Laurie and Harvey Marcus's Blog Posts

Whens The Best Time Of Year To Buy

he home-buying experience changes vastly from season to season. Depending on when you’re looking to buy, you’ll face different levels of pricing, housing inventory and competition from 

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Housing Grants Help Disabled Veterans Live Independently

 After another brutal winter in the Northeast, Marlon Benn decided he’d had enough.Heaps of ice and snow easily left the 48-year-old veteran, who uses a wheelchair, all but

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Does The New Tax Plan Really Threaten The American Dream Of Owning A Home

The new tax plan has been framed as a deathblow to the American dream by some real estate professionals and groups, who warn of falling home prices, a new generation trapped in renting, and an

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2017 Was The Year Of Certain Womens Voices

2017 was the year of the "Silence Breaker," but women in many industries are still keeping quiet about workplace sexual harassment.Most of the public attention was on women who spoke up about

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Tax Collectors Phones Are Ringing People Are Lining Up The Property Tax Rush Is On

Local tax collectors across the country are working overtime as people line up to pay their property taxes early -- before the new tax plan goes into effect."We're completely overwhelmed," said

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6 HoHoHome Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle In December

So you've finished the last of those turkey leftovers and just about thrown in the towel on your workout regimen until some undefined time after the first of the year. (We get it— the holiday

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Quest Bitcoin Bubble Brewing Or Is It Still A Bargain

Once again we spent much of the week looking at bitcoin, as its price roared up and then dropped sharply. Many of us are bemoaning the fact we hadn't invested in this cryptocurrency, while

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Thanksgiving Air Travel To Jump 3 In 2017

Thanksgiving air travel is set to be the busiest in over a  decade. An estimated 28.5 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving air travel period,

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NYC Terror Attack Journalists Covering A Crime Right In Their Backyard

The initial reports of an "active shooter" in lower Manhattan were wrong. So were the reports a few minutes later of a "road rage" incident. But unfortunately the reports of multiple fatalities were

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4 Costs You Have Not Factored Into Your Home Buying Budget

It's not cheap to buy a home these days, and we're not just talking about the price of the home itself.Other out-of-pocket costs that crop up during the purchasing process, or even when you're

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Life In The Earthquake Capital Of The US A Tale Of ManMade Disasters And Survival

Janice Bryant had just gotten out of bed when she heard a thundering boom, like dynamite going off under her feet. Then the ground beneath the modest, one-story home in rural

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8 Things You Need To Know About The Playboy Mansion Before Its Gone

Hugh Hefner's death at the age of 91 marks the end of an era. And while many are rightly lauding the Playboy founder as a cultural force who helped revolutionize publishing and

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The Property Brothers Must Fix The Weirdest Layout Theyve Ever Seen

Property Brothers: Buying & Selling" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott know all about keeping things in the family—they are, after all, both brothers andbusiness.

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Hurricane Harvey 70 Of Home Damage Costs Arent Covered By Insurance

The latest Hurricane Harvey cost estimates show about 70% of home damages caused by flooding won't be covered by insurance.New preliminary data from CoreLogic, a property analytics firm, predicts

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Tech Billionaire Michael Dell Pledges 36 Million To Harvey Relief Efforts

Tech billionaire and Houston native Michael Dell has committed $36 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.The pledge from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is the largest contribution to date.

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Tapping Your Home Equity For Cash Is Big Again

Rising home prices are getting borrowers comfortable again with the idea of tapping their homes for cash.Home-equity lines of credit and cash-out mortgage refinances, two products that let consumers

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Tens Of Thousands Of HarveyArea Homeowners May Become Delinquent On Their Mortgages In The Coming Mo

Hurricane Harvey could have a more destructive impact on the mortgage market in Texas than Katrina did on the Gulf Coast, according to a report out Wednesday.Real estate data provider Black Knight

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How To Clean Up Your Credit Score

's easy to fall in love with the idea of buying a home. You've got it all planned out: a five-bedroom home in your favorite neighborhood with a manicured lawn and—why not?—a nice pool.Well,

