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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. ...


Goats Serving as Eco-Friendly Landscapers

(MCT)—Have you herd?  Goats will soon be munching their way through spring lawns, as property owners trade machinery and labor crews for hungry, four-legged landscapers ready to decimate any vegetation in their way. ...


Living Smart: Getting Your Screened-in Porch Spring/Summer-Ready

(MCT)—What area of the home offers the best of inside and outside living, with no downside except for the need for occasional cleaning and maintenance? ...


The Mortgage Professor: Preparing Yourself for Closing

(MCT)--The challenging part of the closing process is perusing the transactional documents that indicate whether or not you are getting the deal you believe you negotiated or were promised. ...


Give Your Front Door a Face Lift

(MCT)—A front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression. ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


4 Things That Help You Advance at Work

(MCT)—Aiming for higher management in the workplace is a lot like running for political office. Your past and current behaviors will be dissected. ...


Spotlight Your Home’s Best Side: Staging Helps Sell Faster

(MCT)—Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too “lived-in” as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a River Vale, N.J., mother of two, ...


Housing as a Job Creator – Congressional Testimony

Recently, NAHB economist Robert Dietz testified before the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Banking Committee on housing issues and the economics of home building as a job creator. ...


Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Regardless of Wealth

(MCT)—Unless you’re rich, you may think the term “estate planning” doesn’t apply to you. Well, think again. ...


Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Wildfire season is approaching and it’s time to make sure you have done everything you can to protect your property. Firefighters must make snap judgments about which structures to try to save and which are too dangerous to defend. A defensible space ...


Consumer Optimism Toward Housing Continues Gradual Climb

Americans’ outlook toward the housing market continued to improve in April, perhaps foreshadowing an increase in housing activity in the coming months, according to results from Fannie Mae’s April 2014 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who believe now is a ...


Family Travel Five: Make Your Vacation Picture-Perfect

(MCT)—Smile: It’s a family photo. Here are ideas for adding photographic interest to your vacation and some contact info for finding destinations. ...


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