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

Contemporary Style Taking Over the Kitchen

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Contemporary Style Taking Over the Kitchen

Mix-and-Match Materials, Something Old, Something New Not so long ago, dark wood cabinets with elaborately detailed moldings and furniture-grade wood center islands with traditional handles were the ultimate in kitchen style. These days, you’re likely to see glossy cabinets and industrial-style fixtures alongside a farmhouse-style sink. Kitchen styles, as demonstrated at the recent Kitchen &.....

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Brightening your Surroundings with Art

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Laelanie Art Gallery

Paint colors, furniture and kitchen designs trend to white and grey and other neutrals these days, which provides a quiet backdrop for self-expression in the form of art collections and greenery to brighten your home. While you may already have pieces that make you happy, sometimes you and your home need the uplift that comes.....

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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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