24 February 2017

Junk Drawer Organization Ideas That Will Save Your Sanity

Sean De Burca/Getty Images It’s every home’s dirty little secret: that dreaded kitchen drawer crammed with junk. Who knows what’s in there or how it got there—loose batteries, old cellphones, matchbooks from restaurants you haven’t visited since a Bush was in the White House, nonworking pens. But if you’ve vowed to tame this crazy catchall, it’s […]

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24 February 2017

The Home Office Tax Deduction: One of the Most Misunderstood (and Dangerous) Tax Breaks

Caiaimage/Paul Viant/Getty Images According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24% of employed people now do some or all of their work at home. