How to Sell a House in Just 5 Days

How to Sell a House in Just 5 Days: We ( Dissect the Speedy Sale of a Modernist Masterpiece It’s a given when the housing market is hot, homes sell. But a home that’s barely on the market for five … Continue reading →

Learn About Toe Kicks, Goosenecks, and Other Cool Kitchen Terms

Confused by all the fancy terms floating around for home features and architectural styles? In our series Learning the Lingo, we explain all the terms you need to know whether you’re buying, selling, or sprucing up your home. And no area … Continue reading →

I Hired a Friend as My Broker, Got Offers, Then Decided Not to Sell. What Now?

An anonymous reader asks: Not long ago, I hired a friend as the broker to sell my house. She did a great job getting it photographed and listed, arranging open houses, and handling potential buyers. I got multiple offers above asking … Continue reading →

Learning the Lingo: Dunnage, Lading, and Other Jargon to Learn Before You Move

Every industry has its own special shorthand jargon used (and beloved) by insiders. And the moving business is no different, having evolved from a few covered Conestoga wagons during the westward expansion in the 1800s to the thriving $13 billion industry it … Continue reading →

How to Escape a Home That You Can’t Afford

The housing market may have recovered (for the most part) since its disastrous crash in 2007, but in some markets, home values still haven’t regained their losses. If you bought at the wrong time or in the wrong place—or even just suffered a personal financial … Continue reading →

Learning the Lingo: Mortgages Explained, From ARMs to Points

You’ve found a home you love … only how are you going to pay for it? If you are like most Americans, you’ll need to get a home loan—also known as a mortgage. Paying for a home is a bit more complicated than … Continue reading →

How to Sell Your Ugly House

You know the truth. It’s become an inside joke between you and your spouse—and maybe even some of your neighbors. Your house is ugly. Yep—it’s u-g-l-y. And it don’t got no alibi. It never mattered much because you love the place. … Continue reading →

Learning the Lingo: A Glossary to Greening Your Home, From Greywater to VOC

You know that making your home more water- and energy-efficient can help the planet and often save you money, but if you’re not a card-carrying member of the U.S. Green Building Council (which runs the LEED certification program) it can … Continue reading →

Our Economist’s Top Tips for Selling a Home in 2016

If you’re planning to sell your house this year, well, you’re in luck. “The 2016 housing market is forecasted to be mainly a seller’s market, filled with increasing home prices, relatively low inventory, and fierce competition between buyers,” says Jonathan … Continue reading →

Hurdles to Multigenerational Living: Kitchens and Visible Second Entrances

by:  Chris Kirkham For the past five years, home builder Jon Girod has noticed a surge in inquiries from buyers wanting to bring their extended families together on the same property to save money. He said he gives them a … Continue reading →