Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and budget.
The kitchen backsplash presents an opportunity to bring color, pattern and texture to your space, and plenty of designers on Houzz have maximized this surface area in their work. From graphic tiles to aged copper and dramatic quartz, the possibilities are many.
Here are 62 standout kitchen backsplashes that you can use as inspiration for your own kitchen renovation. Click the first image to enlarge the photo, then use the right arrow to see the photos in slideshow format.
From minor repairs (fixing a broken doorbell) to major upgrades (replacing the heating system), the list of home projects you could undertake in the name of preparing your home to sell probably seems endless. But with a limited budget and time line, it’s important to zero in on which fixes will give you the most bang for your buck — and, more important, will make the biggest impact on potential buyers. Concentrate your efforts on 10 worth-every-penny areas and you’ll be off to a good start.
If you are planning on buying a home in the next few months, I bet you are already spending plenty of time checking out online listings. Listen up: That’s not where all your attention should be. Right now, the most important planning step you can make is to check your FICO credit score and make sure your finances are in the best possible shape.
With a few months to go before you start your house hunt in earnest,
Fulton Mortgage Company, a division of The Columbia Bank, recently introduced the HomeReady® Mortgage Plus Program to make home ownership more accessible for homebuyers in the Washington metropolitan area.
The HomeReady® Mortgage Plus Program is a smart and affordable alternative to an FHA, or conventional loan, because it requires no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Other lenders may offer similar programs, but they usually require mortgage insurance or lender-paid mortgage insurance,
Yesterday, a bill that will exempt renters of single-family homes from the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) moved forward in the DC Council, setting it up for passage next month. Today, UrbanTurf is clarifying what exactly constitutes a “single-family home” under this bill.
As the bill is written, all “single-family accommodations” would be exempted from the tenant’s right of first refusal. This includes:
Single-family dwellings with accessory dwelling units (two-unit single-family accommodations)
For those of you who own your home, it’s likely your largest investment/asset.
That’s why I am so concerned that many of you may not be sufficiently protecting your home. According to data CoreLogic provided cnbc.com, about one in four homeowners has an insurance policy that would cover less than 80% of the value of rebuilding the home.
A great paint color works year-round but can also take on different moods depending on what furnishings and accents are teamed with it. Here are six color choices, from moody charcoal and black to autumnal orange, that will make your home feel extra cozy this fall — and still work (with a tweak here and there) once spring has sprung.
The redevelopment of the Wharf, led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette on behalf of the city’s Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, is one of the largest neighborhood-creation endeavors in DC — and the first phase is nearly complete.
Once the second phase of development concludes in 2021-2022, the 27 acres bound by the Washington Channel on the southwest and Maine Avenue to the northeast,
If you didn’t spend the weekend working on your taxes, chances are you are feverishly trying to finish them today. With that in mind, here are five tax breaks that homeowners can take advantage of.
1. Mortgage Interest Deduction — The mortgage interest deduction is not only the most popular real estate tax break, but one of the more straightforward. In short, 100 percent of the interest that you pay on your home loan in a given year is tax deductible.