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Use ‘One Word’ to Transform Your Year

We all have good intentions when we make New Year's resolutions, but nearly 90 percent of us fail to achieve them. That's because in our enthusiasm to make positive changes, we take on too much. We simply don't have enough time, energy, and mental bandwidth to keep up with multiple ...


Hot Property: Nelson House Draws New Star

(TNS)—“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” Nelson house in Hollywood Hills West has sold for $5.25 million to actor Chris Meloni. ...


Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber: Best and Worst Celebrity Neighbors of 2014

Ever wondered what it would be like to live near a celebrity? You're not alone.Americans would most like to be neighbors with comedian and late-night-show host Jimmy Fallon in 2015, according to the eighth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. ...


Hot Property: Ellen DeGeneres Has Designs on New Living Quarters

(TNS)—Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, known for her love of fixing up and selling houses, has listed her adjacent units in a Westwood condo building for close to $16 million. ...


Selling Your Home in 2015? Tax Specialist Shares Money-Saving Tips

Thinking about selling your home in 2015? Once you’ve found the perfect REALTOR®, made any repairs or renovations, staged it and negotiated your contract, you may think you’re done. But do you know what the tax implications are of selling your home? ...


Renting Less Affordable than Buying—Except for where Millennials Are Moving

Last week, housing-data giant RealtyTrac® released an analysis of fair market rents and median home prices in more than 500 U.S. counties, which shows that buying is still more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. housing markets. ...


Tips to Balance Your Work and Your Life

(TNS)—Do you get a little snarky when someone mentions work/life balance? No surprise if you do. ...


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 ...


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