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‘Shadow Banks’ are on the rise for home loans: Should we be afraid?

‘Shadow Banks’ are on the rise for home loans: Should we be afraid?

Where do home buyers go for a mortgage? To a bank, of course—or at least that’s what many might think. Yet a new force has taken over home financing, called “shadow banks.” So what are these non-banks exactly, and should we run for the hills? In a nutshell, these are the less conventional places that Read More

 

Home Maintenance For People With Better Things To Do

Home Maintenance For People With Better Things To Do

Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too. So Read More

 

Hackers Are After Your Down Payment. How Not To Get Scammed

Hackers Are After Your Down Payment. How Not To Get Scammed

You finally found it: the two-story bungalow in the trendy part of town you’ve been eyeing for years – the one with the best coffee shop (hello, foamy latte) and favorite farmer’s market. You made your best offer (they accepted!) and now you’re about to close on your dream home. Then just before closing, an Read More

 

7 Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On

7 Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On

The washer/dryer combo was perfect! Such a delightful way to brighten laundry day — with a cheerfully colored front-loader set. They could actually make laundry fun! “They were this gorgeous, greenish-teal, and they looked great in my laundry room,” says Eliesa Prettelt, avid DIYer and author of “A Pinterest Addict” blog. But after barreling through Read More

 

The Smart Home Features That Are Really Taking Off

The Smart Home Features That Are Really Taking Off

Remote-controlled window shades, voice-activated TVs, and door bells with high-quality video were once limited to sci-fi novels, Hollywood movies, and TV shows like “The Jetsons.” But the future has arrived, and more tech-savvy homeowners are installing smart home technology. Color-changing lightbulbs, anyone? Nearly half of homeowners renovating their pads are adding new technology while they’re Read More

 

SoCal home sales volume hits peak in August

SoCal home sales volume hits peak in August

Homes are selling like hot cakes in SoCal, with sale volume reaching a ten-year high in August, according to a recent CoreLogic report. Despite sky-high price tags, the number of sales climbed 5.4 percent since last year in Los Angeles County, with 7,725 new and existing homes sold in August. All the while, median prices Read More

 

How to tell if you should look for your first house – or renew your lease

How to tell if you should look for your first house – or renew your lease

Tired of working so hard just to build your landlord’s equity instead of your own? Been dreaming about paint swatches and obsessing over Pinterest projects? Making that leap from renting to owning a home comes with many perks — both financial and emotional. And even though home ownership comes with great responsibility, you might be Read More

 

7 smart ways to save water (and money!)

7 smart ways to save water (and money!)

Even if you live in an area where water is plentiful, drought can still strike thanks to climate change. In some parts of the country, water conservation is the law, and you can get serious fines — or even have your water service terminated — if you use too much H2O. To help keep your Read More

 

5 tips that will protect you from this (expensive) DIY mistake

5 tips that will protect you from this (expensive) DIY mistake

It was their first plumbing project. “It was just a small crack in a pipe,” says Karah Bunde. She and her husband, Joel, had just purchased a fixer-upper they planned to renovate and rent. They bought a new piece of PVC pipe to replace the cracked one. “We installed it, glued it, gave it 24 Read More

 

Not sure how to price your home? Avoid mistakes with these tips

Not sure how to price your home? Avoid mistakes with these tips

Home pricing is more of a science than an art, but many homeowners price with their heartstrings instead of cold, hard data. Here’s why crunching the numbers is always the better route to an accurate home price — as well as what can happen when home sellers overlook those all important data points. The Pitfalls Read More

 
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