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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Real Estate Q&A: Lien Filed against Wrong Homeowner

(MCT)—QUESTION: I recently learned that a company mistakenly filed a lien against our home. It’s clear that the company did not even check for accuracy. I contacted the firm, and it released the lien, but without written explanation. My wife and I ...


Living Smart: Basement Waterproofing Methods

(MCT)—Waterfalls and water fountains soothe the soul. Water in your basement stirs up anguish. ...


Diane Stafford: How to Deal with a Lousy Co-Worker

(MCT)—Fans of “Downton Abbey” may wonder how the conniving under-butler Thomas has managed to build unholy alliances and undermine co-workers but stay employed. ...


Steps for Battling Flu

(MCT)—It's flu season, but that doesn't mean you need to get sick. Below are several steps for battling the flu. ...


A Beginner’s Guide to Reddit

(MCT)—Reddit’s that website you’ve heard of but maybe don’t quite understand. Is it a social network? A message board? Its spare design and free-for-all culture can be intimidating, but don’t underestimate its users’ collective power—for good and, sometimes, not-so-good. The site is ...


Social Media 101: Hashtag Tips and Explanations

(MCT)—Hashtag #etiquette: ...


Real Estate Q&A: How to Do Away with Private Mortgage Insurance

(MCT)—QUESTION: We bought our home in 2005 with a no-down-payment loan that required private mortgage insurance. Since then, we have worked hard to make additional principal payments and have reduced our balance to about 70 percent of the current value. The loan ...


‘Downton Abbey’ Style Comes to Modern American Homes

(MCT)—My anglophile roots are showing, but I’m not alone. Like millions of Americans, I love “Downton Abbey.” ...


How to Hire a Social Media Expert for Small Biz

Social media is a part of daily life for many Americans and small businesses are taking advantage of that fact. ...


Job Hunters Need Digital Proficiency

(MCT)—Do you have an electronic resume? It could help your job search, particularly if it isn’t just a PDF of your paper resume. ...


Excessive Financial Optimism Can Be Dangerous

The December poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website revealed that more than half of the respondents, 56 percent, predicted they would be in a better place financially at this time next year. This response rate tripled the ...


On The Money: Cash in on Home Upgrades at Tax Time

(MCT)—As you prepare to file your federal tax return for 2013, you should remember to take advantage of several home energy-efficiency tax credits that expired last year. ...


No Heat? What Are Your Legal Options?

With a major winter storm lashing parts of the Midwest and Northeast, those stuck with no heat in their homes may be wondering if they have any legal options to fight the cold. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Unit Owner May Have to Get Rid of Pooch

(MCT)—QUESTION: Several years ago, my building changed the rules and stopped allowing pets. Because I had my dog back then, I was grandfathered in and allowed to keep it. After it died, I got a new puppy to help me deal with ...


Hey, Boss: Will You Relocate Me and My Job?

Human resources executives of global companies, take note: if you want to bring smiles to the faces of your relocating employees, tell them you have a job relocation for them in New York City or somewhere in Europe. ...