House to House: Home not selling? Consider these possible reasons

This week’s column was guest-written by Charles Muotoh, the owner of, a real estate firm focused on leveraging digital marketing strategies to serve buyers and sellers of real estate in the Washington, D.C., area. When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale — especially if … Read More »

About Real Estate: Seller has few options when buyers’ ‘preapproved’ loan canceled

Suing buyers or their bank after a home sale falls apart is usually a fruitless proposition, even if the buyers had a lender’s preapproval for enough financing to close the deal. Q. We accepted an offer two weeks ago to sell our home for $211,000 because the buyers provided a certificate from their bank stating … Read More »

House to Home: Glamorous accessories add sophistication to rustic setting

Q. We are planning a special wedding anniversary for our parents, celebrating 50 amazing years. It will be at our family cottage. Do you have any ideas to make the decor look spectacular in a very woodsy setting? Thanks for your great tips. A. This is a very special event, and I imagine your parents … Read More »

House to House: Consider these factors before deciding to downsize

Today’s column was written by Nancy Kupka, Ph.D., a registered nurse. Kupka, a former home-care specialist, has years of senior-care experience. She is currently manager of clinical programs and quality for Walgreens. As you age, you may decide that less is more. When you downsize your home, there can be less to pay for, less … Read More »

Sensible Home: DIY solar water preheater can help reduce utility bills

Q. We have teenage daughters who take long showers, and our water-heating costs are sky high. We are on a tight budget but want to use some solar water-heating techniques. Is there a system we can make ourselves? A. For a typical family of four, heating water can account for about 20 percent of your … Read More »

About Real Estate: New rules affect owners’ tax deductions for home-equity loans

The Internal Revenue Service recently clarified the rules for homeowners who want to borrow against the equity in their home. Q. I have read conflicting stories about how the tax-reform plan that President Donald Trump signed into law in December affects home-equity loans. Can you help? A. Sure. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act … Read More »

House to Home: Brick wall can provide stunning backdrop for home decor

I hear from many readers who have moved into a loft or otherwise transformed space and are puzzled by what to do with solid brick interior walls. Such walls convey an aged, rustic style that can feel dark and gloomy — but that does not have to be the case. In fact, a brick wall … Read More »

About Real Estate: Homebuyer’s contingency could be turnoff for seller

The nation’s housing market is still strong, so there’s little reason for most sellers to accept an offer that hinges on a buyer’s unusual contingency. Q. We want to buy a larger house, and we found one that we really like. The problem is that we have not put our current home up for sale … Read More »

House to Home: Neutral paint provides perfect base for seasonal decor

Q. Our living room needs a refresh, and I’m struggling with paint colors. We have bought a white sofa, which is OK now that we are empty nesters. I know you get asked this a lot, but when choosing paint, do you take seasons into account? What works well in winter and summer? Thank you. … Read More »

House to House: Why it’s important for homebuyers to enlist aid of Realtor

This week’s column was written by Juli Gates, director of communication for the Arkansas Realtors Association. Buying a home can be overwhelming. There are so many voices telling you to do this or that, and unfortunately, some buyers end up more frustrated than when they began the process in the first place. If you are … Read More »