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Your Top 10 Organizing Tips

From www.HGTV.com HGTV asks viewers to share their decluttering and organizing tips. See if yours made the list. Door Storage “I love the hanging clear shoe organizers! I have one on the inside of every door in my house. One is in th...

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How Switching Jobs Can Affect Home Loan Prospects

How Switching Jobs Can Affect Home Loan Prospects By: Rebecca McClay October 21st, 2014 You know mortgage lending is a tad too tight when even a guy like Ben Bernanke, who ran one of the most powerful banking systems in the world, can...

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Q: How Do You Clear Up Bad Credit?

A: It is not easy but certainly doable with both commitment and time. By law, any unfavorable information in your credit file can stay there from 7 to 10 years. Today, however, a creditor must remove credit blemishes in a timely fashion if y...

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Staging Tips: How Feng Shui Can Benefit Every Home

By Suzanne De Vita I converted to feng shui a long time ago. There’s something so brilliant about turning a home (or any space, really) into a haven—one that sustains happiness for myself and my guests. But what purpose does it have for ...

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5 Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

By Barbara Pronin It would be nice if we could always afford to remodel the kitchen or add another bedroom or a covered patio at will. But if expensive projects have to wait their turn, there are many smaller projects—many of them do-it-yo...

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Q. I’m ready to buy. What size house will I need?

A. Everyone is different and our needs change over the years. There are many personal and practical reasons involved in choosing which size home is the best fit. Here are few things to help you weigh your options. The bigger the home, the hi...

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Staging Mistakes that Will Sabotage Your Home Sale

By Deanna Lawley According to the Real Estate Staging Institute, a staged home sells 70 percent faster than a non-staged home. Are your listings staged to sell? Or are you sabotaging the sale? Expert stagers share the most common staging mis...

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Dress Up Your Home with a Chandelier

Twenty years ago, a chandelier was a sure thing in two rooms in the home – the foyer and dining room. Homeowners today have extended those parameters, using chandeliers as statement-making additions to everything from bedrooms to closets. Wha...

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Enjoy the Fall with a Brand New Fire Pit

By Suzanne De Vita Since the Flintstones era, humans have gravitated towards fire. There’s something innate about lounging around a blaze with family or friends, barbecuing up whatever meaty goodness you scored at Costco. It’s understand...

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Home Improvement Ideas that Increase Home Value

By Darryl Crosby Preparing a home for the market can seem like a full-time job—without the paycheck. While upgrades can increase your home’s value and speed up its sale, it’s easy to spend more on home improvement than you will recoup ...

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Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 8 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 7.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 12, 2014. The previous week’s results inclu...

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Q: How Do Capital Gains Work when You Sell Your Home?

A. If you sell your primary residence, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of gain—$500,000 for married couples—from your federal tax return. To claim the exclusion, the IRS says your home must have been owned by you and used as your ...

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Flood Cleanup: What to Do After a Storm

With forecasters predicting a more severe and dramatic storm season in 2014, home and business owners should be prepared for any type of weather. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC) offers a quick-...

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Q. What do I need to know about lead-based paint?

A. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood. Lead may ...

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Pinterest Takes Industry to a Whole, New Level

As social media sites continue to infiltrate the real estate space, one site that’s not being used by many agents—yet has the capacity to be something special—is Pinterest. Because it’s entirely visual, Pinterest is an ideal social m...

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