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HomeBuying Benefits For Veterans Military Buyers

Veterans, service members, and their families believe in homeownership. In fact, the homeownership rate among veterans far outpaces that of civilians.But the financial toll of military service can

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7 Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate

Buying a house is a process. One where you’ll spend a lot of quality time with your Realtor®. One where you might even drive him or her a little ... nuts.No, we’re not talking about

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BacktoSchool ToDos

Parents themselves can be a little nervous about the first day of school, especially if they're seeing their little one off for the first time or if their child will be attending a new school.To

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BacktoSchool Tips

Whether their summer was jam-packed with activities or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transition.Battling the

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Tiny Fixer Upper Home With A Supersized Price Is This Weeks Most Popular Listing

While the most popular properties on realtor.com® last week were all about fixer-uppers, this week’s most popular home is a true "Fixer Upper." As in prominently featured

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New Homes Just Keep Getting Pricier But Buyers Keep Coming

Looking for a deal on a newly constructed home? Well, you're not likely to get one if current trends continue.The median price for a new home hit its highest level in May, as builders put up fewer

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Check Yourself 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle In July

The summer solstice has passed, July is upon us, and the temperature outside feels like the surface of the sun. We get it—manual labor around the house might not be your top priority

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Protect Indoor Air Quality In Your Home

Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse or single family home, an old home or are building a new home, there are many ways to protect and improve your indoor air quality.Indoor pollution sources

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Should You Have The Air Ducts In Your Home Cleaned

Knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is impossible to generalize about whether or not air

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Where Are The Bed Bugs

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the

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A Smarter Way To Clean Your Home

Every home — big, small, apartment or vacation home — gets dirty. And while there's not just one way to clean your living space, there is a smarter way to get the job done. Take this guided tour

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Five MustSee Museums In South Florida

Art is a subjective medium, and there are many ways to express it. Some museums cater to the classically accepted contemporary art, while others have a more hands on approach. However, all of these

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There Is No Boom In Coal Jobs

There is no boom in coal jobs, despite what President Trump and his surrogates say.Trump has been promising that his actions to lift environmental regulations on coal will bring back coal mining.

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Life Is Good For US Home Sellers

t's good to be a home seller right now ... really good.That's because it's the most profitable time to sell a home in almost 10 years.Homeowners who sold in the first three months of this year saw

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The Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Everything you need to do to keep your home and yard in tip-top shape this summer. With the change of each season comes a new set of maintenance tasks for your home. Now that summer's

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Oprah Loses 40 Pounds Gains Big With Weight Watchers

Oprah Winfrey has lost more than 40 pounds using Weight Watchers even though she still is eating bread -- and she's also gained a different kind of dough in the process.Shares of Weight Watchers

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Gasoline Average Down 4 Cents From A Week Ago Further Declines Expected

Gasoline prices have declined for 10 straight days, and are expected to continue to drop this week.  The Palm Beach County average for regular fell to $2.49 a gallon Monday from $2.53 a week.

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10 Most Overpriced Housing Markets

Denver Median home price difference : (2008-2015) +33.92% Inventory is tight and home prices are soaring in the Mile High City. "To us, it looks like everything is close to peeking,"

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Craft Beer Bet Returns 2800 To Early Investors

A long-shot bet on craft beer is paying off massively for 1,300 investors.Scottish craft brewer BrewDog announced Monday that investors who supported its initial crowd-funding effort back in 2010

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The Oftenoverlooked Reason United Can Kick You Off Your Flight

When United Airlines needed extra seats on its plane Sunday night, the airline bumped an unwilling passenger, whom authorities ultimately dragged -- down the aisle -- off the plane.Now, the airline

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How To Stop The Smells And Funk That Invade Your Home In Summer

When did hanging out on your patio with that privacy wall you DIYed back in May stop being fun? All you can see is that rusty grill staring at you, and bird poop piling up on your outdoor chaise

