Make a Money Plan and Relax

(TNS)—Getting your finances organized in the first place is hard enough without constant saving, managing and scrutinizing every bank statement. Yes, you need to have a plan. But you also need to More »

Six Ways to Build Credit without a Credit Card

(TNS)—Whether you’re new to using credit or have made a few dire credit mistakes in the past and need to rebuild, growing a robust and positive credit history can dictate the interest More »

Real Estate Q&A: Short Sale May Be the Right Choice with Foreclosure Looming

(TNS)—Q: We’ve been turned down repeatedly for loan modifications and have been stuck in foreclosure for several years. Truthfully, we don’t need and can’t afford this much house anyway. The court has More »

Make a Money Plan and Relax

(TNS)—Getting your finances organized in the first place is hard enough without constant saving, managing and scrutinizing every bank statement. Yes, you need to have a plan. But you also need to relax. I’m a tad bit of a control freak. Take the passion for numbers and add in a Type A personality and you […]
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Six Ways to Build Credit without a Credit Card

(TNS)—Whether you’re new to using credit or have made a few dire credit mistakes in the past and need to rebuild, growing a robust and positive credit history can dictate the interest rates you’re offered when financing a big-ticket purchase, like a car or home, or whether you can obtain a loan at all. Generally, […]
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Real Estate Q&A: Short Sale May Be the Right Choice with Foreclosure Looming

(TNS)—Q: We’ve been turned down repeatedly for loan modifications and have been stuck in foreclosure for several years. Truthfully, we don’t need and can’t afford this much house anyway. The court has scheduled the foreclosure auction for about six weeks from now. Is there anything we can still do to soften the blow from all […]
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Full Disclosure: How Pre-listing Home Inspections Even the Score for Sellers

When we were kids, we stuffed our closets full of our toys in lieu of putting them neatly away, hoping that our parents would never find the mess we made. We thought we could spend as little time as possible on chores to maximize the amount of time for fun. But eventually, we would come […]
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Living Smart: Take Steps to Ensure Best Carpet Installation

(TNS)—Is new carpet in your future? Don’t forget to walk through installation details before you buy. It’s important to assess carpet quality and match type to intended use, but you’ll avoid hassles if you also know what to expect with installation and related fees. Hire an experienced, reputable carpet installer Start with choosing carpet from […]
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Hot Property: A Place to Crash in Venice

(TNS)—Actor Don Cheadle, who stars in and produces “House of Lies,” has invested in a bungalow in Venice for $ 894,000. The pied-a-terre of slightly more than 800 square feet sits on a tree-lined street near shopping, restaurants and the water. The midcentury single-story features a breakfast nook, a dining area, two bedrooms and one bathroom. […]
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Great Spaces: Seattle Tree Fort for Sale

Why live on the ground when you can live in a tree? Or, best case scenario, live in both! A current Seattle listing for a 2,205-square-foot home comes with a treehouse larger than the average apartment. This woodland retreat is charming and relatively spacious. It offers not one, but three (yes, three), stories of tree-fort […]
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Your Place: Tricky Replacing Range Door, Panel

(TNS)—Q: I own a Thermador 30-inch gas slide-in range (Model GSC30LV), which has an attached riser exhaust vent that lowers and rises with a control unit on the front of the oven. Unfortunately it is white. I called Thermador, and they told me that unit is not available in stainless. I don’t want to replace […]
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How to Create Lasting Holiday Memories

(TNS)–Many of us have lasting memories from our childhood holidays. Some are more predictable than others, tied to traditions that get passed down for generations and whose mere practice today still stirs emotions. Others, however, seem to come out of nowhere. And it’s hard not to wonder how much we’ve forgotten. “Memory is a complex […]
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Winter Maintenance Tips to Keep Homeowners Comfortable — and Safe — This Winter

American Home Shield recently released five important tips to remind homeowners to take preventative maintenance steps and other precautions to help keep their homes cozy — and safe — this winter. Heating system and air filters – It is always a good idea to have heating systems professionally serviced every year. Also filters should be […]
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