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  • Secrets For Choosing And Using Rugs

    The right rug used the right way adds a unique flavor to any home. Click through for the secrets to using rugs to get the space of your dreams without hiring an interior designer. 

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  • Consumer Watchdog Warns: Mortgages And Retirement Don't Mix

    Is your home mortgage going to put you at financial risk in retirement? Click Full Article below and find out.

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  • All New Deep Data For Your Neighborhood

    Get the real story on your neighborhood--or any neighborhood--and see data about everything from schools to household income. Click through to start your exploration.

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  • 5 Master Bedroom Upgrades That Make You Feel Like Royalty

    You spend at least a quarter of your life in your bedroom. Click through for a glimpse at five ways to upgrade your bedroom so you’ll feel like a million bucks.

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  • Is This Your Situation: I Just Inherited a Home With a Mortgage

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has given banks new leeway to let heirs take over mortgages. Click through for the full details.

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  • The Real Reasons Young Adults Live At Home

    If you've got adult children living with you, you’re part of a growing trend toward multigenerational living. Click Full Article below to see what’s fueling the rise.

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  • 4 Quick Ways To Make Sure You Have Enough Homeowners Insurance

    Whether you’re in the West facing wildfire risk or in the Atlantic hurricane storm zone, now’s the right time to make sure you have enough of the right kind of homeowners insurance. Click Full Article to discover four quick ways to figure it out.

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  • Make Your Own Green Spring-Cleaning Solutions

    You can save money, get your home spring cleaned and help the environment by making your own green cleaning solutions. Click Full Article below to get the recipes for homemade products that are simple to make using ingredients you may already have on hand.

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  • Reverse Mortgages Woes Abound: Here's How To Protect Yourself

    The federal government's consumer watchdog agency warns of problems encountered by reverse mortgage borrowers. Click Full Article to find out what you must know before you get a reverse mortgage and how to plan ahead if you already have one.

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  • Setting Up Multipurpose Rooms May Appeal to Buyers

    Remodeling homeowners are asking architects to design more multipurpose rooms that house multiple generations. That makes setting up multipurpose rooms a smart staging strategy. Click Full Article below to discover other home features growing in popularity.

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  • Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover All The Stuff In Your Storage Unit?

    A self-storage unit may be a useful way to de-clutter your home, but what if something happens to all the possessions you keep in it? Click Full Article below to find out if your homeowners insurance policy will cover your loss.

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  • Handy Tool Makes It Easier To Do Critical Home Inventory

    None of us are immune from disasters, yet 8 out of 10 disaster victims don't have a current inventory of their possessions. Click Full Article below to get the best smartphone download and website to speed you through this must-do task.

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  • Umbrella Policies Protect You Against Large Lawsuits

    It seems as if people sue at any time for just about any reason. An umbrella insurance policy provides you protection against such large lawsuits, usually for very affordable premiums. Click the full article right below here to find out why you need an umbrella policy.

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  • Will Shutting Vents Cut Your Energy Bill?

    Have you been told to shut the air vents in rooms you’re not using to save energy? Click through to find out why it could cost you to follow that advice.

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  • What Kind of Spring Will It Be for Home Sales?

    Want to know what’s ahead for the housing market? Click Full Article below to get the spring homebuying outlook from mortgage market giant Freddie Mac.


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  • Move or Improve? The 8 Secrets to Making a Decision

    Weigh your options carefully before deciding whether to sell or remodel your home. Click the full article right below here for our list of 'key variables' that will help you decide which step you should take.

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  • Outside Decorating: Inviting Landscape Ideas

    Add a bit of sparkle to your landscaping with these 4 inviting outdoor decorating ideas. You'll be the envy of the neighborhood in no time! Click the full article right below here for these seasonal tips.

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  • 6 Questions To Help You Choose The Right Paint

    If you've ever been confused at the paint counter, you're not the only one. Click Full Article below to get six questions that will make it easy to pick just the right paint for your spring home improvement project.

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  • Helping Your College-Age Child Manage Credit Card Debt

    Credit card companies spend millions marketing their products to college students. Click Full Article to get smart credit tips and help teaching kids to resist on-campus credit card marketing efforts.

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  • What You May Not Know about Fire Insurance

    Many homeowners only find out what they don't know about fire insurance when it's too late. Click through for some essential steps to fully protect yourself.

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  • 'Form Follows Function' Is the Design Theme for 2016

    Want to keep up with design trends? Here are the modernism themes you'll want to follow as you upgrade your home. Click the full article right below here to learn what the new year will bring.

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  • 5 Home Upgrades That Make You Feel Like A Movie Star

    Interior designer James Blakeley fashions glamorous homes for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Now, he shares his secrets for bringing Hollywood style to your home. Click Full Article below to see five ways to create star-worthy rooms in your home.

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  • 5 Storage Tips from Secret Agents: Hide 'Stuff' in Plain Sight

    Storage. There just never seems to be enough of it. Unlike stuff, which seems to multiply overnight, storage is always diminishing. Click the full article right below here to learn some clever tricks for handling it.

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  • How to Know If Your Homeowners Policy is Out of Date

    You have the same homeowners policy that you had when you purchased your home a decade ago, but is it still working for you? Click through to learn whether it's time to make a change.

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  • Smart Ways To Pick A Great Exterior Paint Home Color

    Summer's a great time to freshen the exterior paint on your home. Click Full Article below to uncover the secret to picking a color that enhances your home value.

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  • Dispelling Some Myths About Home Inheritance

    Passing along real estate to your children or other heirs can be done with a minimum of stress, hassle and cost — but be careful not to fall for any of these estate planning myths. Click the full article right below here to learn some estate planning basics.

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  • What's the Deal on Reverse Mortgages?

    Reverse mortgages may offer relief to some homeowners, but to others they can be a trap to avoid. Click the full article right below here to learn who can benefit, and under what circumstances.

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  • 4 Financial Steps to Living the Sweet Life

    Have you ever thought about retiring in your 50s or maybe even your 40s? Click the full article right below here to see if this is possible for your future.

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  • Millennials Finally Ready To Move Out, Buy Starter Homes

    Kids who returned to the nest after college are poised to enter the housing market, giving a boost to the starter home market in coming years.

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  • Consumer Advocates Say Auto Insurers Punishing Loyal Consumers

    Your auto insurance company may be rewarding your loyalty by raising your premiums to above-market rates then claiming you’re getting a “loyalty discount” of 5 or 10 percent on your bill. Click through to see what you can do about it.

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  • How to Handle Your 'Open Concept' House

    So many people want homes where the kitchen is open to the living area, but how do you really decorate these expansive spaces? Click the Full Article right below here to discover the best ways to decorate your open-concept house. 

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  • Low-Cost And No-Cost Fixes For Overstuffed Closets

    Check out more than two dozen fixes for disorganized closets for $25 or less, plus two picks for do-it-yourself closet systems. 

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  • 5 Traffic Tickets That Really Raise Your Insurance Costs

    How much can just one little speeding ticket raise your auto insurance rate? Click through to find out.

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  • 5 Tips for Winning Negotiations with Your Contractor

    Few things about owning a home can be as tough as figuring out how much you should be paying a contractor. How do you know if you're overpaying? Click Full Article below for some key negotiating tips.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • 5 Steps to Deciding How Much Homeowners Insurance You Need

    Making sure you're not buying too much or too little homeowners insurance can be difficult -- but not impossible. Click the full article right below here to discover simple tricks to easily estimate how much you really need.

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  • Do You Have These Dangerous Products In Your Home?

    Did you buy the kitchen range, coffee maker or bean bag chair recalled by The Consumer Product Safety Commission? The Full Article link below gets you the details on these recalls plus others for products used in your home. The Share Article link is an easy way to get the word out to others who may unknowingly have these dangerous products in their homes.

