Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter Requires Special Tools

(MCT)—Even if you’re tending to the same garden, you’ll need different tools in the fall. “In the fall, you’re putting the garden to bed, so it’s important to have large multipurpose tools More »

Your Place: What to Do If You Smell Gas in Your Home

(MCT)—Art is imitating life here. As I write this, I’m waiting for our utility to replace a 1924 steel gas line that was found to be leaking. So the gas is off More »

Getting Started: Considering Moving Money from a 401(k)? Here’s What to Know

(MCT)—It was a silly oversight. Back in high school, I had worked for my town’s library and accumulated a tiny retirement savings account. Years later, I was told I could transfer the More »

Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter Requires Special Tools

(MCT)—Even if you’re tending to the same garden, you’ll need different tools in the fall. “In the fall, you’re putting the garden to bed, so it’s important to have large multipurpose tools to work the soil,” says Maree Gaetani, director of gardening relations at Vermont-based Gardener’s Suppply Co. “In the growing season, you’re using smaller […]
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Your Place: What to Do If You Smell Gas in Your Home

(MCT)—Art is imitating life here. As I write this, I’m waiting for our utility to replace a 1924 steel gas line that was found to be leaking. So the gas is off for a couple of hours, and a three-man crew is digging up the street in front of my house to fix the problem, […]
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Getting Started: Considering Moving Money from a 401(k)? Here’s What to Know

(MCT)—It was a silly oversight. Back in high school, I had worked for my town’s library and accumulated a tiny retirement savings account. Years later, I was told I could transfer the funds to another retirement plan. If I did nothing, I’d get a check for the balance, minus taxes and a penalty. Can you […]
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Hot Property: Following in Celebrity Footsteps

(MCT)—Vince Vaughn has bought a Hollywood Hills West home from Kate Bosworth for $ 2.375 million. Set at the end of a long gated driveway, the updated home was built in 1955 and sits on more than half an acre. Patio space, decks, greenery and a lap pool surround the 2,890-square-foot house, which has canyon and […]
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12 Tips for Creating Great Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything and your home is no exception. When your home is listed for sale, you’ll want the initial look to create a positive impression that invites house hunters indoors to see what’s inside. “You should be getting your home picture-ready as soon as you know for sure that you’ll be selling it.  […]
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Furniture and Appliance Purchases off Lows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported results from the 2013 consumer expenditure survey. In 2013, the average annual expenditure on housing increased 1.5 percent to $ 17,148. As a share of total expenditures housing was 33.6 percent; an increase from the 2012 share of 32.8 percent. The increase in housing expenditures is the result of […]
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FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. “It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty pristine credit rating finds it awfully hard to get a mortgage,” she says. Lenders aren’t […]
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Adding Value with Home Repairs

Selling your home? Don’t overlook some easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that can add real value to your home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repairs and maintenance suggestions have universal appeal and may help you sell more quickly—and for a better […]
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U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of non-waterfront houses, according to a new analysis by Zillow®. In the U.S. at the time of this […]
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Great Spaces: The Most Absurd Features of Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC Apartment

Leonardo DiCaprio is a baller. Though he may be sans-Oscar (hopefully not for much longer), this “Wolf of Wall Street” can still afford to drop $ 10 million on a two-bedroom apartment in an eco-friendly New York City high rise. But calling this building “eco-friendly” is the understatement of the century, because the amenities Leo now […]
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