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To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Proves Home Staging Pays

I have been detailing all kinds of information about home staging for years. So it was great to know that the suspected benefits of home staging have now been validated. ...


Spending Smart: 10 Things You Should Know about Credit Unions

(TNS)—Perhaps the most underused, underappreciated consumer-friendly institutions, next to public libraries, are credit unions, which people use for loans, savings and daily banking. But recent data show the secret is slowly but surely leaking out. ...


Living Smart: Mulch Madness and Basic Buying Tips

(TNS)—Nothing signals the return of spring like a smelly pile of mulch. Aside from its questionable stench, mulch plays an essential role in landscaping, from boosting curb appeal to retaining moisture and suffocating weeds. But before you hire a landscaper or get out ...


How Changing Habits Can Change Your Happiness

Our habits, says Gretchen Rubin, are our destiny. Which isn’t to say they’re predetermined. ...


Renters Feeling Heat from Heightened Housing Costs

The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Hot Property: Murdoch Keeps It in the Family

(TNS)—Media magnate Rupert Murdoch sold a house in Beverly Hills for $30 million, public records show. ...


Consumers Increasingly Optimistic about Economy, Housing

Amid continued strengthening in employment, consumer optimism toward the economy is growing and appears to be contributing to further improvement in overall housing sentiment, according to results from Fannie Mae's February 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


Disputing Credit Report Could Get Easier under New Rules

(TNS)—Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies. ...


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 ...


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