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Simple Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners

Buying a new home is an exciting time. Although you may be busy planning new projects, picking out paint colors and decorating your new space, there are a few essential maintenance measures you should be doing, too. ...


Great Spaces: Want to Own the Playboy Mansion? There’s Just One Catch

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5 Investments that Shine Brighter than Gold

(TNS)—It has been a tough few years for gold investors. Despite a recent uptick in gold prices, the yellow metal is still dramatically cheaper than it was in 2012, now selling at around $1,200 ...


What You Should Know about Adding Solar Energy to Your Home

When you sell homes every day, no one needs to tell you what a bonus green energy-saving items are. Everyone is concerned with maximizing energy efficiency, both to save costs and to minimize environmental concerns. Adding solar energy to a home is a great ...


6 Simple Tips for a Warm Bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, but it can also be one of the coldest. If you’re tired of getting up in the middle of the night and walking into a chilly room, it’s time to warm ...


Kitchen Counsel: Tips to Keep That Stainless Steel Shining

If you have ever owned any stainless steel products, you know how beautiful and appealing the look can be. Stainless steel appliances give a renovated kitchen that POP! it needs, while steel also makes for a very durable cookware product that never disturbs ...


The Hottest Trend in Outdoor Living? Fireplaces and Fire Pits

As more homeowners seek to bring the indoors to the outdoors, fireplaces and fire pits are becoming an even hotter commodity — literally and figuratively. ...


3 Simple Home Renovations that Your Spouse Will Love

More often than not, home renovations center around efficiency and what the family needs. We upgrade the bathroom and redo the cabinets in the kitchen because they often are the most used spaces in the home and often need some retouching. But maybe ...


Ranked: Top 10 Best Downtowns of 2016

In recent decades there has been a resurgence in America’s downtowns. This redevelopment isn’t taking place in just our largest cities. Downtowns in smaller and mid-size towns are also experiencing a renaissance. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2016. These areas are ...


Mortgage after 60: Good or Bad Idea?

(TNS)—Question: I’ve nearly completed paying off my $70,000 home. The problem is: I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s a 40-minute drive to work and to see my family in the next town. It’s tempting to sell this house, pay off the ...


5 Most Popular Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

(TNS)—With tax season here, many people are looking forward to the possibility of a big refund and pondering the best way to spend the extra cash. A recent GOBankingRates survey revealed some interesting differences ...


Unplugging: Majority of Americans Try to Disconnect from Tech

It's become routine to see Americans staring at screens anytime, anyplace. Whether out to dinner and sending a text, on vacation and searching the web, or simply hanging at home and watching a show, it can be a real challenge to put away ...


Granny Pods: Caring for Aging Relatives in Your Own Backyard

Caring for aging parents is a growing concern for many Americans. For those among the Sandwich Generation, homeowners typically in their forties who are responsible for their own families and their aging parents, what to do with grandma or grandpa is always a trying, stressful question to answer. While nursing homes may ...


How to Plan an Organized Move

Now that you've decided to move, the clock is ticking. While we all know that the moving process is extremely stressful, most people don't realize that there is something you can do to help ease the stresses and better plan an organized ...


How to Keep Your Sump Pump Running

(TNS)—Homeowners rarely give much thought to their sump pumps except when things go wrong. Often hidden away in a basement sump basin, these devices activate to pump water outside when water reaches ...


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