Is the Fall a Good Time to Buy a House? This Year, Things Have Changed.

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Coronavirus sent the U.S. housing market for a spin this summer as demand outstripped supply—and the highly competitive environment appears to have continued into the fall.

“Normally, this last week of September is sort of a buyers’ sweet spot,”
Danielle Hale
, chief economist at Realtor.com, told Barron’s. In a typical year, September is when buyer demand decreases as home listings remain on the market, resulting in more options and less competition, she said.

But that was not the case this year. Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market nationally in September, 12 fewer days than the same month last year and three fewer than in August 2020, according to a Realtor.com study. That’s an unusual occurrence during a month when market activity normally begins to slow. This was the first year since at least 2016 when homes spent less

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Mortgage rates fall as demand for home loans rises

The 15-year fixed-rate average reached 2.36 percent, down from 2.40 percent, with an average 0.7 point. The five-year adjustable-rate average at 2.90 percent, with an average 0.2 point, was unchanged from the previous week. The 15-year rate was 3.14 percent and the five-year was 3.38 percent a year ago.

“Mortgage rates are in a holding pattern because we have lots of big things looming and investors are waiting to see what happens,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist with Realtor.com. “Obviously, they’re waiting on the election results, but also on the next stimulus plan, which seems to start and stall. I expect mortgage rates to stay stable and not go up or down much until we get some of this big news.”

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, from which the averages are derived, is confined to rates on conventional home loans for borrowers who make a 20 percent down payment

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Must-Have Home Accents You’ll Want To Decorate With This Fall

Because the pandemic has changed the rules of everything, fall decor doesn’t have to mean wreaths and pumpkins this year. It doesn’t even have to be remotely autumnal. Rather, it’s about expressing yourself in a place where you’re spending a whole lot more time. It’s about following your own intuition more so than the trends and creating the best possible environment to feel good in. From affordable accents to luxury pieces and decor with a sense of humor, here are the must-have items to give your home a refresh this season.

Rifle Paper Company Strawberry Fields Catchall Tray

Rifle Paper Company, best known for its fabulous floral designs, just launched a line of catchall trays ideal for holding eyeglasses on a nightstand, putting on top of an entryway table as

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A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2020 edition)

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:



a group of people standing in a garden: They're decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark's annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.


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They’re decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark’s annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.

All Saints Lutheran Church: Fall Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Crafters, raffle, bake sale and luncheon. 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 762-5111.

American Legion Park: Pioneer Farm Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Old-time farm show with antique tractors, engines and machinery. Flea market, farmers market and food. Free admission. 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 768-8580; pioneerfarmdays.com

Get daily updates on the Packers during the season.

Apple Holler: Apple Picking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Last bag sold one hour before closing. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave.,

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10 Home Renovation Projects to Complete This Fall

Fall is here, bringing with it a new to-do list for property owners. Whether it’s a renovation project for your primary residence or an investment property you’re getting ready to rent or sell, fall is the time to get your home in tip-top shape before the colder weather arrives.

10 fall projects to get done

Here are some fixes and improvements that should be on your list.

1. Clean the gutters

Gutters are meant to drain water from the roof. When leaves and other debris clog them, it could spell trouble for a home, particularly if winter promises heavy snowfall. Make sure your gutters are cleaned in the fall and spring to avoid water seeping inside and causing damage.

2. Fertilize the lawn

A lawn needs TLC as it heads into its dormant season. Fertilize the lawn before the ground freezes (preferably by mid-October) so roots are fed throughout the

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The Best Way to Pay for Home Renovations This Fall

Given that most of us have been sheltering in place since March, it’s no wonder that we’re in the mood to renovate our homes. The online remodeling platform Houzz reported a 58% jump in the number of contractors’ project leads this June from the year before. Contractors working in outdoor spaces saw the largest increase, as folks looked to have pools and spas installed. Homeowners also seem far more interested in decks, patios, and landscaping than they were pre-pandemic. Kitchens and baths, traditionally the most popular remodeling projects, saw a 40% increase in demand.

If you’re itching to give your place a facelift, you may wonder about the best way to pay for it. Here are six possible home renovation financing options:

1. Personal loans

Personal loans are available through online lenders, banks, and credit unions. It is not uncommon to find personal loans for as much as $100,000. If

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TN Fireplace & Chimney provides fall safety tips ahead of National Fire Prevention Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TN Fireplace & Chimney, East Tennessee’s leading chimney care company and a proud supporter of Tennessee football, is speaking out on fall fireplace safety ahead of the National Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Prevention Week, which will be held Oct. 4-10.

“Obstructions and damaged equipment are leading factors in many chimney fires,” said Josh Cate, owner of TN Fireplace & Chimney. “Performance issues like smoke, a lack of ventilation or reduced heat output often indicate a serious safety risk. But most chimney fires are preventable, and a regular maintenance schedule will help homeowners keep their fireplace or stove running efficiently and safely.”

Cate and the TN Fireplace & Chimney team recommend the following safety tips for families planning to use fireplaces or stoves this year:

  • Burn only dry, seasoned firewood: Green, freshly cut wood is hard to ignite, smolders and
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    Men’s Work-From-Home Fall Essentials List

    As Summer is starting to fade like jeans in the sun, and Autumn creeps into the picture, there are some essentials, other than a facemask, that men should consider for the new work-from-home experience. With most of your ‘to-do’ going on at home, getting dressed for work these past few months has been a new endeavor for all of us. 

    Some maintained dignity, but others (many others) have made little effort to uphold a visual standard for their appearance as a contributing member of society.

    We let our hair grow and let our style simplify itself through the natural process of not having to go to a legitimate office or in-person meeting. The same shirt for days or the go-to Zoom

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    DIY or Pay a Pro? What to Know About the Cost of Protecting Your Home This Fall

    Fall is here, and while we’re all busy guzzling pumpkin lattes and buying sweaters, homeowners need to figure out what to do about all the leaves falling in their yards — and onto their roofs and gutters.



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    As we’re previously pointed out, if you own a home and live in a spot where leaves and debris can accumulate in your gutters, you may want to invest in gutter guards. These guards help prevent your gutters from getting clogged by leaves — a situation that can cause problems for your roof, drainage, and the gutters themselves.

    Keep in mind that even after you’ve installed gutter guards, you’re still going to need to give your gutters a cleaning about once a year according to Eamon Lynch, director of warranty service at the Philadelphia-based Power Home Remodeling. Why? Just to make sure that no bits of debris

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    30 Best Fall Dinner Ideas From Short Rib Chili to Sausage Lasagna to Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

    As the temperatures begin to drop, a warm, homemade meal may be just what you need. Cozy up in your kitchen and make your family one of these loving recipes this fall. From a simple bowl of chicken noodle soup to a slow-cooker pork shoulder with brown sugar and balsamic glaze, you’re guaranteed to find a dish right for the occasion.

    Making the most of the fall harvest, we’ve included a series of recipes featuring the freshest produce you can currently find at the market like: butternut squash, apples, and pumpkin. Don’t forget to make enough to save leftovers for the next day’s lunch—you won’t regret it.

    Whether you’re looking to whip something up in under 30 minutes or are able to dedicate a couple of hours to make a ridiculously tender pork shoulder, you’re sure to find something you’ll like among these fall dinner ideas we’ve gathered up for

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