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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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  • Autumn Projects: 5 Great Ideas to Improve Your Home

    If you are thinking about making home improvements this fall, here are some things you should consider when choosing those that will add the most value! Click the full article right below here for the details.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar: Including Virtual Events

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Home Office Design Trends for a New World

    Welcome to the new world of working at home, which may outlast the pandemic. You have choices to make! Click through to learn how you can create a CEO-style room right in your own home.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: Want to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

    When selling your home, it's important to make a good first impression in order to garner the interest of potential buyers and get your home sold quickly. Click through to learn how to set the stage for a quick home sale.

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  • How to Use Your Patio in Winter: An Outdoor Transformation

    Just because the warmer months have come and gone doesn't mean you have to abandon your outdoor spaces. There are some quick ways you can transform a patio or balcony to have an enjoyable atmosphere in winter. Click through to learn how to make your outdoor space suitable for winter.

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  • Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Valuable Time

    Cleaning hacks make your home spotless in no time by speeding up what is usually an unpleasant process. Click through to learn how to spend more time enjoying yourself and your immaculate living space.

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  • How to Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget

    Refinishing your kitchen cabinets doesn't have to break the bank. Click the full article right below here for some DIY and budget-friendly options that will give your kitchen an entirely new look for little cost.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Myth of the 20% Down Payment

    Conventional wisdom holds that you should put down 20% to buy a house. But this is not always necessary, or even wise. Click through to learn there's a much bigger story -- and that you need to educate yourself before writing a check.

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  • The 4 DIY Bathroom Upgrade Errors

    Your bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but if you make renovation errors, the problems can be enormous. Click through for some things to watch out for as you start your project.

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  • How Long Do Most Appliances and Home Systems Last?

    When you make a big purchase, such as a new HVAC system, you expect it to last for a good many years. Unfortunately, all appliances and home systems eventually fail. Click through for some insights into what those life spans might be.

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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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  • Bad Homeowner Habits You Should Break Right Now

    Is preventive maintenance something on your to-do list that never gets done? Do you do things like hide your spare key under the planter by the door? Click through for these "midyear" resolutions.

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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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  • 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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  • 5 Bathroom Upgrades Under $1,000

    Don't break the bank to make your bathroom beautiful. A little imagination and some clever shopping can go a long way. Click through for five bathroom upgrades under $1,000.

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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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  • The 1990s Are Back: Retro Design Themes for Your Home

    Who says that decades-old trends don't come back in style? Click Full Article below to learn how to bring some 1990s decor into your home today.

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  • Garage Door Security Tips to Prevent Break-Ins

    Learn more about the three basic types of garages and the security measures to help you protect your home and family. Click through for some easy-to-implement tips.

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  • 3 Must-Have Home Technologies

    Adding technology to your home makes life easier and simpler, and can even boost your home's resale value. Click the full article right below here to learn how to bring your home into the future.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for Ways to Secure a Good Mortgage

    Buying a home can be one of the largest investments you make throughout your life, so it's important to choose a mortgage carefully. Click through for the basics in picking a mortgage.

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  • 7 Home Maintenance Tasks All Homeowners Should Master

    Keeping your landscaping and appliances clean and well-maintained can prevent costly maintenance down the road. Click through to learn how to become more of a DIY homeowner.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 4 Reasons You Want to Buy a Home This Year

    Are you dreaming of buying a new home but holding back because you are unsure whether it's the right time? Strike now! Click through to learn why, with rates decreasing and rental prices soaring, now is the time to take action.

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  • Avoid Costly Repairs With These Winter Maintenance Must-Dos

    Learn some fast and easy repairs to make to ensure your home survives the winter months no matter where you live. Click through for some tasks that cost little but can save you lots of money in the future.

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  • 6 Ways to Save by Going Green at Home

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

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  • 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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  • What Affects Your Home's Value Most?

    Whether you just moved in and are planning to stay in your home for years, or you are considering selling in the near future, you're probably concerned about home value. Click through to learn what affects value. 

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  • How to Decorate Your Home With Grandma's Antiques

    The furniture and decorations you inherit from your grandparents are usually very sentimental but don’t always fit with the decor of your own home. Click the full article right below here to learn how you can incorporate your grandmother's antiques into your personal style.

