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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 ...


Infographic: How Long Will Your Appliances Last?

When furnishing a home, nothing is meant to last forever. While the quality of your sofa or mattress may make it a more enjoyable investment, over time it's bound to wear down from normal use. To help plan for those replacements, use this ...


Old Meets New for Historic House Hunters

Eyeing the area on a map between U.S. Route 1 and the Boulevard in Richmond, Va., a distinct pattern emerges. City blocks multiply as roadways fan westward in the aptly-named Historic Fan District, home to residences built in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. Scanning ...


Be the Coolest Customer in Even the Hottest Negotiation

(TNS)—Of all the anecdotes webinar speakers I’ve seen have used to illustrate their lessons, Daniel Shapiro’s tale of a crazed kidnapper’s panicked dialogue with the police might be the ultimate show-stopper. With a life in the balance, hostage negotiators ...


New Studies Illustrate How Consumers Misjudge Home Values

Encouraged by strong price increases and hot sales this spring, increasing numbers of owners are listing their homes for sale. But chances are good that millions of owners are making wrong assumptions about the value of their homes, according to two new studies. ...


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

With the summer real estate season upon us, many Americans are considering purchasing a home over the next few months. The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1.2 trillion in 2015. With that in mind, the Independent Community ...


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