Getting up to snuff on being ‘up to code’

A history lesson: In March of 2012 a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico. The loss of life and destruction of property were not as disastrous as had been expected. While the recent...

A real estate journalist faces the realities of buying a home, finding she is ill-prepared

There is nothing like a real estate expert personally experiencing the peaks and valleys of buying a home during the pandemic to tell the world the real scoop...

2022: As the stomach turns — a treatise on how to get a tradesman to accept work

Life can change on a dime. One minute you’re on Angi, HomeAdvisor, or Yelp! listing out a repair or remodeling job you want to have done, thinking ten different tradespeople will “bid” on it. The next...

How do most people find out about homes for sale? Look no further than the ubiquitous MLS

You may not be able to wrap your head around this, but there was a time before computers when listings for homes were printed on sheets of paper and placed in huge books. Nope. Nothing to “click” on to find...

Renovating your home? Not everything you do results in a good ‘ROI’

When it comes to home renovations, there are ones you do for your own comfort or style, and those that can also mean more money in your pocket when...