Real Estate

Real Estate Six smart tricks to buying your own home Sponsored:Six smart tricks to buying your own home
Owning your own home can be great, and the more prepared you are, the better it can be. Here are six simple steps on the path to home-sweet-home:


1. Six months to a year out: clean up your credit. To get the best possible rate on your mortgage, you need to get your credit score squeaky clean.
Real Estate Never use these 5 words in your real-estate listing Sponsored:Never use these 5 words in your real-estate listing
When you're trying to sell your home, you want to make it as appealing as possible. So you paint it, you stage it, and you help a potential buyer envision what their new lives might look like if they moved in. But even getting interested parties in the front door can be a challenge if your listing, whether online or in local newspapers, contains words or phrases that may seem off-putting.

Here are five words or phrases to avoid in your real estate listing:
Real Estate April is approaching! 6 tax tips for homeowners Sponsored:April is approaching! 6 tax tips for homeowners
Spring in Seattle may still be a few weeks (or, let's be honest, months) away, but there are already some signs of the changing season. Like, you know, the guy dressed like the Statue of Liberty offering to do your taxes. And while most Americans do file through tax professionals, plenty of us also do it ourselves, which can be tricky if you're a homeowner.

Here are a few tax tips for homeowners to help you save money, or at least make filing less of a headache:
Real Estate Easy ways to save money on heating bills Sponsored:Easy ways to save money on heating bills
In your college rental house, you probably tried to keep the heat in by adhering plastic to the windows with a blow-drier. But when you're a homeowner (or just an adult), that look may not exactly go with your decor.
Real Estate Home improvement resolutions you'll actually keep Sponsored:Home improvement resolutions you'll actually keep
With the hustle of the holidays (mostly) over, now's a good time to start tackling all those little chores you've been letting pile up. Instead of setting huge New Year's resolutions you'll never keep, why not start the year off right with a few simple -- but useful -- around-the-house tasks that will add value to your home, and make your life easier?
Real Estate Clever ways to hang holiday lights without poking holes in your walls Sponsored:Clever ways to hang holiday lights without poking holes in your walls
Most of us don't bother to deck the halls with boughs of holly anymore -- but we do opt for tiny lights to spruce up the joint this time of year. Unfortunately, if you're looking to do some decorating with indoor lighting, it can be tough to get the look you want without your paint with pinholes. But there are tasteful ways to get the look of holiday lights, without the pockmarked plaster. Here are a few ideas for how to make it work.
Real Estate Decoupage: Make boring better Sponsored:Decoupage: Make boring better
Decoupage is popular in the craft community, but it was only recently that twenty and thirty-somethings with a quirky sense of style and a small budget were able to utilize the super-simple tactic to improve boring furniture currently filling their homes or to make thrift-store finds even better.
Real Estate The fifth wall Sponsored:The fifth wall
What’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning? Ok, maybe it’s your pillow. But for us back sleepers, it is most likely the ceiling.
Real Estate 6 decorating ideas for empty walls Sponsored:6 decorating ideas for empty walls
Make Your Own Pop Art
There are a few websites where you can upload a photo of your pet, your child or another beloved treasure and turn it into a gorgeous pop art piece to hang on your wall. Some sites charge as little as $65. It might be close to as much as a print you can find at IKEA, but it’s custom and it’s yours. This is something that will always connect with you regardless of where you’re living.
Real Estate The best spots to get moving boxes Sponsored:The best spots to get moving boxes
How many dumpster drive-bys does it take to score enough boxes to move? Let’s not find out. Instead, try these moving box sources. Some are even good for the planet.