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  • 5 Things You Should Think Twice About Before Buying


    Whether you're moving into a new home or looking for ways to fix up your current one, there are plenty of ways to overspend. Click through for some tips on being thrifty.

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  • Things You Should Probably Know About Your Crawl Space

    There are a number of things you should know about your home's crawl space so you can take care of routine maintenance and avoid problems. Click through to learn more about this forgotten but important part of your house.

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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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  • 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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  • 5 Reasons Your Home Insurance Premium Went Up

    Wondering why your home insurance premium spiked last month? Or just interested in cautionary facts about the inner workings of home insurance? Click through for some insights into insurance.

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  • Luxury Home Design Trends to Watch in 2017

    This year is going to be the year of the luxury home. And the beauty of it is that you can achieve the luxury look for a lot less money than you thought. Click through for the scoop on the newest home design trends.

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  • 4 Ways to Be More Energy Efficient at Home

    Many people are interested in improving their home's energy efficiency, but it is hard to know which updates will result in real, long-term cost savings. Click through for four ways to be more energy efficient.

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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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  • Is the Home Office Tax Deduction for You?

    Wondering whether you can claim a home office tax deduction? It's a great tax break, but as with so many provisions, there are a lot of regulations. Click through to find out how it works and whether you're entitled.

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  • Tips for Installing Your New Flat-Screen TV

    When buying a new TV, you might consider where you will put it. Are you planning to mount it on your wall, but don't know how? Click through for some simple steps to make wall mounting both safe and simple.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Unique Housewarming Gifts They'll Love

    If you have a housewarming to go to and want to stand out, here's a list of modern and unique gift ideas to set you apart from those bringing flowers or picture frames! Click through for some clever choices.

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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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  • Closet Design Trends We Never Thought We'd See

    Modern-day closets have transformed from a cluttered afterthought to one of the most important rooms in the house. Click through for a few off-the-wall design ideas — some practical and some purely to delight the eye.

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  • Is There a Downside to Prepaying Your Mortgage?

    Say you're in a position to be able to pay off your mortgage ahead of time. Great idea, right? Maybe. Click through to learn about possible downsides to prepaying your mortgage.

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  • How to Solve the Biggest Home Inspection Nightmares

    Whether you're planning to put your home on the market next week or not for 20 years, you need to take care of these problems now. Click through to learn how to fix these three biggest home inspection nightmares.

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  • If Your House Is Destroyed, Are You Still Obligated to Pay the Mortgage?

    If disaster strikes, you can avoid complete calamity by remembering two important steps. Click through to find out more about what steps you should take if your house is destroyed.

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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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  • Tips for Buying Kitchen Appliances

    Ready to update your kitchen? One of the biggest decisions you'll have to make is deciding how to choose what kinds of appliances you want. Click through for tips to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

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  • 5 Surprising Things Your Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Cover

    Here are five things you may be surprised to learn that your homeowners insurance doesn't cover. Click through to learn what to take care of now, so you don't have an unpleasant surprise later.

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  • Keep Your Backyard Bearable With These Cooling Features

    Want to spend time in the great outdoors this summer, but don't want to get heatstroke? Click through to learn about how you can make your outdoor experience more enjoyable!

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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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  • How to Boost Your Cell Signal at Home

    Do you always find that you drop those very important calls when you walk in the door? Click Full Article below to learn how to fix this problem today with four easy-to-implement solutions.

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  • 5 Tips for Winning Negotiations with Your Contractor

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

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  • New Construction Design Trends to Watch This Year

    With many employees working longer hours, it is becoming increasingly important for homes to positively impact their owners' work-life balance. Click through for a review of trends that can help create a warm and welcoming space.

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  • How to Organize Your Mudroom

    In its own way, your mudroom could be the most useful room in the house, helping keep the rest of your home clean and providing helpful storage space. Click through for some tips in getting the most out of this room.

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  • Follow These 7 Tips for a Successful Indoor Garden

    Growing an indoor garden is possible even in winter, no matter where you live. Click through for easy steps to creating your own indoor garden that will last you through all four seasons.

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  • New Thick Coatings Offer Hope For Downtrodden Decks

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

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  • 3 Things to Know About Prefab Homes Before You Buy

    Interested in a prefab home? They are a hot trend and may be right for you, but you should investigate them before signing on the dotted line. Click through for three things to know about prefab homes before you buy.

