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Homemade Cleaners That REALLY Unclog Drains and Remove Stains

September 17th, 2021

In a perfect world, our homes would magically clean themselves.But until wizardry becomes reality, these DIY cleansers will get the job done easily and efficiently without th...

You Can Be a Savvy First-Time Home Seller in Todays Market

September 8th, 2021

Remember when you were a first-time home buyer? Were you excited but overwhelmed? Its not unusual to feel that way as a first-time seller either, and its just as involved of a process - if not more so. But knowing what to expect can make...

How a Mortgage Nerd Bought a House in a Sellers Market

September 1st, 2021

I closed on my house about eight months ago, but it feels like it was in another lifetime. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic makes time feel bizarrely elastic, but also, the housing market has undergone dramatic changes during that time period....

5 Home Improvements That May Not Pay Off When You Sell

August 25th, 2021

You spent the holidays binging on HGTV, and now visions of shiplap accent walls and freestanding soaking tubs are dancing through your head.Dont let your desire to upgrade your home downgrade your homes market value. Before you ma...

IKEA Studied Americans at Home. Heres What It Found.

August 11th, 2021

Ikea was curious about what Americans want from their homes. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with expensive upgrades.The Swedish retailers first annual US Life at Home Report uncovered that, above all else, 95% of American...

How to Protect Your Finances and Credit in Tough Times

July 7th, 2021

The quickly unfolding coronavirus outbreak is an extreme case, but any sort of hard times will test our personal finances. Many people are now facing reduced work hours and income while watching with worry as stock market upheaval contin...

What You Can Gain -- Or Lose -- Selling Your Home to an iBuyer

June 30th, 2021

An iBuyer can help you to sell your house quickly by skipping some of the hassles of having a home on the market and letting you set your own timeline. But selling to an iBuyer -- a real estate company that uses tech to buy and resell ho...

Ideas for Flying Old Glory on July 4th

June 23rd, 2021

Here are some patriotic ways to add to your landscape this Independence Day, plus tips on flag-flying etiquette.Independence Day is a good time to pump up your respect for...

Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems.

June 16th, 2021

If you installed an energy-tax-credit-eligible heating and cooling system, heres what you need to do to collect. The Feds allow a suite of energy tax credits for heating and cooling systems and related energy-efficiency improvements....

Sharp Homeowners Know June Is the Best Time to Do These 5 Things

June 9th, 2021

#1 Update Outdoor LightingOutdoor stone steps lit with pathway lightingImage: Rosann M. Kelley, photo/ Outdoor Artisan, Inc., design In June, winter nights are probably the last thing on your mind. But earl...

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