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Ask the Expert: What Can a Homeowner Do about a Frozen Water Pipe?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, vice president of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


Report: Americans Spending Nearly Five Hours a Day on Smartphones

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. ...


Living Smart: 7 Ways to Get Creative with Kitchen Storage

(TNS)--No matter the size of your kitchen, it always seems like there’s never enough space. Maybe at one time you thought it was the perfect size, but after years of purchasing kitchen gadgets and new dishes, along with having a growing family, the thrill is gone. ...


For Your Client: Spring Projects to Spruce up Your Home

(BPT) - Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring. ...


Great Spaces Presents: The Best and Worst Neighbors of 2014

Hit singles don’t necessarily equate to neighborhood popularity, as made evident when infamous pop prince Justin Bieber was recently voted the worst neighbor of 2014 in the eighth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Bieber earned the highest percentage of ...


Good News for Housing: Consumers Show Positive Financial Attitude

Consumer optimism toward the housing market gained some momentum last month following a dip in December, likely getting a boost from their increasingly positive financial outlook, according to results from Fannie Mae's January 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


How to Sell Your Business

(TNS)—After dedicating a good 20 years to building your own business, the question just might be, “What now?” When selling the enterprise you nurtured, getting your managers to buy is usually your best bet. ...


DIY Home Repair Ideas That Will Make Your Home Worth More

If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, doing some home improvement projects first can boost its value. When your budget only allows for a limited amount of money on these projects, there are still plenty of things you can ...


Living Smart: Do I Need to Cut Down That Tree?

(TNS)--Just like people and pets — trees get sick. ...


5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—You’ve decided to go for it. Buying a home can be thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the issues can ...


5 Tax-Saving Strategies to Help This Tax Season


Millions of Americans face a challenge in meeting their budgets every month—not just financially, but also in their time budgets, says investment advisor Reid Abedeen. ...


New Study Finds Price Premium for Solar Homes

A study conducted by a team of researchers,  led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Laboratory, found that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The research (Selling into the Sun: ...


Great Spaces: Soak Up South Carolina Luxury at Seven Oaks

Looking to get luxurious down south? Look no further than Seven Oaks, a palatial manor with river views and access located in Bluffton, S.C., just minutes from the white sand beaches of Hilton Head Island and close to the romantic towns of Savannah, ...


8 Small Ways to Save Big

Yes, it’s hard to save money—especially when you think you’ve already cut the fat out of your monthly budget. But Kiplinger’s personal finance editors offer eight ways you may not have considered that can help you wring out a few more dollars to ...


87 Percent of U.S. Homes Qualify for Down Payment Help

RealtyTrac recently released a Down Payment Resource (DPR) on the availability of down payment programs across the country. Out of more than 78 million U.S. single family homes and condos, more than 68 million (87 percent) would qualify ...


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