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  • 5 Important Things to Know When Buying Inside an HOA

    A homeowners association or HOA can provide many amenities to its members that make their lives much easier, but there may also be some drawbacks. Click here to know what the deal is when moving into an HOA community.

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  • What Are Your Lightbulbs Costing You?

    Are you choosing the right lightbulbs for your home? It wouldn't seem this is a purchase that requires a lot of thought, but bulbs are something you should consider. Click through to learn more about these taken-for-granted purchases.
     

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  • 10 Gadgets to Keep an Eye on Your Home While You're Away

    Set out on your next adventure with peace of mind with these 10 intelligent friends watching your home. Click Full Article below to learn how cutting-edge technology can make you safer.

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  • Expenses Homebuyers Often Overlook

    Buying a home is an exciting step, but it can come with dozens of unexpected expenses. Click through to prepare yourself for all the eventual costs that come along with a home purchase, whether it's your first home or your fifth.

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  • Special Video Report: IRAs Can Fit Into Almost Anyone's Retirement Plan

    Individual retirement accounts, better known as IRAs, offer a unique way to put aside money for retirement while saving on taxes. Click on Full Article below to see the video about how these versatile retirement plans work.

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  • When Is a Garage Not a Garage?

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

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  • Should You Fund Home Improvements with a Refinance?

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

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  • How to 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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  • 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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  • What Happens to My Mortgage When I Die?

    Thinking about who might be responsible for your mortgage payment when you die? Do you have a long-term plan to keep the house in the family? Click through to learn how to make sure your loved ones are taken care of.

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  • Crucial Steps to Planning a Successful Remodel

    Whether this is your first remodel or your fifth, knowing the right steps to the process can ensure that your project is done on time and on budget. Click through to learn the key steps for a remodel you can be proud of. 

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  • Babyproofing Your Home on a Budget

    Don't believe what the vendors say -- you can babyproof your home without spending a fortune. Click through for some commonsense advice that will let you be both safe and frugal.

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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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  • 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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  • What Your Homeowner's Insurance Likely Won't Cover

    Your homeowner's insurance does have limitations, and it pays to know what they are before you run into a problem. Click through to learn about four things your homeowner's insurance likely won't cover.

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  • What Your Homeowner's Insurance Likely Won't Cover

    Your homeowner's insurance has limitations, and it pays to know what they are before you run into a problem. Click through to learn about four things your homeowner's insurance likely won't cover.

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  • What to Know About a Historic District

    Renovating any home is full of challenges, but historic homes are subject to additional guidelines, rules and regulations. Click through for an introduction to the special rules surrounding historic renovations.

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  • Do I Need a Permit to Do That?

    Planning a home renovation is exciting, but it is important to secure all the necessary permits before beginning work. Do you need to get a sign-off on what you're planning? Click through to learn how to avoid unnecessary problems during your renovation.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if Flex Accounts Are Right for You

    Employees and companies take note: A flexible spending account can be an essential part of the benefits package. Click through to learn about how these plans can save employees money.

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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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  • Hidden Ways You're Raising Your Energy Bills

    Nobody likes that time of the month when the energy bills arrive, especially in regions where heating costs are high. But did you know you may be increasing your bills without even knowing it? Click through to learn about the hidden energy drains.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Figuring Out Which Home Office Deduction Is Right for You

    If you operate even a small, part-time business from your home, there are two basic IRS conditions you must meet to get a tax break. Click through for an intro to the rules.

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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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  • 5 Lawn Care Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Yard

    A lush, green lawn is every homeowner's desire, but you might be unknowingly contributing to the failing health of your lawn. Click through to avoid these 5 lawn care mistakes and boost your lawn's health and longevity.

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  • Countertop Options That Give the Most Bang for Your Buck

    With countertops, you have multiple options, so you don't have to sacrifice quality for cost. Click Full Article below for five countertop options that are durable, popular and economical.

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  • Smart Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

    Buying a fixer-upper sounds great, and on TV they make it look like a sweet deal. But is it really? Click through for some advice on buying a fixer-upper that won't end up being a money pit.

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  • The Latest Ways to Keep Your Home Secure

    Home security has evolved in recent years with help from technology. Click through to learn how to keep your home and your loved ones secure in the 21st century.

