Entries by Casey Kunkel

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Your Parents’ Interest Rate!

Interest rates hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which gave many buyers relief from rising home prices and helped with affordability. In the first quarter of 2018, rates have increased from 3.95% up to 4.45% and experts predict that rates will increase even more by the end of the year. The rate you […]

Are You an Extrovert? Live Out Loud With These 6 Home Decor Ideas

She throws elaborate theme parties, gathers a crowd at every holiday, and has multiple houseguests all year long. Who is this fun-loving gal, you ask? She’s an extrovert—and being social is her jam. If you see yourself in this description, why not run with the theme inside your home, too? Indeed, your home should be a reflection of […]

Should You Buy a House With a Bad Septic System?

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock Should you buy a house with a bad septic system? You might wrestle with this question if you fall in love with a home only to find out during the home inspection that the septic system is in serious disrepair. Properties usually have septic systems for one of two reasons: The home is in a rural […]

Living Large: 6 Decor Ideas to Take Your Tiny Balcony to New Heights

Decora y vende/Houzz With balmy summer weather just around the corner, we’re sure you can’t wait to soak up as much time as possible in your beautiful backyard. Oh wait—you’re an apartment or condo dweller, you say? Instead of a lush backyard, all you have is a tiny balcony. Fear not! Even if your concrete slab […]

Raise a Toast to Earth Day in One of These 7 Eco-Friendly Homes

realtor.com; iStock With Earth Day on the horizon, it’s high time to delve into the green world of eco-friendly housing. We sifted through the listings currently on the market and dug up a few gems. Whether you’re into passive home construction, earth-sheltered homes, or permaculture farms outfitted with yurts, we’ve found ideal retreats for the eco-aware. If you’re ready […]

Open-Concept Houses: 6 Genius Ways to Create a Sense of Space

Houzz; Parker House Inc/Houzz Homes with an open floor plan are all the rage these days. However, if you’re hesitant to start knocking down walls, rest assured, there are manyways to create a sense of space without sacrificing privacy when (and where) you need it. That’s according to “Open Concept Houses“—a new book by architecture authority Francesc Zamora Mola (author of “150 […]

Purple Reign: 7 Pretty Ways to Use This Trendy Color in Your Home Decor

Houzz/iStock It’s the color of royalty, a signal of wealth and power—and interior design’s hottest color in 2018. Sure, purple might inspire you to hum a few tunes from (or mourn once more) that musical genius from Minneapolis. But it’s also a fresh shade with a strong personality and lots of versatility, says Olivia Rassow, style editor at Birch Lane, an online retailer of […]

6 Downsizing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

iStock This past year, my mother downsized from our six-bedroom family home into a two-bedroom condo in a senior development. Although she was nervous to cast aside her old life, now that the deed is done, she feels elated and free—and wishes she’d done it years earlier. Now, my mom no longer worries about keeping her lawn mowed and driveway clear of snow, because […]

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). What […]

Mortgage Interest Rates Have Begun to Level Off

Whether you are a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading. Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates have increased from 3.95% in the first week of January to 4.40% […]