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10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the

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Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In April

Ah spring! It took you long enough to get here, but we’re happy to see you. In fact, we’re so grateful for the slightest hint of warmer weather that we’re ready to rush outside, full of

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Is Wawa Effect Pushing Gas Prices Down In Palm Beach County

Where is the cheapest gas in Palm Beach County? Since three Wawa convenience stores opened last Thursday, it’s likely to be at Wawa, as well as at numerous gas stations within a few miles of those

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Rebounding Florida Manatee No Longer An Endangered Species

The manatee — for decades the poster mammal for environmental decline in Florida — is officially no longer an endangered species.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the

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How Smart Technology Is Making Floridas Electricity More Reliable

Energy companies are finding new ways to deliver better service using smart technologyIt’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have smart tech devices making our lives easier. From smart cars

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Contracts To Buy US Homes Hit Highest Level Since April

More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday

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Homebuilder Stocks Track For Best Quarter In More Than 2 Years

Mark Elias | Bloobmerg | Getty Images Construction workers set floor trusses in place that will support the second story of a home at the Lennar Corp. Madison Pointe at Central Park development

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Stores Are Scooping Up This Nutfree Ice Cream

Two years ago, restauranteur Marc Roth didn't know anything about making ice cream.Today he's the founder of A La Mode, a completely nut-free, egg-free and sesame-free ice cream that has generated

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Cost Vs Value Which Home Improvements Offer The Highest ROI In 2017

With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost  vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on

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4 Trends To Shape Real Estate In 2017

2017 promises to be an interesting year in real estate. Facing the Millennial Effect, interest rate questions and economic changes, it’s important for REALTORS® to devote time investigating both

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The Misleading Math Behind The Rent Vs Buy Calculation

There’s about $13.1 trillion stashed away in the United States, in plain sight. Where? In our homes!Do we have your attention yet?That’s the total value of the equity held by over 75 million U.

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Florida Policy Makes Going Solar Easy For Homeowners

Power companies are fighting an uphill battle they are sure to lose and they’re blaming customers who are taking advantage of massive government savings programs. Specifically, they are

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Firsttime Homebuyer Avoid These States

It's not easy being a first-time homebuyer these days.Around the country, home prices have been rising, inventory is limited, and banks have tightened lending standards.But California is the

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Mold Removal Cost What You Can Expect To Pay

The health and safety of your family is much more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but this guide will help you if you need to get a bid.If the area is a small one,

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3 Reasons To Replace An Older Thermostat

The thermostat is the only part of the heating and air conditioning systems you really interact with. So by now, you may have gotten used to the settings or perhaps the little peculiarities of the

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Palm Beach County Home Prices Sales In Holding Pattern

Palm Beach County’s home prices and sales volumes are in a holding pattern, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.The median price of a

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Make Sure To Take These Home Improvement Tax Deductions For 2016

Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your papers with the IRS

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3 Homeowner Tax Breaks That Ended In 2016and May Not Come Back

Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but like the average house mouse, or your driver’s registration, many tax breaks have a life span of only one year. Technically, a lot of those tax credits and

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South Florida Where The Worlds Collectors And Exhibitors Gather Every Winter By Palm Beach Show Grou

While the rest of the country shivers through winter, South Floridians luxuriate in tropical paradise. Yes, our year-round balmy climate makes us the envy of everyone — especially during

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No Fed Rate Hike In First Meeting Of Trump Era

The Federal Reserve isn't rocking the boat yet in the Trump era.America's central bank didn't raise its key interest rate Wednesday at the end of its two-day meeting. The decision was widely

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South Florida Homes Keep Getting More Expensive

South Florida home prices are still rising despite a market slowdown.Home prices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties rose 7.1 percent year-over-year in August,

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Best Restaurants In West Palm Beach On The Water

Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill3.9  (123) · $$ · Grill Water-view seafood destination featuring an outdoor bar with buzzy happy hours, plus sports on TV.North

