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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Living Smart: How Landscaping Can Deter Intruders, Pests

(MCT)—Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. ...


Reasons to Use (Or Not Use) Home Equity

(MCT)—Homeowners who have equity might be tempted to extract some of that wealth and use it for other immediate needs or wants. ...


Is Kickstarter or Crowdfunding Money Taxable Income?

Small businesses may be very successful raising funds through Kickstarter, but those who receive those funds shouldn't forget the potential tax implications of crowdfunding. ...


Picking Your Ideal Retirement Spot

(MCT)—When you think about retiring—really retiring, no longer working—where do you ultimately want to settle down? ...


Diggin’ In: Rain Barrels Fill Many Needs for Home, Garden

(MCT)--Gardens are typically blessed with spring rains that bring summer flowers—and then the hot, dry months of July and August take their toll. ...


How to Live Green as a Preservationist

Despite the environment being a hot-button topic in global conversation, eco-consciousness has found its way into our everyday lives. More and more individuals are realizing that they, too, can have a positive impact on their surroundings.


An Island in the Sun: The Dream of Buying Paradise

We’ve all been there: trapped at your desk on the gloomiest of days. In diva-esque fashion, the sun refuses to come out of its dressing room.  Is it just me, or are the colors in most offices downright dismal, not to mention ...


The Most Absurd Features of Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC Apartment

Leonardo DiCaprio is a baller. Though he may be sans-Oscar (hopefully not for much longer), this “Wolf of Wall Street” can still afford to drop $10 million on a two-bedroom apartment in an eco-friendly New York City high rise. But calling ...


If Your Tree Falls onto Neighbor’s Property, Are You Liable?

If your tree falls onto a neighbor's property, it might not make a sound, but you may be liable. ...


Keep Your Cool This Summer

Summer is time for fun in welcome warm weather—but it’s also important to stay cool when the temperatures really get up there. Both indoors and out, keeping cool will help you and your family feel more comfortable and avoid heat-related health problems ...


Living Smart: Easy Projects to Spruce up Your Landscaping

(MCT)—Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ...


To Go Solar or Not? That Is the Question!

I spend a lot of time monitoring the home solar industry and passing new information on whenever it develops. As more companies emerge to help homeowners with solar energy projects, and the price of related equipment continues to drop, more and more ...


Real Estate Q&A: Loan Status Depends on What Deed Says

(MCT)—QUESTION: Years ago I bought a house with my girlfriend, and it was titled in just her name, as was the mortgage loan. Several years later, we deeded the property into both of our names, even though we never got married. She ...


Social Media Training: 5 Legal Topics to Cover With Your Staff

Social media training is essential for any employer who wants his or her staff to help a business' online presence to thrive. ...


Diggin’ In: Landscapes Need Renovating Just Like Homes

Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior décor. ...


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