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

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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11 Smart Ways to Slash the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

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11 Smart Ways to Slash the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

When you’re shopping for a new home, your priorities are likely to be the location and features of a home more than the cost of insuring it. But if you’re budget-conscious, it’s smart to consider some of the factors that influence how much you’ll pay for homeowner’s insurance. If you already own your home, you.....

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

Tech innovations and new ideas are changing the way Americans cook and eat. You can have a donut or filet mignon delivered with a touch on an app or have gourmet meals boxed at your doorstep and ready for you to play chef when you get home from work. Your kitchen can be run by.....

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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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Smart Home Security from Nest and Ring

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Smart Home Security from Nest and Ring

Home security systems used to be the domain of just a handful of companies that would install cameras and remotely monitor them for a monthly fee. These days, residential security has become big business for numerous providers. Both Nest and Ring recently announced their latest full home security systems. Nest programmable protection Just as "Kleenex".....

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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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