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Interior House Painting Tips for Newbies

Anyone would agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to give your home a clean, new look for spring—and even you’ve never wielded a paintbrush before, a few simple tips will help you get ...


5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Chores

(TNS)—Ah, spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier in the year now await you—a seemingly never-ending list of chores. ...


Safe & Sound: Why Home Security Is Crucially Important for Your Rental Property

A large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Home More Energy Efficient?

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


Americans Are Overly Confident when It Comes to Finances, yet Unprepared for the Future

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


What’s Hot in Hollywood: A Peek inside Celebrity Real Estate

Regardless of the ever-changing market, there is one kind of buyer who is always on the prowl for new toys and the latest and greatest status symbols; one who is ready to go with copious cash in hand and a hunger to expand ...


Facebook Floats Idea for More Housing in Menlo Park

(TNS)—Amid the California rumble of bulldozers and buzz of traffic, a 394-unit apartment complex partly funded by Facebook is taking form here, with perks such as a bike repair shop, pet spa and sports pub designed to attract tech workers. ...


HUD Secretary Tells REALTORS® FHA Is Exploring Alternative Credit Scoring Models to Expand Mortgage Access

A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium recently to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating ...


5 Great Home Improvements for $500 or Less

When it comes to upgrading our homes, there is a never-ending list of things to do, from buying new patio furniture to replacing the kitchen cabinets. But the editors of Money Magazine suggest five home remodeling projects that will vastly improve the look ...


Spending on Happiness

(TNS)—Giving money to people you love probably makes you happy. Spending money on others also probably makes you happier than spending it on yourself, just as spending money on experiences makes you happier than spending money on things. So does that mean you ...


9 Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

(TNS)—Dust the baseboards. Check! Tackle the pantry. Check! And the bookshelves, and the—achoo! Spring cleaning stirring up allergens? ...


Finding a Paint to Bust Ghost Shadows on Ceiling

(TNS)—Q: The ceiling in my house is showing shadow or ghost lines that correspond to the longitudinal beams of the roof structure. ...


5 Questions for the First-Time Homebuyer

(TNS)—Usually, a first-time homebuyer picks out a house before lining up financing, but experts say it should be the opposite. ...


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