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Is Your Home Ready for Spring? A Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring is a time for renewal both for ourselves and our homes. It’s also a great reminder to check key areas around the home for defects or repairs. ...


3 Ways Successful Professionals Unwind

Learning to relax is required for a balanced life, and although it may not be a topic taught in business school or encouraged in the workplace, some of the most successful individuals understand the importance of setting aside time to restore; both physically ...


Spring Lawn Care Tips You Can Do Now

Warming temperatures, rainy days, sunny skies—these are just some of the signs that spring is here. While your lawn probably maintains its dingy brown winter look, soon, it will be blossoming with the rest of the flowers, shrubs and trees – but only ...


Are Outdoor Kitchens on the Outs?

Homeowners continue to cook up outdoor kitchens that in some cases rival their indoor counterparts. Yet some experts insist the popularity of outdoor kitchens has boiled over. ...


8 Tips That Could Get You to Millionaire Status

About 5 percent of the adult population in the U.S.—or about one in 20 people—are millionaires. Entrepreneur and investor John Rampton is one of them. Rampton, who achieved millionaire status early in life, has made some savvy decisions along the way. As ...


5 Spring Home Improvement Projects for Under $1,000

Spring is not only the best time of year to give your home a good cleaning, it’s also the best time of year to take on several home improvement projects. Spring projects like these can improve your home’s looks and performance, and rarely cost ...


Simple Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners

Buying a new home is an exciting time. Although you may be busy planning new projects, picking out paint colors and decorating your new space, there are a few essential maintenance measures you should be doing, too. ...


Great Spaces: Want to Own the Playboy Mansion? There’s Just One Catch

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5 Investments that Shine Brighter than Gold

(TNS)—It has been a tough few years for gold investors. Despite a recent uptick in gold prices, the yellow metal is still dramatically cheaper than it was in 2012, now selling at around $1,200 ...


What You Should Know about Adding Solar Energy to Your Home

When you sell homes every day, no one needs to tell you what a bonus green energy-saving items are. Everyone is concerned with maximizing energy efficiency, both to save costs and to minimize environmental concerns. Adding solar energy to a home is a great ...


6 Simple Tips for a Warm Bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, but it can also be one of the coldest. If you’re tired of getting up in the middle of the night and walking into a chilly room, it’s time to warm ...


Kitchen Counsel: Tips to Keep That Stainless Steel Shining

If you have ever owned any stainless steel products, you know how beautiful and appealing the look can be. Stainless steel appliances give a renovated kitchen that POP! it needs, while steel also makes for a very durable cookware product that never disturbs ...


The Hottest Trend in Outdoor Living? Fireplaces and Fire Pits

As more homeowners seek to bring the indoors to the outdoors, fireplaces and fire pits are becoming an even hotter commodity — literally and figuratively. ...


3 Simple Home Renovations that Your Spouse Will Love

More often than not, home renovations center around efficiency and what the family needs. We upgrade the bathroom and redo the cabinets in the kitchen because they often are the most used spaces in the home and often need some retouching. But maybe ...


Ranked: Top 10 Best Downtowns of 2016

In recent decades there has been a resurgence in America’s downtowns. This redevelopment isn’t taking place in just our largest cities. Downtowns in smaller and mid-size towns are also experiencing a renaissance. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Downtowns, 2016. These areas are ...


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