Like many sales-based professions, the real estate industry is responsible for making some people fabulously wealthy. Rags-to-riches stories abound in the business, featured in magazines and online, where successful realtors share the tips that rocketed them to the top. Every area in the U.S. has its big fish—name brand power sellers who inspire up-and-coming agents.Unfortunately,...

The internet used to be called the information superhighway. These days knowledge is just a small part of the world wide web’s role in our lives. Dubbed the “internet of things,” connectivity now isn’t just between humans and information, but between humans and products.These days humans can control the operation of everything from cars to...

Every occupation has its hazards. From fireman to teachers to bowling alley attendants, everyone faces some form of danger in the workplace. Realtors face a multitude of potentially unsafe situations—they drive hundreds of miles a week, meet total strangers regularly, and tour vacant properties.Of these issues, realtors worry most about the people they meet in...

Like any appliance, a hot water heater requires some upkeep, but a few hours’ work each year can keep your unit heating water efficiently. Water heater maintenance requires only basic tools and supplies, and making minor repairs is easier and cheaper than installing a new unit. Plus, you’ll save on your utility bills and catch...

And so the search begins. This is it. You're taking the next step, and this is a big one: You're about to buy a home. While exciting, searching for a home can be overwhelming⁠—discouraging. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.There are great realtors in every corner of America just...

Most people don’t buy homes in February. Nobody wants to slog through snow or sleet to look at a house. Yards look dreary without flowers or greenery. There are far fewer homes on the housing market, so there isn’t as much to look at anyways.People don’t think about moving in winter. For most, it’s a...

AFC Home Club provides more than just a protection plan for your systems and appliances. That’s why we’ve partnered with our parts supplier Encompass, one of the largest parts distributors in the nation, to bring homeowners convenience and savings on replacement parts for appliances as well as essential everyday items. Save on Millions of Items Because Encompass...

Water Leaks Can Run, But They Can't Hide Some plumbing issues can sometimes look like, and even be, a quick fix, but when the issue grows or just can't be resolved by DIY, it might be time to call a plumber. Toilets, sinks and tubs have potential to do great harm to your home since certain...

Spring weather is a welcome respite from the colder winter months. But it also brings new tasks for homeowners, including cleaning out your gutters and repairing them from any possible winter damage.We looked to BobVila.com for some advice on how to care for gutters. Here's what Donna Boyle Schwartz wrote for his blog:"Experts agree that...

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