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Why You Shouldnt Panic About Rising Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates have been on a steady rise recently, but buyers shouldn't panic -- rates are still very low.The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16%, up from 4.13% last week,

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6 Home Prices Rise 53 Amid Solid Demand Tight Supply

 – U.S. home prices marched steadily higher in November, pushed up by healthy demand for homes and a shrinking supply of available properties.The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20

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250 Million Mansion Is Most Expensive Home Listed In US

A newly-built Bel Air mansion has been listed for sale for $250 million in the US, making it the most expensive home currently on offer on the American market.The extravagant 38,000 square foot

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Mortgage Lender Fined 35 Million For Kickback Scheme

A major mortgage lender has been fined $3.5 million for allegedly using kickbacks to drum up business.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said that between 2011-2016 Prospect Mortgage was

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Governmentbacked Mortgages Are About To Get Cheaper

The outgoing Obama administration just offered a small carrot to millions of would-be homeowners.The Department of Housing and Urban Development;

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6 Vices To Avoid If You Hope To Sell Your Home In 2017

Everyone has a few flaws. But if you plan to sell your home in 2017, these foibles can literally cost you—we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars. What’s more, many

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Over 90 Of Americans Make This 401k Mistake

We all know that participating in a company-sponsored 401(k) can be instrumental in saving for retirement. Not only that, but we're encouraged to max out our contributions year after year to take

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Mortgage Rates Kick Off New Year With A Drop

Here's some good news to start the new year: mortgages are a little cheaper.The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.20% from 4.32% from last week, according to Freddie Mac

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Heres The Difference Between You And The Super Rich

The ultra rich. They're just like us. Except for a few small things.The wealthiest individuals in the U.S. tend to own several homes across the globe, have more than a dozen vehicles and spend

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Tesla Reveals Its 35000 Car For The Masses

Even before Tesla unveiled its new Model 3 on Thursday night, more than 115,000 people had already paid $1,000 to reserve one of the highly-anticipated electric cars.These early buyers didn't know

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France Gives Workers Right To Disconnect From Office Email

French workers have won the right to ignore business emails that arrive after hours.A new labor law that took effect on Sunday gives employees the "right to disconnect" from email, smartphones and

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Housing Outlook Brightens Despite Higher Rates

The housing market is expected to pick up moderately next year on steady job and income growth and an easing supply crunch, but rising mortgage rates are likely to temper the gains, economists say

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Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In January

We’re not gonna lie: Taking care of home maintenance tasks isn’t going to be any easier in January than it was during the holiday bustle of December. You’ve buttoned up the house against

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Is There A House In Your Retirement Plan

Single-family homes can offer an easy entry into property investment and help you diversify your portfolio. But even experienced real estate pros have to take care to ensure they get the most from

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Tech Trends To Embrace In 2017

If you’re looking to increase your company’s tech savvy, then you need to be on board with these innovations.From big data to virtual reality, technology continues to make huge strides in the

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How To Protect Your Clients From Hackers

It's important to have conversations with your clients now about how to safeguard against scams, as hackers are increasingly targeting real estate transactions. Instances are becoming more

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Should You Buy Flood Insurance

Did you know homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding? Here’s what you need to know about the federal flood insurance program.If you have a mortgage on your home and you live in a

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10 Most Dangerous Islands Around The World

10Ilha da Queimada, BrazilLocated off the coast of Brazil, this island is home to thousands of Golden Lancehead Vipers (hence the nickname Snake Island), one of the most venomous in the world. A

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Consumers And Realtors Show Greater Interest In Smart Home Technologies Certifications

 As smart homes become more popular among consumers, buyers and sellers are showing greater interest in those homes and smart-home technologies and Realtors® in a certification to acknowledge

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Injunction Issued On Department Of Labor Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule from going

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When No Pet Rules Meet Assistance Animals

"No, you cannot move in with your emotional support dog; the condominium association does not accept pets." Realtors need to stop when they hear these words: An emotional

