Michele Lerner

Michele Lerner is an award-winning freelance journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. who has been writing about real estate and personal finance for more than two decades. She writes for consumers, Realtors® and investors. Her work appears regularly in The Washington Post, New Home Source, Bankrate, Fox Business, MSN, Yahoo, The Motley Fool, REIT magazine, Realtor.com, HSH.com and numerous Realtor® association publications. She is the author of 'New Home 101: Your Guide to Buying and Building a New Home' and 'HOMEBUYING: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time.'


Michele's Articles

11 Smart Ways to Slash the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

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11 Smart Ways to Slash the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

When you’re shopping for a new home, your priorities are likely to be the location and features of a home more than the cost of insuring it. But if you’re budget-conscious, it’s smart to consider some of the factors that influence how much you’ll pay for homeowner’s insurance. If you already own your home, you.....

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Eight Tips for a Secure Home Office

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Eight Tips for a Secure Home Office

Whether you work full-time from home, telecommute once-a-week or use your study to catch up on paperwork during your evenings and weekends, setting up a functional and secure home office is essential. In 2016, 43 percent of employed people worked remotely at least some of the time, according to a Gallup poll. According to data.....

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Home Organization Tips from Int’l Builders Show

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Home Organization Tips from Int’l Builders Show

Home organization and storage experts at the 2019 International Builders Show, an annual showcase of all the latest trends in building products and home design, presented an array of ideas for storage that would make Marie Kondo proud. Home storage solutions are among the top most desired features by today’s new home buyers, according to.....

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

Tech innovations and new ideas are changing the way Americans cook and eat. You can have a donut or filet mignon delivered with a touch on an app or have gourmet meals boxed at your doorstep and ready for you to play chef when you get home from work. Your kitchen can be run by.....

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What Homebuyers Want This Year

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What Homebuyers Want This Year

Whether you’re in the market for a new home or are a homeowner planning to contribute to some of the $350 billion anticipated home improvement spending in 2019, a look at what consumers want can inform your choices. What people want most is storage. Regardless of the Marie Kondo craze of purging your home of.....

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Future of Home Design? The New American Home 2019

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The New American Home 2019

While an 8,200-square-foot modern home set on a hillside overlooking the desert and the Las Vegas Strip may not be within the budget for most homebuyers, The New American Home is meant to be a prototype for future home design. For the past 36 years, the National Association of Home Builders and other sponsors have.....

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