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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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  • Be Prepared for Storms With This Emergency Kit

    Are you ready for a storm? No one likes them, but you can get through them if you're prepared. Click through for some tips on assembling an emergency kit to help you through the worst of it.

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  • Property Estimates Plus a Lot of Extras with Online Program

    Have you stopped and wondered about how much you could get for your property? Or maybe you want a range for a vacation home you're thinking of buying? Click through for a program that gives you value ranges for any property, plus a whole lot more.

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  • The Internet of Things: Smart Appliances for Your Home

    It is a new era of digital communication and interconnectedness – and the gadgets they power. Have you embraced the internet of things? Click through to learn about the new technology smart appliances bring into your home.

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  • Making Extra Mortgage Payments Can Help

    If you have just a little extra cash, you might be able to pay off your mortgage sooner, without going through the trouble and expense of a refi. Click through for some insights into how you may be able to save a lot on your mortgage with some simple strategies.

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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 through to learn about a few simple security reminders that can provide you with added protection and peace of mind.

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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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  • Get A Deduction For Giving Home Fixtures A Second Life

    Recycling isn't just for your empty soda bottles and newspapers. Click through to find out how the things you take out of your home during remodeling, like cabinets, countertops and windows, can have a second life with the help of a salvage store near you. 

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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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  • 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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  • Learn About Your Local Neighborhood -- Or One You're Considering

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics for any address and any neighborhood that you want. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

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  • Smile on the Inside: Interior Decorating Ideas

    Interior decorating is a fun way to put some love into your home, bolstering the beauty of your rooms. But its rules can seem complex and unknowable, and the trends change all the time. Click through to learn some timeless decorating tips.

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  • Are You At Risk For Tax-Related Identity Theft?

    You might not be the only one filing a tax return with your Social Security number on it. Click through to find out how tax-related identity theft works.

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  • 6 Ways to Make Your Home Gym More Inspiring

    Like anything else, fitness routines can become just that: routines. Click through to find new ways to add inspiration to your home gym and your workout so that you stay in shape year-round.

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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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  • How to Spot the Source of a Roof Leak

    Few things are worse for homeowners than hearing the sound of rain on the roof matched by raindrops on your carpet. Click through to learn how to pinpoint the source of the leak. 

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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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  • 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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  • Get Property Valuation Ranges -- and More -- Instantly!

    Do you want to know about how much your property is worth? Or the value range of a property you're thinking of buying? Click through for an online program that will give you the results for any address instantly -- and a lot more!

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  • New Entry Door Is The Biggest Bang For Your Remodeling Buck

    Looking to remodel your home and boost your equity? There’s only one project the professionals say delivers a positive return on investment: A new steel entry door. Click Full Article below to see the Top 10 remodeling bangs for your buck.

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  • How to Add Drama to Your Front Door

    Looking for a little change to spruce up your home but don't want to dip into the retirement fund? Click through to learn how to spice up your exterior with simple projects that can be completed in a weekend.

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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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  • Is 1970s Retro Decorating In Again?

    It might be hard to believe, but harvest gold and avocado green are making a big comeback in the world of design. Click the full article right below here to find out more about the way 1970s retro design is staying alive in a big way.

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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 through to learn how to create a positive energy flow in your home.

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  • Our Super Online Program: The Full Story on Any Address, Any Neighborhood

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, a smart new program that provides the key demographics for any neighborhood. Click through if you want to know all about your own neighborhood, or one you're thinking of moving into.

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  • Get the Inside Scoop on Any Home, Any Neighborhood

    With this program, a full report for any neighborhood is at your fingertips -- a full demographic profile that helps you get a wide-range picture of any village or town. In all, 150 million records are available! Click through to get the complete story for your own address and neighborhood, or one you're interested in.

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  • How to Go Green at Home

    Just because you're making a commitment to becoming more eco-friendly doesn't mean you're saving money. Click through for more on transforming your home without falling for gimmicks.
     

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  • Is This Your Situation: What Questions Should I Ask a Listing Agent Before Hiring One?

    If you’ve ever sold a home without an agent, there’s a good reason why you are hiring a listing agent now -- you want to make some money on the deal this time! Click through for 4 questions you must ask a listing agent before making a hiring decision.

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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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  • 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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  • Taking This Class Could Save You Thousands On Your Next Mortgage

    The Federal Housing Administration is convinced a bit of education could keep homeowners from defaulting on their mortgages down the line. Click Full Article to see how much you could save on your next mortgage if you agree to a little homeownership counseling.

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  • Brass Home Fixtures: Are They In or Out?

    Leading designers answer a pressing question for anyone who has to replace a home fixture: Is brass in or out? Click through to get the answer now.

     

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  • Adjustable Rate Loans: How Do They Work?

    Adjustable rate loans can seem like a good idea, but they're not the best option in all circumstances. You need to know what the deal is before jumping in. Click through for a list of the pros and cons.

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  • Fun Father's Day Gifts For Homeowning Dads

    When your Dad (or the Dad you're married to) is a homeowner, the best gifts are the ones that make living at home more fun and fulfilling. Click through to see gifts Dad can use around the house. There's something here to fit every budget.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Avoid Common Homebuyer Mistakes?

    There are some common mistakes that homebuyers regularly make but that are easy to avoid if you know what to look out for. Click through to learn the most common homebuyer mistakes to prepare yourself against pitfalls.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Does My Home Have the ItemsToday’s Homeowners Really Want?

    You loved your home when you bought it, but tastes change. Click through to see if your home has the seven features today’s homebuyers most want.

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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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  • 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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  • 6 DIY Projects for Spring

    This time of year, we've all got a little spring fever. Now is a good time to start thinking about fun projects to do around your home for the coming season. Click through for six DIY projects for spring.

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  • 4 Reasons to Keep Baking Soda Around the House

    The miracle product in your own home is also one of the oldest. It's useful all around the house. Click through to find out why you should take baking soda out of the fridge and see all the tricks it can perform.

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  • Replacing Your Windows

    You may have noticed a draft that you didn’t feel last winter. Or perhaps your heating or cooling bill is a lot higher than you expected. Don't ignore these warning signs. Click through to learn more about why you may need to replace your windows sooner rather than later.

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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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  • Implement Celebrity Interior Design Trends at Home

    Take a look at these luxury design trends that you can take from celebrity homes and implement in your own home. Click Full Article below to learn how to turn your home into a showplace.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is It Time to Put Your Home on the Market?

    Wondering if it's time to sell your home? Click through for these seven telltale signs it's time to put your home on the market. 

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  • Insider Tips Help You Avoid Home Insurance Claims

    Filing a claim can raise your homeowners insurance premiums. Use this To-Do list to make simple changes around your home that reduce your risk for common home hazards like fires, falls and water damage. Click through to get a To-Do List from the Insurance Information Institute that will get you started.

