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3 Simple Home Renovations that Your Spouse Will Love

More often than not, home renovations center around efficiency and what the family needs. We upgrade the bathroom and redo the cabinets in the kitchen because they often are the most used spaces in the home and often need some retouching. But maybe ...


First Mortgage Debt Climbs while Home Equity Lending Drops

According to data from the National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of outstanding first mortgages in January is more than $8.3 trillion, an increase of 2.1 percent from same time a year ago. Conversely, during that same period, the total outstanding ...


Mortgage after 60: Good or Bad Idea?

(TNS)—Question: I’ve nearly completed paying off my $70,000 home. The problem is: I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s a 40-minute drive to work and to see my family in the next town. It’s tempting to sell this house, pay off the ...


5 Most Popular Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

(TNS)—With tax season here, many people are looking forward to the possibility of a big refund and pondering the best way to spend the extra cash. A recent GOBankingRates survey revealed some interesting differences ...


Unplugging: Majority of Americans Try to Disconnect from Tech

It's become routine to see Americans staring at screens anytime, anyplace. Whether out to dinner and sending a text, on vacation and searching the web, or simply hanging at home and watching a show, it can be a real challenge to put away ...


How to Plan an Organized Move

Now that you've decided to move, the clock is ticking. While we all know that the moving process is extremely stressful, most people don't realize that there is something you can do to help ease the stresses and better plan an organized ...


How to Keep Your Sump Pump Running

(TNS)—Homeowners rarely give much thought to their sump pumps except when things go wrong. Often hidden away in a basement sump basin, these devices activate to pump water outside when water reaches ...


Know These Notable Tax Credits and Deductions

(TNS)—When you sit down to do your tax return, you won’t find new twists as a result of federal tinkering. Congress brought back some of the old favorite deductions that were going away, and ...


3 Smart Ways to Save for Retirement when You’re Behind

(TNS)—Time seems to fly by like a speeding train. It feels like you graduated from high school yesterday, but then you blink and get an email about your 25th reunion. Another blink, and you have two grandkids. When did all that happen? You ...


Selling? 6 Staging Secrets of Model Homes

It’s no secret staging can raise the value of a home—in fact, it can boost a sale price by as much as 10 percent. The best staged homes—the ones that garner the full 10—strike the balance between lived-in and never-owned. How can ...


Key Essentials to Long-Term Investing Strategies

(TNS)—If you’re an investor who wants to focus on long-term results rather than short-term wins, you need to know how to apply asset allocation and rebalancing to your portfolio. These two investment concepts are ...


7 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Going to the spa is an expensive proposition—not to mention costly in terms of time. Bringing the relaxation of the spa to your own home, however, means that you can kick back and relax whenever you like. A simple bathroom redesign can be ...


7 Alternative Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter

When temperatures drop, you might be looking for alternative ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat. Fortunately, a little ingenuity and determination will go a long way in helping you stay warm (without increasing your utility bills). Here are a few ideas ...


Here’s the First Thing You Should Do with Your Tax Refund

(TNS)—Though tax season may be daunting, there’s at least one thing about it you can look forward to: the arrival of your tax refund. ...


Living Smart: Which Shower Door Is Right for Your Bathroom?

(TNS)—Installing a new shower? Unless you’re getting a walk-in shower or a bathtub/shower insert — which sometimes only requires a shower curtain — you’ll need to select a type of shower door. ...


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