Fielding a Lowball Purchase Offer on Your Home

By: Marcie Geffner Consider before you ignore or outright refuse a very low purchase offer for your home. A counteroffer and negotiation could turn that low purchase offer into a sale. You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You’re excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer […]

How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

By: G. M. Filisko When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix. Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is […]

Tax and Home Records Checklist: What to Keep and For How Long

By: Dona DeZube Want to purge your records — and rest assured you have all the documents you need when you need them? Read on. Unless you’re living in the 123-room Spelling Manor, you probably don’t have space to store massive amounts of tax and insurance paperwork, warranties, and repair receipts related to your home. […]

9 Easy Mistakes Homeowners Make on Their Taxes

By: G. M. Filisko Published: January 5, 2015 Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit. As you calculate your tax returns, be careful not to commit any of these nine home-related tax mistakes, which tax pros say are especially common and […]

Tax and Home Records Checklist: What to Keep and For How Long

By: Dona DeZube Published: October 1, 2014 Want to rest assured you have all the documents you need when you need them, but not be awash in paper? Read on. Unless you’re living in the 123-room Spelling Manor, you probably don’t have space to store massive amounts of tax and insurance paperwork, warranties, and repair […]

4 Great Green Apps for Your Home

By: Courtney Craig Published: August 8, 2011 Want some Earth-friendly ideas on how to save money and energy around your home? There’s an app for that — in fact, there are quite a few! We waded through the choices and found four of the best apps for making your home a more energy-efficient place. GoodGuide […]