Tips & Advice

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.


Why an Agent Would Withdraw From a Listing

Withdrawing from a listing is never an easy decision, but depending on the situation, sometimes it’s the best decision.


Moving? Time to Take Inventory

A little more work now will save you time and effort should you ever have to file a home insurance claim.

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Puppy Love: The Newest Apartment Amenity

One Washington, D.C., apartment community is offering renters a one-of-a-kind amenity: a resident puppy.


Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Frequently neither party wants to move from the home even while a divorce is pending. Eventually, however, a home must be distributed like all other assets.


Why Real Estate Deals Fall Apart

The best way to prevent deals from going sideways is to prepare as best you can.

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Rent It Out or Sell It? Options for a Home You No Longer Love

These questions should help you decide which route is best for you.


My House Was Mapped Into a High-Risk Flood Zone: Now What?

Here are few ways to reduce your risk of flood damage and lower your payments.


Which Makes Sense for You: Renting or Buying a Home?

Finances are a major issue, but there are other factors to also consider.

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7 Tips to Get the Best Mortgage

These seven steps will help you navigate the treacherous waters of mortgage shopping, and they’ll save you time and money in the process.


3 Ways to Host a Champagne Open House on a Beer Budget

While spending $25,000 isn’t in everyone’s budget (understandably), there are still ways to have an amazing open house without having to break the bank.

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Do Letters to Sellers Work?

If you’re a buyer and you find yourself in love with a home alongside three, five or 10 other buyers, a letter can help. But don’t simply dash one off without giving it some thought, or you’ll be wasting your time.


Everything You Need to Know About Cash Buyers

So who are these cash buyers, and where are they located? Here are answers to some of your questions.