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5 Tips to Avoid Home-Design Arguments

(TNS)—Sharing your life with someone is a beautiful thing, but that doesn’t always mean you share the same design and style preferences when it comes to your home. Whether you’ve lived together for one year or 20, use ...


NFCC Online Poll Reveals How Taxpayers Plan to Use Their Refunds

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) February online poll revealed that most taxpayers (68 percent) would prefer to pay down their debt with a tax refund this year instead of growing their personal savings. ...


New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Forms May Mislead Consumers, Complicate Lending

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the ...


For Sale: The ‘Groundhog Day’ Manor

The need to know: Bill Murray stayed here. The man, the myth, the legend, people! Well, his character Phil Connors did in the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day”—but hey, count it! ...


Consumers: Learn Your Rights during National Consumer Protection Week

It's important to focus on financial protection, and with National Consumer Protection Week being observed fromMarch 1-7, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) isparticipating by connecting consumers to key resources. ...


Self Marketing A FSBO With Video? Check These ‘Insider’ Tips

Every good film maker from Chaplain to Tarantino started off with a single camera - and look what happened. ...


Tax Time: 5 Benefits of Buying a Home

Tax time is almost here and many people, when they see their tax bills, will be wondering what they can do to pay less next year. Buying a home continues to provide great tax benefits as ...


How to Slow Down Your Life and Enjoy the Ride, Right Now

It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you. ...


Will Drones Play a Role in Marketing Your Home This Year?

In the coming months as new, fresh crops of homes begin going on the market, the buzzing sounds of landscaping equipment on the ground may be joined by a new buzz - up over your head. ...


Nine States with No Income Tax

(TNS)—There are only seven states in the U.S. that impose no income tax on their residents, and two more that don’t tax personal income, but do tax capital gains, interest or dividends. Residents of these nine states save hundreds to thousands of dollars ...


Single, Female Baby Boomers Happier, Healthier than Ever

The adage "youth is wasted on the young" doesn't apply to today's single, female Baby Boomers. In fact, 76 percent of single women over 55 feel younger than their age, according to new data from Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), one of the nation's largest homebuilders. ...


For Your Client: How to Get Your House Ready for the Market

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. ...


Hot Property: J Lo Puts her Work-at-Home Estate in Hidden Hills on the Market

(TNS)--Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has put her work-live estate in the gated equestrian community of Hidden Hills up for sale at $17 million. ...


Ask the Expert: What Can a Homeowner Do about a Frozen Water Pipe?

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


Report: Americans Spending Nearly Five Hours a Day on Smartphones

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. ...


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