FAQs for Short-Term Rental Hosts

With the rise of home-sharing services like Airbnb, HomeAway and others, you might think that renting your home — or just a room in it — is an easy way to earn extra income. But it may not be as simple as that. There are several things to consider before you seek out short-term renters online. Is it legal?Start by …

4 Common Design Mistakes to Avoid

Choosing paint colors, furniture layouts and other design elements can be one of the most exciting aspects of setting up a new home — or the most daunting. Here are four common errors many homeowners fall victim to and tips for remedying them. Pushing Furniture Against WallsBacking furniture against the wall doesn’t create an airy feel; it usually leads to …

Creative Paver Designs for Yards, Patios and Driveways

Traditional backyards across North America often feature a patio surrounded by an expanse of lawn. Looking to change yours up? Paving stones are increasingly being used in new and interesting ways. Let these creative ideas help you envision a new backyard or driveway design. Break Up the Lawn Combine large, square concrete pavers with pea gravel for a clean, modern …

What LEED Certification Means to Homeowners

If you’re in the market for a new house, you may have considered a home with energy-saving features. And if your wish list goes beyond having a low-flow showerhead or two, you may have come across a few properties touting LEED certification. What exactly does that mean? 2What is LEED certification? LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental …

Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Home Is Secure

It can be hard to relax on vacation if you’re worried about what’s going on back home. But a few simple measures can help properly secure your house and give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your time away. Hold mail and deliveries. — The U.S. Postal Service makes it easy to put a temporary hold on …

The Pros and Cons of Condo Living

When you buy a condo, you own it just as you would a single-family detached house. But living in a condo differs from living in a house in several ways. Here are a few distinctions to consider. Shared Walls Depending on where your condominium is situated in the complex, you may be sharing one or multiple walls with neighboring units. …

Are You Better Suited for A Condo?

When you buy a condo, you own it, just as you would a single-family detached house. But living in a condo is a lot different from living in a house. Here are some points to consider: Shared Walls For one, you typically have adjacent neighbors. Depending on where your condo is situated, you may be sharing a wall, or multiple …

Making Your Home “Green”

If you’re in the market for a new house, you may have considered a home with energy-saving features. And if your wish list goes beyond having a low-flow showerhead or two, you may have come across a few properties touting their LEED certification — but what exactly does that mean? What is LEED certification? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy …

Looking for a home renovation loan?

Renovating your home in the greater Dallas area and looking for a great rate on a home loan? Shawn Fehily and Bank of England give you the ability to purchase or refinance a home and remodel at the same time, with just one loan! • Remodeling cost can be up to 50% of total appraised value • Contractors have 120 days (more in …

FreddieMac Home Possible Advantage Program

At Bank of England, we want to open a world of possibilities to homeownership. We offer many different products to fit your clients’ financial situation. The FreddieMac Home Possible/Home Possible Advantage Program is available for first-time homebuyers and move-up borrowers. FreddieMac Home Possible Program: • Up to 97% financing* • Minimum borrower contribution for 1-unit primary residence • Stable monthly …