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Get Your Sleep On

We’ve all been there. The lights are low, alarms have been set. You’ve showered and, if you’re anything like me, did an interpretive dance to Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean”. Now you’re

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Shadow Banks Are On The Rise For Home Loans Should We Be Afraid

Where do home buyers go for a mortgage? To a bank, of course—or at least that’s what many might think. Yet a new force has taken over home financing, called “shadow banks.” So

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Thanksgiving Hacks From Food Bloggers

The best part of hosting Thanksgiving dinner? You stay home, stuffed and sated, while your guests battle traffic wearing tight pants. The downside: It’s a big job.Go With What You KnowGlossy mags

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Battle Of The Backsplashes Glass Mosaics Vs Natural Stone

One of the many great kitchen debates involves backsplashes. Just as they do when considering cabinets, countertops, paint colors and flooring, homeowners care about factors such as cost,

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You can’t predict the future—or control the toll that a fire, hurricane, or flood takes on your home. But you can take steps to ensure that you’re prepared in the event you

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How To Shop For Mortgages The Guide To Finding A Great Home Loan

Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save yourself a lot of hassle … and

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Homeowners Workbook How To Remodel Your Bathroom

So you’re ready to remodel that bathroom. Congratulations! As you probably already know, you’ve got some tasks ahead of you. Even with the help of a professional bathroom designer and a general

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HISTORY OF THE JACK O LANTERN

Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world.Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles

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The Closing Process What Home Buyers Can Expect On The Big Day

The hardest parts are over: You’ve found that perfect home in a haystack of listings, negotiated a deal you’re happy with, and secured a mortgage—and you’re now in the home stretch of the

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5 Things To Never Ever Buy At Ikea

The problem with Ikea dressers isn’t primarily that they’re nearly impossible to cobble together (although that is certainly maddening). It’s that there have been safety issues

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How To Build A Fence Without Ending Up In A Feud With Your Neighbors

Good fences make good neighbors, but how do you make a good fence, exactly? After all, it’s not just a question of marking the division between two pieces of property. Do you and your &

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Its Not Too Late For A Furnace TuneUp

As the leaves begin to turn colors and the sweaters come out of storage, you may be trying to hold off on firing up the furnace to save money. It’s one of the mildest times of the year throughout

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Replacing Patio Pavers Or Restoring Them

In case you want to spend more time in the outdoor living spaces and you want to enjoy the time spent there, then you should definitely think about patio pavers. Patio pavers today are made from

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Hey Single Home Owner You Are Not Alone

It’s National Singles Week, a week that recognizes single men and women, a population of 107 million Americans. Single men and women make up a large portion of the adult American population – 45

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What Is Curb Appeal How To Supercharge The First Impression Buyers Have Of Your Home

Curb appeal is the all-important practice of improving how your home looks to buyers right as they pull up and park—or even as they drive by (slowly, one hopes). That includes your front 

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Getting A Divorce Heres Why You Might Not Get The House

Divorce may be on a three-decade decline in America, but as Angelina Jolie can attest, irreconcilable differences still drive formerly loving couples apart. You may not

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Make Your Home A Healthy Home

When the phrase ‘air pollution’ is mentioned, most people immediately think of traffic fumes, smoke from incinerators, or emissions from industrial plants or factories. Indoor air pollution in

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Sep 2 2016 24092 1Another Freak Storm For The MidAtlantic And Northeast

Hermine is just getting started. All of the drama last night in Florida with Gulf water rising up and pushing into coastal communities, and the rain and wind in the Carolinas today, were just a

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Aug 26 2016 24092 1The Best Drinks To Cure A Hangover

It’s one of those mornings: Last night was a crazy one and getting out of bed feels tougher than climbing out of a subterranean pit. Old-school wisdom preaches reaching for cold pizza or a greasy

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The World’s Most Packed Swimming Pool the “Dead Sea of China” Can Accommodate Over 10,000 PeopleAs the heat wave hits China, thousands of swimmers gather in a pool known as the Dead Sea of

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