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  • Create Your Home's Color Scheme With These 9 Tips

    Few things can jazz up your home more dramatically than taking a fresh look at color. Click through to start exploring the ways you can create dynamic color schemes and transform the inside of your home with these inspirational tips.

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  • Fashion Trends Translated for Your Home

    In a lot of cases, the new trends in the fashion industry directly translate to the latest craze in the interior design industry. Click through to explore the colors, textures and design motifs that work on the runway and in the home.

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  • Is Now The Right Time To Refinance Your Mortgage?

    How do you know when to pull the trigger on a refinance of your mortgage? Click Full Article below for a glimpse at four questions that will steer you in the right direction.

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  • 7 Ways to Keep Your Patio Furniture in Tiptop Shape

    The summer is fast approaching, meaning we will all be spending more time outdoors. Click Full Article below to get your patio furniture ready with these seven tips.

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  • Is It Worth It to Improve Your Home or Move On?

    Weigh your options carefully before deciding whether to sell or remodel your home. Click through for our list of important variables to help you decide what steps you should take.

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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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  • 3 Insurance Tips You Need to Know Before Listing Your Place on Airbnb

    Homeowners and apartment renters around the world are making money by turning their unoccupied rooms into bed and breakfasts for travelers and vacationers. However, are you protected with the right insurance? Click through for 3 things you need to know before listing your space on Airbnb.

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  • Homeowner Tax Breaks Unlikely To Pass Before Midterm Elections

    Two tax issues critical to homeowners probably won’t be settled before Congress heads home for midterm elections. Click Full Article and find out if you'll be affected.

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  • How to Easily Transform Your Outdoor Space Into an Entertainment Paradise

    Do you want to transform your yard into a place that's actually relaxing and perfect for entertaining? Click through to explore the ways you can revamp your outdoor living space to enjoy it all year long. 

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  • Tax Time: Mortgage Interest and Other Deductions

    At the end of 2017, many new tax laws were passed, changing a variety of deduction rules. Many of these changes are both significant and complicated. Click through for an introduction to some of the most important changes.

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  • 11 Crazy Home Technology Gadgets You'd Never Imagine

    From robots to virtual vacations, these are some of the home technology gadgets that are enhancing our home life. The future is here! Click through to learn how you can have a state-of-the-art house.

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  • The Cost of Housing Around the World

    Take a look at what it will cost you to live in a two-bedroom condo around the globe. Are cities overseas well out of your price range, or surprisingly affordable? Click through for a round-the-world look.

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  • How to Pay Off Your Mortgage at Lightning Speed

    Paying off your mortgage early can save you lots of money. Many homeowners can achieve this with careful planning and budgeting. Click through for a few tips and tricks to get you started.

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  • Aging in Place: Modifications for Your Home

    What are your plans for aging? Do you want to live in your own home as you get older? How can you modify your home to make aging in place a viable option? Click through to learn about home modifications as you age.

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  • How to Buy Antique Furniture

    Lots of people have an interest in antique furniture, but not everyone knows the best practices when it comes to purchasing it. Click through for 5 tips for buying antique furniture.

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  • Here's How to Build Your Own Fire Pit

    Summer nights are perfect for sitting around an outdoor fire pit. Installing one is easier than you think. Click through to learn how to add this fun and practical feature to your yard.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Prepare for a Smooth Home Closing?

    There's more to selling a home than picking the right listing price and marketing the property. Sellers have to take a proactive role in the process. Click through to learn how to avoid 4 common mistakes home sellers make.

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  • The Regional Pest Control Tips You Need to Know

    No one likes unwelcome critters in their home, no matter where they live. But how do you get rid of them? Click through to learn how to prepare for the pest problems spring brings with these useful pest control tips, organized by region.

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  • The Expenses of Replacing Major Appliances

    After a decade of service, it's time to toss the old fridge and stove. These items can add up to thousands of dollars, while others may not be as expensive as you think. Click through to find out what it will cost to replace your major appliances.

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  • 4 Common Items That Start Home Fires

    Once you've identified the everyday products in your home that are common fire hazards, you can take the proper precautions to avoid a house fire. Click through to learn how to prevent a disaster in your home.

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  • 10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills During the Summer Months

    Summer means baseball and swimming and ice cream! But unfortunately, it also can mean high energy bills, thanks to air conditioning and having the kids at home. Click through to learn how to lower your utility bills and save money this summer.

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  • How to Finish Your Basement Right!

    Finishing your basement can drastically increase the usable space in your home, so you want to be sure to do it right. Click through to make your basement a comfortable, usable space that your whole family can enjoy for years to come.

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  • Affordable Luxuries to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

    Everyone loves to spend a relaxing weekend at the spa, but taking a weekly trip to one isn't usually feasible. Still, you can go a long way toward creating one at home! Click through for a few easy ways to make your bathroom more like a spa.

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  • With New Online Program, Property Valuation Ranges Are Just the Beginning

    Maybe you want to know about that property you're thinking of buying. Or you just want to know the valuation range for your own property. Click through to access an online program that will give you value ranges, and more, for any property you're interested in.

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  • Do You Have These Dangerous Products In Your Home?

    Did you buy the smoke detector, television mount or gas fireplace recalled by The Consumer Product Safety Commission? The Full Article link 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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  • Should You Get a Second Mortgage?

    Adding to the debt of your existing mortgage might seem scary, but there are times when it's the smart lending option -- if you're careful. Click through to learn the basics of getting a second mortgage.

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  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers: Do You Need One, the Other—Or Both!

    You may consider getting a whole-home dehumidifier or whole-home humidifier to improve your health and save your home. Click Full Article below to learn more about whole-house dehumidifiers and whole-house humidifiers.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Much Money Should I Put Down on a Home?

    With so many types of mortgage loans and lender requirements, it’s hard to decide exactly how much you should be spending on a down payment. Is it advantageous to put the most money down? Click through to learn more about how much money you should really be putting down.

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  • Learn the Whys and Hows of Checking Your Credit Report

    Knowing what is on your credit report is the first step toward preventing identity theft and improving your credit score. Click through to learn how to get your credit score accurately, for free.

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  • Favorite Home Improvements -- With the Lowest ROI

    Now more than ever people want to increase the value of their homes. But what you like is often what turns off potential buyers. Click through for a list of improvements that fail to give a lot of bang for the buck.

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  • 4 New Year’s 2015 Home Resolutions That Can Save You Big Money

    The start of a new year is a great time to make changes in your finances and the way you maintain your home. Click Full Article below to see four resolutions that can save you money and help you run your home more cost effectively.

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  • What Is a Home Warranty?

    You can think of a home warranty as a home protection plan, and it is especially useful for a first-time homebuyer with no experience maintaining a home. Click through to see how it works and who will pay for it.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Neighborhood That's Just the Right Fit?

