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Backyard Beekeeping Picking up Buzz

(MCT)—When Max Wong first “outed” herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. ...


Ask the Expert: What Should Homeowners Address to Weather a Home for Winter?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing for Pillar To Post. ...


Living Smart: Buying a House

(MCT)—Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. ...


Your Place: Relative Humidity Indoors Determines Likelihood of Mold

(MCT)—A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. ...


For Your Clients: Tips for Boomerang Homebuyers

(MCT)—Folks in the housing biz love people who want to buy homes. And these days, many real estate and mortgage brokers feel especially fond of so-called rebound or boomerang buyers — people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are now ready ...


Home Crush Survey: Women More Likely than Men to Crush on Out of League Homes

Realtor.com® has released the results of its Home Crush Survey, which revealed that men and women are notably different when it comes to developing a crush on a home. In this survey, a home crush is defined as a home a ...


Housing Share of the Economy at 15.3 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the final quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.3 percent, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


‘Dumb Starbucks’: Smart Parody or Infringement?

The appearance of a "Dumb Starbucks" store in Los Angeles has drawn the ire of the real Starbucks corporation, demanding its "dumb" counterpart stop using its name. ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Ramps Up in January

Mortgage credit availability increased in January according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


Consumers Feel Good about Mortgage Credit

More Americans now believe it would be easy for them to get a mortgage, according to Fannie Mae’s January 2014 National Housing Survey results. Consumer attitudes regarding the ease of getting a mortgage climbed 2 percentage points to an all-time survey high ...


Flu Season Likely to Continue through March

(MCT)—We are at the peak of the flu season — and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high flu activity is likely to continue for several weeks. So what can you do to minimize the damage of ...


The 7 Features Your New Car Won’t Have

(MCT)—The next time you test drive a new car, you might be in for a shock. ...


Your Place: Tips on Keeping your Family Free of Burns at Home

(MCT)—This is Burn Awareness Week, so I thought we’d take some time to talk about safety. It’s an important subject: The National Fire Protection Association says fire- or burn-related causes injure 350 children age 19 and under every day. ...


Bitcoin Unlikely to Crack Housing Market as Long as Dollar Thrives

(MCT)—Will home purchases and mortgages ever be transacted in bitcoins? ...


Homeowners Find Respite under the Roof with Attic Conversions

(MCT)--At the end of the day, it’s easy for two Minneapolis couples to retreat to a quiet sanctuary. All they have to do is climb stairs that lead to the attic. ...