Архив автора: Julie Sprankles

Can Solar Power Pay Off? One Homeowner Crunches Real Numbers

Aside from the obvious benefit of helping the planet, solar power can be pretty enticing to homeowners who are tired of paying an arm and a leg for their electric bill every month. Given that outfitting a home with solar panels comes with considerable costs upfront, though, is doing so practical from a financial standpoint? Can solar power in fact pay off? (далее…)

What is Considered an “Older” Home?

I distinctly remember during our home-buying journey when our real estate agent asked if we wanted new construction, something close to it, or if we’d be open to an «older» home. When we said yes, we knew that—in our budget—we would likely be looking at a few houses built in the early-to-mid 1900s. However, if we’d had a much larger budget, we could very well have wound up walking through (and legitimately considering) houses built in the early 1800s. (далее…)

Do You Know Difference Between a Hard Loft and a Soft Loft?

Like most budding writers, my childhood dream involved moving to New York City and living in an airy and oh-so fabulous loft apartment. Little did I know at the time, I’d been coveting a hard loft while looking at soft lofts and had no idea there was even a distinction. In fact, if we’re really being honest, I didn’t learn the difference between a hard loft and a soft loft until I started house hunting as an adult. (далее…)

Take it From Me: What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Fixer Uppers

When you’re a first-time home buyer growing dizzier by the minute walking through dreamy homes outside of your budget, it’s only natural to consider adding a home that needs a little «TLC» to your short list. Know this, though: fixer uppers come with some special considerations, especially for first-time homebuyers. (далее…)

What You Can Do Now in Your 20s to Retire Early

Sometimes, when I’m watching a recently retired early 40-something couple agonize over which Italian villa to choose on a certain international house-hunting show, I sit and ponder, «What did these people do right to get them to this place in life so early?» Or, more pointedly, «What am I doing wrong?» (далее…)

The Most Popular Home in America: Why the Ranch Style is So Pervasive

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’ve likely given a lot of thought to what style suits you best. Are you drawn to the sleek lines of modern architecture? Or are you a sucker for Craftsman style? If your answer happens to be the modern American ranch, well, you’re certainly not alone—according to a 2016 Trulia study, it’s the most popular pick in 34 states in the U.S. (далее…)