    Maybe your family situation has changed, and you want something different. Or perhaps your job has moved and you want a shorter commute. Click through for 7 tips to help you pick a new neighborhood that's just the right fit.

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  • 7 Smart Ways To Trick Burglars When You're On Vacation

    Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of leaving for vacation that we forget about what we’re leaving behind: Our beautiful, valuable house! Click through for a peek at seven ways to keep everything safe when you're out of town.

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  • Insurance Company Raising Rates For Customers Who Don't Shop, Watchdog Group Charges

    Consumer advocates say basing auto insurance premiums on your shopping habits rather than your driving habits violates discrimination laws. Click Full Article below to find out what you can do to make sure you're not paying too much for your insurance.

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  • 6 Financial Steps to Living the Sweet Life

    Have you ever thought about retiring in your 50s or maybe even your 40s? Click through to see how this can be possible for your future.

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  • These Deck Stains Last The Longest

    By choosing a super-durable deck stain, you extend the time between sanding and re-staining your deck. Click through to see which stains lasted the longest.

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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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  • 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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  • Special Video Report: Wind Damage Could Be Serious

    Is your home covered for damage from wind? Maybe--but the answer depends upon where you live. Click Full Article below to see the video.

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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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  • Hottest Colors For 2015 Home Decor

    Pantone says Marsala is the in color for 2015, but the Paint Quality Institute says its gray. Click Full Article below for a sneak peek at ways to incorporate the hottest colors of 2015 in your home décor.

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  • Tax Break Rewards Homeowners Who Make Home Energy Improvements

    If you made home energy-efficiency improvements in 2014, Congress decided last week to give you a nice little tax credit. Click Full Article to get the details you need to take advantage of this new development.

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  • Home Builders Pick Top New Home Design Trends

    Looking for new remodeling ideas? Click Full Article below to see trends shared by winners of the National Association of Home Builders’ American Living Awards.

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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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  • 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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  • These Appliances Can Save You Two Hours A Day

    Are you willing to spend more to get an appliance that saves you time? Click Full Article below to see five appliances Consumer Reports says can save you up to two hours a day on your household chores.

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  • Worried about Safety? Lights Can Help!

    Strategically placed outdoor lighting can help deter intruders from entering your property. Click through to find out how to improve your home’s security with lights.

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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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  • How To Fight For A Lower Property Tax Assessment

    Rising real estate prices eventually lead to higher home valuations and that means a bigger property tax bill. Click Full Article below for tips on fighting back when you get hit with a rising property tax assessment.

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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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  • 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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  • How to Keep Indoor Plants Alive

    Do you want to keep happy and healthy indoor plants all year round? Even if your thumb isn't the brightest shade of green, these tips will help ensure that your plants thrive. Click through to learn how to keep indoor plants alive.

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  • How To Clean The Gutter Without Going Up A Ladder

    Climbing up to your gutters, slipping and sliding, and being high up in general might not be very appealing. Click through to check out  a handful of products to get the clean gutters you want without the climb.

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  • Go Bold with Your Basement!

    Don't forget about the basement when it comes to improving your home, making it more livable and valuable. Click Full Article below for five basement fix-up ideas that typically result in a boost in home value.

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  • The Best Energy Upgrades To Tackle First

    Sometimes the toughest part of making your home more energy efficient is figuring out where to start. Click Full Article below to see the Pyramid of Energy Efficiency. It sorts home energy efficiency projects from easiest and lowest cost to most complex and highest cost. Use it to develop your own green home action plan.

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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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  • Calculating Your Debt-to-Income Ratio in 2 Easy Steps

    Your DTI (debt-to-income ratio) is an important number to know to keep your credit healthy. Yet most homebuyers don't even know what their DTI is. Click Full Article below to go in knowing your options by calculating your DTI in two steps.

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  • Get to Know These Home Deductions for Next Year

    The end of one tax season is a perfect time to start planning for the next one. Click Full Article below to learn what's available now so you can plan for a smooth tax prep next year.

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  • Installing a Programmable Thermostat in 5 Simple Steps

    Installing a programmable thermostat is easy as pie. It can be done in as little as 10 minutes, depending on how nimble your fingers are. Click Full Article below to learn how to take charge of your home's temperature.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is It Risky to Buy a New Home Before Selling My Current One?

    Should you stay or should you go? The answer depends on how much time and money you have available. Click through for information that will help you determine if now is a good time to move.

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  • 3 Easy Home Improvement Projects to Do Now

    There are so many things you want to do to improve your house. What should you tackle first? Click through to learn about the three most important home improvement projects to add value to your home.

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  • Home Design: What’s In And What’s Out For 2015

    Four of the hottest designers share their tips for where home décor is headed in 2015. Click Full Article below to see if your home has what’s most in style.

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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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  • 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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  • Home Security of the Future

    If you have a smart device in your home, like Google Home or Amazon Echo, you know that the future is already here. But how can these things, and others like them, make your home safer? Click through to learn about the technology you can use for home security.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Worried About Overpaying on Your Next Home?

    We don't like to spend more than we have to, so why overpay on a new home? Use these six strategies to help you pay for what your new home is actually worth. Click through to learn how to avoid spending money when you don't have to.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Quick Fixes You Can Do at Home This Weekend

    There are many household tasks that are a lot easier to handle than you may have expected, and the results can give you a lot of satisfaction. Click through for key repair jobs you can tackle now to improve your home right away.

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  • 4 Must-Do Tasks for Your Autumn Lawn

    The arrival of fall could be the time to forget about your lawn until spring. A little time spent on upkeep now, however, will preserve its beauty through winter and well into spring. Click through to learn which small tasks will reap big rewards later.

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  • Is Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy Out of Date?

    If you have the same homeowners policy that you had when you purchased your home a decade ago, chances are it needs to be updated. Click through to learn if your homeowner's policy is out of date.

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  • Use These 5 Guidelines to Choose the Direction to Run Your Wood Flooring

    Deciding how you will install your wooden flooring can be tricky, but if you're strategic about it, you can produce a smooth, cohesive look in every room of your house. Click through for 5 guidelines to help you choose the direction to run your wood flooring.

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  • How to Save Big at Home in 2016

    These nine money-saving tips practically guarantee that you will have a fatter wallet this year. And many of them are easier than you think. Click Full Article below for details on these money-saving tips.

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  • Specialty Consumer Reports Track Your Employment, Insurance, Prescriptions and More

    You know that credit agencies are tracking your payments, but did you know companies are also tracking and sharing information about your insurance claims, prescription use, employment history and more? Click Full Article to reveal how specialty reports affect you.

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  • Here's An Easy Way To Add Holiday Gifts To Home Inventory

    Did you remember to put your new jewelry, home electronics and other holiday gifts on your home insurance inventory? Click Full Article below for an easy way to get that task done, plus three more things to do to make sure you’re covered if your new goodies are lost or stolen.