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  • 5 Clever And Quick Wallpaper Projects

    More foolproof than ever, wallpaper can transform any space. Click through for a glimpse at five fun, creative ways to use wallpaper in your home.

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  • Man Caves and She Shacks: Your Personal Retreat

    Regardless of how much you love your partner, there are times in your week when you need some time alone. Click the full article right below here to find out more about creating a solo retreat in your own home.

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  • Escrow: Are You Doing It Wrong?

    What is an escrow account? Do you need one? Click the full article right below here to learn the surprising facts about escrow.

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  • Preserve Value With These 4 Classic Remodeling Projects

    These timeless remodeling projects will give you a great return on investment. Enjoy the results now -- and reap the rewards when you sell. Click the full article right below here to learn about the four essential changes.

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  • Four Steps to Choosing the Ideal Refrigerator

    Nothing lasts forever, and when your refrigerator is no longer up to its job, it’s time to make the switch to a newer, sleeker model. Click the full article right below here for some tips on choosing a model that meets your needs.

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  • Make Some Big Plans for Small Spaces

    Do you have a small space in your home that you're not quite sure how to handle? Click the full article right below here to learn the best ways to maximize small spaces in your home. 

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  • These Tricks And Tools Get Rid Of Annoying Backyard Pests

    Nothing spoils your outdoor fun faster than wasps, mosquitoes, ticks or flies. Click through to discover smart tricks and cool tools for getting rid of them.

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  • Condo Association Fines Some People, But Not Others

    When everyone breaks all kinds of community rules, can the condo board pick and choose which rules to enforce and who to punish?  Click Full Article below to find out how our community living expert, Richard Thompson, tackles the question.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Battling Confusing Paperwork to Get a Mortgage?

    Why do lenders need to see so much documentation before they'll give you a mortgage? Click through to reveal the two reasons why it takes so long to get a home loan today.

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  • 4 Ways To Transform Your Backyard Into An Entertainment Haven

    Your backyard can be a haven for relaxation and fun when you add the right playthings. Click through to see four ways to up your property’s fun quotient.

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  • Check Out How Much That Second Fridge Is Costing You

    Having a second fridge is handy, but it can be more costly than you realize. Click through to see the shocking amount an older model refrigerator can add to your utility bill.

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  • How To Build A Social Kitchen On Any Budget

    Today’s kitchens are hubs for entertaining, digital networks and cooking. Click Full Article below to see four ways to make your kitchen more social.

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  • 4 Ways to Improve Your Home's Energy With Feng Shui

    Wondering what feng shui is all about? We explain how it works. Click the full article right below here to learn how to create a positive energy flow in your home.

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  • FICO Changes Score Calculations: Will Your Score Rise?

    The way the most popular credit score is calculated is going to change this fall. Click Full Article below to find out if your credit score will rise as a result.

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  • These 3 No-Brainer Appliance Fixes Can Save You $$$

    A good portion of appliance repair problems that can be solved with something as simple as the flick of a switch. Click through to see three no-brainer tactics to try when appliances stop working.

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  • Can Your Homeowners Association Say No To Security System Signs?

    Does a community association’s “No signs allowed” rule cover security company signs? Click through to get community living expert Richard Thompson's take on this common issue.

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  • Careful With That Power Washer!

    A pressure washer is sometimes the first go-tool of the homeowner for cleaning the driveway, deck and siding of the house. But what if you can do more harm than good when using a power washer the wrong way? Click Full Article below to see how to use it right.

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  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Adjustable rate mortgages can seem like a good idea, but they're not the best option in all circumstances. Click the full article right below here for a list of the pros and cons.

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  • The Mysteries of Light: The 3 Ways of Illumination

    Do you know the differences between task, ambient and accent lighting? Click the full article right below here to learn more about the three types of lighting and how you should use them in your home.

