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Living Smart: Unglamorous Home Projects

(MCT)—It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. ...


Hot Property: Leaving Another Zip Code?

(MCT)—Jason Priestley, who made a name for himself playing Brandon Walsh on “Beverly Hills, 90210” in the 1990s, has sold a home in the San Fernando Valley’s Toluca Lake neighborhood for $2 million. ...


Microchips in Our Passports and Credit Cards: Are they Safe?

(MCT)—U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. ...


Hot Property: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski Add House to Their Portfolio

(MCT)—Emily Blunt has been quite busy—she’ll be tearing up the big screen this year—but apparently she still had time to go house shopping. She and husband John Krasinski have spent $2.575 million for a home in Hollywood Hills ...


Nine Ways Air Travel Is Better Than It’s Ever Been

(MCT)—If I read one more article about how awful air travel is today compared to the “golden days of air travel” my head is going to explode. I’m as nostalgic as the next guy, and would pay anything to take one last ...


Is a Franchise Right for You? Ask Yourself These Questions

(MCT)—The word of the day was “fit.” ...


Living Smart: Creating a Home Maintenance and Project Fund

Saving for a rainy day takes on new meaning if your roof springs a leak during a storm. ...


Great Spaces: Exquisite Upper East Side Condominiums

Dreaming of living big in the Big Apple? The Upper East Side’s new deluxe condominiums, located at 155 East 79th Street, may be just the spot for you—as long as you can foot the 9 million dollar price tag. The 14-story building, ...


8 Things to Know about Working with Movers

It’s summer, which means many people are moving. Doing it yourself is physically tough and can be expensive. Using movers often makes a lot of sense. But how do you make sure you’re using a good one? ...


Orlando Bloom Sells Home in Hollywood Hills

(MCT)—Orlando Bloom has sold a house in Hollywood Hills West for $3.9 million. ...


Goats Serving as Eco-Friendly Landscapers

(MCT)—Have you herd?  Goats will soon be munching their way through spring lawns, as property owners trade machinery and labor crews for hungry, four-legged landscapers ready to decimate any vegetation in their way. ...


Living Smart: Getting Your Screened-in Porch Spring/Summer-Ready

(MCT)—What area of the home offers the best of inside and outside living, with no downside except for the need for occasional cleaning and maintenance? ...


The Mortgage Professor: Preparing Yourself for Closing

(MCT)--The challenging part of the closing process is perusing the transactional documents that indicate whether or not you are getting the deal you believe you negotiated or were promised. ...


Give Your Front Door a Face Lift

(MCT)—A front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression. ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


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