Homeownership Education & Counseling Archive

How to Take Care of Your Home

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine The Homeowner’s Manual by Lynda Lyday (Que Publishing, 2006) Buy this book from Amazon.com When consumers buy a car, they read the manual to learn about the car’s features, maintenance requirements, and other important...
March 1, 2006

Big Appeal of Small Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details That Bring a House to Life by Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo (Taunton Press, 2005) Buy this book from Amazon.com Small homes have been getting...
February 2, 2006

50 Great American Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine Celebrating the American Home by Joanne Kellar Bouknight (The Taunton Press, 2005). Buy this book from Amazon.com What makes a house extraordinary? This book attempts to answer that question by asking 50 of the...
November 2, 2005

Dream Getaway Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine The Getaway Home By Dale Mulfinger (The Taunton Press, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com If you have ever dreamed of building a vacation home to escape from your daily routine and spend time...
April 1, 2005

Sidestep Real Estate Slip-Ups

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine 375 Housing Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them, By Stephen Roulac (Property Press, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com It’s all too easy to make mistakes when buying and selling a home. As...
November 1, 2004

Home Alone (Finally!)

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids Are Grown By Todd Lawson and Tom Connor (Taunton Press, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com Not all empty nesters are interested in folding their...
September 3, 2004

Attainable Luxury

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Rooms: Creating Luxurious, Livable Spaces By Mariette Himes Gomez (Regan Books, 2003) Buy this book from Amazon.com Good decorating is about finding your own personal style. If that style falls into the category of...
August 3, 2004

Home Away from Home

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment By Tom Kelly and John Tuccillo (The McGraw-Hill Cos., 2004) The authors of this book advocate investing in second-home real estate because it represents a...
August 1, 2004

Setting Your Style

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine First Home With Style By Brian Kramer and the editors of Better Homes & Garden Books (Better Homes & Garden, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com. New homebuyers may have had a tough time...
July 2, 2004

Books for Single-Female Homebuyers

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Forget trying to weasel out of replacing a toilet seat or changing doorknobs. If your female clients are ready to take the plunge as single homebuyers, they also should be ready to pick up...
June 1, 2004

Home Sweet Home Styles

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine American Homes: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture By Lester Walker (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers) 330 pp., $15.95 Buy this book from Amazon.com. Don’t let the title of American Homes: An Illustrated...
February 5, 2004

Boomers on the Move

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Wealthier and more mobile than previous generations, Baby Boomers will have more choices after retirement than previous generations, experts predict. Baby Boomers may accumulate as much as twice the total wealth that their...

Everything Buyers Need to Know

By Katie Hinderer, REALTOR® Magazine Relating to customers is a large part of your job, but it’s easy to forget how it feels to be a first-time homebuyer. Mark B. Weiss’s The Everything Homebuying Book, (Adams Media Corp. $14.95)...
June 1, 2003

Managing Mold

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Ever since toxic mold oozed its way in to the public consciousness several years ago, it’s remained a hot real estate topic. Concerns about the health risks of mold have sparked lawsuits, raised...
April 2, 2003

Walk a Mile in Buyers’ Shoes

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine What do buyers want? It’s a deceptively simple question that real estate professionals must regularly ask themselves, whether they represent sellers, buyers, or both. The answer isn’t always obvious, especially when you encounter...
August 1, 2002