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  • 4 Equity-Boosting, Money-Saving Fall Home Projects

    A few hours spent improving your home this fall can pay lasting dividends. Click Full Article below to reveal four projects that deliver year-round savings or improve your home’s value.

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  • 8 Holiday Home Security Reminders

    The holidays, with high-end purchases and time away from home, can make your residence vulnerable to break-ins. Click the full article right below here to learn about a few simple security reminders that can provide you with added protection and peace of mind.

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  • FHA Fees Are Too High, Realtors Say

    FHA mortgages help first-time homebuyers get into the market. They also help middle-class homeowners refinance. Click Full Article below to find out why Realtors say it's time to lower the cost to use this important program.

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  • Easy Upgrades Make Your Home Senior-Friendly

    Many people would be surprised to find out that America’s fastest growing age group is its senior citizens. Click Full Article below to see some relatively easy ways to make your home more comfortable as you age, or for older folks who share your home.

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  • 3 Top-Priority Home Improvement Projects

    There are so many things you want to do to improve your house. What should you tackle first? Click the full article right below here to learn about the three most important things to address.

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  • Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

    Clutter in your home can add a significant amount of stress to your life. Click the full article right below here for some storage hacks that will help you clear clutter and start enjoying your family spaces.

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  • Create a Welcoming Outdoor Space with These 6 Steps

    You don't have to spend a lot to create a welcoming outdoor space. Click the full article right below here for some ideas to make the exterior of your home as inviting as the interior.

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  • 6 Fast Ways To Find Extra Cash For Holiday Expenses

    The typical American spends $800 during the holidays. Whether you’re spending more, or less, click Full Article for a list of six ways to pay holiday expenses without going into credit card debt.

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  • Roll Out These 4 Water-Friendly Landscape Ideas

    Even if you don't live in a region hit by persistent drought problems, you're certainly tired of high water bills. Click the full article right below here for landscape ideas that are easy on the eye, and on your bank account.

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  • 7 Statistics About Credit Reports That May Scare You

    Your credit score affects your purchasing power, interest rates, and more. Still, most of us don’t pay much attention to what our reports contain until a problem arises. Click through for some credit score essentials.

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  • Accessory Dwelling Units: What They Are and Why You Want One

    Tiny houses are getting a lot of press these days with the popularity of television shows like "Tiny House Nation." Click the Full Article right below here to see if you could add a tiny house as an accessory dwelling unit to your home to tap into this trend. 

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  • Sneaky Costs Hidden In 0% Credit Card Offers

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns consumers to watch out for surprise credit card charges. Click Full Article to discover what to look for to protect yourself.

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  • 3 Ways To Get A Head Start On Holiday Hosting

    Planning to host overnight guests at Thanksgiving or during end-of-the-year holidays? Click through for a list of three tasks worth doing now so you can enjoy your guests later.

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  • How to Get the Latest Design Trends into Your Home

    Incorporate some of these much-anticipated design trends into your home for maximum luxe. Click the full article right below here to learn how to get these ultra-modern touches – even if you're on a budget.

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  • Are you Keeping Up With the Joneses?

    How different is your current home from the typical newly built home? Click through and find out using a fun interactive infographic from the Census Department.

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  • Bill Would Stop Companies From Going After Customers Who Post Bad Reviews

    Congress considers a bill that would protect consumers who post negative reviews online. Click Full Article below to see why it’s needed.

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  • 5 Easy Fixes For Funky-Tasting Ice Cubes

    No need to suffer with ice cubes that taste bad or smell funny. Click through to see five possible causes and solutions. 

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  • 5 Smart Things To Do Before Your Houseguests Arrive

    Hosting holiday guests can put a strain on your home’s systems and appliances. Click through to uncover five ways to make sure your home is ready to handle the extra stress of houseguests.

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  • Year-End Moves May Trim Your 2014 Taxes

    Homeownership brings you some great tax benefits. Click Full Article below to see five year-end tips to reduce your tax bite even more.

