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How to Add a Workout at the Workplace

(MCT)—Looking to get more exercise, but held back by a busy work schedule? Below are 51 ways to add more movement to your workday, including taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone and marking walking trails. ...


5 Legal Changes That Could Affect Your Tax Filing

(MCT)—As taxpayers sit down to work on their income tax returns, they will face the impact of several law changes in 2013. ...


Why Are New Homes Getting So Big? Look at Who’s Buying Them

Preliminary data provided to NAHB by the Census Bureau on the characteristics of homes started in 2013 show the trend toward larger homes continued unabated last year, as did the share of new homes with 4+ bedrooms, 3+ full baths, 2-stories, or ...


Great Spaces: Funnyman Seth Meyers Hits the West Village

Things are going pretty well for former “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers. Not only does he have his “SNL” credentials to boast about, but Meyers is taking over as host of “Late ...


Living Smart: Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—Remodeling’s on the upswing, with homeowners investing in projects that enhance efficiency and comfort. Among the trends for 2014, according to highly rated remodelers and interior designers: ...


Meeting Buyer Demands in a Seller’s Market: Top Trends for 2014

(BPT)—With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast—while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't ...


Spending Smart: Self-control, Smells and Spending

(MCT)—Being disorganized can lead to impulse spending, as can buying lottery tickets. Meanwhile, loneliness can cause materialism, and just thinking of how something smells can induce you to buy more. ...


Debt Adviser: When to Seek a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

(MCT)—Question: My husband and I are struggling to make ends meet. We’re retired and owe a lot more on our home than it is worth. The payments are too high for our fixed income, and we’re trying to find the best way to handle this. As far as we can ...


Report Shows Housing More Affordable for Working Households

The continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs are still a significant burden, especially to renters, according to a new report released today by the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference. Housing Landscape 2014 finds ...


What’s a Move-Up Buyer to Do?

Regional Spotlight—Selling one home and buying another is never a simple task. As market conditions change, so does the nature of that challenge. Currently, in the metro Chicago real estate market and across much of northern Illinois, the seller-buyer confronts an active market with rising prices and strong demand but ...


Your Place: Best Times to Paint Home Interiors

(MCT)—A reader asks: “What is the best month to have interior rooms painted?” ...


New-Homes Market Continues to Play Leading Role in Real Estate Today, and Long into the Future

Scott MacDonald, real estate investor, real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Gateway has received numerous accolades, including a nomination for REALTOR® of the Year and induction into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement. With more than 25 years of ...


E&O Premiums are Rising, Still Poorly Understood

Many of the top real estate defense lawyers have reported a trend of the professionals that they represent failing to understand their E&O policies or not purchasing coverage at all. News reports have stated that there are too many stories of brokers ...


The Home Economist: Enjoying More by Buying Less

(MCT)—In Miami for a 100-city book tour, author and blogger Joshua Millburn explained to an audience at The Book Store how he found the road to happiness: by moving out of his way much of the store-bought stuff for which he paid ...


America’s Most Popular–and Pricey–Presidential Streets

One of the perks of being president of the United States is that many things are later named in your honor—schools, libraries, even entire cities. And among the most common things to name after a president are local streets. ...