What Fixes Are Mandatory After a Home Inspection?

If you’re selling your home, you might wonder if there are common repairs needed after a home inspection. Most buyers, after all, won’t commit to purchasing a place until there’s been a thorough inspection by a home inspector—and rest assured, if there are problems, this professional will find them!

So if your home inspection turns up flaws that your home buyer wants fixed, what then? To be sure, repair requests after an inspection are a hassle, and liable to cut into your profits. So for starters, make sure to read your inspection contract carefully to make sure you don’t get locked into mending something you don’t want to fix.

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Thinking of Converting Your Garage Into Living Space?

You love your home, but space wise, you’re bursting at the seams. Building an extension seems daunting, but moving out of your fabulous neighborhood is off the table. Hmm … you do have that two-car garage; perhaps you should convert it into a kids’ playroom, an office or gym for you, or even an in-law suite.

But before you transform this area, think about how a garage conversion will affect resale down the road. Nearly 30% of shoppers rate a garage as one of the most important home features, just ahead of an updated kitchen and open floor plan, according to a recent realtor.com® survey.

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3 Reasons Millennial Buyers Love VA Loans

Millennial veterans and military members are helping fuel the resurgence of the historic VA loan program. Last year’s 700,000-plus loans were more than double the agency’s total from five years ago.

Younger buyers in particular have flocked to these government-backed mortgages during a time of tight credit and flatlining wage growth. The VA says millennials accounted for about a third of all VA loans last year.

These low-interest loans offer qualified buyers a wealth of benefits. That’s especially true for millennial borrowers, who often have dented credit or minimal savings. This $0 down payment loan program was created to help level the playing field for those who serve our country, and it’s still doing so today.

“VA loans offer an extraordinary opportunity for veterans because of lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, no or low down payments, and no private mortgage insurance,” said Jeff London, director of the VA home loan program.

Here’s a closer look at three of the big benefits that make VA loans such a good match for millennial home buyers.

Dining Room: 5 Trending Looks for Small Rooms and Tight Budgets

Here’s a thought: Your dining room should be a space you actually use to eat—not just a surface to park a laptop and use as an impromptu office, or cover with the random detritus of your life. Think about all the cozy fall feels in your future if you clear your tabletop. Whether it’s for hosting a small dinner party or enjoying a romantic dinner with your partner, your dining room can be the place to be.

But we get it, a big design upgrade can be costly and disruptive. Luckily, all of the dining room improvements we found this week on Instagram can be done on the cheap.

Ready to cozy up your space? Here are five designs that will bring drama to your dining room.

First-Time Buyers: Don’t Blow the Budget

Amid those dynamics, the median price of an existing home reached $356,700 in August—a nearly 15% uptick compared to a year earlier, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

To feel more prepared, creating a budget and considering all the costs of homeownership are essential, financial experts say.

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6 Mistakes That Make a Room Feel Smaller

Small spaces have the potential to be cozy and charming, but if you’re not careful, they can turn into a total bummer. Over time, your collection of household items can start to resemble mountains of clutter—and before you know it, cramming it all into one tiny space can make your home feel downright uncomfortable.

Don’t let your walls close in on you! Whether you’re decorating your living room or bedroom, make sure to avoid these common mistakes that are sure to cramp your home (and style).

Bamboo: How To Manage This Highly Invasive Garden Favorite

Everybody loves bamboo—or do they? Although it can be a great way to establish a natural fence line, develop some privacy in a small space, or just get some fast-growing greenery, bamboo is also considered to be one of the most invasive plant species.

Native in parts of South and Central America, bamboo has become a favorite landscaping addition for many gardeners. But just how much bamboo is a good thing? And what do you do when your bamboo gets out of control?

Find out HERE.

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