GET REAL: THE TRUE COST OF PURCHASING A HOUSE

I will be honest. I didn’t know. I knew all about taxes, mortgage, and insurance. I knew about emergency plans and having a little extra set aside each month. But, I didn’t know about everything else — paint, molding, flooring, mops, vacuums, furniture, more paint, flowers, hanging baskets, wreaths on the door, lawn mowers, trimmers, … Read more

What Exactly Is ‘Move-in Ready’?!?

When I began looking for my first home, one of the first questions my real estate agent asked me was: “What type of house are you looking for?” My reply:  “Something that needs some TLC.” What I saw were dated kitchens, homes with 20-year-old carpet in every room, wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, and terrible … Read more