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Average Size of New Single-Family Homes Down at the End of 2013

The size of a typical new single-family home declined slightly for the final quarter of 2013, although the trend for the year was one of increasing size. The trend is likely due to an atypical mix of buyers. ...


Great Spaces: A One-of-a-Kind, Two-Story Florida Penthouse

Furnished by Fendi Casa, this wowing, two-story penthouse contains more than 15,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor theater, an outdoor dining area, a family room, a wine room, a billiard room, a grand salon with an ...


Household Clutter Can Impact Relationships

(MCT)—Would you like to invite friends over to your house, but you’re ashamed of the clutter? ...


DocuSign Raises $85 Million to Accelerate Growth as the Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management

DocuSign announced the company has raised an additional $85 million with the vast majority from large institutional public funds and the balance from existing investors. DocuSign will use the funds to fuel continued growth as the global standard for Digital Transaction Management (DTM). The company will further innovate the DocuSign ...


Hot Property: Ed Asner Parts with a Character-Filled House in Studio City

(MCT)—If just the mention of the name Ed Asner puts the theme song from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in your head, then the actor’s longtime Studio City house will probably bring to mind his ...


America’s Over-100 Crowd Is Booming

(MCT)—After celebrating his 100th birthday in Sacramento, Calif., with friends and family, Lou Weintraub headed to sea for a 10-day cruise with his wife. ...


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 ...