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Better to Own Near Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

Two of our most basic needs as humans are food and shelter, and a recently released RealtyTrac report takes an enlightening look at an analysis combining these two elements. For this analysis, RealtyTrac looked at home values, appreciation and property taxes in U.S. zip codes with a Whole Foods or ...


Consumers Expect Slower Growth in Spending

The July 2015 Survey of Consumer Expectations results suggest relatively stable expectations about the economy. The median one-year and three-year-ahead expected rates of inflation remained unchanged at 3.0 percent. While earnings and household income growth expectations were largely unchanged, median household spending growth expectations retreated substantially to their lowest level ...


Great Spaces: Johnny Depp Lists Entire French Village

What’s better than owning your own village in France? Owning your own village in France that once belonged to Hollywood legend Johnny Depp. Located just 17 miles north of St. Tropez, Depp purchased the 12-structure, 37-acre village in 2001. ...


5 Ways to Go from Millennial to Millionaire

(TNS)--With record student loan balances and rampant underemployment among their ranks, millennials have become widely known as the recession generation. Despite this, a 2014 report from The Shullman Research Center shows a ...


3 Mistakes You’re Making before a Big Purchase

(TNS)—You might have kicked yourself a few times for making a bad purchase or buying something that later went on sale, but if you didn’t pay a lot to begin with, you probably didn’t lose sleep over it. But making a mistake with ...


Great Spaces: Marlon Brando’s Party Pad Hits the Market

A pristine Hollywood home once belonging to silver screen legend Marlon Brando could be yours for the price of $3.495 million. ...


7 Simple Tips for Superior Deck Design and Safety

Decks are great outdoor entertainment and relaxation areas, especially in the summertime, but they also need regular maintenance and checkups to stay in shape. Here are some tips to keep your deck looking its best: ...


Great Spaces: Calvin Klein Buys Home with Catwalk

The renowned fashion designer and underwear guru Calvin Klein has snapped up a home in the Hollywood Hills for the totally reasonable price of $25 million. ...


Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value

Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though ...


Millennials Have the Lowest Credit Scores of All Generations

As millennials have now passed baby boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. population, this digitally independent generation is still much less savvy than older generations when it comes to their finances and credit management. Experian® recently released key findings today that provide a glimpse into the credit management ...


Top 10 Cleaning Tips from Hotel Housekeepers

Nobody knows how to clean faster and more thoroughly than a hotel maid. To cut down on the time you spend cleaning, take these tips from Radisson Housekeeping Manager Maria Stickney: ...


Pet Peeves of Highly Successful People

(TNS)—With more than 25 million copies sold worldwide in more than 40 languages, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one of the most popular self-help books of all time. In this book, author Stephen R. Covey ignored psychology fads ...


Living Smart: What Causes Low Water Pressure in My House?

(TNS)—Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing ...


Homebuying: Beware of Foundation Problems

When buying a new home, chances are you spend a lot of time inspecting various aspects of the property. Before making an offer, be sure to take a closer look at one hidden area of the home: its foundation. Foundation problems can ...


10 Quick Checks a Year Can Keep Your Home in Top Condition

If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where ...


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