Detroit, Indianapolis and Buffalo Among the Least Disaster-Prone and Most Affordable Places to Live

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Nine of the 10 least hazardous metro areas have median home prices below the $287,400 national median. When you’re buying a house or moving to a new town, it’s important to consider the potential risks you, your family and your home are likely to face in your new location. In many cases, the hazards you’ll encounter in one part of … Read More

6 L.A. Homes the Vanderpump Rules Cast Might Love to Move Into

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Some of TV’s biggest stars–aka Bravolebrities–still live in modest apartments. Here’s what we think the Vanderpump Rules cast could afford to buy, based on reported net worth and Redfin’s affordability calculator.   It’s not about the pasta–it’s about the real estate! That’s our take on the hot-debated infamous line from reality TV cult favorite, Vanderpump Rules. But first, let’s backup … Read More

This Bathroom Has Us Mystified: Is It a Mirror or a Double Bathroom?

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(photo credit: Kristin Brillantes)   First there was the debate over the blue or gold dress , then Laurel or Yanny . Now comes, mirror or double bathroom. Let’s backup: this charming home in Baltimore , listed by Kristin Brillantes of Keller Williams, features three bedrooms, a lovely white picket fenced yard, and 1.2 bathrooms. (photo credit: Kristin Brillantes) Wait, … Read More

How Should You Price Your Home? If It’s in One of These Places, Consider Pricing Just Below or Just Above the -0,000 or 5,000 Mark

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In San Jose, Oakland and Los Angeles, pricing a home just below the -0,000 or -5,000 mark pays off. And in Minneapolis and Phoenix, pricing a home just above that threshold pans out. Read on to find out where else those pricing strategies are worthwhile—and where they’re not. Pricing your home at $599,000 rather than $600,000 could help you sell … Read More

How Recession-Proof is Your Home?

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Big, old houses lost the least value in the Great Recession As we near the end of a decade that will be remembered for a strong resurgence in the housing market, some economists (including Robert Shiller , who famously predicted the bursting of the 2000s housing bubble) believe a recession may be around the corner. The changing market and diversity … Read More

Kitchen Updates: How Often to Replace Appliances and Cooking Supplies

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Nothing good lasts forever, and that includes the appliances and equipment that you may have already replaced during recent kitchen updates. While your kitchen will look gorgeous when everything is brand new and state-of-the-art, that shiny new look doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later, you’ll need to invest in replacements or repairs to keep everything up to par. When contemplating … Read More

Moving Stressing You Out? Try these 11 Self-Care Tips

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The psychology of moving is well documented. Moving house is considered one of the most stressful life events  by researchers. Even cats and dogs experience moving stress,  but unlike humans, we can’t explain to them why it’s happening. (You’ll love your new yard, Fluffy!) No matter how much you love your new home, you might still experience moving anxiety and … Read More

Thursday is the Best Day to List Your Home for Sale

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Homes Listed on Thursday Sell Faster and for More Money Than Those Listed Any Other Day of the Week The results are in: Thursday is still the best day to list your home. Homes listed on Thursday tend to sell for more money and in less time than homes listed on other days of the week. Homes Listed on Thursday … Read More

How to Build a DIY Fire Pit for Your Backyard

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Adding a DIY fire pit to your backyard is an excellent way to keep the fun going long after dark. Instead of an unsightly dirt fire pit, spend a day making a new statement piece for your yard. If you’re wondering how to build a fire pit — we’ll show you how! When selecting and building your DIY fire pit, … Read More