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  • The Things We Hate About Our Kitchens (and How to Fix Them)

    Kitchens are traditionally the heart of the home. But like all things near and dear, sometimes they can push our buttons. Click the full article right below here for some tips on the kitchen of your dreams.

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  • 6 Design Cues to Make Your Home Cozier This Season

    Whether you live in California or Maine, nothing beats a cozy home. It's not just a matter of temperature, but a matter of mood. Click the full article right below here for some tips on a warmer tone for your house.

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  • How to Avoid Financial Shenanigans

    Whether it's a matter of a mortgage or other money issues, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has your back. Click Full Article below to learn how to protect yourself.

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  • Open for Business: Building a Basement Bar

    Almost ubiquitous in earlier eras, the basement bar can still have a place in the 21st century. And you don't even have to drink to enjoy one! Click the full article right below here to create your own "tavern."

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  • 6 Ways to Save by Going Green at Home

    Going green is a smart thing to do and it doesn't have to be an expensive proposition. There is a dazzling array of options out there to choose from. Click through to learn more about going green.

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  • When Is a Garage Not a Garage?

    Your garage can be used for more than just parking your cars: take a look at these four tips to make your garage more than a garage. Click Full Article below for some novel ways to repurpose this large, open space.

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  • How to Decorate Your Outdoor Space

    Do you want to extend your living space to include your yard? Click the Full Article right below here to explore the ways you can decorate your outdoor living space to enjoy it all year long. 

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  • 7 Ways to Add a Pop of Color Without Painting

    You don't have to spend your weekend painting to add a pop of color to your life. Click the full article right below here to explore imaginative ways to add color without painting.

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  • New Thick Coatings Offer Hope For Downtrodden Decks

    Did summer sun do a number on your deck or porch? New thick coatings can rejuvenate decks and seal cracks up to a ¼-inch deep. Click through below for quick look at how they work.

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  • 3 Secrets to Lowering Your Property Taxes

    Two things that are certain; death and taxes. The good news is you may be due for a break with these 3 ways to lower your property taxes. Click the full article right below here to learn these simple and effective methods.

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  • Should You Fund Home Improvements with a Refinance?

    Thinking of making some home improvements? One of the first things you should be thinking about is how to pay for the alternations. Click Full Article below for the inside scoop on funding your renovations.

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  • How to Cut Your Bills in Response to New Rules for Hot Water Heaters

    New rules on hot water heater efficiency can make it more complicated to choose a hot water heater. Click Full Article to see what the fuss is all about.

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  • Welcome to Pantry Organization 101

    Reclaim the pantry and bring joy back into the kitchen with these organization tips. Mess is not inevitable. Click the full article right below here to learn how to take control of your kitchen storage space.

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  • How to Decorate Your Home the 'Mad Men' Way

    Architecture and design from the middle of the 20th century still has quite a bit of appeal to today’s homeowners. Click the full article right below here to see how you can incorporate this style into your living space.

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  • It's Winter -- Time to Think about Planting!

    A well-placed and attractively manicured garden can make you the pride of the neighborhood, and even give you a good return on investment when selling a home -- but you have to plan well in advance. Click the full article right below here to get started this winter on planning a great garden.

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  • Who Are the Dominant Players Among Today's Buyers?

    The Millennial generation is reaching its homebuying peak years. Click Full Article below to see how many of them think a home is a good investment.

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  • 4 Cleaning Solutions You Never Heard Of

    Making your own non-toxic household cleaning products is fast and easy. They clean as well as store-bought products and are less expensive and better for your health. Click Full Article below here for some simple recipes.

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  • Window Replacement Firms Mislead On Energy Savings

    Many homeowners rush to replace their old windows in an effort to save money from rising energy costs. Before you buy, click Full Article below to reveal why replacement windows aren't the magic bullet that window companies report them to be.

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  • Trending Floor Options to Spice Up Your Living Space

    Wood, carpet and linoleum aren't the only options available in the flooring world. Click the full article right below here to learn about a couple of other flooring options right now.

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