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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. ...


Winter Maintenance Tips to Keep Homeowners Comfortable — and Safe — This Winter

American Home Shield recently released five important tips to remind homeowners to take preventative maintenance steps and other precautions to help keep their homes cozy -- and safe -- this winter. ...


How to Create Lasting Holiday Memories

(TNS)--Many of us have lasting memories from our childhood holidays. Some are more predictable than others, tied to traditions that get passed down for generations and whose mere practice today still stirs emotions. ...


Great Spaces: Seattle Tree Fort for Sale

Why live on the ground when you can live in a tree? Or, best case scenario, live in both! A current Seattle listing for a 2,205-square-foot home comes with a treehouse larger than the average apartment. ...


Identified: Top Metro Areas Poised for Uptick in Baby Boomer Home Sales

Metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market, according to ...


Research Shows Many U.S. Renters Still Dream of Homeownership

The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters' dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be ...


No More Nightcrawling Here for Jake Gyllenhaal

(TNS)—Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars in the recently released thriller “Nightcrawler,” has parted with his gated compound in Hollywood Hills for $3,262,500. ...


Your Place: Can You Insulate Old Plaster Walls?

(TNS)—Q: My home was built in 1944, and even the new addition, a porch converted to a dining area about 20 years ago, has lath and plaster walls. Is there a way to insulate these walls? ...


Your Home: Furnace Maintenance Tips

Furnaces are often uncomplicated and relatively easy to keep up. The purpose of systematic maintenance is effective operation.  Whatever kind of furnace that is heating the house, there are several steps to take to preserve the heating in prime operating condition. ...


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