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Be the Coolest Customer in Even the Hottest Negotiation

(TNS)—Of all the anecdotes webinar speakers I’ve seen have used to illustrate their lessons, Daniel Shapiro’s tale of a crazed kidnapper’s panicked dialogue with the police might be the ultimate show-stopper. With a life in the balance, hostage negotiators ...


New Studies Illustrate How Consumers Misjudge Home Values

Encouraged by strong price increases and hot sales this spring, increasing numbers of owners are listing their homes for sale. But chances are good that millions of owners are making wrong assumptions about the value of their homes, according to two new studies. ...


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

With the summer real estate season upon us, many Americans are considering purchasing a home over the next few months. The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1.2 trillion in 2015. With that in mind, the Independent Community ...


Top 5 Government Policies that Everyone Should Know before Buying Their First Home

FOX Business Network’s Trish Regan, host of The Intelligence Report, weighs in the top 5 government policies that everyone should know before buying their first home: ...


Colors Jump from Fashion Runways to Your Hallways, Furniture

It's lights, camera and time for action when it comes to freshening up your interior spaces this spring and summer. I was intrigued by a recent blog from Koket founder Janet Morais (bykoket.com) who among many creative projects—recently provided exquisite interior ...


New Survey Shows How to Approach Home Buying with Swagger

Spring and summer mean warmer weather and increased home sales, but many homebuyers dread the process. The majority of homebuyers (95 percent) know that credit is important when purchasing a home, and those who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to ...


Seven Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week, which began May 24, the American Bankers Association is encouraging customers to prepare for hurricane season by assessing their home’s risk and developing emergency plans to protect against a potential storm. ...


Texas Family’s Replica of ‘The Munsters’ House Is Creepy and Amazing

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Buying a Home with No Credit? Probably Not

(TNS)—Some financial gurus say consumers should live 100 percent debt-free. No credit cards. No car loans. No debt of any kind for any reason. ...


8 Patio Upgrades That Will Add Sparkle to Your Summer

Looking to upgrade your patio this summer? Consider the following DIY upgrades and come June, you'll be sipping mimosas on your newly pimped out patio. ...


How Much Would Your Favorite TV Homes Cost in Real Life?

From Roseanne Conner's home in the fictional Lanford, Ill. to the Dunphy's gorgeous space in West Los Angeles, Calif., it's fun to imagine what the real-life homes of our favorite families from television history would've cost. (There's no question Phil Dunphy found himself ...


Avoiding Deadly Hidden Dangers In Your Home

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 2,385 Americans died from residential fires in 2012. Unfortunately over 20,000 people are poisoned by carbon monoxide each year and an unknown number of Americans become ill from toxic molds, often without a diagnosis. Fortunately ...


5 Home Upgrades to Consider This Season

When it comes to home improvement, the options are endless. While many homeowners have their sights set on a huge overhaul (hello five-star kitchen complete with the latest and greatest appliances and gadgets), simple home ...


Getting Feedback from Boss Who’s on the Way Out

(TNS)—Q: I work for a small company that doesn’t have a lot of formal processes. My boss is retiring, and, while I know he has been happy with my work, there’s no formal documentation of my performance. I’m concerned that ...


As with Love, First Impressions Matter in Home Sales

(TNS)—Just as every house has a personality—whether it’s a ranch, bungalow, Queen Anne, Tudor, Cape Cod or any other architectural style — the landscape that surrounds it has a personality, too, especially out front. There are formal gardens — neatly trimmed and fertilized lawns, tightly manicured evergreens and plenty of ...


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