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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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  • Backyard Renovations Can Offer Big Payoffs

    Whether or not you are preparing your home for sale, some backyard renovations give you a better return on your investment than do others. Click Full Article below to learn about five renovations that can lead to major ROI.

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  • Hot Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

    You can find hundreds of inspirational photos available each day at the touch of a button, but a few must-follow accounts stand out from the crowd. Click through for connections to today's top interior designers.

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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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  • 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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  • How to Choose the Right Type of Barbecue Grill

    Want to have fun cooking outdoors? Click through to learn what your barbecue options are in terms of performance, cost, energy efficiency and overall convenience. You can find great deals on new grills as we get into backyard barbecue season.

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  • 8 Steps to Get Ready for Your Refinance

    If you are looking to refinance your home, be sure to prepare in advance so the process goes smoothly and you don't spend more than necessary. Click through to learn how to approach refinancing like an expert.

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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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  • How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Kitchen

    If you’ve ever done any research into lighting options for your kitchen, you know that it’s trickier than just picking the one you like. That’s why we’ve rounded up the major categories of kitchen lighting to help you choose the option that’s right for you. Click through for a streamlined list of kitchen lighting options to help you in your search.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Create a Fabulous and Functional Laundry Room

    Your laundry room may be the most ordinary 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 and possibly increase your home's value in the process.

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  • Strange But True! Weird Houses from Around the World

    Extreme, tiny, whimsical and fantastic are many of the adjectives that can describe some of the strangest homes across the country and around the world. Click the Full Article right below here to discover some amazing houses right here in our backyard. 

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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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  • 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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  • Storage Solutions for Your Messiest Spaces

    Some places in your home just can't seem to stay clutter-free. We know some storage solutions that can help. Click through for some imaginative and low-cost solutions for tackling messes.

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  • The Ultimate List of Homeowner Tax Deductions

    Tax season is almost over, but there's still time to take advantage of these deductions. If you've already filed, it's never too early to plan for next year! Click through to make sure you don't pay the IRS more than you have to.

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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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  • 4 Money-Savings Tricks When Remodeling Your Bathroom

    Looking to remodel your bathroom but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? Click through for 4 bathroom remodeling ideas that may be exactly what you’re looking for. 

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  • Discover Which Type of Interior Design Fits Your Personality

    You want your home to reflect you and the things you like. But how do you narrow that down into a particular style? Click through to discover which type of interior design fits your personality. 

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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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  • How High-Speed Winds Can Damage Your Home

    Knowing how high-speed winds work will help you better understand how to properly protect your home from damage. Click through for the most common effects of high-speed winds and tips on safeguarding your house.

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  • Tax Time: Deducting Equity Loans

    Home equity loans have always been a popular way to pay for home improvements and other expenses, thanks in part to their tax advantages. But the rules have changed. Click through for the latest on home equity loans.

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  • How to Keep Your Home Cleaner

    Keep your home spotless longer after you clean with simple tips designed to complement your household care routine. Click here to learn how to take the long-term view for keeping your house as immaculate as possible.

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  • 5 Items You Should Get Rid of to Reduce Clutter

    Excess clutter in the home can be very frustrating, not to mention it doesn't look very good when guests come over. Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to get rid of it. Click through for five useless things you should get rid of now.

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  • The Pros and Cons of Portable Storage Companies

    Portable storage companies are not just for those who are moving; lots of people have found them useful. Are they right for your particular situation? Click through to learn whether this is the way you should go.

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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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  • 4 Cleaning Solutions You Never Heard Of

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

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  • Insider's Guide to the Latest Home Loan Opportunities

    Mortgage lending is a continually changing industry. It's important to stay abreast of updates to the mortgage game, especially if you're looking for home financing options. Click through for an insider's guide to the latest home loan opportunities.

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  • How to Set Up Your Home Office

    More than ever, employees need to set themselves up in a home office. This change may last weeks or months, or even be permanent. Learn how to make it work: A home office blends function with inspiration and hopefully has something going for it that is more exciting than beige office walls. Click through for home office setup tips.

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  • 4 Times an Umbrella Insurance Policy Could Save You

    Don't get caught in the rain without an umbrella, and don't get caught being the responsible party in an accident without an umbrella insurance policy! Click here to read why an umbrella policy is essential.

