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Want a Better Credit Score? Soon, Your Cellphone Bill Could Help

Want a Better Credit Score? Soon, Your Cellphone Bill Could Help

Consumers’ cellphone and utility payments will soon be added to one of their major credit reports, a move that will likely boost the credit scores of millions of people and increase loan approvals. Experian PLC, one of the largest credit-reporting firms in the U.S., will start factoring in this payments information for some consumers early next […]

5 Kitchen Design Trends That Buyers Hate

5 Kitchen Design Trends That Buyers Hate

5 Kitchen Design Trends That Buyers Hate. Serious home chefs, or just house-proud owners, might consider the kitchen their showstopper room—the one that will stop potential buyers dead in their tracks. And that’s why they add all the upgrades, accoutrements, and trendy new finishes they can possibly find. To some extent, they’re absolutely right—a great kitchen […]

Mortgage Rates Are Falling for This Unexpected Reason

Unless prospective home buyers have been living under a rock, they’re probably all too familiar with the fact that mortgage rates are on the rise. And with a strong economy spurring the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, mortgage rates are likely to continue their climb in the longer term. The average rate of a […]

I Hate Barn Doors as Decor: Why It’s Time to Ditch the Farm Fashion

I Hate Barn Doors as Decor: Why It’s Time to Ditch the Farm Fashion

It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly when people started ripping barn doors off their hinges and bringing them indoors. But, as with other modern farmhouse trends of the past few years, the lion’s share of blame for barn door ubiquity can be placed on Chip and Joanna Gaines—the former stars of “Fixer Upper” and proponents of rustic, […]

What Housing Slowdown? Home Affordability Hits a 10-Year Low

What Housing Slowdown? Home Affordability Hits a 10-Year Low

Lately, headlines have been blaring that the housing market is softening. Price acceleration is slowing, more properties are going up for sale, and fewer buyers are duking it out. But that doesn’t mean buyers on a tight budget are finding much relief. Home affordability reached its lowest level in a decade in the final quarter […]

How to organize a pantry so that you always have your staples within reach and you’re actually inspired to cook.

Here’s how to organize a pantry so that you always have your staples within reach and you’re actually inspired to cook. No matter how amazing your kitchen looks, it won’t mean a thing if you open your pantry to a jumble of cans and boxes that leave you feeling like there’s nothing to eat. Been there? If […]

How the Value of Your Home Affects How Much You Pay for College

How the Value of Your Home Affects How Much You Pay for College

It’s rare for colleges to offer a peek into the complex formula they use to determine how much they’re going to ask families to pay. But earlier this month, Stanford University did just that, announcing that it would no longer consider the amount of equity a family has in their home when determining how much the school […]