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Living Smart: Which Shower Door Is Right for Your Bathroom?

(TNS)—Installing a new shower? Unless you’re getting a walk-in shower or a bathtub/shower insert — which sometimes only requires a shower curtain — you’ll need to select a type of shower door. ...


5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Home’s Ambiance

When you first moved into your home, the walls may have been white with beige carpeting. Although this decor choice is classic for nearly every rental and brand-new home, you don't have to live with the neutral colors. In fact, there are simple ...


Your Place: Keeping Your Kids Safe throughout the House

(TNS)—My father used to say that you never put your hand on a hot stove more than once. ...


5 Tips to Halt Mortgage Fraud in Its Tracks

Predatory lending has declined sharply in the years since Dodd-Frank, but it, and other types of mortgage fraud, still steep into housing even today and affect every stage of the homeownership cycle. ...


For Sale: New Orleans’ Very Haunted Magnolia Mansion

[caption id="attachment_107211" align="alignleft" width="589"] Photos (here and below) courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com[/caption] ...


5 Clever Ways to Remove Snow from Your Home and Driveway

Snow may be beautiful to behold, but it is a pain to deal with. Between potential spills and back injuries, damaging your home or making you late for work, snow removal is both a hazard and a hassle. If you’re weary of ...


Consumer Credit Default Rates Inch Lower

Data through January 2016, released recently by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, shows the composite rate at 0.96 percent in January, down one basis point from the previous month. The bank card default rate increased three basis points in January, recording a ...


From Huts to Cities: How Changes in Dwellings Impact Human Immune System

The shift from living in jungle huts to cities has dramatically changed human exposure to certain microbes, which could have implications for healthy immune function, according to a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published online February 12 in Science Advances. ...


10 Most Powerful Celebrity Buyers & Sellers of the Last Decade

Celebrity real estate is a high-paced world of wheeling and dealing. Over the past 10 years, plenty of famous faces have scored big or lost out in attempts to secure (or sell!) the home of their dreams.  To help commemorate its 10th anniversary, Zillow put together this list of ...


Harvest Time: How to Use Tax-Loss Harvesting to Reduce Your Taxable Income

It's harvest time. You might be looking out your window at the slush and snow and thinking "what is he talking about?" You'd be right to wonder, if "harvest time" brings to mind rolling fields ...


4 Ways to Start Investing with Less than $500

(TNS)--Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be rich to start investing. Even if you have less than $500 to invest, there are some great investment options that only require a few hundred dollars to get started. ...


Where’s the Love? 5 Homes Built Out of Spite

Home is where the heart is…not. Spite houses—homes built to draw the ire of onlookers—have been a gesture of contempt for centuries, directed toward neighbors, local authorities, developers and other adversaries left wondering, “Where’s the love?” ...


This San Diego Luxury Estate Has Its Own Lazy River

We're going to say that again: it has its own lazy river! ...


What Are the Pros and Cons of Brick Homes?

(TNS)—Brick homes have been a standard of quality in the building industry for years, but as newer home exterior products emerge, homeowners can now choose from a wide range of exterior materials. ...


Election Year Is Prime Time for Workplace Disagreements

(TNS)—The lunchroom conversation started out with what seemed to be a simple observation about the news—a comment about results of the Iowa caucuses. It didn’t end that way. ...


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