Is Your House Too Big For You?
It shouldn't be any surprise that new homes are bigger than they used to be. But it may be a bit of a shock to learn just how much space we take up ...
Posted by Mark Ross on October 11, 2023
What Are FHA-Approved Condos?
An FHA-approved condo is a property that can be purchased using FHA loans—or loans that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration. ...
Posted by Mark Ross on September 15, 2023
The Best (and Worst) Aspects of Multigenerational Living
For decades now, the number of multigenerational households—where two or more adult generations are living in the same home—has been ...
Posted by Mark Ross on April 19, 2023
A Brief History of Opening Our Homes to Total Strangers (aka the Open House)
It’s April, and that means homeowners across the country are throwing open their doors for strangers to enter their homes, test the water ...
Posted by Mark Ross on April 12, 2023
What is a Home Appraisal & Who Pays For It?
For homebuyers financing their purchase with a mortgage, a home appraisal is often a required step of the process in order to get an approved loan ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 10, 2022
How To Design Your Dream Home
When you design your own home from the ground up, the sky’s the limit when it comes to design. You get to choose the architectural style, the ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 9, 2022
How Construction Loans Work
When you buy a home, you can usually rely on a standard mortgage to pay for it. But when you build your home from the ground up, a regular mortgage ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 8, 2022
How To Hire A Home Builder
Building a home is a huge investment of time and money. The exciting part: You’ll get exactly what you want in your dream home. But building ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 5, 2022
How To Perfect Your Living Room Furniture Layout
Your living room isn't just a place to sit in your free time. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic called for work and school to take place at home, a ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 4, 2022
How Long To Keep Tax Records And More: A Checklist
Unless you live in a Hollywood Hills mansion, you probably don't have space to store years of tax and insurance paperwork, warranties, and repair ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 3, 2022
Why Might A Listings Square Footage Differ From The Appraisal
If you're buying a home, the listing likely includes the square footage, a key selling point. But if you make an offer that's accepted and you've ...
Posted by Mark Ross on June 2, 2022
A Homeowners Guide To Oregon Property Taxes
Oregon residents may not pay sales tax, but property taxes are fact of life for homeowners in the state. The good news is that it’s easy to ...
Posted by Mark Ross on May 16, 2022
5 Reasons Pending Sales Fall Through In Real Estate
When a home’s status changes to sale pending, it means the seller has accepted the buyer’s offer and both parties are ready to move ...
Posted by Mark Ross on May 15, 2022
How Do I Find Property Lines?
You may feel confident that you know your property lines just by looking at your house and yard. The neighbor's fence and where you mow your grass ...
Posted by Mark Ross on May 10, 2022
How To Deal With Unsolicited Offers
If you’re one of those lucky people who own a home in a “hot” area, it’s a pretty sweet feeling. You made a good real estate ...
Posted by Mark Ross on May 4, 2022
The Life Altering Upsides Of Living In A Too Small House
There’s nothing special about our home in Provo, UT. Built in 1943 amid many blocks of similar-looking World War II cottages, the floor plan ...
Posted by Mark Ross on April 13, 2022
What Is A Tax Sale Property And How Do Tax Sales Work?
Normally when you buy a house, you don’t want a home with any outstanding liens against it (that’s also why you pay for a title company). ...
Posted by Mark Ross on April 11, 2022
How To Evict A Family Member Or Friend With No Lease
Thinking about evicting a family member with no lease? If you’re feeling more than a bit guilty over the prospect—well, don’t be so ...
Posted by Mark Ross on April 1, 2022