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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Your Place: Get Home Prepared Well before Hurricane Strikes

(MCT)—Three years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene. ...


Business Blogs That Work: Eight Tips for Building a Successful One

These days, it seems business blogs are everywhere. And why not? They’re simple to set up, and they’re a great way to promote your products and services. But here’s the real question: Do they get results? ...


Tips to Make a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

(MCT)—Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic. It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule. Starting the new routine before school begins can help families ease back into the school year. These simple ...


Apply a Little Art – And Science – to Market Your Home

No seller wants to take less than their home is worth, but they don't want their property languishing on the market for an extended time because of the price tag. That’s why it’s important to do a little research before fixing your ...


Beware, Mortgage Scammers on the Rise Again

(MCT)—For years, it was “the Wild West” of real estate scams. ...


Your Place: Before End-of-Summer Vacation, Get House Ready

(MCT)—Despite years of financial crisis, Europeans still leave town in August. ...


Late Summer Is Perfect for Planting around Your Property

Recently, I chatted with Ed Hume (humeseeds.com) for some ideas about the best things to put into the ground this fall, so you can enjoy the beauty and bounty of your property into the winter and well into next season. ...


Taking a Moment to Unplug, Focus on Happiness

(MCT)—I went to Mexico and read a book by a Canadian author that made me think about work in America. ...


A Fight for Urban Trees: Wealthier Neighborhoods Leafier

(MCT)—The benefits of trees—from their grace and beauty to their gifts of cool, clean air and stress relief—are well-known and documented in study after study. Yet as the city grows, it is struggling to hold onto its trees, especially in poorer areas. ...


Ice Bucket Challenge Is Taking America’s Charitable Giving by Storm

(MCT)—Martha Stewart did it. So did Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Goodell, Carson Daly, the New England Patriots, Ethel Kennedy, Adam Zuckerberg, Knightro the University of Central Floria mascot and probably someone you know. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Who Gets the Money?

(MCT)—Q: We had an investment property that fell into foreclosure a few years ago. It finally went to auction and was bought by a third party for about $20,000 more than what we owed the lender. Who gets that money?  — Liz ...


Simple Tips to Take Your Backyard from ‘Blah’ to ‘Breathtaking’

Living in an apartment community certainly has its perks (i.e., not having to fix things when they break), but one thing I truly miss is having a backyard that I can enjoy—whenever and however I want to. While a quick look out ...


Budgeting Basics for Homeowners

A new home often means making significant adjustments to how you spend your money. Expenses such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance add up quickly and can easily throw your best financial intentions out of whack. Creating and following ...


Getting Started: College Textbook-Shopping Tips

(MCT)—Back-to-school shopping has started, and for college students, that means figuring out how to pay for at least one big expense: textbooks. ...


Inheriting Property? These Home Inheritance Solutions Can Help

The passing of a loved one is both devastating and trying. It presents the time to mourn and celebrate the person’s life, to gather with family and friends, and to organize any assets that have been left behind. A significant ...


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