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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Costs Can Vary Widely for Home Repairs

(MCT)—Many homeowners are perplexed when they see defects in their homes. If there is a water spot on the ceiling, does it mean a few shingles on the roof need to be replaced? Or does an entirely new roof need to be ...


Diggin’ In: How to Grow a Terrarium

(MCT)—If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. ...


Your Office Coach: Turn Tables on Talkative Co-Worker

(MCT)—QUESTION: I’m having difficulty with the person who was recently assigned to be my mentor. “Mark” is supposed to help me learn procedures in the research lab where I work as a graduate assistant. Although we get along well, he tends to ...


Rex Huppke: Here’s a Thought – Think about Work

(MCT)—I’m on record as being opposed to thinking. I find it distracts from the important things in life, like watching television or staring mindlessly at small flecks of dust drifting through the air. ...


Spending Smart: Extended Warranties Warrant a Closer Look

(MCT)—Do extended service contracts warrant your attention and your dollars? ...


Texas REALTORS® De-Mystify Three Top Home Selling Myths

I recently came across some very interesting and de-mystifying information courtesy of the Texas Association of REALTORS® directed at first-time sellers. The Association warns that there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell a home. ...


Your Place: Paint Peeling, Plaster Crumbling—What to Do?

(MCT)—Q: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. ...


Alternative Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

(MCT)—A standard, fully amortizing mortgage pays off the balance over the term. With a 30-year term, this requires 360 monthly payments, while a 15-year term requires 180 payments. Many lenders, however, offer special loan repayment programs that promise to pay off the ...


Seven Tips to Help You Finish Your Work Faster

Finally (finally!), the days are getting longer, and winter’s frigid temperatures are rising. (Okay, so that last part is happening more slowly than most of us would prefer, but it is happening.) Pretty soon, it will be downright pleasant to enjoy evenings ...


Living Smart: Interior Painting—Picking Color and Finish

(MCT)—In the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and they start with picking ...


Your Place: Choosing an Oceanside-Worthy Air Conditioning Unit

(MCT)—Q: In 2012, I wrote about possible solutions to a wet crawl space at my newly acquired home in Mantoloking, N.J., and your reply and the input from your readers was helpful. ...


How to Buy a Second Home

(MCT)—If you have been toying with the idea of buying a second home, now could be a good time to take the leap. Interest rates are still low by historic standards, and home prices are recovering from the bust but aren’t out ...


Real Estate Q&A: Bank Blows Its Own Short Sale Deadline

(MCT)—QUESTION: I’m buying a short sale. After I submitted the application, the seller’s bank told me I could expect an answer in 30 days. But that date has come and gone with no answer yet. It’s an all-cash offer for market value. ...


Subtle Pitfalls Can Damage Credit Scores

(MCT)—Many people know that making late payments, skipping payments or filing for bankruptcy are surefire ways to ruin their credit. ...


Seven Ways to ‘Supernetwork’ Your Way to Success

During your career you’ve heard or read lots of advice on networking. And chances are you’ve picked up a subtle, underlying message: More is better. Why else would you have left the last conference you attended with a briefcase full of business ...


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