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Reminder: Check Children’s Online Activities

June is Internet Safety Month, and the Better Business Bureau advises parents to not only check their own online security habits, but also their children’s. ...


Neighbors Confused by Florida House Covered in Aluminum Foil

If your neighbor wrapped up his house and trees in aluminum foil, you’d probably think one flew over the cuckoo's nest, but that’s exactly what one Florida man did recently, lighting up his street and befuddling his neighbors. ...


Construction Curveball? Don’t Forget the Change Order

(TNS)—It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of ...


Plant Species That Will Spruce Up Your Turf This Summer

Sure, we’re glad it’s here, but did summer creep up a little too quickly on you? Don’t worry, there’s still time to plant your summer garden and enjoy your harvest of basil, kale, beans, corn, and so much more. Warm temperatures and long ...


Ask the Expert: How Can Homeowners Encourage Pool Safety?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, Vice President of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. www.pillartopost.com ...


Top 6 Summer Weekend Projects to Tackle

It’s almost summer! With the weather getting better outside, maybe it’s time to start making a list of weekend projects to complete. While you might not be able to tackle some of the ...


Selling Your Home? How to Live in Staged Surroundings

It’s no secret staging has become synonymous with selling a home. A staged home can boost perceived value by as much as 10 percent, according to listing agents surveyed in the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of ...


Butter Queen Paula Deen Lets Go of Georgia Estate

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4 Tips to Negotiate a Raise

(TNS)—Whether you just landed a new job or are a long-time veteran in your current position, you might find it intimidating to negotiate a pay raise. You want to make sure to not overstep your boundaries or ask for too much, but you also want what you deserve. Here are ...


Key to Your Saving: Goals

(TNS)—Saving is not a goal in itself. To sock away money successfully, you must clearly know what you want to do with the nest egg. ...


Five Reasons Why Most American Homes Will Go Solar

Solar power is finally entering the residential real estate mainstream in America after years in the wilderness. The heady growth conjures up images of solar rooftop panels sprouting up as a common sight from West Coast to East Coast and points ...


Yabba Dabba Doo You Want This ‘Flintstones’ Theme Park?

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Fed Survey: Renters More Bullish on Prices than Owners

Renters are slightly more optimistic than owners regarding price increases, both in the coming year and thereafter, according to the new consumer survey conducted by the New York Federal Reserve Bank in February. In fact, renters respond to the annual survey were more bullish for the second year in a ...


Beyond Texting: Tips for Conversation in an Overwhelmingly Digital Age

(TNS)—The teenagers that Robert Duran spotted at the local pizza parlor were gathered around a table on a Friday night, but they weren’t talking or joking; they were staring down at their cellphones. ...


Home Buyers Uncertain about How a Credit Score Affects Financing Process

As Americans enter the peak time of year to buy a home, a recent survey from TransUnion reveals a majority of those planning on or considering buying a home in the next 12 to 18 months are unsure about actions that could help improve their credit score. A majority was ...


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