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  • The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist

    Home cleaning works best with a checklist that encompasses annual cleaning tasks organized by room for every homeowner's convenience. Click through to learn how, by approaching your cleaning tasks with a system, the whole process goes much more smoothly.

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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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  • Create Curb Appeal: Budget-Friendly Ideas for the Outdoors

    Make yard work fun and amp up your curb appeal with these landscaping ideas. Click Full Article below for tricks on how to design an aesthetically pleasing yard without breaking the bank.

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  • What's Stopping Young People From Buying Homes?

    Young Americans want to buy homes, but they’re being held back by tough credit standards, a tight job market and trouble saving for a downpayment. Click through to see how that affects you as a homeowner.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for a Way to Test a Property's Condition

    If you're considering buying a house that's more than a few years old, there may be some hidden problems that you'll want to uncover before making a purchase offer. Click through for 5 easy tests to check a property's condition.

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  • 7 Ways to Keep Your Lawn Green but Your Water Bill Low

    Green grass lovers unite! Here are seven ways to keep those yards lush without a hefty water bill. Click through to learn how to go green while saving green.

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  • Got a Situation: A Home Mortgage Podcast

    For most of us, shopping for a new home also means shopping for a home mortgage. And it can be just as confusing! Click through to listen to an eager new homeowner converse with a companion about mortgage options.

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  • Million-Dollar Homes Getting Easier To Sell

    The pace at which luxury homes are selling has quickened. Click through to find out why.

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  • Redecorate on a Budget

    Redecorating your home for your own enjoyment or to entice a buyer doesn't have to break the bank. You just need imagination! If you want to add some new touches to your home, click through to learn several budget-friendly ideas.

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  • Light Up Your Space With Outdoor Lighting

    Do you find your landscaping is lacking something? Maybe you wish you had some additional light for when you get home after dark. How can you use outdoor lighting to enhance your yard without overdoing it? Click through to see great ways to light up your outdoor space.

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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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  • 5 Container Garden Designs

    Container gardens are becoming a new trend in home design, and they can work almost anywhere. Click Full Article below to learn how to bring more green inside.

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  • Garage Organization 101

    Are you overwhelmed by your garage? Do you have it stuffed full of things that aren't your car? How do you even begin to organize your garage? Click through to learn some easy steps to better organize your garage space.

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  • Don't Ignore These Windows Warning Signs

    As a source of natural light or the opening to your favorite view, windows are wonderful additions to a home. Click through to learn how to spot troubling signs in your windows before they become serious.

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  • Designing the Home Office

    Do you work from home? Or do you need a place to study if you've gone back to school? Whatever your reason, you have to make sure your space is right for your needs. Click through to learn how to design a great home office.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Is My Home's Lack of Curb Appeal Turning Away Buyers?

    The exterior of your home has a big impact on how fast your home sells. Avoid curb appeal mistakes before putting it on the market. Click through for 5 mistakes you might be making, which could be causing a slower sale of your home.

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  • 5 Fun (and Functional) Trends for Kids' Rooms

    Tired of seeing your kid's room in disarray? It doesn't have to be this way. Click through for some entertaining and practical solutions to organizing a child's room.

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  • 6 Insurance Policies All Homeowners Should Consider

    Protect your home by looking into these six insurance policies. You will need at least some of them, depending on where you live. Click through to learn more about which policies are right for you.

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  • Get the Latest Styles in Your Home With Temporary Wallpaper

    Style trends come and go. What might be popular in home design now could be an eyesore 10 years from now. With temporary wallpaper, you can experiment with the latest styles in your home and remove them easily if you get bored. Click through for the best ways to use temporary wallpaper and where to purchase it.

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  • Children's Rooms Through the Years

    Children may live in the same room from infancy until the day they move out. Their room must evolve and change with them, yet remain inexpensive to update. Click through for some tips and ideas for designing children's rooms.

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  • Run If You See These 6 Contractor Red Flags

    Hiring a contractor? Know what you're getting into. Click Full Article below to learn how to work properly with contractors and to make sure they're not taking advantage of you.

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  • Homeowner Tax Tips For Your Best Return: Deducting Mortgage Insurance

    If you paid mortgage insurance in 2014, you may be able to deduct your premiums. It’s not a straight-forward deduction, so click Full Article below for the details you need.

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  • 5 Upgrades to Add Style and Value to Your Home

    Want to add some style to your home without making major renovations? Take a look at these simple, cost-effective upgrades. Click through for tips to make your home more appealing to you and potential buyers. 

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  • 6 Secrets to Getting Approved for a Home Loan

    Getting approved for a home loan goes beyond having all your documents in order and showing great credit. There are some secrets of the trade that will increase your chances of approval. Click through for six insider tips for getting approved for a home loan.

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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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  • Celebrity Homes We Love

    Who doesn't love to do a little home-stalking every now and then -- particularly of celebrity homes and all their lavish appointments? Click through to read about some favorites.
     

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  • What to Know If You're Thinking About a Tankless Water Heater

    Installing a tankless water heater can save space, energy and money. Many homeowners are switching over while others argue that the benefits do not outweigh the costs. Click through for the real story.

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  • 7 Kitchen Upgrade Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

    Let's call this approach to revamping your kitchen the "mini model," a fresh and low-key way to revitalize what might be the most-used room in the house. Click through for tips on getting started. 

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Moving: Should You Hire Movers or DIY?

    If you're planning a move, chances are you're also weighing the options of hiring movers or making it a DIY move. Click through for the ultimate guide to hiring movers or moving yourself.

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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, no matter where you live. Click through for some ideas to make the exterior of your home as inviting as the interior.

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  • 3 Creative Ways to Hide Power Outlets in Your Home

    While outlets are a necessity for any modern family, they are not one of the most attractive parts of your home. Click through for 3 easy ways to help your outlets blend in with the rest of your home rather than standing out from the background.

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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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  • Your Best Homeowner Tax Return: How To Deduct Mortgage Points

    Did you pay points to lower the interest rate on your mortgage? Click Full Article below to find out how to deduct the cost of those points on your federal income taxes.

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  • 4 Tips for Refinishing Your Basement

    Remodeling your basement can be a straightforward and rewarding process or a costly headache filled with ongoing issues. Click through for 4 tips to make your basement remodeling a smooth, easy process.

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  • Find the Best Contractor for Your Remodel

    It can be hard to find the right contractor for a major project. You have to know how to look and what to ask. Click through for some helpful tips to make sure you start your remodel on the right foot.

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  • Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Upgrades

    The great thing about curb appeal is that not only does it make your home easier to sell, it also gives you a more comfortable and beautiful home to enjoy right now. Click through to learn how to increase your curb appeal without spending a fortune.

