A flood in Florida with a house and car under water.

There are two words that can instantly strike fear into the heart of any homeowner: water damage. Whether it comes as the result of a busted pipe, a leaky roof, a faulty component in your HVAC system, or even the sometimes-cruel hand of Mother Nature, dealing with water in your home is a monumental headache. […]

A stack of tax forms required for an inherited house.

Selling any asset for more than you paid for it can trigger capital gains taxes. But what if you didn’t pay for it, but rather inherited it? Unfortunately, you can still be on the hook for taxes if you inherited a house and want to sell it. What Is Capital Gains Tax? There is often […]

A damaged house with roof repair needed.

Is it possible to sell a house in bad shape? Of course it is! Whether your home sustained damage from a hurricane—which is a very common situation for Floridians—or from some other calamity such as fire or a flood, you still have options. It’s not an unachievable dream that you could sell a bad house […]

Chipped lead paint on the side of a house.

If your home was constructed prior to 1978, it is a simple reality that you’ll encounter some lead-based paint. Real estate regulations require sellers to disclose a host of details about their properties, but selling a house with lead paint is the only one that is federally enforced. The Environmental Protection Agency takes a very […]

The remains of a kitchen house fire.

A house fire is one of the most traumatic things you could endure as a homeowner. Though you and your loved ones may escape safely, you may still suffer major losses in the wake of the blaze. From the destruction of beloved heirlooms and memories to the very tangible damage done to your property, fire […]

Inheriting a house with siblings can be both an incredibly difficult and emotional experience. Most often, this means your parents have both passed away, so in addition to figuring out the logistics of how to move forward with the home, you’re also all grieving. Often, one or more siblings want to sell the home, while […]

A messy living room in a house with problem renters.

They’re weeks (or even months) behind on the rent. They’re trashing your house. They’re disturbing the neighbors. They’re disrespectful, or worse, dangerous. If you’re a landlord, having a problem tenant is probably one of your worst nightmares. While you can cross your fingers and hope for the best when renting, there is always a chance […]

Scrabble letters spelling "TAX" on top of US dollars.

Inheriting a house can be incredibly overwhelming. While it’s wonderful to know that someone you cared for trusted you enough to appoint you the caretaker of their home after their passing, it can also be a big financial strain. There are a number of tax implications that come into play when you inherit a house. […]

Messy house with bags of trash and clutter.

Hoarding is a complex disorder that affects upwards of five percent of the population. It can range wildly in severity. The mildest version includes “pack rats,” or people who may save lots of small tchotchkes. They might have 30 years of back issues of their favorite magazine just lying around the house. On the more […]

A blue tarp on the roof of a house that needs repair.

So you need to sell a house as is, but it’s in less than stellar shape. Looking around at the homes currently on the market, it may feel like you have no options. If your home is an eyesore, and you’re staring down a list of needed repairs a mile long, you may be wondering […]

Corner of house with mold on the wall.

Mold spores are all around us on a daily basis. They’re floating around in the air, and, if conditions are right, they cluster and grow into a fungus that can crawl across almost any surface of your home. And once that happens, mold can be incredibly hard to kill. Living in a moist, subtropical environment […]

No one ever intends to get behind on their bills. But life happens, and it’s easier than you might realize to find yourself in over your head. If you’re struggling to pay your mortgage right now, you’re not alone! According to federal reserve data, 3.68 percent of mortgages (or one in every 27) are in […]

If you are planning to list your Florida home for sale soon (or are currently trying to sell your home), you’ve likely noticed the abundance of advertising out there for cash homebuyers. Whether on TV, in print, or on roadside signs, phrases like “We Buy Homes Fast!” are everywhere these days. Selling your home can […]

Renting a property you own can have great benefits. If you’re in a tough financial spot, it could allow you to move into a smaller, cheaper home and satisfy your mortgage obligations without sinking further into debt. Provided you charge an adequate amount, those monthly rent payments can be a lifesaver! One of the biggest […]

Most of us will contend with financial hardship at some point in our lives. It may be the result of a job loss or layoff, extensive health issues and mounting medical bills, general economic downturn, or one of the myriad other challenges that arise in the course of life. Regardless of how you got there, […]

Home ownership is a life goal for many people. We’re taught from the time we’re young that owning your own home is an achievement and a sign of stability. But sometimes life can deal you a tough hand, putting you in the position of needing to sell your home to stay afloat. In today’s economy, […]

When you hear the words “condemned house,” what do you think of? The first images that come to mind are probably of spooky, dilapidated homes with caved-in roofs and creaky foundations, crawling with overgrown foliage. You might be surprised, then, to discover that is not always the case. There are plenty of reasons a house […]

For someone who has been working since their teens or twenties, retirement is a huge achievement. While this major milestone usually comes with plenty of congratulations, cake, punch, and a parting gift, it also represents a tectonic change in your universe. Everything about your life—down to how you spend your days and where you choose […]

Divorce is often a heartbreaking situation for everyone involved. Deciding that you’re ready to dissolve your marriage can be a process fraught with emotion. It can be even more complicated when you have to consider how to divide and/or dispose of shared property. When it comes to handling the next steps for your shared home, […]

It’s always an honor to have a loved one trust you enough to bequeath their property to you upon their passing. But honor doesn’t remove the challenges that will come with managing or caring for their home. Perhaps you’d been renting and, now with this inheritance, you have a home to call your own. But […]