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Hawaii and New York Named Worst States to Raise a Family on a Budget

Hawaii and New York are the most expensive states to raise a family, while Tennessee and Utah are the cheapest, according to a new ranking released by GOBankingRates.com. ...


Failure to Launch Syndrome Can Hurt Household Budgets

Budget-conscious Americans say they are feeling the pinch from the responsibility of providing financial support for adult children, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling. Half of those polled during the month of September by ACCC says they are ...


Aluminum Wiring: Problems and Solutions

The electrical systems in many homes built between the mid-1960s and the late 1970s have aluminum wiring. Unbeknownst to builders at the time, aluminum wiring can cause unsafe conditions. Over time, arcing and/or a high resistance connection could develop ...


10 Ways to Know That Your Life Is Getting Better

(TNS)—When you have been through a difficult time, it can be hard to see that things are improving. You may find yourself looking over your shoulder for a while, waiting for something bad to creep up and grab you. However, if you change ...


9 Smart Tips for Keeping Your Home Looking Spotless

Nobody likes to spend hours cleaning house – and sometimes there are few hours to spare. Yet some people seem to have a knack for keeping their homes looking spotless even when the time spent cleaning is minimal. ...


The Basics on Basement Remodeling Materials

Because basements are environments unlike other rooms of a house, it's important to make the right decisions when remodeling these often damp or dark spaces. Here are a few tips you can pass along to your clients who are considering a basement remodeling project: ...


Great Spaces: ‘Paradiso’—Telluride’s Ultimate Alpine Estate

Gracefully set upon one of the most dramatic 35-acre sites in the spectacular Telluride, Colo., region, this masterpiece of contemporary design is unmatched in its setting, quality, detail and accommodations. Overlooking a reflective pond mirroring views of the towering cirque of rolling meadows ...


Booklet Protects Homeowners Depending on Medical Devices

Today I return to an issue we've been exploring for some time: aging in place, which also has a lot of crossover to younger home owners who may have special medical requirements in order to live more independently. ...


Great Spaces: Quaint Mansfield Mansion

Looking for luxury living in the state of Ohio? Located in Mansfield, this four-bedroom, five-bathroom saltbox-style rustic farm home spans over 4,600 square feet. Although it was built in 1985, this expansive home offers quaint detailing of a time gone by, but with ...


5 Interior Design Ideas for a Shoestring Budget

It can be daunting to approach a new project if you’re not a professional. However, redesigning the interior of your home doesn’t have to be a long, difficult process where you have to knock out a wall or reconfigure the plumbing. ...


5 New Home Mistakes to Absolutely Avoid

A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Homeowner Can Fight Government’s Plan to Seize Land

(TNS)—Q: We just got a letter from the government telling us it’s taking the front 15 feet of our yard to expand the road we live on. The government says it will give us money, but it seems too little, and we like ...


3 Most Dangerous Places to Use Your Debit Card

(TNS)—Making all of your purchases with a debit card is a good way to avoid spending more money than you have and racking up debt. But it’s not always the smartest way to pay. In fact, using a debit card at some places ...


Michael Jordan’s Legend Point: How NOT to Sell a Home

When NBA superstar Michael Jordan bought his estate in 1991, it was a groundbreaking purchase that shocked the world of celebrity real estate. Located just outside of Chicago, Legend Point was massive - 56,000 square feet, to be exact. It's a mega-mansion with ...


10 Houseplants That Can Actually Improve Your Health

Adding a houseplant or two always seems to improve the look of a room. But as it turns out, certain houseplants can also improve your health. According to recent studies by NASA, some houseplants filter out dangerous compounds that are commonly found in ...


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