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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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  • 5 Survival Tips for Your Family Vacation Road Trip

    Planning a vacation road trip with the kids? For smooth travels, you must plan ahead. Click through for five ways to survive road trips any time of year.

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  • 5 Common Reasons Home Sales Fall Through

    Home sales fall through for numerous reasons. Click through for five common deal-breakers to be mindful of when selling your home.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Package My Home to Impress Buyers?

    After a full day of house hunting, even the hardiest shopper has difficulty remembering each home they visited. That's why you want to make a lasting impression when buyers view your home. Click through to learn how to package your home to sell.

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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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  • 5 Great Gifts For Homeowners

    Shopping for holiday gifts for your favorite homeowner or even yourself? Click through to see five gifts that can keep you safer, save you money on household bills, preserve precious natural resources or make your home more fun.

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  • Wow Your Guests! Fun Holiday Decorating Ideas

    Holiday decorations are manifestations of joy, celebration and good spirits—or maybe you just really want to impress the family coming to stay. No matter what, we have some ideas for you. Click through for some quick and easy holiday decorating tips.

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  • Tax Season Is Open Season For Scammers

    Tax-related scams flourish when the federal filing season opens. Click Full Article below for a glimpse at the swindles you’re likely to see this year. Great info to pass on to seniors.

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  • 5 DIY Projects Under $1000 You Can Do This Weekend

    Home improvement projects not only add value to your property, they also make your daily life better. Explore these 5 DIY projects under $1,000 you can do this weekend! Click through for information on getting started.

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  • 5 Things to Consider for a New Washer and Dryer

    If this is the first time you've bought a new washer and dryer in years, you are in for a real surprise! The choices are many and the features, extraordinary. Click through for some tips in deciding how to select the right washer and dryer.

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  • Get the Trend: Rustic Farmhouse

    The rustic farmhouse trend is one of the biggest things in home design right now. Click through to learn how you can get the trend in your own home.

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  • Tackling Pet Stains and Odors

    An inevitable part of being a pet owner is dealing with unpleasant stains. A multitude of products promise a glistening carpet and sparkling tile but don’t actually deliver. Click through to learn how to eliminate pet stains and odors once and for all.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About High Closing Costs

    There are some easy steps that you can take as a homebuyer to reduce your closing costs, whether it's your first house or your fourth. Click through to make the process easier on yourself and your checkbook.

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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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  • Home Architectural Style Moving Toward Clean Lines

    Home architectural and floor plan styles are shifting in a new direction, says designer Marianne Cusato, author of The Just Right Home. Click Full Article below to see where she thinks they're headed.

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  • 4 Home Delivery Subscriptions That Make Life Easier

    Delivery subscriptions are all the rage, but which ones really make your life easier? Click through to learn how to take advantage of some helpful services.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mortgage Deductions: What You Can Do, What You Can't

    When you take out a mortgage or borrow against your home, you might be able to claim certain tax deductions. Click the full article right below here to understand the basic rules and limitations.

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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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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 through to discover simple tricks to easily estimate how much you really need.

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  • Got a Situation: A Flood Insurance Podcast

    There's a lot homeowners don't know about flood insurance, and in this case, ignorance can be a nightmare. Click through to listen to a home purchaser get a valuable lesson in why flood insurance is a good bet.

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  • How to Marie Kondo Your Kitchen

    You may have heard of the Marie Kondo method for organizing, and we're here to tell you that it works. Click through to learn how you can make simple changes to your kitchen that will fill the space with joy.

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  • Hot Design Ideas for Your Home

    Incorporating design trends into your home can boost its luxe appeal. Click through to learn how to improve your home's overall aesthetic with the latest design trends.

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  • 6 Home Design Concepts That Stand the Test of Time

    You want to add items to your home that you won’t have to replace once the trend has died out. Since redecorating is such a hassle and expensive, you should add pieces to your home that you know will stand the test of time. Click through for six home design concepts that are here for the long haul.

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  • How to Create the Perfect Home Office

    Telecommuting is the wave of the future for a variety of professionals, and that means an increase in the number of home offices. Click through to learn how to create a comfortable place to work in your home.

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  • It's Time to Renovate the Bathroom

    A well-designed, beautiful bathroom is the height of luxury. If your current bathroom doesn't spark excitement anymore, then it's time for an upgrade. Click through for some bathroom renovation ideas.

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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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  • You Can Still Deduct PMI, But How Do You Get Rid of It?

    It’s often seen as a necessary evil in order to buy a house, but there are ways you can you get out of paying PMI. Click through to learn how you can stop making steep PMI payments.

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  • The Open Concept Living Space

    Is the open concept living space here to stay? Some love it, some hate it, but everyone is talking about it. Here's our take. Click Full Article below for insights into this hot, new home trend.

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  • 4 Things You Should Know About Brexit and Mortgage Rates

    The newspapers have been full of mentions of Brexit and how it may change the world economy. Will it make a difference in your life? Click through to learn how Brexit may affect mortgage rates and other aspects of your financial life.

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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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  • Thinking About Buying an Older Home? 4 Things to Consider First

    Have you fallen in love with an older, historic home? Older homes attract many homebuyers because of their charm and nostalgia, but they also have their drawbacks. Click through to learn four things you should consider before buying an older home.

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  • House Democrat Wants Big Changes In Credit Reporting

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Democratic Member of the House Financial Services Committee, has proposed sweeping reforms to the U.S. consumer reporting system. Click Full Article to discover how you'd be affected.

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  • Must-Have Kitchen Storage Solutions to Consider

    Do you want to create the kitchen of your dreams? It all comes down to storage for food, dishes and cookware. Click through to learn about storage solutions before you even start on your kitchen remodel.

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  • Smart Home Devices Can Put Your Privacy At Risk

    All those smart devices you’re using can make you a target for hackers. Click Full Article below to see what the Federal Trade Commission wants to do to protect you.

     

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  • 7 Cool Home Products From The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

    Thousands of new gadgets and appliances that make your home life easier, safer or more entertaining premiered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month. Click Full Article below to see cool things you'll be able to buy for your home in the year ahead.

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  • 5 Tips for Finding the Right Landscaper this Fall

    You have your dream home. Now it's time to have your dream lawn. But choosing the company that can make your landscape look its best can be difficult. Click through for five tips to help you make the right decision right now, instead of waiting for the spring.

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  • You Don't Have to Live on the Gulf Coast to Need Flood Insurance

    If you think flooding only happens where tropical storms occur, think again. Flooding can occur almost anywhere, and it takes just a few inches to cause thousands of dollars in damage -- damage that conventional policies don’t cover. Click the full article right below here to find out if you need flood insurance.

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  • Want To See Your Credit Score For Free? Look Here

    When you want to see your credit score for free, you have a couple new options. Click Full Article below to see three of them.

