My Home My Design

Spend an hour with a pro. Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home
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How to Get Mortgage Relief if Your Income Is Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Get Mortgage Relief if Your Income Is Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

With millions of Americans suddenly out of work due to the coronavirus, the U.S. economy is bracing for the reality that many won’t be able to pay April’s bills. Federal regulators and state governments are scrambling to keep late mortgage payments from turning into a foreclosure wave—and financial relief is available. If you have a mortgage and have been affected by the coronavirus crisis—either directly or indirectly—and are worried about making loan payments, here’s what you need to know.

First, Find Out Who Owns Your Loan

Finding out which mortgage relief program you may qualify for depends on who owns your loan. Due to the way that the mortgage market works, the bank that originally issued your loan (and which receives your payments) might not even own your loan anymore. Once closed, a loan is often sold to the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

If you’re not sure

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Makers Around the World are 3D Printing Face Shields to Combat COVID-19

Makers Around the World are 3D Printing Face Shields to Combat COVID-19

Doctors, nurses, and caregivers are working to procure and ration personal protection equipment (PPE) for those providing medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic—but these essential items are in short supply. In response, large companies, small businesses, community...

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring 2020 Collection

Since its founding in 1989, North-Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has been challenging the status quo in the home furnishings industry. Its namesake founders, obsessed with designing beautiful, eco-friendly products, have long championed business practices...

Shelter in Place: How Our Readers Are Adjusting to the New Normal

As we shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re coping in ways we never imagined. Board game companies can’t ship quickly enough; families with children are learning how to homeschool; and renovators are tackling projects to improve their homes while...

How the Quest for Sustainability Fuels Gloster’s Production and Minimalist Modern Designs

Known for the minimalist, modern designs of their outdoor furniture collection—which could just as easily be used inside—Gloster has been ahead of the curve in ethical and sustainable manufacturing since the company first set up shop during the 1960s in West Africa....