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Real Estate

Mortgages Are Huge Right Now: What To Know About Home Loans

Buying a home is part of the widely sought-after American dream. However, as the pandemic wore on the past two years, the housing market quickly became a “seller’s market.” New homeowners are struggling to find an affordable home that doesn’t require extensive repairs to make it livable. Home loans are skyrocketing and mortgage rates are steadily climbing back up from record lows, but buyers aren’t helpless. So what should new home buyers do to ensure they’re getting their dream home and an affo

4 Home Projects to Do Now If You Want to Sell This Spring

Home renovation projects make your standard of living better, but they also increase the value of your home. If you’re planning on selling a house this spring, you may be thinking about making some updates to boost your asking price. Here’s how to sell your house at a premium by completing these four simple home improvement projects that will get you the most out of your sale. Remodeling the bathroom is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value. If you’re not able to do a complete remo

What You Should Do Now To Buy A Home This Spring

Along with warm spring weather comes another season: house-hunting season. Because spring is historically the most popular time of year for home buying, due to school breaks and moving-appropriate weather, buying a home in the spring requires a bit of preparation in the winter. If you’re considering a new home this spring, you’ve come to the right place. We talked to some experts and asked them what buyers should do before they start hunting and what common mistakes to avoid as first-time homebu

Home Maintenance

How to build your own home security system

Protecting your family and your possessions doesn’t have to weigh so heavily on your mind. Having a great home security system can provide much-needed peace of mind, and there are a couple of routes you can take when it comes to installing one. You can hire a professional security company that will both install the system’s equipment and provide monitoring services. These services notify you as well as authorities if a breach occurs. If you’d rather not pay professional prices, you can also go

Easy ways to fix your yard's sagging gate

The curb appeal of your home is important. You want your yard, fence, and gate to look immaculate. If your once-pristine fence gate is getting a bit older, you may be starting to experience the woes of a sagging gate. These woes include difficulty opening the gate due to the bottom dragging on the ground, and you might even see some visual sagging that makes your gate a bit of an eyesore. Luckily, there are some easy ways to fix your yard’s sagging gate on your own without the expense of hiring

How you should clean your walls before you paint

It may seem like a dull and painstaking task to wash your walls, but it’s truly the best way to prep walls for paint. Failing to clean your walls prior to applying primer and paint can result in issues with the adhesion of your paint. Poor adhesion leads to blistering, cracking, and peeling that will ultimately lead to you having to re-paint the wall or even hire a professional to repair damage to the drywall. Avoid the stress and cost of having to remodel further and give your walls a through

Homeownership

77% Of New Homeowners Were Surprised By These Costs

Homeownership and interest in buying homes are steadily on the rise. With so many new homeowners flooding the market, hippo.com conducted a survey to see how new buyers were feeling after their big purchase. The survey found that the overwhelming majority of people who had recently bought a new home didn’t feel prepared for the experience. A big reason cited was the fact that unexpected home repair costs popped up in the first year. Here are some details about what today’s new homeowners are fac

The Real Costs of Charging an Electric Vehicle

With the popularity of electric vehicles on the rise and almost 50% of the population in support of phasing out gasoline cars completely, you may be one among the many who are considering an electric vehicle (EV) for your next car purchase. Before you do so, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the prices of electric cars themselves, as well as how much charging your EV will cost you on a monthly or yearly basis. To prepare for your new electric life, check out this guide on the real costs of

What You Need to Know about Home Refinancing

Having a mortgage can feel like a big financial weight. Carrying that home loan for up to 30 years through all of life’s different financial seasons is a challenge, particularly during times where your finances get a bit tight. Jobs can be lost, medical bills come up, and children go to college. That’s why refinancing your mortgage at the right time, according to your financial situation as well as market trends, can benefit you during seasons down the road when money gets tight. Here’s what you

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