Jan. 30, 2017

Downsize a Home Sooner, Not Later

For most people, their house is their biggest asset. It's also their biggest expense. But when it comes to retirement planning, a house often falls to the bottom of the list involving changes in later life.

There are plenty of reasons for the inertia. Emotionally, it's hard to ...

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Jan. 26, 2017

Silent but Deadly

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With cold temperatures affecting much of North America this winter, it's worthwhile to address a potential hazard that could arise with increased use of fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces and water heaters: carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels ...

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Sept. 30, 2016

7 Features Home Buyers Want the Most

7 Features Home Buyers Want the Most

Interested in buying a new home? It’s a good idea to be aware of what new home buyers are looking for. I interviewed Markus Brown, a Realtor in Orange County, California, about what he sees buyers looking for in potential new homes. The ...

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Sept. 8, 2016

6 home renovations you can do yourself

6 home renovations you can do yourself

Americans spent a combined total of more than $326 billion on remodeling and home improvements in 2015 as of October, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2015 Remodeling Impact Report.

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Aug. 17, 2016

Making Extra Mortgage Payments Can Pay off, but Should You?


On the Money-Accelerated Mortgage PaymentsIt's a strategy that crosses the mind of many borrowers when they take on a home loan: Make an extra mortgage payment or two every year and save tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

The move can shave off costs for a home loan and ensure it ...

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June 30, 2016

Get to know your home's electrical system

Your home’s electrical system is more than just a bunch of wires – it’s a complex system, carefully designed to deliver all the power you need for modern life in the safest way possible. Knowing how your home’s electrical system works will help you be a more “empowered” homeowner.

Electrical ...

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June 22, 2016

Buying and Selling Your Home: Which comes first?



Unless you’re upgrading to a new home every year, chances are the buying and selling process has changed significantly since you were last in a closing. The market is different, new lender requirements have been introduced and you probably have a different set of needs for your next ...

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March 23, 2016

A Real Estate Wrinkle

How to age proof your home

I live in Boston in a 1916 New England colonial that I love. It's a perfect location, across from a park, five minutes from public transportation and four blocks from restaurants and stores. But the house won't be perfect if my husband ...

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March 17, 2016

The Colors That Help (and Hurt) Your Home’s Selling Potential

When decorating a home it’s easy to appeal to your own personal taste: A kitchen painted your favorite shade of red, or a brightly colored statement chair in your living room, can instantly make a new house feel like home.

But, if you’re ever planning to sell your home, you ...

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Feb. 12, 2016

Aluminum Branch-circut Wiring

This article comes from one our of preferred inspectors, Pillar to Post.


If you ask three electricians about the uses and safety of aluminum wiring, you will likely get at least three different answers. Furthermore, opinion varies again depending on where you live in North America. The more you ...

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