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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Spotlight Your Home’s Best Side: Staging Helps Sell Faster

(MCT)—Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too “lived-in” as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a River Vale, N.J., mother of two, ...


Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Regardless of Wealth

(MCT)—Unless you’re rich, you may think the term “estate planning” doesn’t apply to you. Well, think again. ...


Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Wildfire season is approaching and it’s time to make sure you have done everything you can to protect your property. Firefighters must make snap judgments about which structures to try to save and which are too dangerous to defend. A defensible space ...


Family Travel Five: Make Your Vacation Picture-Perfect

(MCT)—Smile: It’s a family photo. Here are ideas for adding photographic interest to your vacation and some contact info for finding destinations. ...


Are Your Employees Sabotaging Your Company’s Accountability?

We all know what it’s like to be promised, “I’ll get back to you on that question,” only to never hear another word. Likewise, we’ve all dealt with colleagues who draft off of others’ achievements, salespeople who don’t stand behind their products ...


Your Place: Condensing Furnace Exhaust Vapors Can Freeze Near Chimney

(MCT)—A reminder: Asking a question here should not be a substitute for hiring a professional to handle a problem. The most important function of this column is as a forum for ideas. Some problems look alike but often are not ...


An Entrepreneurial Remedy for Continuing Foreclosure Crisis

Despite the recovering economy, home foreclosures have not abated—in fact, they surged in January. ...


Sorting through Sea of Documents at Closing

(MCT)—QUESTION: I recently read that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going to make the mortgage closing process more consumer-friendly. Do you think it can? ...


How-To: Spring-Clean your Small Business

(MCT)—Professional organizer Jennifer Burnham tackles everything from hoarders’ homes to estate sales, corporate headquarters to home-based offices. ...


House Flippers Are Back in New Reality TV Series

(MCT)—In an era of rising home prices, making money flipping a house seems like a slam-dunk. ...


5 Keys to Developing Personal Power

Personal power is a core leadership competency that everyone needs to develop before they can lead others. It has to do with being able to lead yourself. ...


Family Travel: Five Great Places to Hit the Hot Springs

(MCT)—After winter’s chill, a dip in the hot springs could be just what the family ordered. Here are five to consider: ...


Diggin’ In: Creating a Rain Garden

(MCT)—Rain is a natural resource for your yard. ...


Living Smart: Spring Cleaning for Your Home Exterior

(MCT)—Don’t let dirty windows obscure your view of nature in full spring glory. Whether you do the job yourself or hire an experienced pro, few home investments are as immediately satisfying as clean, sparkling windows. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Do You Have a Simple Interest Mortgage?

(MCT)—QUESTION: I recently discovered that the second mortgage I have had for nine years was simple interest, which explains why I have made barely a dent in paying down the balance. ...


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