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  • How to Choose the Right Refrigerator

    Refrigerators vary widely in their quality, features and sizes. With so many options available, identifying the best fit can be a challenge. Click through for pointers in selecting your next fridge.

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  • Create the Kitchen of Your Dreams

    It's the hub of your home and you spend time in it every day -- your kitchen has to be up to date. When it's not so perfect, the food preparation and mealtimes can slow down and be annoying. Click through for fun ideas for renovating your kitchen.

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  • How to Stop Animals from Eating Your Plants

    Deer, rabbits and groundhogs are the most common culprits of poached plants and often see your garden as a free snack. Click through to learn how to prepare to defend yourself when spring comes.

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  • Make a Pet-Friendly Space

    Pets are the wonderful creatures we choose to share a bit of life with; they bring endless joy to our lives and love us unconditionally. Click through to learn how to give them the best home possible.

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  • The Quickest Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

    Your bathroom should be a place of peace and relaxation, but if the space has outdated features, it can make it hard to unwind. Click through for the quickest ways to upgrade your bathroom.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Do You Have a Good Scenario for Selling Your Home?

    Have you ever wondered if there is some secret to selling you home? Are there tried-and-true methods to getting a home on the market and selling it quickly and painlessly? Click through for the best times to sell a home. 

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  • What's the Deal With Reverse Mortgages?

    Reverse mortgages may offer relief to some homeowners, but to others, they can pose a trap to avoid. Click through to learn the benefits and drawbacks of reverse mortgages.

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  • Tax Time: Can You Still Reap Tax-Free Profits?

    There have been so many tax changes in recent months, that many homeowners are unsure about what is and is not deductible. Click through for a brief introduction on the tax implications of selling your home.

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  • Great Closet Secrets to Use Today

    Take a lesson from the pros when it comes to organizing your closet. It's the one place in the house where a bit of organization can go a really, really long way. Click through for the closet of your dreams.

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  • Bringing Vintage Back to Life at Home

    Sturdier woodwork, original patterns and unique accessories are all reasons homeowners are bringing vintage back to life at home. Click Full Article below to learn why everything old is new again.

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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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  • Reinvigorate Your Home With These 4 Light Window-Treatment Ideas

    We all love a good blackout curtain when we're sleeping in, but those aren't always the best option for daylight hours. Click Full Article below for four light window-treatment options to revitalize any space.

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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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  • Typosquatters Are Out To Get You

    A simple mistake when you’re typing an Internet address can put you at risk for identity theft. Click through to see the trick typosquatters use to steal your personal information.

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  • Can Your Association Pull The Plug On Your Holiday Decorations?

    Condo and coop living can really put the humbug on your holiday decorating plans. Click Full Article to reveal what you can do when your community association board bans holiday décor.
     

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  • Just In: Where Did Home Values End Up Last Year -- And What About This Year?

    Housing values are nearly at their all-time highs, and the data that just came out for the last year supports an even stronger 2016. Click Full Article below to see what's forecasted for 2016.

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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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  • 6 Landscaping Ideas to Avoid Like the Plague

    Don't ruin your yard with bad landscaping. Make sure to avoid these landscaping blunders. Click through for some valuable tips on making sure your grounds are up to Downton Abbey standards.

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  • 4 Tips for Downsizing with Ease

    It can be tough to say goodbye to your things, but sometimes it's for the best. In fact, it can be very freeing to make a fresh start. Click through for some approaches to downsizing your home and your life.

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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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  • Organizing A His-and-Her Shared Walk-In Closet

    Do you share your walk-in with your spouse? Click through for tips and tools to make the most of your half of the space and theirs.

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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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  • Tips for Keeping Your Garden Alive This Summer

    Everyone looks forward to summer fun, from enjoying swimming pools to taking naps in the hammock. But what about your garden? How will it fare in summer heat? Click through to learn how to care for your garden during the hottest months.

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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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  • 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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  • Creative Lighting Options That Will Brighten Any Room

    Creative lighting not only adds to the overall aesthetic of your home, it also has a positive impact on your health. Click through to learn how to make lighting work for your home.

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  • The Ultimate DIY Remodel Punch List

    Remodeling your home? Create the ultimate do-it-yourself remodel punch list to make sure you have all your bases covered. Click through for a secret from the pros to make sure your remodeling goes according to plan.

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  • 4 High-Tech Solutions to Care for Your Home

    Home maintenance agenda items can be a pain to remember! Thankfully there are apps to remember them for us. Click through for a list of some of the best home maintenance apps available, all of which are free! 

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  • How to Hire a Home Contractor: Tips and Best Practices

    Looking for the best contractor for your home construction or renovation? Click through for tips and best practices when hiring a home contractor.

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  • Walmart or Target: It Makes a Difference in Home Value

    Many things affect the worth of your home, although you probably didn't think your proximity to one store or another makes a difference, it does! Click through for some fascinating insights into megastore locales.

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  • Mudroom Organization Tricks to Keep You Sane

    The joy and pain of a mudroom: It can be very useful, but it can become messy and dirty itself. Click through for tips on keeping this fab space at a minimum level of clutter.

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  • Spruce Up With These Trends in Wood Flooring

    If you ripped up your old outdated carpet, what kind of treasures might you find underneath? Click Full Article below for trends in flooring that could give your house a fresh new look. 

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  • 7 Quick Ways to Live Greener at Home

    Going green at home doesn't necessarily require a lifestyle overhaul. You can save money while saving the environment. Click through for seven great ways to activate your green home.

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  • Can Preventive Maintenance Stop a Catastrophe?

    Unexpected emergencies happen — make sure you're prepared with these preventive maintenance tips. Click Full Article below to learn how to prevent a catastrophe by thinking ahead.

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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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  • Got a Situation: A Home Inspection Podcast

    If you're considering buying a house that's more than a few years old, there may be some hidden problems that you'll want to uncover well in advance. Click through to hear homeowners find out about the ins and outs of a home inspection.

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  • How to Go Eco-Friendly in Your Home This Spring

    Want to revamp your eco-friendly efforts this spring? Click through for some easy ways to change your lifestyle and give back to the planet.

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  • Homeowner Tax Tips For Your Best Return: Deducting Mortgage Interest

    Taking advantage of the mortgage interest deduction may help you get your biggest possible tax return. Click through for tips on claiming one of the best tax advantages of homeownership.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking About Moving to a Bigger House?

    Are you planning to grow your family? Maybe you got a huge promotion and pay raise at work? Click through for 3 questions you should ask yourself to determine if now is a good time to buy a bigger house.

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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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  • Waiting For Insurance To Pay Medical Bills Can Make Your Credit Report Sick

    Waiting for your insurance company to pay your medical bills can cause big credit report headaches. Click through to get the prescription for protecting yourself.

