Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
Time Management: Skills for Sales Success: Part Two.
The Psychology of Consultative Selling: Skills for Sales Success: Part Four.
Expand your education through NAR's REALTOR® University: A Consumer Advocate Approach to Mortgages: Course 2.
Bundle 1: CIPS Core Course (US Version).
Bundle 1: CIPS Core Courses (Non-US Version).

Consumer News and Advice Archive


Buying a Home with No Credit? Probably Not

(TNS)—Some financial gurus say consumers should live 100 percent debt-free. No credit cards. No car loans. No debt of any kind for any reason. ...


8 Patio Upgrades That Will Add Sparkle to Your Summer

Looking to upgrade your patio this summer? Consider the following DIY upgrades and come June, you'll be sipping mimosas on your newly pimped out patio. ...


How Much Would Your Favorite TV Homes Cost in Real Life?

From Roseanne Conner's home in the fictional Lanford, Ill. to the Dunphy's gorgeous space in West Los Angeles, Calif., it's fun to imagine what the real-life homes of our favorite families from television history would've cost. (There's no question Phil Dunphy found himself ...


Avoiding Deadly Hidden Dangers In Your Home

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 2,385 Americans died from residential fires in 2012. Unfortunately over 20,000 people are poisoned by carbon monoxide each year and an unknown number of Americans become ill from toxic molds, often without a diagnosis. Fortunately ...


5 Home Upgrades to Consider This Season

When it comes to home improvement, the options are endless. While many homeowners have their sights set on a huge overhaul (hello five-star kitchen complete with the latest and greatest appliances and gadgets), simple home ...


Getting Feedback from Boss Who’s on the Way Out

(TNS)—Q: I work for a small company that doesn’t have a lot of formal processes. My boss is retiring, and, while I know he has been happy with my work, there’s no formal documentation of my performance. I’m concerned that ...


As with Love, First Impressions Matter in Home Sales

(TNS)—Just as every house has a personality—whether it’s a ranch, bungalow, Queen Anne, Tudor, Cape Cod or any other architectural style — the landscape that surrounds it has a personality, too, especially out front. There are formal gardens — neatly trimmed and fertilized lawns, tightly manicured evergreens and plenty of ...


Study Finds Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S.

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new Cornell University analysis ...


Homeownership Linked to Happiness

Based on data from the OECD Better Life Index, homeownership in the U.S. can lead to higher levels of subjective well-being. Translation: homeownership is linked to happiness. ...


Why Is May the Best Month to Replace Your Mattress?

A good night's sleep is critical to maintain one's best health and well-being. And as sure as spring turns to summer, May brings with it Memorial Day and mattress sales. ...


Prevent Water Problems with These Spring Plumbing Tips

Spring is a time for many people to get organized around the house. Yet, it’s easy to ignore your plumbing when taking care of other household responsibilities. Here are some easy tips to help make sure your plumbing continues to work reliably throughout ...


Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

(TNS)—People tend to lump all debts together, yet they are not all equal. Knowing the distinction between a good debt and a bad one can help you make better financial decisions. ...


Your Place: ‘Green’ Renovations, Hiring Contractors Gaining in Popularity

(TNS)—An American Express survey has uncovered the fact that more than half of all Americans are planning “green” renovations. ...


Diggin’ In: May Days the Best for Successful Planting

(TNS)—April showers bring May flowers and a month for the best planting time ever. ...


To Sell or Not to Sell? 5 Signs It’s Time to List Your Home

If you’re like me, thoughts of putting your home on the market and moving up, down or out of dodge all together periodically float through your mind. These days, there’s extra incentive given the inventory shortage in most regions of the country—some areas ...


Our Latest News >>