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BBB Issues Advisory about ‘House Flipping’ Workshops

I have long preached the 'if it's too good to be true...' mantra. According to a recent report from Kelsey Owen at BBB, folks that may be attracted to the idea of getting in the high velocity and potentially lucrative business of ...


Play It Safe When You Leave Home: Vacation Security Smarts

As summer gets into full swing, it makes sense to review some simple but important steps you should take to secure your home during vacation season. Amidst all of the decisions about where to go, where to stay, and what to do ...


Rates on New Home Loans Remain Stable

The average characteristics of conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes were little changed in April, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). ...


Your Place: Hire Someone Else to Fix Leaning Garage

(MCT)—Question: I have a 75-year-old, one-car, detached wooden garage that has started to lean. What do I need to do to straighten it up? I am really handy and would like to do it myself if I could, but I have nowhere ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Lower for Fifth Straight Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the fifth consecutive week and hitting new 2014 lows. The average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at its lowest point since the week of October 31, 2013. ...


Living Smart: Unglamorous Home Projects

(MCT)—It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. ...


Hot Property: Leaving Another Zip Code?

(MCT)—Jason Priestley, who made a name for himself playing Brandon Walsh on “Beverly Hills, 90210” in the 1990s, has sold a home in the San Fernando Valley’s Toluca Lake neighborhood for $2 million. ...


Microchips in Our Passports and Credit Cards: Are they Safe?

(MCT)—U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. ...


Hot Property: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski Add House to Their Portfolio

(MCT)—Emily Blunt has been quite busy—she’ll be tearing up the big screen this year—but apparently she still had time to go house shopping. She and husband John Krasinski have spent $2.575 million for a home in Hollywood Hills ...


Nine Ways Air Travel Is Better Than It’s Ever Been

(MCT)—If I read one more article about how awful air travel is today compared to the “golden days of air travel” my head is going to explode. I’m as nostalgic as the next guy, and would pay anything to take one last ...


Is a Franchise Right for You? Ask Yourself These Questions

(MCT)—The word of the day was “fit.” ...


Living Smart: Creating a Home Maintenance and Project Fund

Saving for a rainy day takes on new meaning if your roof springs a leak during a storm. ...


Great Spaces: Exquisite Upper East Side Condominiums

Dreaming of living big in the Big Apple? The Upper East Side’s new deluxe condominiums, located at 155 East 79th Street, may be just the spot for you—as long as you can foot the 9 million dollar price tag. The 14-story building, ...


8 Things to Know about Working with Movers

It’s summer, which means many people are moving. Doing it yourself is physically tough and can be expensive. Using movers often makes a lot of sense. But how do you make sure you’re using a good one? ...


Orlando Bloom Sells Home in Hollywood Hills

(MCT)—Orlando Bloom has sold a house in Hollywood Hills West for $3.9 million. ...


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