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  • The New Trend: Do-It-Yourself Appliance Repairs

    Do-it-yourself appliance repairs are becoming the latest thing among homeowners. Click the full article right below here to learn how you can save money and keep the "Maytag Repairman" as lonely as ever.

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  • 5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

    Too many people don't think about their roof until the rain starts leaking in and they need immediate and expensive repairs. Click Full Article below to learn how to take care of your roof now so there are no nasty surprises later.

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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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  • The 5 Things Every Homeowner Needs

    Whether you're a brand-new home homeowner or halfway through your mortgage, sooner or later you're going to need everything on this list. Click Full Article below to learn what those things are so you can be prepared in advance.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Learn Why Industrial Design Is Hot

    Trends come and go in the real estate game, but some stick around for a while. Right now industrial design is hot, and it may be here to stay. Click Full Article below for more on this important design development.

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  • Space-saving Furniture Tips

    Small homes or awkwardly designed rooms can present a challenge when it comes to furniture design and storage. But it doesn't have to be that way. Click through for some space-saving furniture tips that will help you stay organized and help your home look great.

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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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  • 6 DIY Projects That You Need a Permit For

    Before you get too excited about your next DIY project, make sure you know of any permits that are required first. Improvements that are made without a permit can cause problems down the road. Click through for advice on complex renovation jobs.

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  • 6 Simple Life Changes That Will Help You Save for a Home

    The hefty down payment is what typically impedes many people from buying a home. However, there are some quick changes you can implement that will allow you to reach your goals. Click through for six simple life changes that will help you save for a home.

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  • 4 Great Online Resources for Outdoor Patio Furniture

    Hunting down the right patio furniture to fit your home's style and your personal aesthetic can be challenging, but these online resources make it easier. Click through for 4 great online resources to help you find patio furniture that fits all your needs.

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  • Don't Break the Bank: How to DIY Your Home Bar

    Be the most popular homeowners on the block with a suave bar. You can get fancy without all the financing. Click through to learn the details of setting up a great space for your entertaining, without going broke.

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  • Picking the Perfect Sofa

    A sofa is a sofa is a sofa, right? Well, there are a lot of similarities, but there are various design and comfort features that make a sofa right for you. How do you pick the best couch for your home? Click through to learn more about choosing this furniture piece.

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  • Do You Want a Koi Pond?

    Your yard is your sanctuary. Within that space, you can have the calm serene beauty of your very own koi pond. But how do you build and maintain this fish habitat in your own yard? Click through to learn about building a koi pond. 

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  • How to Get Your Financial House in Order

    These days, everyone wants to know how to make their dollars go further. Click through for some time-tested suggestions that will help you cut back on spending and optimize your household income for smarter finances.

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  • If You Think You Don't Need Flood Insurance, Think Again!

    There's a lot homeowners don't know about flood insurance, and in this case, ignorance can be a nightmare. Click through for a quick introduction to this important insurance topic and an explanation of how flood insurance works.

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  • Organization the 'Tiny House' Way

    Even if you don't want to move into a tiny house, there are lessons we can learn from the tiny house movement about decluttering your home environment. Click through for six organization tips you can use.

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  • 5 Smart Home Upgrades Worth the Money

    Do you think adding smart technology to your house would be worth the money? It may give you the house of the future, today! Click through for more details on what kinds of upgrades are available.

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  • What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?

    Is your front door making the right statement about your home? Does it express your personality and complement your home's style? Click through to learn about color options for your front door and their hidden meanings.

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  • 5 Ways to Automate Your Home

    Home automation is becoming increasingly popular, with thousands of families purchasing electronic personal assistants and other programmable devices. Click through for some of the most common ways to automate a home.

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  • Metallic Wallpapers Make Your Home Shine

    Precious metals have long been synonymous with luxury and good taste. Click Full Article below for a glimpse at ways metallic wallpaper can shine in your home.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Prepping Your Home for Sale

    Although it can be tempting to wash your hands of your old home when you put it up for sale, it's essential to create a good appearance. Click through to learn why you have to put time and money into fixing up your home before a sale.

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  • 7 Buying and Selling Secrets Before You Relocate

    Believe it or not, there are specific things you can do to make the buying and selling process a smoother one. Click through to learn 7 secrets about buying and selling a home before you relocate.

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  • Achieving a Fun, Organized (and Glam) Laundry Room

    Your laundry room may be the most basic room in the house, but that doesn't mean you can't spruce it up. Click through to learn how to add some pizzazz to your laundry room, possibly even increasing your home's overall value in the process.

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  • Common Mistakes When Upgrading the Kitchen

    Upgrading the kitchen can be exciting, and even fun, but you have to plan carefully to avoid expensive and frustrating errors. Click through to learn about the biggest mistakes you can make, and how to avoid them.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Ready to Purchase Your Next Home?

    If you've decided it's time to move to a bigger home or a home in a more coveted area, your next challenge will be how to finance it. Click through for 4 smart strategies for purchasing your next home.

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  • What to Know About Your Roof

    Don't take your roof for granted. It needs to be checked, fixed and, if necessary, replaced over a number of years. Click Full Article below to learn how to make sure the rain stays outside!

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  • What You Need to Know About Selling Your Home Right Now!

    It's a seller's market in much of the country. Make sure you are on top of understanding pricing, mortgage rates and incentives if you plan on selling your home this year. Click Full Article below for the inside scoop on selling your home.

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  • 4 Widely Popular Bathroom Updates and What They Cost

    Bathroom remodels can add to both your lifestyle and the value of your home. The hot trends right now include everything from self-cleaning toilets to heated floors. Click Full Article below for some details to help you budget.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Invest in a Condo or a Co-Op?

    What’s more advantageous -- buying a condo or a co-op? Turns out the answer to this question isn’t a simple one. Click through to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of condos versus co-ops and which option is better for you.

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  • Is a Mother-in-Law Suite Right for You?

    If the possibility of having to care for your elderly parents is in your future, one option is a mother-in-law suite. It can make sense for a lot of reasons. Click through for some insights into this popular solution.

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  • 3 Ways To Leave Your House To Your Kids (Or Anyone Else)

    Your home is likely one of the most valuable assets you own. Click Full Article below to see the pros and cons of three ways to pass yours along to your children (or any other heir) with minimum stress, hassle and cost.

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  • Keep Your Home Safe for Pets

    Is your home safe for your furry, feathered or scaled friends? Creating a protected environment can be trickier than you think! Click through to see the best ways to make your home perfectly safe for your favorite animal companion.

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  • Is This Your Situation: You're Worried About Cyber Fraud

    If you're in the middle of buying or selling a home, you no doubt have a lot of online conversations with real estate agents and mortgage banks. Click through to learn how to keep these exchanges secure.

