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5 Money-Saving Tips on Car Rentals

Road trip season is upon us, and for many travelers, that means negotiating the ins and outs of the rental car contract. From rewards programs to selecting the best pick-up location, there are numerous ways you can save money on your next car rental. ...


Great Spaces: Magnificent Mountain Retreat Sells at Auction

On March 1, a Utah mountain retreat sold at auction for a mountainous sum of $4.2 million. Framed by tall trees, this custom-designed ski-in/ski-out home includes five bedrooms, eight baths, an elevator and a private six-acre estate. Located near the renowned Alpenglow Ski ...


10 Air Quality Control Tips for Home and Health

Air quality has a direct impact on our health, both in and outside of our homes. While much is being done to improve the air outdoors, maintaining a healthy level of air quality ...


Military Homebuyers Purchase Younger, Buy Larger and More Expensive Homes, Says NAR

Differences in household demographics and affordable financing options spur homebuying demand for young active-service military members, causing them to significantly outpace the share of non-military homebuyers under the age of 35, according to the first-ever 2016 Veterans & ...


LED Lighting Keeps Shining as Kitchen and Bathroom Fixture

LED lighting is basking in the residential spotlight. ...


Will Zero-Energy Homes Change the Future of Real Estate?

While trends typically come and go, one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the concept surrounding the zero-energy home, a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As ...


Great Spaces: The Ultimate Bed and Breakfast

Have you ever dreamed of owning your very own bed and breakfast? Your dream could now become reality! ...


Tech Trends: Smart Buyer’s Reps Know about Smart Homes

Smart-home technology is shifting into high gear. By all accounts, 2016 will be the tipping point for consumer interest and adoption, nearly five years ahead of experts’ original projections. ...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a…Floating Home?

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How Solar Water Heaters Can Save Your Household Money

A solar home: for most people, this idea conjures images of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels steadily yielding electricity to power their computer, their TV or maybe even an electric car. Though were you aware that there is another type of solar that can ...


Americans Saving More Than Last Year

Key findings from the recently-released 2016 Financial Literacy Survey indicate that Americans are sharpening their focus on personal savings, with slight increases among those who say they are saving more than last year (26 percent in 2016 vs. 24 percent in 2015). The portion of those contributing income toward non-retirement ...


There Goes the Neighborhood: Do You Trust the Folks Next Door?

Every now and then, we call on our neighbors for favors. That’s what they’re there for, right? ...


NYC’s Met Museum Recreates the Iconic ‘Psycho’ House

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Consumer Credit Default Rates Fall Flat

Updates in consumer credit defaults show a composite rate of 0.93 percent in March, down four basis points from the previous month, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. The first mortgage default reported a 0.77 percent rate for March, down seven basis points from the prior month. Auto ...


10 Tips for Taking Care of Wood Furniture

Quality wood furniture can last a lifetime and is often a treasured heirloom, passed down through multiple generations. Still, even the highest quality wood is susceptible to scratches and abrasions if not properly cared for. ...


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