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The Best Money Mindset

(TNS)—Do you want to more easily change your overspending behavior? According to some new research, maybe all you need is to count your life’s blessings. A mindset of gratitude gives people the patience to handle money better. ...


New Survey Identifies Top Trends in Smart Home Technology

According to a survey conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV, nearly half (46 percent) of consumers believe it is important that their current home or next home they purchase be equipped with smart home technology. Not only do they see the ...


Do You Know How Much Money Burns up in a Dirty Furnace?

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won't break the bank. ...


Small Banks See Stronger Demand for MF Loans, but Tighten Standards

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its survey of senior bank loan officers. The October 2014 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (SLOOS) addressed changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the third quarter of ...


‘Real Estart’: When Art and Real Estate Collide

What happens when an art curator puts his home on the market? The home itself acts as a living exhibit. Recently, Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator emeritus Maurice Tuchman put his Hollywood Hills West home on the market with an asking price of $5.75 million. ...


6 Seemingly Smart Moves That May Ruin Your Remodel

You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done ...


Employee Wellness Programs: 5 Legal Reminders

Measuring and ensuring employee wellness is a great way to ground a holistic approach to getting the most out of your workforce. But like any employer initiative, business owners should be careful that their good intentions don't become oppressive or illegal. ...


The Bigger Drag on Homeownership: Down Payments or Debt?

The affordability of housing has been on the tip of everyone's tongue as of late. With many things shifting in the industry, some experts talk about the lowering of required down payments. RealtyTrac recently analyzed affordability in512 U.S. counties with a combined population ...


Winterizing Your Home Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop in many areas of the country, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won't break the bank. Luckily, our partners at Better Business Bureau say that winterizing your ...


Why Don’t Men Talk Openly about Work-Life Balance?

(MCT)—I’m quite good at balancing things. Plates on my head, scoops of ice cream on a cone, a child in one arm and several bags of groceries in the other while trying to open a door. ...


Share of First-Time Buyers Falls to Lowest Point in 27 Years

Despite an improving job market and low interest rates, the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing a healthier housing market from reaching its full potential, according to an annual survey released recently by ...


Single-Family Production Poised to Take Off in 2015

A growing economy, rising household formations, low mortgage rates and pent-up demand will help single-family housing production to rev up in 2015 while a growth in renters will keep the multifamily market at cruising ...


Consumers Not Letting Ebola or Other Fears Hurt Outlook

(MCT)--The scary stuff is out there — shaky days a few weeks ago on Wall Street, Ebola, sticker shock in the dairy aisle, you name it. But consumers posted their most optimistic outlook since before the start of ...


Ask the Expert: What Are Some Common Myths of Working with International Sellers?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Cindy Fauth, Global Marketing Manager with the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. ...


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