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5 Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

Congratulations! You’re buying your first home, but you may encounter unexpected expenses as part of homeownership. Here are five examples.

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Selling a Home? 5 Ways to Get it Ready for Less

The first step to selling a home is making it shine. Use these 5 funny tricks to turn your lived-in space into a shiny-clean show place.

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4 “To Dos” Before Listing Your Home
You made the decision to put your home up for sale, but then realized a small “face lift” could be in order. Honesty is never easy, is it? You don’t need a real estate agent to tell you that first impressions count. This is true from the curb to... Read more
Moving! 7 Tips to Make Packing Easier
Life is not always like a box of chocolates, particularly when it comes time to pack up and move. Packing is stressful, whether you plan to move from a one-bedroom apartment or a 3,000 square-foot home. As is true with anything in life, a little bit of planning and... Read more
Photo: Velas Vallarta Resort Did you know that the United States is the only advanced economy not to provide a legal right to paid vacation time? Maybe that’s why we get so few days off each year: On average, we take just 13, according to VP Calendar. You’d expect... Read more
Photo: Roseanna Dana The fantasy: a relaxing bath, with perhaps a new paperback and a glass of Pinot Gris, and no one clamoring for dinner or attention. The reality: you’re three pages into your book when husband or kids bang on the door, yelling that they need “the john,... Read more
Photo: Casey Robertson For some people, it’s a spring rite of passage. For others, it’s something better left ignored. Let’s face it: spring cleaning can be a hefty undertaking, and, once started, can lead to ever more work. You vacuum the cobwebs above your blinds only to discover blind... Read more
Photo: Will Merydith Keeping a few hens in the backyard can be a great hobby. Chickens are usually “easy keepers” and provide fresh eggs for their humans. Hens help control pests and also provide nutrients for your lawn and gardens. As with choosing other pets, you’ll want to research chicken breeds to choose birds best... Read more
Ask any real estate agent about the fastest way to kill a potential sale and the answer might surprise you. It’s not lack of granite counter tops. Not a missing man-cave. Even a fuchsia bedroom won’t necessarily turn off buyers. It’s called curb appeal, and not having it can... Read more