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Living Smart: How Much Does a Swimming Pool Really Cost?

(TNS)--If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. ...


7 Energy Efficient Home Improvements for the Summer

Summer is hot, and if your home isn’t prepared for the warmer weather, your utility bills can increase significantly. Rather than spending a fortune over the next few months, why not take steps to prepare your home and make it more efficient? Here ...


7 Efficient Tips for Downsizers

Retirement goals have shifted for many since the recession, with one major asset hanging in the balance—housing. Though a burgeoning segment of boomers plan to “age in place” in their current homes, more than ...


Great Spaces: Connecticut Riverfront Retreat

Showcasing New England living at its finest, this riverfront retreat sits on over four acres of land, including a pool, tennis court and indoor spa room in the quiet town of Weston, Conn. With seven bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath, ...


5 Simple Steps to Childproofing Your Home

Whether you’ve got a litter of kids or baby’s on the way, childproofing your home is a preventative measure no family should go without. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends a number of safeguards to make your home an environment free from ...


Interior House Painting Tips for Newbies

Anyone would agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to give your home a clean, new look for spring—and even you’ve never wielded a paintbrush before, a few simple tips will help you get ...


5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Chores

(TNS)—Ah, spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier in the year now await you—a seemingly never-ending list of chores. ...


Safe & Sound: Why Home Security Is Crucially Important for Your Rental Property

A large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Home More Energy Efficient?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, Vice President of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


Americans Are Overly Confident when It Comes to Finances, yet Unprepared for the Future

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


What’s Hot in Hollywood: A Peek inside Celebrity Real Estate

Regardless of the ever-changing market, there is one kind of buyer who is always on the prowl for new toys and the latest and greatest status symbols; one who is ready to go with copious cash in hand and a hunger to expand ...


Facebook Floats Idea for More Housing in Menlo Park

(TNS)—Amid the California rumble of bulldozers and buzz of traffic, a 394-unit apartment complex partly funded by Facebook is taking form here, with perks such as a bike repair shop, pet spa and sports pub designed to attract tech workers. ...


HUD Secretary Tells REALTORS® FHA Is Exploring Alternative Credit Scoring Models to Expand Mortgage Access

A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium recently to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating ...


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