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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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  • Follow These 6 Guidelines When Working with a Realtor on Your Home Purchase

    If you are buying a home, it is advantageous to work with a real estate professional. They have expert knowledge of the market and the areas where you are looking to buy or sell. Click through for tips and best practices when working with a Realtor.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering If a Fixer-Upper Is a Good Investment

    Perhaps you've noticed the influx of fixer-uppers on the market. Are they piquing your interest? Click through for information on what you need to know before you make an investment in one of these homes.

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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 Ways to Put Garage Space to Good Use

    If you have extra garage space that you're not using, consider remodeling and turning it into a more useful space. Click through for 4 ways to put your garage space to good use.

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  • 5 Home Technologies to Watch for in 2017

    Did you ever want to live inside the home of the future? This could be the year that happens. Click through for a list of some of the coolest and most practical devices designed for your home.

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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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  • 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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  • Keep Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best

    With the coming of summer, you'll be spending more time in your backyard. And you'll want your outdoors to be as handsome and comfortable as your living room. Click through to learn how to keep your patio furniture in good shape.

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  • Ask These 6 Questions Before Switching Utility Providers

    Utility providers can be a hassle to deal with, but they are necessary to have the comforts of home we enjoy, such as running water and electricity. Have you made the right choices? Click through to make sure you are asking the right questions before switching.

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  • How to Turbocharge Your Garage

    A garage is just a garage -- unless you want to follow these four tips to make it a lot more useful and handsome than it is now. Use your garage for more than just parking your car. Click through for some advice on creating a more practical and appealing space.

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  • 3 Tax Implications That Arise When You Sell Your Home

    Did you know that when you sell a home, depending on a number of factors, you could wind up getting either a nice tax windfall or stuck with a huge tax bill? Click through to learn the 3 tax implications of selling your home.

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  • 3 Things We Can Learn From Celebrity Home Design

    You don't need to lead a celebrity lifestyle to have a celebrity-style home. Click through for 3 aspects of celebrity mansions that you can implement in your own home.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Curious About the Advantages of Previously Owned Homes

    According to the National Association of Realtors, 75 percent of homes sold are resales. Click through to learn 5 advantages you didn't know about previously owned homes.

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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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  • 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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  • 4 Real Estate Trends to Watch

    Keeping up with the housing market? Here are four real estate trends to watch in the coming months. Click through for a mile-high look at where real estate is going.

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  • Foolproof Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

    Are you looking for economical ways to decorate this holiday season? We have some ideas you may not have thought about. Click through to learn more on how to get started with seasonal decorations. 

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  • 3 Ways to Welcome Your Boomerang Kids With Ease

    They're the children who, instead of going out on their own, return to Mom and Dad after college. And yet, it's not like having young children again. Click through for three ways to make living with your boomerang kids easier.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering Which Lender Has the Best Mortgage for You

    You could be saving thousands of dollars a year on your monthly mortgage payments by shopping your mortgage. Click through to learn the ins and outs of shopping for a mortgage, so that you can save money in the long run.

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  • Learn All About the Top 4 Mortgage Questions

    Get prepared for buying a house by preparing to get qualified for a mortgage first. Click through to learn what mortgage bankers want to know, and how you can position yourself to provide the answers.

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  • 12 Ways to Prepare Yourself for a Big Move

    Give yourself a better chance of a trouble-free move. Click through for 12 ways to get prepared for a big move and spare yourself the hassle and stress.

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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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  • 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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  • Smart Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

    If you are actually able to pay off your mortgage, you are in rare air. Not even a fifth of homeowners in the U.S. have paid off even half their mortgage. Click through to learn how to become mortgage-free as soon as possible.

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  • Create a Champagne Home on a Beer Budget

    Big style costs big money, right? Not necessarily. There are ways to get a great result on a tight budget, if you know how. Click through for some clever tricks to improve your home in 2017.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Choosing the Best Neighborhood for You

    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 some thoughts on picking a new neighborhood.

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Painting Everything

    Are you looking for an easy and simple way to spruce up your home? A splash of paint may be just what you need! Click through for an intro to how to paint different surfaces.

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  • Interest Rate vs. APR: Know the Difference

    Most likely you have seen the rate chart at your bank that notes the current rate and then also the APR. What is the difference, though, and what does it mean for you? Click through for an easy-to-follow financial primer.

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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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  • 4 Reasons to Consider 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 for the advantages of investing in real estate.

