Tips & Advice

An Insider’s Look at Richmond: Where Southern Charm Meets Urban Creativity

Did you know Richmond is home to the largest folk festival in the nation?

Q & A

Real Estate Q&A: Buying in a Market With Little Inventory

Real estate investor and Zillow Blog contributor Leonard Baron answers questions from readers regarding buying, selling and investing.

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FHFA: Nearly 700,000 Homeowners Still Eligible for HARP

More than 3 million loans have already been refinanced through HARP, a popular federal program designed to help homeowners refinance at today’s low mortgage rates, even if they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

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What Millennials and Boomers Need to Know About Condos

Owning a condo has many of the same benefits of owning a single-family home. But there are some rules and restrictions boomers and millennials alike often face when going the condo route.


Should You Buy a Home for Your College Student?

Many issues come along with owning a student rental, and you should really think them through before you get yourself a “tough and expensive” college lesson of your own.


Summertime – and the Liability Is Easy

These are four reasons kids might gather at your house over the summer, the liability risks involved and how you can counter those risks.

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How to Determine What You Want in a Home

Establishing your most important criteria upfront will help you stay on track as you move through the home buying process.

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Tips for Buying the Right Vacation Home

Here’s how to buy the right vacation home so as to make the experience as rewarding (personally and financially) as possible.

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Getting Your Finances in Order

Before you get your heart set on the home with the big yard or the condo in the city, you should take steps to demonstrate you have a stable financial situation and are a serious buyer.

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Why People Love to Live on the Water

Living on the water is truly a luxury, and while it can be a great move for any number of reasons, these two make life on the water so incredibly special.

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Cubs or Sox? Windy City or Chi-Town? 15 Chicago Questions Answered

Moving to Chicago? We asked locals to answer 15 questions about living in the Windy City.


4 Ways to Gain the Competitive Edge When Home Shopping

If you’ve been out there house hunting, you’re likely aware of the many challenges and obstacles that come with the territory.

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5 Steps to Selling Your Home

Selling your home? Here are five tips you should know, including knowing comps and your home’s market value.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Your Damage Deposit Back

Each tenant and property manager is different, so we turned to personal finance writers to provide insight on their personal experiences with damage deposits.

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What Do You Need to Start Composting?

Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what ends up in U.S. landfills. By composting those materials, you can recycle them back into the soil and improve your garden.