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Mortgage after 60: Good or Bad Idea?

(TNS)—Question: I’ve nearly completed paying off my $70,000 home. The problem is: I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s a 40-minute drive to work and to see my family in the next town. It’s tempting to sell this house, pay off the ...


5 Most Popular Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

(TNS)—With tax season here, many people are looking forward to the possibility of a big refund and pondering the best way to spend the extra cash. A recent GOBankingRates survey revealed some interesting differences ...


Unplugging: Majority of Americans Try to Disconnect from Tech

It's become routine to see Americans staring at screens anytime, anyplace. Whether out to dinner and sending a text, on vacation and searching the web, or simply hanging at home and watching a show, it can be a real challenge to put away ...


Granny Pods: Caring for Aging Relatives in Your Own Backyard

Caring for aging parents is a growing concern for many Americans. For those among the Sandwich Generation, homeowners typically in their forties who are responsible for their own families and their aging parents, what to do with grandma or grandpa is always a trying, stressful question to answer. While nursing homes may ...


How to Plan an Organized Move

Now that you've decided to move, the clock is ticking. While we all know that the moving process is extremely stressful, most people don't realize that there is something you can do to help ease the stresses and better plan an organized ...


How to Keep Your Sump Pump Running

(TNS)—Homeowners rarely give much thought to their sump pumps except when things go wrong. Often hidden away in a basement sump basin, these devices activate to pump water outside when water reaches ...


And the Oscar for Best Real Estate Client Goes to…

Jennifer Lawrence! ...


Great Spaces: Hollywood Home Offers Panoramic Views

Set on a hillside cul-de-sac above Sunset Plaza, this gated, three-level residence is the brainchild of fashion model and designer Melanie Mar, known for her discerning eye for detail and unique creative flair. The modern, cleanly designed home features walls of windows and ...


Less Than Half of Households Are Saving

How well is America saving? The ninth annual America Saves Week survey has found that only two-fifths (40 percent) of U.S. households report good or excellent progress in “meeting their savings needs.” This widespread lack of savings progress is consistent with responses to other survey questions: ...


3 Smart Ways to Save for Retirement when You’re Behind

(TNS)—Time seems to fly by like a speeding train. It feels like you graduated from high school yesterday, but then you blink and get an email about your 25th reunion. Another blink, and you have two grandkids. When did all that happen? You ...


Consumer Spending Has Biggest Increase in Eight Months

(TNS)—Consumers ramped up their spending in January at the fastest pace in eight months as incomes also continued to grow at a strong pace in a sign economic growth is improving after slowing at the end of last year. ...


Key Essentials to Long-Term Investing Strategies

(TNS)—If you’re an investor who wants to focus on long-term results rather than short-term wins, you need to know how to apply asset allocation and rebalancing to your portfolio. These two investment concepts are ...


7 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Going to the spa is an expensive proposition—not to mention costly in terms of time. Bringing the relaxation of the spa to your own home, however, means that you can kick back and relax whenever you like. A simple bathroom redesign can be ...


7 Alternative Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter

When temperatures drop, you might be looking for alternative ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat. Fortunately, a little ingenuity and determination will go a long way in helping you stay warm (without increasing your utility bills). Here are a few ideas ...


Here’s the First Thing You Should Do with Your Tax Refund

(TNS)—Though tax season may be daunting, there’s at least one thing about it you can look forward to: the arrival of your tax refund. ...


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