, it also influenced some defining changes in the way we decorate, design, and live in our homes.

Read more HERE.

The Open Floor Plan Is Not Dead

Remember when everyone was obsessed with the open floor plan? Over the past decade or so we’ve seen home shoppers with budgets large and small coveting a layout with a seamless flow among the kitchen, dining, and living spaces.

But the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many of us to stay home, made us think very differently about our interiors. With working and schooling from home as the new normal, people are placing a higher premium on floor plans that offer privacy. That’s why, for the past year, homeowners living in an open floor plan have started second-guessing their layout.

But our desire for delineated spaces doesn’t necessarily mean the open floor plan is dead.

Read more HERE.

Our Home Buyer Wasn’t Approved for a Loan

If you’re selling a home, it’s always exciting when a buyer makes an offer that you accept. Although this is a major milestone on the march toward closing, there are many points where this deal can go off the rails—like if you find out your home buyer wasn’t approved for a mortgage.

What now?

If you find yourself in this situation, you could be thinking all hope is lost. But it turns out there are a few paths you can still take. Here’s what the experts say is likely to happen, and what you can do if you want to salvage the deal.

What Happens When Your Real Estate Agreement Expires?

If your home has been on the market for a while and you haven’t been able to sell it, you’re bound to start checking your paperwork to see when your contract with your real estate agent is up. And you’re probably also wondering just what happens when your real estate agreement does, in fact, expire.

Here’s the deal—and how to handle the situation once a real estate listing and contract have reached their end.  

2021 Kitchen Trends

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes.

For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the boss while the kids are remote learning a few feet away can be a logistical nightmare. Fewer homeowners created an open-concept floor plan leading into 2021, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz.

Despite the recession and economic hardships, homeowners spent a median $35,000 upgrading their kitchens, the same as last year.

Read more about new kitchen design trends HERE.

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