5 New Homeowner Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid (And How to Avoid Them)

The following is a guest post from Jessica Thiefels. Becoming a first-time homeowner is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, even after the closing papers have been signed and the key is in hand. Suddenly you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges: how to manage a home that’s [...]

Spotting Foundation Issues When Buying a Home

Buying a home is both exciting and stressful. After all, you want to find a place that suits your living needs and is in great condition. One of the biggest concerns is that the property you purchase is structurally sound, and this often starts with the foundation. Consider these tips about how to spot potential [...]

10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is generally pretty straightforward. We also point out [...]

Taking On Your Partner’s Debt: What to Ask Before You Consolidate

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Calonia. Having candid conversations with your partner about debt can feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re newlyweds or planning a marriage and future together. The reality, however, is that money is often the leading cause of anxiety and stress in a marriage. According to a 2018 study by [...]

7 Reasons Buying Beats Renting

Why Buying a Home is Better than Renting Conventional wisdom used to state that buying a home is always a great investment. But after the housing crisis, many people who saw their equity sliced in half began questioning this logic. That’s unfortunate. In most parts of the U.S., home buying is still a better decision [...]

Writing the Perfect Dear Seller Letter

A dear seller letter is one thing that can give the buyer a distinctive edge in a seller’s market. When competing for a home, there are many ways to make your offer attractive to the seller. When a seller is reviewing multiple offers on their home that may be very close in price and terms, [...]

Understanding and Choosing Smart Home Products that Are Right for Your Lifestyle

Many people are drawn into the world of smart home technology by cool features like smart lights and smart assistants, because they help make life more convenient. But it can also be somewhat intimidating for people to get started when they’re faced with a bevvy of technical terms and limitless options. Getting past the jargon [...]

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Way

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® marketing program allows Luxury Property Specialists to seamlessly connect with the world’s most affluent clientele. It offers agents the power of a global network of 92,000 Coldwell Banker® affiliated agents located in 3,000 offices in 47 countries and territories around the world. It also provides agents with access to a [...]

Saving for a Home: How Much Is Enough?

It's easy to get caught up in credit scores when considering a home purchase. But as lenders continue to loosen requirements, the need to have money in the bank doesn't get any less acute. Getting prescriptive about how much you need in savings to satisfy a mortgage lender is tough business. The answer can depend [...]

Tips on How to Pick the Right Real Estate Agent For You

A trusted real estate agent provides experienced counsel, guidance and unparalleled local expertise – all essential ingredients for anyone on the hunt for a home.  But for first-time home buyers, the first step can be one of the most intimidating. To help first-time home buyers, the professionals at Coldwell Banker Real Estate have provided the [...]