ARM vs. Fixed Rate: Which Mortgage Is Better?

If you’re raring to buy a home, chances are you’re weighing the merits of an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) and a fixed-rate mortgage. So what’s the difference between them and which one is better? An ARM, also known as a variable-rate mortgage, is a loan that starts out at a fixed, … [Read more...]

I Got an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage and Wow, What a Ride!

designer491/iStock If you've ever asked anyone for mortgage advice, you've probably been told by well-meaning, conservative folks that in most circumstances, you should never get an adjustable-rate mortgage, aka ARM. The reason: Sure, an ARM's initial low interest rate might look enticing, but … [Read more...]

Visual Story: HOME Survey March 2019

Fifty percent of renters, compared to seventy-five percent of owners, think now is a good time to buy a home. … [Read more...]

Own a Rental Property? Why Filing Your Taxes This Year Rules

Leonardo Patrizi/iStock My husband and I recently purchased our first rental property. Over the past few months, we’ve repaired and renovated the 1930s-era home, and are starting to look for tenants. And it turns out our timing couldn't be better: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made … [Read more...]

5 Things to Know So Your Septic System Won’t Destroy Your Yard—and Everybody Else’s

iStock/skhoward Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on it. But the real septic experts wish you knew at least a few things. And not just for their sake, but for yours. A little knowledge can go a long way toward preventing massively expensive (and … [Read more...]

How to Identify a Load-Bearing Wall (and Why It Matters During a Home Renovation)

Hirun Laowisit / EyeEm/Getty Images To create open-concept floor plans, homeowners are knocking down walls everywhere from the kitchen to the master bathroom. But before you start swinging a sledgehammer, you'll need to know if you’re dealing with a load-bearing wall, which is significantly … [Read more...]

Remodeling Your Bathroom? Don’t Make These 8 Mistakes

Auris/iStock A bathroom remodel can add value to a home, but it also has the potential to be a huge headache. Why? There are many opportunities for missteps. “Bathrooms are often the hardest spaces to remodel effectively, because they require some expertise, and often play second fiddle to … [Read more...]

First-Time Home Buyer Hell: Their Biggest Mistakes and Regrets

BartekSzewczyk/iStock Life is full of regrets. There are those unfortunate fashion choices, such as shoulder pads, hammer pants, and the mullet. There's your crazy ex. (What were you thinking?) And then there's everything you did wrong when you bought your first home. The biggest regret of … [Read more...]

47 West Main Street, Quentin PA 17083

Nice, large home in quiet, peaceful Quentin! Parts of the Home still being updated and under remodeling. Thank you for your patience while finishing up! - $180,000 … [Read more...]

These Are the Most Expensive Fails in DIY Home Improvement

Sinenkiy/iStock Many thrifty homeowners would rather save a few bucks by taking on upgrades themselves (after a few hours binge-watching HGTV and YouTube tutorials, of course) than by calling in the professionals to install new floors or retile the bathroom. Paying the pros is basically throwing … [Read more...]