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  • Tips for Creating a Minimalist Home Gym

    Shred your muscles, not your wallet. A minimalist home gym can help you do just that. Not only will you keep in shape, but also you won't overwhelm your house with expensive equipment. Click through for some tips on creating a simple, but useful, gym.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Opt for a Conventional Home Loan or an FHA Loan?

    Depending on whether you’ve purchased a home before and what your current financial state is, the type of loan you opt for will vary. The FHA loan is a popular choice for first-time homebuyers, but it’s not right for everyone. Click through to learn more about conventional home loans versus FHA loans..

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  • 3 Things to Know About Property Taxes

    Whether you already own a home or are thinking of buying one, you may not know the full story on property taxes. Click through for some insights into how property taxes work, no matter where you live.

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  • 6 Negotiating Tips Home Sellers Need to Know

    You want to make sure that you get a good deal when it comes to selling your home. That's why having a few negotiating tactics up your sleeve is a wise decision. Click through for six negotiating tips that will help you sell your home at a great price.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About Preplanning?

    Preplanning can save you time, stress and even money when purchasing a home. Click through to learn the necessary steps you must take if you want to avoid disaster and save some green on your next home purchase.

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  • Use This Checklist to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Around the Clock

    It can be tricky to keep your bathroom clean all the time. When life gets busy, chores get neglected. But with this weekly checklist, you can keep your bathroom clean around the clock! Click through for this checklist, to keep your bathroom fresh no matter what.

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  • How to Prep Your Home for Vacation

    Vacation can be stressful if you have to worry about whether you locked the door and turned off the stove. Prepare your home to fully enjoy your time away, and save some money while you’re at it. Click through for a checklist to ready your home for vacation.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Planning on Staying in Your Home as You Age?

    Want to stay in your home as you age? Click through to see three updates you can make now that can help you stay in your home as long as possible.

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  • Experts Predict Where US Home Prices Are Headed

    Wondering how much home equity you’re likely to build in the next year? Click Full Article to reveal where four reliable sources predict national home prices are headed.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Curious About the Advantages of Investing in Real Estate?

    Many investors are looking for ways to diversify their investment portfolios, or are considering buying a place for an adult child. Click through to learn the many advantages of investing in real estate.

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  • How To Tell If It's Time To Refinance Your Home Loan

    Housing costs are one of the largest components of most household budgets and mortgage interest rates are near record lows. Click Full Article below to find out if refinancing now makes sense for you.

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  • 8 Tips for Finding the Right Schools

    One of the top requirements for home buyers is proximity to good schools. Click through for 8 tips that will help find a home in a good school district.

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  • Get the Trend: Bohemian Chic

    Want to get the bohemian chic trend in your home? It's an exciting way to enliven your living space. Click through to learn some simple ways to go boho with your home’s style.

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  • Got a Situation: A Fixer-Upper Podcast

    Buying a fixer-upper is not for everyone, but it can be a great deal for the right kind of buyer. Click through to listen to home purchasers discussing the advantages, and challenges, of buying a home that needs work.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Do I Avoid Disaster When Flipping a Home?

    A lot of TV shows make flipping a house look like a simple way to make a quick buck. But it can turn into a nightmare very quickly. Click through for 3 things to look out for when deciding if you should flip a home. 

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  • 5 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks to Get the Job Done Faster

    Want to make cleaning your kitchen a breeze? These tips will help you remove dirt and grime while saving time! Click through for five kitchen cleaning hacks to get the job done faster.

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  • 7 Questions to Ask When Attending Open Houses

    It's both fun and educational to attend an open house, whether it's for a new residence or a vacation home. Click through to learn how to prepare strategic questions to ask the listing agent when attending open houses as a potential buyer.

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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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  • 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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  • Here's How to Clean Your Most Beloved Furniture Pieces

    Oh, no! Is that red wine on your sofa? Don't worry, there are some guaranteed methods to get out those pesky stains. Click through to learn how to clean your most beloved furniture pieces.

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  • Fall Kitchen Makeover to Reflect the Season

    Looking for easy ways to make over your kitchen for fall? We've got inexpensive and easy tricks to do just that. Click through for six ideas to get you inspired.

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  • 3 Important Tips for Selecting Bathroom Flooring

    Choosing the right flooring materials for your bathroom can be an easy way to give the space a complete makeover. Click through for tips on choosing a classy, up-to-date look that can help improve your home's value and visual appeal.

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  • Put Cash In Your Pocket: Caulk Your Way To Lower Utility Bill

    Putting caulk into the right places around your home can help you spend as little as possible on your utility bill. Click through to get a recipe for doing it right.

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  • Thanksgiving Is #1 Day For This Home Disaster

    Hosting the whole family for Thanksgiving this year? Click Full Article below to find out which home disaster occurs on Thanksgiving more often than on any other day of the year.

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  • 3 Ways To Protect Your Credit After A Data Hack

    When your credit card or bank account information gets caught up in a data breach, like the one at Home Depot, you’re at risk of fraudulent charges and identity theft. Click through to see three things to do to protect yourself.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking about the Advantages of Buying a Home?

    If you’re a longtime renter and thinking of biting the bullet and getting your own home, you may want to know what the advantages of homeownership are. Click through to learn what benefits owning your own home can offer you over renting.

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  • Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Allow Non-FICO Score

    VantageScore is a newer alternative to the venerable FICO score. This may change the mortgage equation for many homebuyers. Click through to see how this may impact you when you're looking for a mortgage.

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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection

    Savvy buyers and sellers know that a home inspection serves their best interests. Click through to find out how a home inspection greatly improves the home-buying and selling process.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Working to Get a Good Deal on a Home Purchase

    It's not always easy to know whether you're getting a good deal on a home -- there are a variety of factors to consider. Click through for 6 tips to help you get a great deal on a new home.

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  • The Home Gym: Essential Equipment

    You want to make exercise more of a priority in your life. Having a home gym is a great solution — no traveling is required to access exercise equipment. But what do you need at home to get a good workout? Click through to learn more about the essentials for your home gym.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Buy a Home That Needs Repairs?

    Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a home and its location but there are minor improvements that need to be made to the property. Is it worth it to buy? Click through to learn what it really means to buy a home in need of repairs, and if it’s the right choice for you.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Insulation

    Have you considered your insulation recently? The insulation you have may not be enough to be efficient throughout every season. What kind of insulation is best for your home? Click through to learn everything you need to know about insulation.

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  • The Big Questions to Ask Before Starting Any Home Remodel

    Planning your home remodel ahead of time can make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. Click through to learn how to carefully consider your budget, timeline and lifestyle before you start to discuss the details with a contractor.

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  • Save Money and Conserve Energy

    Energy conservation is at the top of mind for many people. But how can you save money and energy at the same time? Click through to learn more money-saving tips to help you conserve energy in your home.

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