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

Eight Essential Things to Do After You Move

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Eight Essential Things to Do After You Move

Move-in day is one of the most exciting – and exhausting – days of your life, no matter how many times you’ve moved. You’ve probably generated dozens of checklists along the way from the beginning of your home search to settlement day. But do you have a post-move list? You’re probably focused on unpacking your.....

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Homes for Millennials: Walkable Lifestyle, New Urban Communities

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Homes for Millennials
PICTURED ABOVE: 1553 Wells in Chicago

While some young millennials opt to move to the suburbs for extra space, good schools and affordable housing, a contingent of these younger homebuyers gravitate to an urban lifestyle where they can walk to restaurants, bars, bookstores and coffee shops. According to the National Association of Realtors®, 62 percent of millennials prefer to live in.....

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Home Damage: How to Recover from a Disaster

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Home Damage

When you’re in the thick of a natural or manmade disaster impacting your home, it can be tough to know where to turn for help. Your first priority should always be your safety – and the safety of your family and neighbors. Whether the damage to your home comes from a flood, a hurricane, a.....

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Staging Tips to Make Your Home Sell

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Staging Tips to Make Your Home Sell

In the thick of the house-selling season, especially if you live in a market where sellers dominate the market because of a limited number of homes for sale, you may think staging is something you can safely skip. Think again. Fifty percent of agents said that staging increases the dollar value of offers on a.....

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Home Themes That are Dominating in 2018

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Dominating Home Features in 2018

Home builders need to keep a sharp eye on homebuyer preferences to make sure what they are offering matches what people want. Now that we’re halfway through 2018, real estate industry insiders are making predictions on what to expect in home trends for the rest of the year. While open floor plans continue to be.....

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Agrihoods for Farm-to-Table Living and a Healthy Lifestyle

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Farm-to-table eating means more than just asking your waiter where your vegetables were harvested. These days, the local food movement has become a lifestyle choice for families flocking to the approximately 150 "agrihoods" cropping up all over the country, according to the Urban Land Institute. These planned communities combine familiar amenities such as swimming pools.....

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