Hosting Decor Hacks: 5 Stylish Essentials for the Hectic Holiday Season

Somehow, another fall season has come around, and we find ourselves once again preparing for the chaos of the holiday season. And now, the next six weeks will be filled with visiting friends and families, and parties that take weeks to prep for—and days of cleanup afterward. If your plans for the holidays include a […]

Holy Cow! This Former Dairy Barn in Massachusetts Finds New Life as a $700K Farmhouse

Who is ready to mooove into this one-time dairy barn in Hampden, MA? The former bovine abode was built in 1930 and renovated into a spacious farmhouse in 1999. Now the sprawling home is listed for $699,900. “It was a total gut renovation when they did it in 1999,” says listing agent Ryan McDowell, of Naples Realty Group. “They had […]

10 Best Renter-Friendly ZIP Codes in Austin, TX

Austin, TX, is a popular destination for those seeking a vibrant culture, delicious food, and warm weather. Austin also tops the list of markets in the U.S. that favor renting, with the median rent for a studio to two bedrooms at $1,670 as of August 2023 rental data. But where in Austin, exactly, are the best places to […]

Homes for Sale Below $10K?! ‘Bargain Block’ Shows Us Where—and Gives Us Hope

With interest rates and home prices through the roof of late, shows like “Bargain Block” can be just what cash-strapped homebuyers need to realize that there’s still hope. Case in point: In the latest Season 4 episode, “The Windsor Balmoral House,” Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas have bought a 1,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath house in Detroit for only $7,300. It’s decrepit and hasn’t […]

Mortgage Rates Just Hit Their Highest Level ‘in a Generation’—Is 8% Next?

After spiking to an alarming 23-year high last week, mortgage rates have skyrocketed even further into the stratosphere for a frightening kickoff to October. For the week ending Oct. 5, rates for 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 7.49%, according to Freddie Mac. This is a significant spike over last week’s high of 7.31%, a rate not seen since […]

Bargain of the Midcentury: 5 Homes Oozing Retro Style, All Priced at $600K or Less

Sliding doors, walls of glass, and wide-open floor plans—they all sound like standard features in today’s luxe new homes. Believe it or not, your grandmother could well have been enjoying all those swanky features 60 years ago, all while sipping a two-olive martini. We found five marvelous homes that were built decades ago in diverse […]

Home Appraisals 101: 5 Things Appraisers Wish Sellers Knew

Home appraisals are a piece of the selling process where you may have to let go of the reins. Lenders often require the use of their own, FHA-approved home appraiser. That means you get zero say in who’s determining the financial value of the home you’ve lived in, loved, and sunk your savings into. Here are some things sellers can […]

These Are the Riskiest Housing Markets in America Right Now

Some of the nation’s largest housing markets are the most vulnerable to a potential economic downturn. The largest risks were in counties near New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia, according to a recent report from real estate data firm ATTOM. The report was based on home prices, average local wages, the percentage of homes that could be […]