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Consumer Confidence Hikes in August

Despite the August increase in overall confidence, respondents’ appraisals of current conditions and expectations for the next six months were mixed. While 82 percent of respondents rated current business conditions “good” (23 percent) or “normal” (59 percent), 56 percent of respondents characterized employment ...


Market Shifts to Buyers’ Advantage

Recent stock market volatility and seasonal trends may give buyers better financial options and more time to make purchase decisions entering the fall, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com. August data remains positive with regard to overall housing health as both demand and ...


HUD and FHA Urge Buyers to Have Homes Inspected before Purchase

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has asked the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to give information to prospective home buyers that explains: ...


Historic Estate Now Available in Bellport, N.Y.

The 1838 Greek Revival estate “Nearthebay” is now up for grabs in Bellport, N.Y. The estate was the home of Birdsall Otis Edy, author, playwright, and later, the organizer and national president of the Girl Scouts of America. ...


Financially Unprepared Consumers Are Vulnerable when Disaster Strikes

There are a variety of natural disasters that could happen anytime during the year, but early September officially marks the peak of hurricane season. Those who are fortunate enough to survive the initial impact often find themselves dealing with ...


7 Reasons Why You Should Use a REALTOR® to Sell Your Home

Selling your home can seem a daunting task. When you close that deal, you want to make sure that your home goes to the best buyer for the best price. It may seem cheaper to sell your home yourself, and many do; however, ...


Top 8 Reasons Homeowners Choose a Metal Roof

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about metal roofs and their manifold benefits. And why not? As one of the most durable roofing materials available on the market, metal roofs have outshined the famous asphalt shingles, ...


Be Generous: It’s a Simple Way to Stay Healthier

(TNS)—If there’s a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it. ...


Great Spaces: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Home Hits the Market

Movie buffs – this one’s for you! The home portrayed in Jonathan Demme’s crime-horror film "The Silence of the Lambs" is now up for sale! In the film, the property was home to one of the movie's main villains, Buffalo Bill, who lured ...


10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value

Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it ...


Great Spaces: Historic 617-acre Estate and Former Plantation Up for Sale

In Green Plains in Mathews County, Va., an estate rich with historical significance and counting some of America’s most striking political families as owners and former owners is set to hit the auction block. ...


Get Ready for National Clean Out Your Garage Day

(TNS)—One thing that attracted me to our house when we bought it 14 years ago was the garage. ...


7 Weird Ways to Clean Up Kitchen Messes

Everyone seems to gather in the kitchen, and that may be one reason why it’s ground zero for major messes. You may already rely on vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other areas. But, notes home projects guru Bob Vila, there ...


Great Spaces: Andy Warhol’s Hamptons Home

Andy Warhol was a strange, shy fellow of few words who invented an image for himself so whacky that he couldn’t be ignored. His timing for his white fright wig and pop art paintings of soup cans was well timed as post-Eisenhower era ...


5 Things You’re Paying too Much for

(TNS)—As a savvy shopper, you need to always keep your guard up. From food to services and products to personal grooming, there are a lot of areas where you might be spending too much money. But making a few adjustments or opting for ...


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