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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness of U.S. Households

A disaster can occur at any time and without much warning. To gain a better understanding of the emergency preparedness of U.S. households, HUD and the Census Bureau for the first time included a special set of questions on the ...


Red Turns up the Heat on Home Decor

(TNS)—I just love how the color red brightens up my house during the holidays. This is more than a festive look for winter. Designers across the country are embracing red for home decor throughout the year. From wall color to accessories, the color ...


2014 Housing Review: A Year of Jobs, Record-Low Interest and Tight Inventory Sets the Stage for 2015 Growth

This year demonstrated a steady build-up of housing momentum—fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates, and compressed inventory – and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains, according to the 2014 Housing Review issued today by realtor.com®. This ...


5 Tips for New Year’s Resolutions in 2015

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will make a promise to improve yourself this New Year, there’s bad news: You’re 92 percent likely to fail in sticking to your resolutions, says a recent study ...


Hot Property: Minnie Driver Pulls up Stakes in Hollywood Hills

(TNS)—Minnie Driver, who starred in the TV miniseries “The Red Tent,” has pulled up stakes, selling her Hollywood Hills home for $1.5 million. ...


Is It Easy to Obtain a Mortgage?

For many households, obtaining a mortgage is the most important step when seeking to purchase a home. As housing analysts, a natural question to ask when assessing the prospects for home buying is “how easy is it for households to obtain a mortgage?” ...


Buy These Holiday Must-Haves at the Dollar Store

According to the National Retail Federation, American shoppers spend about $208 on holiday-related items each year – like cards, décor, gift wrap and the like – and that’s before you buy the first gift! But, say consumer editors at Kiplinger Magazine, your ...


A Cushion of Coverage: Protecting Your Home Before and After the Sale with HSA Home Warranty

Buying a new home is one of the biggest and most exciting purchases in one’s lifetime. Although there are many happy feelings that go along with such a life-changing decision, there’s always a speck of worry that something may go wrong shortly ...


Six Ways to Build Credit without a Credit Card

(TNS)—Whether you’re new to using credit or have made a few dire credit mistakes in the past and need to rebuild, growing a robust and positive credit history can dictate the interest rates you’re offered when financing a ...


Full Disclosure: How Pre-listing Home Inspections Even the Score for Sellers

When we were kids, we stuffed our closets full of our toys in lieu of putting them neatly away, hoping that our parents would never find the mess we made. We thought we could spend as little time as possible on chores to maximize the amount of time for fun. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Short Sale May Be the Right Choice with Foreclosure Looming

(TNS)—Q: We’ve been turned down repeatedly for loan modifications and have been stuck in foreclosure for several years. Truthfully, we don’t need and can’t afford this much house anyway. The court has scheduled the foreclosure auction for about six weeks from now. Is there anything we can still do to ...


Make a Money Plan and Relax

(TNS)—Getting your finances organized in the first place is hard enough without constant saving, managing and scrutinizing every bank statement. Yes, you need to have a plan. But you also need to relax. ...


Hot Property: A Place to Crash in Venice

(TNS)—Actor Don Cheadle, who stars in and produces “House of Lies,” has invested in a bungalow in Venice for $894,000. ...


Living Smart: Take Steps to Ensure Best Carpet Installation

(TNS)—Is new carpet in your future? Don’t forget to walk through installation details before you buy. ...


Your Place: Tricky Replacing Range Door, Panel

(TNS)—Q: I own a Thermador 30-inch gas slide-in range (Model GSC30LV), which has an attached riser exhaust vent that lowers and rises with a control unit on the front of the oven. ...


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