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Living Smart: Choose the Right Flooring for Rooms that Get Wet

(MCT)—Flooring is a foundational facet of any home project. But when the room you’re upgrading is prone to spills and splashes and the chance of leaks or flooding, carpet isn’t an ideal choice. ...


Ask the Expert: What Should I Pay Attention to when Buying an Older Home?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, the Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


Getting Started: How Young People Should Save for Retirement

(MCT)—How much do you need to save for retirement? ...


Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Properties

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q3 2014 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties. ...


Great Space: Future MLB Hall of Famer Randy Johnson Lists Arizona Estate for $25 Million

Baseball Great Randy Johnson, aka “The Big Unit,” has listed his 25,000-square-foot Paradise Valley, Ariz., estate for $25 million. The Joffe Group, Arizona’s top luxury real estate team and part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, was selected to sell the home. ...


Consumers See Happy Days

September Consumer Sentiment reached a 14-month high, driven by favorable prospects for the US economy and personal income expectations. Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan reported that consumer sentiment reached 84.6 in September, up from 82.5 at the end of August. ...


Edibles for Small Spaces: Berry Bushes Move to the Patio

(MCT)—The evolution of the berry bush continues. Once large and untamed, berry bushes are becoming smaller and are now being adapted for new uses, including as ornamentals. ...


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Acquires Move, Inc. for $950 Million Cash Deal

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced Tuesday that News Corp, the massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move, Inc. for $950 million in an all-cash tender offer. ...


Living Smart: Should You Do Your Own Garage-Door Maintenance?

(MCT)—It’s easy to ignore your garage door. But it’s a bad idea, because a broken overhead door is more than a hassle. It’s a danger. ...


Six Credit Report Tips for Homebuyers

(MCT)—Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. ...


Buying a Home from a Foreign Seller? Don’t Forget FIRPTA!

Recently, I talked about the growing number of multicultural home buyers entering the American Real Estate market. But there is also some very important information American buyers need to heed if they are buying a home from a foreign owner. ...


Know When to Hold or Pitch Common Household Items

Every few weeks, I decide whether it's time to pitch out certain household items. While many things we use around the home including most food items have expiration dates, are they really a valid indicator that the item in question is obsolete? ...


Cooling Housing Market Highlights Best Markets for Buyers, Sellers

U.S. home values rose more slowly in August than they have in a year, and the cooling market offered a clear view of local markets that favor either buyers or sellers. ...


Your Place: Necessary to Redo Attic Spray Foam after 4 Years?

(MCT)—Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. ...


Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter Requires Special Tools

(MCT)—Even if you’re tending to the same garden, you’ll need different tools in the fall. “In the fall, you’re putting the garden to bed, so it’s important to have large multipurpose tools to work the soil,” says Maree Gaetani, director of gardening ...


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