13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever

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Summer will be here before you know it, and you know what that means: Heat, hornets and yard work. If you’re starting to miss spring already, fear not. Here are some quick projects to make your home and garden more comfortable and cost-effective this summer. Inside the house Service the air conditioning. Nothing can ruin your day like a broken … Read More

Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?

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Most homeowners have that one thing about their home that they wish were different. “My house would be perfect if it just had one more bathroom.” “I love my house – except for the kitchen layout.” “If I had more storage space, I could live here forever.” For some owners, their home’s fatal flaw exists outside the four walls. Maybe … Read More

Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Boosters

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A polished home exterior makes for an inviting experience for any visitor or passersby, which is especially important if your home is on the market . All sellers should focus on exterior home improvements, says Tallahassee-based realtor Joe Manausa of Joe Manausa Real Estate . “Buyers are searching for homes online, and the exterior picture of your home will be the … Read More

Quiz: How Much Do You Love Your Home?

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Your life changes over time: new relationships, new jobs, new hobbies. Sometimes, you can make changes to your home to adapt to your lifestyle – but sometimes you can’t. And the hardest part? Knowing when to let go. Take our quiz to find out your relationship status – with your living space. How Much Do You Love Your Home? You’re … Read More

The 9-to-5er's Guide to Keeping Your House Clean

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If cleaning the house seems like one big chore, you’re probably doing it wrong. Before you put off cleaning for yet another month, here are some ways to make housework a comfortable and even enjoyable part of your daily routine. Start small If you begin and end each day with a little picking up, you’ll never get swamped with housework … Read More

9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years

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No matter how much you love and care for your home, things are bound to wear out and need fixing – especially when you hit the 10-year mark. To keep your house in tiptop condition, consider making these updates every 10 years or so. Get new carpet The average medium-grade carpet has a life expectancy of approximately 10 years. Of … Read More

Homeownership and Education: Highly Educated Households Are Not Immune to Homeownership Declines

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The gap between the rates of homeownership among the most educated and the least educated widened between 1995 and 2005, and then held steady from 2005 to 2015. The portion of Americans who own their homes fell nationwide for all education levels over the last 10 years, even among the most educated households. High school graduates have the same rate … Read More

Republicans Are More Likely To Own Homes And Other True Cliches

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Liberals like cities. Conservatives like the country. Liberals want ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Conservatives want neighbors who share the same religious faith. Political cliches, perhaps, but research has shown these stereotypes are grounded in truth. Studies show an America divided by not just politics, income and race, but place, too. Cleveland and Philadelphia, where Republicans and Democrats will gather this week … Read More

Wayne’s World Redux: What Happens When Living in the Basement Becomes Cool?

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That grown-up kid in your basement isn’t necessarily unemployed, or even underemployed. It might just be cool for him to live there. That’s one theory from Goldman Sachs, where economists this week looked at basement-dwelling millennials across 19 countries. In the U.S., more than 30 percent of young adults aged 25 to 34 continue to live with mom and dad … Read More