Tips & Advice

9 Signs It’s Time to Update Your Bathroom

A bathroom should be a place of comfort – the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently during a harried morning. “You’re going to spend time in there every day,” says Sarah Hurd, part of the mother-daughter team behind Short Story Renovations, a Baltimore-area design, rehab and staging company. “You should not

Nearly half of nation’s largest 50 metros reach overvalue point

Home prices increased across the nation, causing nearly half of the nation’s top 50 markets to become overvalued, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The HPI showed home prices increased 7% from September 2016 to September 2017 and 0.9% from August. And CoreLogic predicts

Black Knight: Housing affordability strong despite rising prices

Home prices continue to increase, yet affordability actually improved since July, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight. As of September, the average homeowner needed 21.4% of their median income to purchase a home. This is actually down from July’s post-recession peak of 21.7% and low by historical standards. For comparison, an

Do You Really Need to Rake?

Bad news: It’s time to get your act together and clean up your garden before winter makes the task more difficult. But the good news is, fall garden chores don’t have to be a pain. You might find you enjoy picking up branches or raking leaves in the brisk autumn air. Whether you love or hate

6 Clever Hacks for Landing Your Dream Apartment

Finding a new apartment is a time-intensive process. It typically takes an average of 2 ½ months and includes plenty of paperwork, research and calling potential landlords. In fact, according to a 2016 study, 82 percent of adults say moving is somewhat stressful or very stressful – more stressful than getting a root canal, being

3 Easy, Clever Thanksgiving Decoration DIYs

Thanksgiving offers so many things to look forward to: the aroma of the turkey roasting in the oven, gathering with friends and family to share a meal, the excitement of the big game. Get ready to celebrate with three Thanksgiving decoration projects that will make your home extra festive. Here’s a quick look at all

Sneak Peek: 5 Home Design Trends You’ll Be Seeing in 2018

Twice a year, true interior design magic happens when the industry gathers in North Carolina for High Point Market. This massive trade show gives the design world an opportunity to show off the newest styles in furnishings, lighting and accessories. We left the event with a wellspring of inspiration after spotting these exciting new trends. Charcoal

8 Places in America That Will Pay You to Move There

If you’re willing to make a move and fit the qualifications, many rural American towns – and whole states – are offering attractive incentives aimed at attracting new residents and reviving their communities. Ranging from cash grants to free lots of land, these enticing incentives are luring many city dwellers to rural America. At the

Urban Institute: Some cities might be close to a housing bubble

As home prices continue to rise across the U.S., the dreaded “housing bubble” question begins to rise. The Urban Institute released a report from its researchers Bing Bai and Edward Golding, who served as the head of Federal Housing Administration under President Barack Obama, that addresses just that. The Urban Institute explained that in order to determine

The Best Houseplants for Low-Light Spaces

No houseplant truly prefers to live in the dark, but the bulletproof indoor plants listed below come pretty darn close. All you need to grow these gorgeous houseplants is natural light – enough to comfortably read without turning on the lights. ZZ plant Looking more like the back of a stegosaurus than an actual plant,