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Report: Auto Insurance Higher for Non-Homeowners

Major auto insurance companies charge good drivers as much as 47 percent more for basic liability auto insurance if they don’t own their home, according to a new analysis of premiums by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA).  Based on a sampling of insurance quotes across the country for ...


Steps to Take after Becoming Victim to a Burglary

Finding out that your home has been burglarized can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person's life. A burglary is a violation of your personal space and after you've become a victim, it may take some time to recover - both your personal items and from the ...


In Winter, Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are a Must

(TNS)—Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. ...


Great Spaces: Gangster’s Paradise Auctioned Off

Want to live in a gangster’s paradise? The waterfront estate at 75 Bluff Road in Fort Lee, N.J., went to auction on December 8, 2015 with a starting bid of $5.5 million. The 1.3-acre property sits atop the Palisades cliffs with stunning views ...


Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America

As we begin to fete love and romance ahead of Valentine's Day, OpenTable released its 2016 rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America. ...


Quick Tips for Designing an Outdoor Dining Space

Whether your home is a house in the suburbs or a high rise in the city, taking advantage of the outdoors is a great way to expand your livable space. If you are working with a large backyard, your ...


8 Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling

(TNS)--Here are eight helpful tips for safe snow shoveling courtesy of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA). ...


Smarter Living: How to Automate Your Home

The home of the future doesn't just live in science fiction anymore. You can own it today. Better yet, it doesn't require thousands of dollars or long construction times. Home automation is available and affordable thanks to wireless Internet and smartphones. If you ...


3 Tax Mistakes Salaried Workers Make

(TNS)—Every year, salaried employees miss out on opportunities to improve their tax situation. As a result, they lose thousands of dollars in federal and state tax overpayments. ...


Your Place: To Seal or Not to Seal, That Is the Basement Question

(TNS)—Ernie Wyatt, who is from near Macon, Ga., sends the following question: ...


Consumers Feel Confident in January

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Present Situation Index was unchanged at 116.4, while the Expectations Index increased from 83.0 to 85.9 in January. ...


Save Space by Compacting Clutter, Opening Walls

As trends in living space transition downward, it could proportionately compound the amount of clutter stacking up on shelves, and in closets, basements and attics. So we turned to Greg Dodge whose recent post at designbasics.com reviewed "5 ...


How to Create a Modern Homestead

Did you know that Hilary Swank raises her own chickens from eggs? She’s not the only celebrity getting into modern homesteading: Julia Roberts composts her kitchen scraps and chicken poop while Oprah has a 12-acre organic garden in Maui. Even the White House has a vegetable garden thanks to Michelle ...


3 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space

(TNS)—It’s easy to embrace all things new and fresh at the start of a year. Interiors are no different. ...


Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living ...


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