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

8 Tips for Virtual Home Shopping

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8 Tips for Virtual Home Shopping

Whether you plan to purchase a property sight unseen or want to narrow the list of properties you’ll visit in person to save time, a virtual tour can be a valuable tool. While virtual tours using 3D modeling and simple videos have been around for years, during the Covid-19 pandemic real estate agents and builders.....

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The Power of Flowers for Emotional Health

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The Power of Flowers for Emotional Health

If you live in a cold climate where gray skies and a brown winter landscape may soon get you down, you don’t need to wait for next Spring’s greenery to perk up your house or your spirits. Most people recognize that a bouquet of roses or some spring tulips can bring a smile to someone’s.....

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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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