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  • The Mysteries of Light: The 3 Ways of Illumination

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Do Repairs on My Home Before Putting It on the Market?

    Not all types of updates and repairs are necessary before listing your home for sale. There are projects you should definitely invest some time and money into, and others that are less important. Click through to learn about which repairs to your home you should do before putting it on the market.

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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: What Questions Will a Mortgage Lender Ask of Me?

    Get prepared for buying a house by getting prequalified for a mortgage. Click through to learn what mortgage bankers want to know and how you can position yourself to provide the answers.

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  • Four Steps to Finishing Your Basement

    You're sitting on a ton of unused space! Your basement can greatly expand your living area. However, finishing your basement is easy to put off if you don't know where to start. Click through for an easy checklist to finish your basement.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

    Hardwood floors are gorgeous and popular. But if you're moving into a home that has older hardwood floors, you may need to give them a little TLC before they really shine. Click through to learn the best tips and tricks for refinishing your hardwood floors.

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  • 4 Old-school Kitchen Design Trends That Need Updating

    Looking for home improvement ideas that will make your home sell more quickly? There are a few kitchen features that almost all new homeowners cannot wait to get rid of. Click through for a list of 4 outdated design trends that need the boot.

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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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  • 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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  • Is Wallpaper Really Making a Comeback?

    At one time, wallpaper festooned the walls of just about every new home. That trend faded, but wallpaper may be ready for its second act. Click through to learn more about new ways to use wallpaper in your home design.

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  • Decorate with Winter Color Schemes — Year-Round!

    Winter is not just a season, it's a decorating scheme. No matter what time of year it is, no matter where you live, taking a winter approach to design can add warmth to your home. Click through to learn about incorporating winter themes into your home decor.

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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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  • 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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  • An Indoor Rainbow: Painting the Inside of Your Home

    Painting a wall or four is a great way to save money. Why hire professionals when you can do it yourself? But it's important to have a plan before throwing paint around. Click through for interior painting guidelines.

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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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  • How To Replace Your Siding

    The siding you choose for your home will protect it from the elements, so it's important you make the right decision. How do you know you have the right siding for your home and climate? Click through to learn more about how to replace your siding.

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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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  • 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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  • 3 Trends in Kitchen Hardware to Keep an Eye On

    Some of the new kitchen hardware trends are truly stunning. Click through for 3 modern twists in kitchen hardware you'll want to know more about, especially if you're planning to update your kitchen.

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  • Are You Using the Right Light Bulbs?

    Are you using the right light bulbs in all your home’s various lamps and overhead lights? Using the right kind of light bulb can improve the appearance of your room as well as cut down on your energy costs. Click through to see whether you are using the correct light bulbs to save money.

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  • Special Video Report: Insulating Your Entranceways

    Tired of high heating and air conditioning bills? Then it may be time to take a look at your doorways and the drafts that go through them. Click through for a video that shows you how to easily insulate your front door.

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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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  • 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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  • Decor by the Decade: The 1940s and Beyond

    We're edging ever closer to this century's Roaring '20s, which is sparking a renewed interest in art deco and speakeasy styles. Click through to see some old design trends that are coming back into fashion -- old, and yet still fresh.

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  • Can You Build or Convert an ADU?

    What is an ADU? It's an "accessory dwelling unit," and it's currently in the news across the country. Can you build or convert a building to be an ADU on your own property? Click through to learn more about ADUs.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 6 Negotiating Tips Homebuyers Need to Know

    You want to get the best deal possible when buying a new home. Fortunately, there are negotiating strategies that all homebuyers can use when working with sellers and their agents. Click through for six negotiating tips for homebuyers.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is This Your Situation: You Want to Save for a House?

    Make the conscious effort to start saving for a down payment and you'll be surprised at how focused you become in achieving your goal.  Click through to learn how to get started.

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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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  • 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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  • 4 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Budget

    If you're looking to upgrade your kitchen but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a project, we have some affordable kitchen upgrades that can help you get the most bang for your buck. Click through for 4 inexpensive kitchen upgrades you have to try.

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  • Do You Need a Portable Generator?

    Maybe you love it when the power goes out and you have to do without lights, internet or a thermostat. For those who love their comfort, though, stormy nights and downed trees are no picnic. Click through to discover the right generator option for you.

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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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  • Is Your Home Protected From Wind Damage?

