Author Archives: Kate

APARTMENT THERAPY: 4 Reasons Basements Are Actually Beautiful, According to a Basement Expert

Ziegler is a realtor, investor, house-flipper, and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She curates images of the basements she encounters on the job with an Instagram account called @ihavethisthingwithbasements. By Madeline Bilis |February 23, 2020 Ahead, Ziegler shares four reasons to love the subterranean house feature, musty stench and all. Basements hint at a house’s history Unfinished basements […]

SUPERMONEY: How Realtors Get Paid: Real Estate Commissions Explained

If you’re buying or selling a home, you may wonder about additional costs beyond the price. The question many people ask is, “how do realtors get paid?” If you’re a homebuyer, you can relax, because buyers usually don’t pay realtor fees. It’s generally the responsibility of home sellers to pay realtor fees. So if you’re […]

MSN: 55 Ways You’re Ruining Your Home and Don’t Even Know It

It’s easy to continuously think of doomsday scenarios when it comes to your home. What if you forgot to turn off the oven before you left for the day? What if your dishwasher overflows and floods your floor? But, in most cases, it’s not accidents like these that cause damage to your house—it’s little mistakes […]

APARTMENT THERAPY: 5 Surprising Things Real Estate Agents Say They’ve Seen Displayed In a Bedroom

When it’s just you and your partner living your best bedroom life, it’s no big deal to keep each and every bottle of moisturizer in plain sight on your nightstand. But when you’re showing your apartment, you have to put your bedroom in the best-selling light. While real estate agents wish potential buyers could let […]

THE VIRTUALLY FREE PODCAST: Defining Hard Work and Hustle

The daughter of a contractor, Kate has worked in roofing and construction, and now owns and manages multi-family property in the neighborhoods of JP and Roslindale, where she lives with her partner, Jack Romano. Kate also works as a Realtor with Arborview Realty, specializing in helping first-time home buyers and millennial investors beat the odds […]

THE REAL HER PODCAST: Creating A Multi-Passionate Career & The Importance Of Pivoting

  Kate believes the hustle can save our souls: far from carrying its former negative connotation, “hustler” has transformed into a title that evokes drive, determination, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The hustle can allow us to have it all – creative outlets, side businesses, broad networks, rewarding work, and jobs that pay the bills. By […]

APARTMENT THERAPY: 5 Money Lessons You Can Learn From People Who Bought Their Own Homes in Their 20s

If you’re under 30, buying a home might sound like a far-fetched dream: Fewer people between ages 25 to 34 are buying homes now compared to older generations at that age, according to a July 2018 report from the Urban Institute. And if you’re dealing with student loan debt, you might find yourself feeling particularly […]

MY MOVE: Nine Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Househunting Online

Who doesn’t love browsing for a dream home using an app? In just a few taps, you’re imagining your life via the professional photos of beautifully staged rooms. However, you could you be glancing over details that are potential dealbreakers. We asked a few Realtors for a list of things a buyer should never overlook […]

APARTMENT THERAPY: Married People Are More Likely to Own a Home—But Here’s Hope for You

Should you wait until you’ve got a wedding ring on your finger to sign those closing documents? Absolutely not, say real estate and financial experts. By Brittany Anas | February 9, 2019 Lots of singles are buying homes. According to a recent analysis from LendingTree, on average, single women own around 22 percent of homes in the […]

APARTMENT THERAPY: I Was Able to Buy a Home Because: I Found the Right Agent

According to a 2015 Urban Institute report, delayed marriage and student loan debt are the biggest factors holding millennials back from buying homes. But though the path to homeownership is rocky, many millennials still want that “American Dream.” By Brittany Anas | January 23, 2019 How I bought my first home: DiTullio and her fiancé live […]