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8 Best Back-to-School Organization Ideas That Are Unbelievable Bargains, Too
Posted Tue, Aug 20th 2019 1:28 pm
Back-to-school mania has begun! Indeed, back-to-school sales and deals abound to get you and your little ones prepared for fall. But don't forget, your home might need a back-to-school organization...

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5 Last-Minute Housewarming Gifts You Can Grab at the Grocery Store
Posted Thu, Aug 15th 2019 8:45 am
Etiquette dictates that guests should never show up empty-handed. While we wholeheartedly agree with this rule, it can be hard to come up with a clever housewarming gift, especially at the last min...

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Should You Prepay Your Mortgage? The Pros and Cons
Posted Tue, Aug 13th 2019 12:46 pm
Should you prepay your mortgage? For some homeowners it’s a financially savvy move—but for others, beefing up their loan payments just doesn’t make sense. To help you figure out whether prepayment ...

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Should Home Sellers Get an Appraisal Before Listing? Here's Why It'll Cost You
Posted Thu, Aug 8th 2019 12:53 pm
Even if you’re new to this whole selling-a-house thing, chances are good you’ve heard of a home appraisal. And if you know just a little about the process, you know that the appraisal—a value put o...

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One-Third of Mortgage Borrowers Are Missing This Opportunity to Save $2,000
Posted Tue, Aug 6th 2019 12:05 pm
More than one in three mortgage borrowers are leaving money on the table. Over a third of 2018 home buyers said they did not shop around before choosing a mortgage lender, according to a study by ...

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5 Times It Doesn't Pay to File a Homeowners Insurance Claim
Posted Thu, Aug 1st 2019 10:08 am
Great insurance policies help homeowners sleep better at night. If something bad happens, at least you can call your insurance company, right? Unfortunately, not being careful with your homeowners...

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Pending Home Sales Rise in June, Helped by Western Gains
Posted Tue, Jul 30th 2019 12:10 pm
Pending home sales rose in June, with activity particularly brisk in the western part of the U.S., a trade group said Tuesday. The National Association of Realtors® said pending home sales climbed...

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Don't Make These 6 Mistakes When Installing Smoke Alarms
Posted Thu, Jul 25th 2019 1:08 pm
Installing smoke alarms is a task that most homeowners can tackle on their own. But proper installation and maintenance are vital to ensuring that your alarm actually works in an emergency. However...

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6 Tiny Details That Make or Break How Great Your Bathroom Looks
Posted Mon, Jul 22nd 2019 11:35 am
Bathroom remodels are hard to get just right. There are so many choices—tubs, sinks, and tile, to name a few. But it's the small things that can make or break a design. “During a bathroom remodel,...

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Home Prices Have Shot Up Way More Than You Thought Since the Recession
Posted Thu, Jul 18th 2019 9:28 am
Quite a bit has changed since the housing bubble burst and the world plunged into a bleak recession. Rampant layoffs have been replaced by a booming economy and hiring sprees. A housing market pock...

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Should I Refinance My Home?
Posted Tue, Jul 16th 2019 12:55 pm
With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions:...

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Should I Sell My House? 6 Signs It's Time to Move On
Posted Thu, Jul 11th 2019 1:27 pm
Ten years. That’s the average amount of time a homeowner stays in a house before a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Think that sounds shockingly short? Or way too long? Th...

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8 Brilliant Home-Decorating Hacks for People Who Don't Have Time or Money to Decorate
Posted Tue, Jul 9th 2019 1:22 pm
Think home decorating is one of those tasks that require tons of time, money, and aesthetic acumen to get right? Not so. As proof, look no further than this latest installment of "Home Hacks," our ...

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Happy Birthday, America!
Posted Thu, Jul 4th 2019 7:00 am

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Should You Sell Your Home As Is, or Spring for a Renovation? Here's How to Decide
Posted Wed, Jul 3rd 2019 10:51 am
When you decide to sell a house that desperately needs updating, you basically have two choices: Sell it as is—in its current condition without improvements—or make upgrades in the hope of reaping ...

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5 Common House-Flipping Myths You Should Never Believe
Posted Tue, Jul 2nd 2019 11:35 am
We're willing to bet you've seen at least one episode of "Flip or Flop" or any number of other home makeover shows packing the HGTV schedule. There's no denying the role they've played in motivatin...

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Mortgage Rates Slump to a 2 1/2-Year Low
Posted Thu, Jun 27th 2019 12:31 pm
Rates for home loans tumbled, sending the benchmark to its lowest since late 2016. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.73% in the June 27 week, down 11 basis points, Freddie Mac said Thursd...

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9 Popular Home Improvement Projects to Do This Summer
Posted Tue, Jun 25th 2019 1:09 pm
For many of us, the arrival of summer means it's time to lounge by a swimming pool, throw a few backyard barbecues, and maybe tackle some home improvement projects around the house. After all, war...

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Mortgage Rates Are Moving Sideways. Will They Fall From Here?
Posted Thu, Jun 20th 2019 1:05 pm
Rates for home loans were mixed, but stayed near recent lows, even as bond market moves suggest another big step down lies ahead. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.84% in the June 20 week...

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8 Garage Remodel Ideas to Make Your Extra Space More Livable
Posted Tue, Jun 18th 2019 3:00 pm
Itching for a little extra room in your home? Wish you had some space for hosting home movie night, entertaining guests, or just soaking in some quiet time for yourself? A garage conversion might b...

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