What to Know About Paying Off Your Mortgage Early
A few things to consider about what mortgage prepayment means for your finances and liquidity.
Sellers gain the advantage during two off-season sweet spots. Why listing your home at the holidays could mean a swift close and an easy transaction.
Housing prices in the United States hit an all-time high in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. There are signs high home prices are leveling off, but buying a house is still really expensive. In what might be the hottest of all seller's markets, what is a buyer to do?
The House Method team has picked nine under-the-radar towns that tick all the boxes when it comes to livability, jobs, and great real estate prices.
Every home buying and selling experience is unique. The market will change, as will your needs, your budget, time frame, tastes, and the length and depth of your search. Here’s how you can find the right real estate agent to guide you through the home buying or selling process.
You may think that your home insurance covers all damage to your house, but flooding, earthquakes, and normal wear and tear are just a few items not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. Here are 16 items not covered by homeowners insurance and how you can get coverage for them.
While the Biltmore and Monticello are definitely worth visiting, these 25 historic US homes are also worth your time. We took into consideration how well preserved the house is, its mark in history, its architectural beauty, and much more. See which historic home tops our list.
Do you know what your hurricane and flood insurance policies cover–and what they don't? CoreLogic estimates that nearly 7 million Americans are at risk for serious hurricane damage in 2018, but unfortunately, fewer and fewer homes are adequately insured.
Homeownership may seem like a financially smart move, but if you don’t have a strong enough credit score or are shopping in a seller’s market, renting may be the better option. Here are seven instances when renting may beat buying.
The complete guide to the most underrated towns by state. We consider unemployment rate, cost of living, historical sites and monuments, entertainment and dining options, and much more.
So you’ve received your home inspection report, now what? We explain what’s included in the report, which issues are considered red flags, and what to look out for that you may be missing.
In 2016, a record 64 million people, 20% of the US population, lived in multigenerational homes—up from 60.6 million Americans in 2014 and 51.5 million Americans in 2009. See why multigenerational living is making a comeback across the country.
A recent study shows that while some homeowners are able to put away a healthy share of income each month, others incur a deficit of hundreds, and renters in the same cities may be stacking a debt not easily overcome.
Thinking of making the leap from renting to buying? Here are five questions that will help you determine if you’re ready to buy a house, plus tips from the pros.
Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling, and applying for a mortgage is often the most stressful part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about the top factors that can lead to a mortgage application denial—and what you can do about them.
When we think of increasing resale value, big reno projects are often prioritized. But there are plenty of minor tasks that can be done with just as much effect. Boost your home’s resale value this weekend with these 64 projects, big and small.
How do you make the most competitive offer without overextending? We talked to a few real estate agents and got insight on the 9 factors that matter the most when determining how much to offer on a house.
Learn how to prepare for a hurricane with this complete guide detailing what to include in a disaster kit, how to secure your home, how to create a family emergency plan, and what steps are necessary to ensure safety for your family and pets.
Home sharing is the exchange of housing for mutual benefit in the home, allowing those on a low or fixed income to seek affordable housing while mutually agreeing to support the homeowner. Learn how home sharing works and why it’s so important in the current real estate climate.
In a competitive real estate market, home staging has become a popular way to increase a home’s selling price and sell quickly. But is it really worth the investment? We talked to Steve Snider and Jessica Silver, real estate agents at CORE, and got their take on the importance of home staging.
CoreLogic reported nearly 50% of the nation’s 50 largest markets are overvalued, but what does this mean for buyers and sellers in the market right now? We talked to Mark Chin, CEO of Keller Williams Tribeca and Adam Taylor of BOND New York to find out.
When you’re getting ready to list your house, knowing what buyers are in the market for is key. We looked at data on new-construction single-family homes to give you a better idea of the most sought-after features for homes in the US today.
Moving is going to be horrible, let’s stop pretending that it’s not. We’ll walk you through the three months leading up to the terrible day and even walk you through sign off with the movers.
More than 80% of Americans now live in cities, but as our urban areas continue to grow, the effects of rapid urban development can throw a wrench into housing availability and affordability, school populations, and urban infrastructure. Bill Rohe of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Carol Krinsky of New York University weigh in.
We talk to Raleigh, NC, real estate agent Corey Short about how buyers and sellers alike can gain advantages in 2018's hottest real estate markets.
From Tribeca to Chelsea, here are 10 of the most expensive New York City neighborhoods.
A quick and dirty summary of the massive headache that is the housing market right now.
The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, even when everything goes smoothly. But what about when things don’t go according to plan? Hear about the hidden traps that can thwart real estate transactions—and how to avoid them.
Real estate season is on its way. We weigh the pros and cons of mortgage types examine which option will save you the most money.
The average American occupies more than 1,020 square feet of developed real estate, but many Americans are choosing to live differently—that is, choosing to live intentionally small.
In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.
How much does a home warranty cost? Find out what a home warranty covers and how much different warranty plans cost.
Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.
Rent-to-own homes allow tenants to build their credit and save up for a down payment, but it’s important to know the risks involved. Here’s everything you need to know.
Home appliance insurance, also known as a home warranty, protects you from paying expensive repair and replacement costs on major systems and appliances. Here’s everything you need to know about home appliance insurance.
From mortgages to the tax bill to the housing supply, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying or selling a home in 2018. Follow along as we fill you in on the real estate trends you can expect see in the year ahead.
A home warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting major systems and appliances and saving you money on repair costs. Learn what a home warranty covers and how to choose the best policy.
Be prepared in the event that a major system or appliance breaks down by securing a home warranty. Learn how a home warranty works and how to choose the best policy.
We talk with NYC real estate broker Frances Katzen about what often goes undiscussed in the New York City rental market, from how to find a broker to how to avoid a rat infestation to how to negotiate rent.
A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.
Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.
Shii Ann Huang, a New York City real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, weighs in on the ins and outs of getting a great apartment in the city.
We’re all about making smart investments, which is why we recommend saving money on a limited-time rental and investing in your own carpet cleaner. We found the best machines for deep cleaning, pet stains, and hard floors.
Not only does Lull provide a 10-year warranty on its mattress, but it also uses CertiPUR-US Certified materials, meeting rigorous environmental standards for minimizing off-gassing. Check out our review to learn more about the Lull mattress.
Similar to sleeper sofas, futons are lighter, more affordable, and offer far more customization options regarding comfort and style. Since there are so many futons available, the House Method team decided to make your purchase decision as easy as possible by testing and reviewing the best products on the market. Here are our top picks.