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

Learning from a Master: How Kathy Ireland® would decorate your house for the holidays

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How Kathy Ireland would decorate your house for the holidays

Kathy Ireland® Once Upon a Christmas Holidays offer countless entertaining possibilities and a chance to bring family and friends into our homes. We want them to look their best. But such gatherings also present challenges. Do we have enough comfortable seating, have we made the house look joyous and festive, are we on-trend with colors,.....

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Smart Homes, Smart Locations

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Smart Homes, Smart Locations

Priorities change. More home owners today seek convenience and safety as two of their top buying considerations. For example, when choosing neighborhoods, Millennials put a premium on convenience, wanting an easy commute or walkable access to employment centers, shopping, fitness and recreational amenities. On the other end of the spectrum, some Boomers are giving up.....

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Home Warranty May Be Owner’s Best Friend

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Home Warranty May Be Owner’s Best Friend

We usually buy insurance for those just-in-case times – for auto accidents, for medical emergencies or in case our home is damaged by fire, wind or flood. But what about a home warranty? Is such coverage necessary, or just another home expense? We already have many expenses like the mortgage, real-estate taxes and assortment of.....

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Home Industry Leaders Collaborate on Homes for Veterans

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Home Industry Leaders Collaborate on Homes for Veterans

Renting or buying a home requires persistence and the ability to save for security deposits or down payment. Then there’s a need for additional funds to furnish the apartment or home, pay the monthly rent or mortgage, and have money left for electricity, heat, food, and clothing. We shouldn’t forget the six-month emergency nest egg.....

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Debunking Common Reverse Mortgage Myths

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Debunking Common Reverse Mortgage Myths

Although the reverse mortgage program is supported by the Federal government and the loans have been available for nearly 60 years, reverse mortgages have not consistently been used as a financial planning tool. That’s changing, however, primarily because of consumer protections, including limits on loan proceeds, required counseling and the addition of a Financial Assessment,.....

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Home Offices: Practical & Prominent

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Home Offices: Practical & Prominent

As more people work from home who are either self-employed or have flexible hours and can work remotely, the home office has become an important, practical and prominent residential feature. According to data from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com (updated in July 2018), regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 140 percent since 2005, nearly10 times faster.....

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