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Can Cyber Insurance Pay Off for Your Business?

Cyber insurance shouldn't be foreign to small business owners, and it can potentially keep your homefront secure. ...


Top 10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring after Severe Winter

As much of the United States recovers from one of the harshest winters in recent history, it is important to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance, repair and remodeling projects. Winter weather can be particularly damaging to a ...


5 Signs That You’re Ready to Buy a First Home

(MCT)—Buying your first home takes stamina, desire and commitment not only to navigate the complicated and time-consuming purchase process, but also to learn the ropes of being a responsible homeowner. ...


Getting Started: The Key to Building Wealth? Start Slowly, Author Says

(MCT)—What’s the best way for young investors to build wealth for retirement? Ignore your human instincts, says a new e-book targeted at 20- and 30-somethings. ...


Great Spaces: Kristen Wiig Laughs Off SoHo Listing

Funny girl Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” “Anchorman 2”) recently let go of her SoHo “mini-loft.” The New York City space includes two bedrooms and one bathroom spanning over 1,400 square feet. Considering the itty-bitty living spaces typically found throughout the Big ...


New Homes Are Less Expensive to Maintain

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. ...


5 Legal Tips If You’re Fighting over an Estate

Even if there's a will in place, families may still end up fighting over an estate after a loved one passes. ...


Balancing Act: The Secret Weapon behind Work-Life Balance

(MCT)—We all struggle for work life balance, but most of us don’t realize that sometimes the path toward achieving might be something so simple. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can a Home Meet Both Short and Long-Term Needs?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Vik Raghavan, the CEO of GrayRoost. ...


Hot Property: Back on after Short Hiatus

(MCT)--Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. ...


Living Smart: Moving

(MCT)—If there’s a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and satisfied customers: ...


Hot Property: Pink Lists Sherman Oaks Home…Again

(MCT)—Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Condo Rules Will Dictate Profit Division from Sale

(MCT)--Question: A family member of mine lives in an eight-unit condominium. A developer has offered to buy the building, and it was our expectation that the owners would split the money evenly because all the units are the same size. But some ...


Working at Home: Who Claims the Home Office Deduction?

Often cited as a “red flag” for audits, the home office deduction is in fact a legitimate business deduction with particular importance for certain careers and small business owners. Moreover—from the housing economics perspective—IRS data concerning the deduction, along with Census data ...


Great Spaces: Record-Breaking Mansion in Sydney, Australia’s Prime Waterfront

Owned by the Fairfax family, one of Australia’s most famous media dynasties, “Elaine” is set to break all previous price records in the local market. Based on independent sources, it is expected that the achieved sale price will be in the region ...