    Is your home covered for damage from wind? Depending on where you live, your insurance may or may not cover wind damage. Click through to find out if you’re protected.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Create the Perfect Home Office

    Employees have suddenly been thrown into a telework world that may last for months. For many, it may become permanent. Click through to learn how to create a comfortable place to work in your home.

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  • 5 Design Tips to Make Small Living Feel Big

    The issue of space is top of mind for a lot of homeowners. If you live in a small home or apartment, chances are you want to make the most out of the space you have and you’d do anything to make your home feel bigger. Click through for 5 simple ways to make small living feel big!

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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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  • Are You Making Any of These 5 Organizing Mistakes?

    You might think you're doing the right things to keep your home organized, but there are some bad habits that many people fall victim to that will keep your house from ever being clutter-free. Click through to learn about five organization mistakes you could be making.

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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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  • 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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  • Got a Situation: A Home Staging Podcast

    When selling your home, it's important to make a good first impression in order to garner the interest of potential buyers and get your home sold quickly. Click through to listen to a seller get advice about staging a home for a quick sale.

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  • What to Know About Fireplace Care and Maintenance

    Fireplaces are designed for one thing above all — safety. Proper use and care of your fireplace is easy if you keep a couple of things in mind. Click through to learn how to take care of your hearth and home.

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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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  • Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    May every day of the coming New Year glow with good cheer, health, happiness and prosperity for you and your loved ones. Click through for a special New Year greeting.

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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • Storage Hacks to Clear Clutter in Your Family Spaces

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Decor Hacks for Entryway Organization

    Without the right organization system, the entryway can be a place of chaos. You want to make sure that this part of your home remains functional while also being stylish. Click through for the top entryway storage hacks.

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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: Buying Your First House?

    Owning your own home has been part of the American Dream for years. Click through for some advice on how to make that dream come true.

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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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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering How You Can Buy a Foreclosed Home?

    Ever wondered about purchasing a foreclosed home? What’s the process like? Click through to learn the first steps to buying a foreclosed property.

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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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  • Easiest Plants for Maximum Curb Appeal

    Do you want to improve the look of the front of your home? Curb appeal is an important aspect of your home's value. How can you choose plants to enhance your home's look? Click through to learn about plants that will work for your landscaping.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Pros and Cons

    Home mortgage loans come in two flavors: fixed rate and adjustable rate. Which is right for you? It's not always an easy answer. Click through to see the pros and cons, which are based on costs and your long-term plans.

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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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  • Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

    Most of us crave a bedroom space that makes us feel calm and relaxed at the end of a busy day. Are you ready to turn your bedroom into the perfect place to rest your head? Click through for simple ideas to create a bedroom sanctuary.

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  • Choosing the Right Pool for Your Yard

    Home pools provide you and your family with a place to exercise and to relax. You already may know that you want to add a pool to your yard, but perhaps you are struggling with the right design. Click through to learn about different pool designs so that you can make the best choice for your yard.

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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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  • 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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  • Dining Tables for Small Spaces

    Formal dining rooms have gone in and out of fashion over the years. Regardless of your home's layout, you may still want to sit at a table with your family for games or meals. Click through to learn more about space-saving dining options.

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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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  • 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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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hot Tubs

    Do you think you want a hot tub for your new home? How do you pick out just the right tub and what do you need to know to keep it in great shape? Click through to read more about hot tubs and your new house. 

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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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  • How To Get Preapproved for a Mortgage

    If you're confident about your credit and financial readiness to buy a home and understand its importance in your overall estate plan, you can take the next step. Click through to view steps to obtaining a mortgage preapproval.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Having Difficulty Navigating the Many Types of Mortgages?

    Finding a mortgage can be a strenuous process. Click through for some guidance in picking the right mortgage.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Planning Your Home Renovation

    Any home renovation, big or small, is no easy feat. You have to evaluate a lot of moving parts, money considerations, and living situations. So how do you make sure it all goes smoothly? Click through to learn more about creating a successful home renovation plan.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Millennials Finally Ready To Move Out, Buy Starter Homes

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

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  • Consumer 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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  • Design Your Dream Nursery on a Budget

    You're excited about your impending arrival and now it's time to get serious about designing your nursery. How can you create a dream nursery without breaking the bank? Click through for nursery design ideas that work for every budget.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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