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

Smart Furniture for Small Spaces

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Smart Furniture for Small Spaces

Tiny houses have captured the imagination of many Americans. Whether it’s the fantasy of living efficiently in 600 square feet or less or just the drive to declutter and tidy up, the idea of jettisoning your possessions and moving into a smaller home is gaining strength. Instead of aspiring to buy a larger house, a.....

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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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Next Generation Home Security

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Ooma Home Security

Smart phone technology allows us all to work anywhere and to communicate via phone, text, email and Facetime. Smart home devices like Amazon’s Echo system allow us to instantly control our music and connect with other devices to control our lights, our room temperature and more. And you can use a Nest thermostat to automate.....

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Questions to Help You Select a Builder

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Questions to Select Builder

If you’ve made the decision to buy a newly built home, your next choice could be the most important one of all: choosing a builder. If you plan to build a custom home, using plans from an architect or working with a design-build firm, you’ll need to carefully vet the builders who work in your.....

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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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Down Payment Resources

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Down Payment Resources

How to Gather Cash for a Down Payment Fear about saving enough money for a home purchase holds back many buyers, but you may need less and have more ways of getting cash than you think. According to the National Association of Realtor’s Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey, more than 80 percent of.....

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