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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 ...


Great Spaces: A Peek Inside One of London’s Most Luxurious Properties

One of London’s most exclusive and stunning penthouses is now available in Knightsbridge, covering an expansive 10,000 square feet and providing incredible views over the city. ...


Plan Your Estate while You’re Young

(TNS)—Watching financial advisors put their house in order can teach you about building your own plan. You’re never too young, and here’s why. ...


How Clean Is the Air in Your Home or Office?

With never-ending news stories about the poor air quality in cities and depressing gray pictures of smoggy skylines, it’s no wonder that most Americans assume that their indoor air quality is better than the quality outdoors. However, the quality of indoor air is, on average, two to five times worse ...


5 Pros and 5 Cons of Homeowners’ Associations

Across the U.S., homeowners’ associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners’ association. That’s up from 46 percent in 2009. ...


‘Haunted’ Homeowners Sue Makers of ‘The Conjuring’

What's more terrifying than living in a haunted house? Living in a haunted house that strangers are constantly trying to break into. This is the case for Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald R. Helfrich , the owners of the “haunted” home that inspired the 2013 ...


Your Place: Some Professional Tips for Clearing the Air

(TNS)—October is National Indoor Air Quality Month, so I thought I would share a few thoughts from Broan Nu-Tone, a manufacturer of home-ventilation products. ...


Why Some Homeowners Are No Longer Cool with Backyard Pools

(TNS)—For more than 25 years, a kidney-shaped pool sparkled behind Paul Chen’s Los Angeles-area home. ...


How to Choose the Perfect City for Your Vacation Home

Purchasing a vacation home is a great way to ensure that you always have a place to escape, without worrying about crammed hotel rooms and the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a week. When you own a vacation home, you can pack and leave at your convenience, ...


5 Smart Home Products We’re Not Sure We Need

From learning thermostats to garage-opening apps, there’s no doubt smart home devices have brought convenience to our doorstep – but we’re willing to bet many aren’t nearly as practical as they seem. Below, we’ve rounded up some recent innovations that are more ...


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