Gardeners with shady yards face a challenge in selecting appropriate plants. Cheery flowers that brighten the landscape are often found on sun-loving plants, which just can’t thrive in the shade. For the best results in the darker nooks and crannies of your garden, only consider plants labeled for dappled sun, partial shade or full shade. These plants are best suited for indirect light and could even suffer damage such as burned leaves if exposed to a full day of sunlight. Even with the lighting limitation, you can find plenty of plant sizes, shapes and colors perfect for your growing conditions. read more
Despite recent struggles with home ownership, delinquent borrowers say they aren’t giving up on the American Dream, a survey finds. read more
Many now realize that it is a great time to buy a home. It might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the five reasons we believe now may be a perfect time to put your house on the market.
1. Demand Is High
The most recent Existing Home Sales Reports by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show a double digit percent increase in sales year-over year; sales have remained above last year’s levels for over 25 months. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about purchasing.
2. Supply Is Beginning to Increase read more
Recent fluctuations in mortgage rates are prompting home buyers to seek longer terms—up to 360 days—to commit to an interest rate read more
Fights over fixtures like a ceiling fan or curtains may seem trivial, but some real estate professionals say such squabbles have cost them deals…. read more
Window sill damage is common. Even if the window doesn’t leak, water condensation takes a toll on the sill. It can cause it to rot, warp or crack. Sun damage is also common. Even the best finishing products won’t protect it indefinitely, and the sun will bleach the sill or cause it to expand and contract, making it fit poorly, or effect the way the window closes or opens. If your sill is giving you problems, you can remove and replace it in about an hour. read more
Including your kids in your home search doesn’t have to be a chore. You could find that they have questions about a property you overlooked. Their additional perspective could prove useful when you make your final decision. Here’s how to successfully bring the kids.
If you haven’t shopped for a refrigerator lately, be warned: The choices can be a little overwhelming. read more
Here are three reasons why a pre-inspection may be a good idea. read more
Simply put, a mortgage is a loan people take out to buy a home. The loan is given to potential property owners by financial institutions such as banks or credit unions. - See more at: http://blog.hud.gov/index.php/2013/07/15/so-what-exactly-is-a-mortgage/#sthash.AjA0n6ri.dpuf read more
We often talk about the potential cost of waiting to buy a home. Today, we want to look at the actual cost for someone who waited over the last year. We used a 10% increase in house values as prices have gone up by double digits in the country on average. We looked at approximate […] read more
School is in session! To help prep your home for the current school year, we’ve gathered 7 top study spots from Zillow Digs. read more
The year isn’t over yet, but at HGTV Magazine we’re… read more
Is your laundry room starting to look all washed up? Spruce it up… read more
Housing markets that have had some of the biggest rebound in home prices are seeing some of the biggest shortfalls in construction activity. read more