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Great Space For Sale: Donald Trump’s First Mansion

Donald Trump was born into the real estate business in 1946 in New York City where his father, Fred Trump, was a developer. Donald got a jump-start in the business while he was in college in the 1960s, working menial jobs at his father’s lower-middle class apartment complex in Cincinnati. ...


What to Do after Buying Your Dream Home

It's finally yours. The paperwork's all signed and you've secured one of the most important investments of your life: your dream home! What happens next? Most new homeowners often find it difficult to transition into their new house or home, but the ...


Living Smart: 5 Reasons You Should Remove a Dead Tree

(TNS)--Severe winds, harsh storms and wood-boring bugs can brutally assault your trees. ...


Survey: Craftsmen Seldom Tipped or Trusted to Be in Homes Alone

(TNS)—It has been quite a while since I had anyone in my house to do work. ...


21 Signs Your Home Is Ready for Winter

Shorter days, cooler temperatures, Halloween – these are all signs that winter’s right around the corner. While the weather is still suitable for working outside, put on your work boots and gloves, head outside and give your property a once-over. Then, work your ...


6 Easy Steps to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter and refresh. It may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick, effective ways ...


Diggin’ In: Some Tips on Cool-Weather Lawn Care

(TNS)—Fall’s cooler temperatures and moderate rains create a time frame for getting cool-season fescue lawns back in shape. Here are some tips from Virginia Master Gardeners on the best ways to get your lawn green and growing again. ...


Iconic ‘Flintstone House’ Now Up for Grabs

Well, there certainly has been a lot of Flintstones real estate this year! ...


Living Smart: Flat, Satin or Semi-Gloss? Brush up on Paint Types

(TNS)—Ready to refresh your home’s interior walls with a new coat of paint, but aren’t sure what type to use for each room? Or do you have other items around the house that need to be spruced up? If painting is on your ...


Great Spaces: Villa Jasmine Heats Up the Market in Miami Beach

This fully furnished $25 million property in Miami Beach is like no other. The property, owned by the former CEO of 1-800-PetMeds Marc Puleo, is located on the tip of prestigious Sunset Island. It is 8,300 square feet set on a half-acre point ...


10 Tricky Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Saving up enough money for a down payment on your first home can seem like a daunting task—and it can be. But, say consumer advocates at nerdwallet.com, you might try using a few of these odd little shortcuts to trick yourself into saving ...


Smart Upgrades That Will Make the Joneses Want to Keep Up With You

There is an insurance that can help keep appliances working like new. With this kind of insurance, if an appliance breaks down, there is a certain amount of coverage given. Even with the insurance, however, keeping appliances up-to-date will make any neighbor jealous. ...


Your Place: What Your Shower May Be Trying to Tell You

(TNS)—Each morning about 7 o’clock, my shower and I share a relationship lasting no more than a couple minutes—an effort to keep the water bill to a reasonable monthly payment. ...


Is It Smart to Buy A Fixer-Upper as Your First Home?

Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you'll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that's ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a ...


Ask the Expert: How Can Property Managers Find the Perfect Tenant?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Silvia Englert, General Manager with Houserie.com Tenant Screening. ...


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