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Home Loans Especially for College Grads

ADDED May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS

With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just 36 percent today. Even though rates on mortgages are relatively low, the overall debt-to-income ratio of…Read More »

Should I Haggle Over the Price?

ADDED May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You’ve saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you’ve found the home of your dreams. You’re in love and you don’t want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer says, “Never sit at a table you can’t walk…Read More »

Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

ADDED May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers and cooktops to food storage appliances that read RFID chips on food packaging that programs the…Read More »

Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

ADDED April 25, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-grain tiles: Humidity situations: Moisture: if you live in a humid or…Read More »

Help for Prospective Homebuyers

ADDED April 25, 2015 0 COMMENTS

While there is no dearth of advice when it comes to saving up to buy a home, some of us just need a little more help. Introducing the Housing Counselor What, you ask, is a housing counselor? Different from a real estate agent or broker, a housing counselor is a neutral party that does not…Read More »

Lofts — Not Just for the Young

ADDED April 25, 2015 0 COMMENTS

As a real estate trend, loft living is here to stay. Originally thought of as live/work spaces for artists and musicians, the term “loft” evokes transformed warehouses and industrial spaces with exposed brickwork, open pipes and electrical conduits and other industrial-type accoutrements such as old wood or concrete floors. While the original concept of a…Read More »