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Janet Thomson is a Virginia-based freelance copywriter. Clients turn to her to revive their dull, boring content. She’s been in the trenches for five years slanging persuasive words that raise eyebrows and propel customers to buy.

What to expect from your home inspection

Before you place a bid on your dream home, here are a few things to know about home inspections—and why they’re so important.

Is a homeowners' association right for you?

HOAs can provide security and amenities, but they’ll likely dictate things like house color and landscaping. Understanding the intricacies—and fees—involved with living in a planned community is important.

What you need to know before buying homeowners insurance

Not all insurance policies are created equal. We went to the experts to answer all your questions about homeowners insurance.

Flood protection: Everything you need to know

Experts offer tips on how to prepare and rebuild your home after a natural disaster

Moving in together: How to find common ground when decorating

Whether you are married or just have roommates, transforming your space into a dream oasis requires compromise.

Can you really get a mortgage with the push of a button?

If you believe the catchy slogan of Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage program, you can secure a mortgage with just one click. But does it really work like that?

How to choose the best home security system

We went to the home security experts to understand the differences between systems and key features you should consider before installing.

Mortgage rules explained, from credit scores to income requirements

New programs and updated regulations are changing the lending game. We went to the experts to understand the basic standards for getting a mortgage.

5 financing options for first-time homebuyers

Finding financing for new homebuyers isn’t quite that complicated. Here are five programs first-time borrowers should know about when shopping for a home.

6 common mistakes first-time homebuyers make

Making the wrong move in a saturated housing market leads to financial remorse or house buying misery. To prevent this agony, here are six common mistakes you should avoid as a first-time buyer.