Do the math: Homebuying now may save a lot
(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided.

Smart home update 2018: New products that organize your life through voice
(BPT) - The artificial intelligence that's already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.

5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years
(BPT) - What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house?

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.

Room-by-Room Renovations-Small changes that add up to a big impact
(Family Features) If your favorite room is outdated and dingy, a renovation may be all you need to make the old feel new and to fall in love with your home all over again.

Save Money Through Energy Efficiency
(Family Features) As much as half of the average homeowner's monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment.

3 Ways to Throwback Style
(Family Features) When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.

Tricked out with Tech/Bathroom features that take smart living to a whole new level
(Family Features) No luxurious home upgrade is complete without the enhancements of modern technology. High-tech and intelligent devices lend ease to everyday activities and enrich your ability to enjoy the comforts of home.

5 Steps for a Home Remodel
(Family Features) As a homeowner, there is nearly always a laundry list of projects with time and budget constraints when it comes to a home remodel.

Upgrades that Boost Your Home's Value and Enjoyment
(Family Features) A home is often a family's single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea.

Create a Sleek, Functional Home Office
(Family Features) The regular work-at-home, non-self-employed population has grown by 115 percent since 2005, according to research from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com.

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
(Family Features) Welcoming friends and family into your home, celebrating time-honored traditions with delicious food and enjoying quality time with loved ones are all sure signs that it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Material Matters
(Family Features) For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature.

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Check out some of these trends from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to consider when planning your next kitchen or bath remodel.

7 Steps for a Healthier Home
(Family Features) As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment - and on their health - making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever.