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

Know Before You Owe, About VA Loans

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Know Before You Owe, About VA Loans

An essential element of finding the right mortgage financing for your personal circumstances is to know about all of your options. If you’re an active duty serviceperson in the military, a veteran, a reservist, a member of the National Guard or a surviving spouse of someone in one of those groups, you may be eligible.....

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Holidays in the Kitchen

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Holidays in the Kitchen

As you prepare for holiday meals and parties – here are some great words of advice from Chef Andre, a kathy ireland® design ambassador. When it comes to entertaining, especially during the holidays, one thing that my good friend Kathy Ireland and I agree on is – the best parties should awaken all your senses......

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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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Waterfront Living: Ultimate Luxury Comes at a High Cost

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Waterfront Living: Ultimate Luxury Comes at a High Cost

Almost everyone has at least a fleeting fantasy of living near the ocean, particularly in the midst of a pleasant vacation on a sparkling sunny day. A recent survey by Porch.com found that 45 percent of American respondents said their dream home would be a waterfront property and 52 percent of Europeans expressed that preference......

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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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