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Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living ...


Your Place: Best to Tend to Pipes before They Freeze

(TNS)—Really cold weather waited for the new year to give us the shivers, a vivid reminder of this fact: ...


Reverse Mortgage and Your Adult Children

(TNS)—You’re thinking about getting a reverse mortgage. Should you discuss your plan with your adult children? Maybe. Every senior homeowner’s situation is unique. ...


7 Important Home Renovation Tips You Might’ve Missed

New year, new you, right? Sure! If you’re like most people, the new year is chock-full of health- and wellness-related resolutions—but why stop there? Your home could use some improvements in the new year too. If a major home improvement is on your ...


What You Need to Know about Lead Poisoning

(TNS)—The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. ...


How Can You Fend Off the Flu at Work?

(TNS)—No matter what grandma might have warned, simple exposure to frosty winter air won’t lead to getting the flu. ...


A Foolproof Home Organizer Checklist

If your New Year’s resolutions include keeping a tidier, more organized household, home and garden experts provide a home organization checklist designed to help keep you on target. ...


Pros, Cons and Cost of Space Heater Options

(TNS)—Central heating systems are designed to maintain a warm and comfortable temperature in your home — even when the weather outside is exceptionally cold and frigid. However, extreme snow storms and dramatically cold weather can prevent your primary ...


Learning the Basics of Reverse Mortgages

(TNS)—Reverse mortgages have become the cash-strapped homeowner’s financial planning tool of choice. ...


Real Estate Q&A: When the Home Doesn’t Appraise

(TNS)—Q: After a long search, we finally found a home. We outbid the other interested parties and are under contract to close later this month. But our lender just told us that the house did not appraise for the purchase price. What can ...


Prepping: Need a New Kitchen in 2016?

For 2016, I'm introducing an ongoing series we'll call 'Prepping!' In a single segment, or series, we'll take on a subject related to your home - like 'prepping for a new kitchen' or 'prepping for ...


How to Stop Putting Things Off at Work

(TNS)—The fun of the holidays is over and most of us are back at work, hoping to focus on new goals. ...


Warren Buffett’s 5 Reasons to Never Retire

(TNS)—Many people dream of the day when they can finally quit working and enjoy retirement. But to Warren Buffett, retirement “is not my idea of living,” he has says. ...


5 Healthy Home Habits to Start in 2016

(TNS)—It’s the time of year when we’re inundated with articles on how to be healthy, start good-for-you habits and dump the bad ones. But, what about giving some attention to another major investment in your life—your home. ...


High-End ‘Super Dorms’ Find Home in Chicago’s Loop

(TNS)—The Spartan college dorm is out. The luxury student apartment is in. ...


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