Beware Hot Air! Debunking Heating Myths to Stay Warm, Save Money

(TNS)—Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping More »

The Best Money Mindset

(TNS)—Do you want to more easily change your overspending behavior? According to some new research, maybe all you need is to count your life’s blessings. A mindset of gratitude gives people the More »

Do You Know How Much Money Burns up in a Dirty Furnace?

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Our previous report More »

Beware Hot Air! Debunking Heating Myths to Stay Warm, Save Money

(TNS)—Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap. For example, programmable thermostats are not the holy grail of home heating, cranking up the furnace does nothing to […]
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The Best Money Mindset

(TNS)—Do you want to more easily change your overspending behavior? According to some new research, maybe all you need is to count your life’s blessings. A mindset of gratitude gives people the patience to handle money better. Before you brush this idea aside as just another feel-good theory, consider a 2013 study that suggests practicing […]
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Do You Know How Much Money Burns up in a Dirty Furnace?

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Our previous report talked about a bunch of fixes homeowners could do to enhance their energy efficiency. In this report, we’ll tap BBB for some sound […]
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New Survey Identifies Top Trends in Smart Home Technology

According to a survey conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV, nearly half (46 percent) of consumers believe it is important that their current home or next home they purchase be equipped with smart home technology. Not only do they see the value in smart home technology for their own benefit (e.g., comfort, safety, cost-savings), […]
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6 Seemingly Smart Moves That May Ruin Your Remodel

You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done your homework, dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, and you are […]
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‘Real Estart’: When Art and Real Estate Collide

What happens when an art curator puts his home on the market? The home itself acts as a living exhibit. Recently, Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator emeritus Maurice Tuchman put his Hollywood Hills West home on the market with an asking price of $ 5.75 million. The hilltop compound, built in 1995, was designed […]
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Small Banks See Stronger Demand for MF Loans, but Tighten Standards

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its survey of senior bank loan officers. The October 2014 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (SLOOS) addressed changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to businesses and households over the third quarter of 2014. Included in the portion of the […]
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Employee Wellness Programs: 5 Legal Reminders

Measuring and ensuring employee wellness is a great way to ground a holistic approach to getting the most out of your workforce. But like any employer initiative, business owners should be careful that their good intentions don’t become oppressive or illegal. Honeywell International may have to confront this issue in court. The U.S. Equal Employment […]
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Winterizing Your Home Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop in many areas of the country, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Luckily, our partners at Better Business Bureau say that winterizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. We already learned in previous reports […]
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The Bigger Drag on Homeownership: Down Payments or Debt?

The affordability of housing has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue as of late. With many things shifting in the industry, some experts talk about the lowering of required down payments. RealtyTrac recently analyzed affordability in512 U.S. counties with a combined population of 235 million, looking at the impact of lowering the down payment […]
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