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How to Choose the Perfect City for Your Vacation Home

Purchasing a vacation home is a great way to ensure that you always have a place to escape, without worrying about crammed hotel rooms and the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a week. When you own a vacation home, you can pack and leave at your convenience, ...


5 Smart Home Products We’re Not Sure We Need

From learning thermostats to garage-opening apps, there’s no doubt smart home devices have brought convenience to our doorstep – but we’re willing to bet many aren’t nearly as practical as they seem. Below, we’ve rounded up some recent innovations that are more ...


Ghost Towns: America’s Most Haunted ZIP Codes

With the holiday of haunt right around the corner, RealtyTrac took a look at a segment of properties where the haunting may hit too close to home for neighbors and potential buyers. More than 22,000 single family homes nationwide are vacant and have a homeowner who is now deceased, according ...


Spray Foam Insulation Has Many Uses, but Here’s where It’ll Really Shine

The fall season brings with it memorable events and tasty treats. Freshly harvested local apples, pumpkin treats galore and Halloween festivities are just a few. Getting creative with your Halloween parties and local trick or treat night means coming up with ingenious creations. While Pinterest may provide inspiration for a ...


The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals in the U.S.

Willing to travel for good food? Booking.com recently announces the top 7 emerging food capitals in the U.S. New data according to the experts - Booking.com travelers - confirms several U.S. cities that are pushing New York, San Francisco and New Orleans off their ...


Consumer Credit Default Rates Decrease in September 2015

Consumer credit default rates decreased in September 2015, with the composite rate ranking at 0.89 percent, down seven basis points from the previous month, according to data released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian. The bank card default rate was 2.77 percent for September, up six basis points from ...


Buyer Beware: Would You Scare Up the Cash for These Haunted Houses?

Ever wondered what it’d be like to live in a haunted house? Skip the ghost tour and buy one of these haunted listings, perfect for those unafraid of sharing space with the supernatural. ...


Amid Continuing Financial Woes, 50 Cent’s Connecticut Mansion Is Back Up for Sale

50 Cent, rapper, actor, and Vitamin Water investor, owns one of the largest homes in America. At 51,657 square feet, his mega-compound found at 50 Poplar Hill Drive in Farmington, Conn. dominates the neighborhood it resides in. Considering its 52 rooms and 17 ...


Scary Home Problems That Could Raise the Dead

Foundation issues, mold problems, water damage – these are just a few home problems that can bring the strongest homeowner to his knees. While painting a room, replacing a broken light fixture and even minor electrical repair jobs may be within your purview, ...


New Survey Uncovers Concerns about Identity Theft

There were nearly 17 million victims of identity theft in 2014, according to the Department of Justice. With those numbers, consumers have plenty to be concerned about. An online survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) has ...


Don’t Overlook the Tax Break Given for Mortgage Points

(TNS)—Homeowners already know the major tax advantage available by deducting mortgage interest payments. But many homeowners overlook another home loan tax break: the deduction for points paid to get their home loans. In some cases, the points also could cut tax bills for folks who refinanced or got an equity ...


Americans Are Expected to Spend $6.9 Billion on Halloween This Year

(TNS)—Batman bib-and-booties costume for $14.99 caught the eye of Joanna Robles as she searched for something for her months-old son to wear while she holds him as she hands out candy on Halloween. ...


What Every Seller Should Know about Comps

“Comps” – or recent comparable sales – give real estate practitioners and appraisers the information they need to price a home at fair-market value. Though comparable data are clear-cut to a professional, how many sellers understand the various tangibles and intangibles that inform ...


Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of Home Amenities

When selling a home, you need to understand the current consumer expectations and lifestyles. Appliance companies have tracked these for a while, and while some trends come and go, others remain popular for years. Recent consumer demands for energy efficiency and for connectivity ...


Great Spaces: 820-Acre Waterfront Plantation Makes Moves in Maryland

A majestic Maryland beauty is going to auction this month: the historic Talisman Plantation, an 820-acre waterfront estate. Located in Grasonville, the palatial estate was originally established in the early 1930s by renowned Maryland advertising legend Arthur H. Kudner, Sr., an icon of ...


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