1100 13th Street, NW, Suite 750Washington, DC 20005202.887.6400Toll-free: 800.544.0155
All Contents © 2017The Kiplinger Washington Editors
See All Authors »
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. She writes about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Even if you're not into sweat equity, your home and yard need routine maintenance. The pay off? You'll reduce the need for bigger and more expensive repairs over the long run, save money by increasing...
See More From: Home Remodeling & Maintenance
"As is" usually isn't good enough.
The limits on conforming home loans have risen for the first time in 10 years.
See More From: Mortgages & Refinancing
They’re soft and lightweight, and they let you rest easy on your pillow.
See More From: Small Business
They use pecans, honey, sweet potatoes and other Mississippi ingredients in their beer.
Interest rates could rise, but down payments are manageable.
Komal Ahmad's app connects food purveyors with groups that make good use of excess food.
The more you know about the home-buying process, the more money, time and hassle you'll save -- no matter what the current real estate market is doing.
Here are 10 questions to see how pr...
See More From: Buying & Selling a Home
This company offers trendy alternatives to ties, shirts and run-of-the-mill gift cards.
Learning thermostats adapt to your preferences to keep you comfy—and trim your utility bills.
See More From: Technology
Rather than try to sell a home with an underwater mortgage, they stuck it out until they could eventually turn a profit.
As a home seller, you don’t want to let the small stuff sabotage your sale.
These eight problems are among the biggest buyer turn-offs, and most of them are easy to fix without spending a ton of money. ...
The best way to plan your funeral is to do it yourself, even if you won’t be there. Your loved ones will be eternally grateful.
See More From: Estate Planning
This veteran pilot provides free, private air transport to soldiers and their families.
See More From: Careers
Rents are rising more slowly, but in many places they are still painfully expensive.
See More From: Family Finances
A pediatric emergency doctor’s invention helps patients manage pain without drugs.
Before you start the project, figure out how you will pay for it.