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Your Budget: Rethink These Modern-Day ‘Necessities’

Compare your monthly expenses to those of your grandparents (maybe even your parents), and you’ll probably find that your expense list is quite a bit longer. Over the decades, more and more conveniences, habits, and gadgets have found their way into our everyday ...


Small, Exterior Home Improvements to Offer Best ROI in 2015

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to REALTORS® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost ...


Smart Home Upgrades for about $300

Baby, it’s cold outside! As temperatures dip, many homeowners are looking at ways to save on energy costs. ...


6 Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Overestimating the selling price for a property is one of the oldest tricks in the real estate agent’s book. The idea is that the seller will be so impressed by the inflated figure, they will chose this agent over other competitors. But the ...


‘Weather’ to Work from Home—Something Employers should Think about

(TNS)—There’s one thing my years of meteorological study have taught me, it’s that weather exists. ...


Smart Home Technology: What You’re Missing

Not every home on the block has a thermostat that can be remotely controlled by a smart phone…Yet! ...


Great Spaces: Marc Anthony Needs to Know: Do You Want His House?

Did you know that Marc Anthony is one of the top selling tropical salsa artists of all time? I don’t know what that has to do with him selling his Encino, Calif., home, ...


Wills and Estates of the Rich and Famous

It would be normal to think that people with millions of dollars at their disposal would retain the best lawyers to help plan their estate. Sadly, poor financial advice is not above the rich and famous. ...


Solving the Move-Up Home Financing Dilemma

(TNS)—When you own a home and want to sell it to buy a place that’s nicer, you are likely to confront two obstacles: ...


Your Place: Dealing with Dampness in the Basement

(TNS)—Q: Last year, we bought a house in the suburbs, and we’ve decided that we’ll need to refinish part of the basement. The basement is very humid in the summer, and the dehumidifier we have isn’t up to the job. The ...


2014: Consumer Attitude toward Housing Remained Cautious

Americans are becoming more optimistic about the economy, but consumer confidence toward the housing market is lagging, according to results from Fannie Mae’s December 2014 National Housing Survey™. Likely bolstered by a strengthening employment sector, the share of consumers who believe the economy is headed in the right direction improved ...


How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

It might surprise you to hear that the air inside your home is often dirtier than the air outside. That’s because indoor air is made up of outdoor air plus all the pollutants and allergens generated from cleaning products, pets, dust, smoke, and ...


Hot Property: ‘Minecraft’ Creator Buys $70 Million Mansion

(TNS)—The L.A. area’s unusually hot ultra-luxury real estate market ended 2014 with yet another mega-sale. Swedish video game billionaire Markus Persson bought a Beverly Hills mansion built by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky for $70 million. ...


Your Place: Consider Ways to Battle ‘Energy Vampires’

(TNS)—I wrote about “energy vampires” a couple of years back, but as the new year approaches, it’s probably a good time to ponder again ways to cut utility bills. ...


Living Smart: New Year to Resolve Home Issues

(TNS)—The holidays are done—you survived, congratulations. Now it’s time to focus on you. Some may call it a “resolution,” but that term can be intimidating. Instead, let’s call it a to-do list of tweaks that can help improve our lives—whether it’s today, tomorrow, or 22 Tuesdays from now. ...


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