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

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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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 New American Remodel 2019

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The New American Remodel 2019

For the third consecutive year, the International Builders Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), included a remodeled home among its exhibit houses in an acknowledgement that almost half of NAHB members are remodelers. The International Builders Show, held this year in Las Vegas, attracts more than 80,000 people from around the.....

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Think Spring, Reduce Your Winter Blues

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Think Spring, Reduce Your Winter Blues

If winter winds have you longing for spring, that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get ready for the next season. The National Association of Landscape Professionals recently announced its top lawn and landscape trends for 2019, so you can review those trends and see if you’d like to incorporate them into your outdoor.....

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Creating an Art Museum in Your Home

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Creating an Art Museum in Your Home

If you are an art-lover who spends hours at a time in art museums gazing at paintings, choosing art for your home can be a challenge. How do you choose just one or two paintings when you love so many? And how do you afford to surround yourself with the quality of art that you.....

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