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Monthly Mortgage Payments Are Becoming More Affordable

The monthly mortgage payment made by the typical home owner is becoming more affordable, according to information from real estate data firm CoreLogic. The “typical mortgage payment”, or the monthly principal-and-interest payment on the nation’s median-priced home, fell year-over-year again this June after doing so for the first time in nearly three years in May. What's behind this welcome increase in affordability? A combination of falling mortgage interest rates, slowing home price growth, and rising income among buyers.

Clean Your Chimney, Avoid a House Fire

You might not want to think about it, but the cold winds of winter will be here again before you know it. If that fact inspires dreams of cozy nights spent next to the fire, ask yourself this important question: when was the last time you had your chimney cleaned? Although it's easy to ignore throughout the year, your fireplace could be the source of major disaster if not properly maintained. Keep reading to learn about how you can keep your home and family safe during the upcoming winter by having your chimney inspected now.

Thinking of Adding an Outdoor Kitchen? You Aren't Alone

If you have dreams of adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard, then you aren't alone. This home feature may once have seemed like something for only luxury homes, but in recent years it has become a hot design trend for homeowners across the country. In fact, the latest Home Design Trends Survey on kitchens from the American Institute of Architects found that "outdoor kitchens" was the kitchen feature which respondents most felt was increasing in popularity, beating out options such as "open to household living space" and "wine refrigerator/storage". In other words, the strong majority of architects believe that the feature is becoming more popular, and this popularity is still on the upswing, having gained 4 percentage points from the previous survey.