Barbara Ballinger

Barbara Ballinger is a professional writer, author, blogger and speaker who has long focused on real estate, design, and personal finance. She has co-authored many books, including Successful Homebuilding and Remodeling, The Kitchen Bible: Designing the perfect culinary space, and The Garden Bible: Designing the perfect outdoor space. She regularly contributes to the National Association of Realtors® Website and magazine.


Barbara's Articles

Buying a Vacation Home

by and   |  

Buying a Vacation Home

Many vacationers find they love a location so much they think, "Wouldn’t this be a great place to return to again and again? Why not consider a second home here?" You are game. And why not if you can afford it? A second home can be a wise investment, a hub for family and friends,.....

Read More


Homeowners Insurance

by and   |  

Homeowners Insurance

Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expense, Increase Support and Guidance What if your home literally goes up in smoke or incurs major damage from flood waters, hurricane winds, tornadoes, ice storms or other disasters? Where do you turn if an intruder carts off your most valuable possessions, and even some not so valuable but sentimental to you? Homeowners.....

Read More


Paint: The Easiest Decorating Tool

by and   |  

Paint - The Easiest Decorating Tool

Painting your home is necessary, and a good investment. But who to hire? Recommendations are useful, but what your close pal or neighbor deems a good painting job compared to your expectations may be vastly different. And then there’s the challenge of getting the painter to show up on time, to do the necessary prep.....

Read More


The Legalities of Real Estate Contracts

by and   |  

The Legalities of Real Estate Contracts

Congratulations! You’ve found the house of your dreams, completed negotiations, had the house inspected, put down your deposit, and now it’s time to close the deal. At least, that’s how you hope the story proceeds. And it will, if you’ve done your due diligence. An important step when buying or selling property could involve a.....

Read More


Garden Gurus Share Favorite Trends

by and   |  

Garden Gurus Share Favorite Trends

Gardens are living breathing objects of beauty and reflect trends through the years, just as other parts of our homes do. In the past we’ve noted an increase in outdoor living space since home owners realize it’s a way to connect with nature, expand their residence, or to get some exercise through planting, swimming, or.....

Read More


Rooms with a View Outdoors

by and   |  

Rooms with a View Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors Home owners love seeing and being more connected with nature, from the sheer pleasure of viewing landscapes to the healthful benefits that are said to result from more sunshine and the sight of greenery. Not surprisingly, this trend is a factor influencing the look and size of windows.....

Read More