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Benefits of Owning a Home at Any Age

Homeownership at Any Age Owning a home is one of the best ways to build your wealth. There are many connections between your age and homeownership; depending on your age, owning a home can mean different things. When looking for a new home, keep these guidelines in mind to help make sure that you are

Planting a Tree? Top Tips for Long-Term Planting Plans

Enough of the country was impacted by tree and shrub compromising weather last winter that I thought it would be smart to pitch some tips to folks making long-term planting plans to restore trees and other shrubbery around their property that might eventually grow tall enough to interfere with power and cable lines. One regional

A Check-Up for Your Garage Door

As the American home has evolved over the years, so too has the garage—both in the way it looks as well as its newfound functionality as the main entranceway to the home. In fact, more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit their home through the garage door, relying on it as the new

Best Tips for Selling in a Softer Market

Although selling in a recovering market can be a challenging task, there are still steps sellers can take to entice buyers to bite. If you’ve already followed the usual protocol for staging and curb appeal, try the following: Get a professional opinion. Knowing what a professional appraiser deems your house to be worth will help

Considering a Short Sale? Answer These Questions First

While you may have heard that selling your home as a short sale can be a long, frustrating, and sometimes futile process, the tide may be turning as lenders have become increasingly more amenable to short sales. Many lenders, says real estate professional and educator Gee Dunsten, are viewing short sales in a more favorable

Why Debt Can Be a Good Thing

When it comes to the best ways to use money, too many Americans operate under a key misconception, says investment adviser and financial planner Ike Ikokwu. “Money is opportunity, and having a blind spot for maximizing investment can drastically reduce one’s future options,” says Ikokwu, author of “Winning the Money Game: Separating the Myths from

Home Know-How: Understanding Condensation

What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or leaking either inside