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Will Drones Play a Role in Marketing Your Home This Year?

In the coming months as new, fresh crops of homes begin going on the market, the buzzing sounds of landscaping equipment on the ground may be joined by a new buzz - up over your head. ...


Nine States with No Income Tax

(TNS)—There are only seven states in the U.S. that impose no income tax on their residents, and two more that don’t tax personal income, but do tax capital gains, interest or dividends. Residents of these nine states save hundreds to thousands of dollars ...


Single, Female Baby Boomers Happier, Healthier than Ever

The adage "youth is wasted on the young" doesn't apply to today's single, female Baby Boomers. In fact, 76 percent of single women over 55 feel younger than their age, according to new data from Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), one of the nation's largest homebuilders. ...


For Your Client: How to Get Your House Ready for the Market

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. ...


Hot Property: J Lo Puts her Work-at-Home Estate in Hidden Hills on the Market

(TNS)--Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has put her work-live estate in the gated equestrian community of Hidden Hills up for sale at $17 million. ...


Ask the Expert: What Can a Homeowner Do about a Frozen Water Pipe?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, vice president of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


Report: Americans Spending Nearly Five Hours a Day on Smartphones

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. ...


Living Smart: 7 Ways to Get Creative with Kitchen Storage

(TNS)--No matter the size of your kitchen, it always seems like there’s never enough space. Maybe at one time you thought it was the perfect size, but after years of purchasing kitchen gadgets and new dishes, along with having a growing family, the thrill is gone. ...


For Your Client: Spring Projects to Spruce up Your Home

(BPT) - Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring. ...


Great Spaces Presents: The Best and Worst Neighbors of 2014

Hit singles don’t necessarily equate to neighborhood popularity, as made evident when infamous pop prince Justin Bieber was recently voted the worst neighbor of 2014 in the eighth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Bieber earned the highest percentage of ...


Good News for Housing: Consumers Show Positive Financial Attitude

Consumer optimism toward the housing market gained some momentum last month following a dip in December, likely getting a boost from their increasingly positive financial outlook, according to results from Fannie Mae's January 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


How to Sell Your Business

(TNS)—After dedicating a good 20 years to building your own business, the question just might be, “What now?” When selling the enterprise you nurtured, getting your managers to buy is usually your best bet. ...


DIY Home Repair Ideas That Will Make Your Home Worth More

If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, doing some home improvement projects first can boost its value. When your budget only allows for a limited amount of money on these projects, there are still plenty of things you can ...


Living Smart: Do I Need to Cut Down That Tree?

(TNS)--Just like people and pets — trees get sick. ...


5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—You’ve decided to go for it. Buying a home can be thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the issues can ...


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