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Selling Your Home? How to Live in Staged Surroundings

It’s no secret staging has become synonymous with selling a home. A staged home can boost perceived value by as much as 10 percent, according to listing agents surveyed in the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of ...


Contemporary Homes Can Be a Bargain

(TNC)—When Lama Kabakibi first saw the sunny atrium in the center of a Franklin Lakes, N.J., contemporary house, she was hooked. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Owner Can’t Remove Squatter without Court Order

(TNS)—Q: We rent out a house. After a prior tenant moved out, we spent a few weeks cleaning up and repainting. Over the weekend, someone just moved into the house without permission. I threw him out on his ear, and now I am ...


6 Common Financial Pitfalls

(TNS)—We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn. But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach. Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save you a great deal of money and heartache. ...


Key to Your Saving: Goals

(TNS)—Saving is not a goal in itself. To sock away money successfully, you must clearly know what you want to do with the nest egg. ...


New Study Recommends Minimum 7 Hours Sleep for Adults

(TNS)—Seven hours of shut-eye: That’s the minimum amount of sleep that adults need each night for best health, according to new recommendations from a panel led by a University of Washington sleep expert. ...


Yabba Dabba Doo You Want This ‘Flintstones’ Theme Park?

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Beyond Texting: Tips for Conversation in an Overwhelmingly Digital Age

(TNS)—The teenagers that Robert Duran spotted at the local pizza parlor were gathered around a table on a Friday night, but they weren’t talking or joking; they were staring down at their cellphones. ...


What Does It Cost to Pave a Driveway?

(TNS)—Make a great first impression on visitors to your home with an aesthetically pleasing driveway. ...


Pack It Up, Pack It In: Where Is America Growing?

If you’re looking for areas where the U.S. population is rising the most, just look in the South or West. Communities in those two regions dominate recent population growth trends, with a few exceptions. ...


Infographic: How Long Will Your Appliances Last?

When furnishing a home, nothing is meant to last forever. While the quality of your sofa or mattress may make it a more enjoyable investment, over time it's bound to wear down from normal use. To help plan for those replacements, use this ...


Be the Coolest Customer in Even the Hottest Negotiation

(TNS)—Of all the anecdotes webinar speakers I’ve seen have used to illustrate their lessons, Daniel Shapiro’s tale of a crazed kidnapper’s panicked dialogue with the police might be the ultimate show-stopper. With a life in the balance, hostage negotiators ...


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

With the summer real estate season upon us, many Americans are considering purchasing a home over the next few months. The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1.2 trillion in 2015. With that in mind, the Independent Community ...


Colors Jump from Fashion Runways to Your Hallways, Furniture

It's lights, camera and time for action when it comes to freshening up your interior spaces this spring and summer. I was intrigued by a recent blog from Koket founder Janet Morais (bykoket.com) who among many creative projects—recently provided exquisite interior ...


New Survey Shows How to Approach Home Buying with Swagger

Spring and summer mean warmer weather and increased home sales, but many homebuyers dread the process. The majority of homebuyers (95 percent) know that credit is important when purchasing a home, and those who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to ...


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