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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. ...


Great Spaces: ‘Full House’ Creator Jeff Franklin Lists Hollywood Hills Mansion

Everywhere you look, everywhere you go…a mansion is being sold in California. “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin has listed his mansion he had built on spec in Hollywood Hills West. Despite rumors that the estate is offered at a hefty ...


13 Habits to Boost Positivity in 2015

Many of us jumpstart the new year with a positive outlook and a laundry list of to-dos and resolutions. But even when the universe is helping out by providing things like a growing economy and job security, creating a positive life for yourself is easier said than done. ...


Does It Matter which Day of the Month Your Mortgage Closes?

(TNS)—Does is matter which day of the month your mortgage closes? ...


Thinking of Becoming a Homeowner in 2015? Expert Explains Why the New Year Is Your Best Chance

The New Year is upon us, and before you know it tax season will be in full swing. If you’ve already begun compiling your paperwork, you’re probably wishing you had more tax deductions for 2014. The good news is, if you don’t currently own a home, now is the perfect ...


What to Do when an Employee Lies to You

(TNS)—Q: I have a young employee on my team who’s a good worker, but I recently caught him in a lie. No harm was done, but now I don’t know if I can trust him. How should I handle this? ...


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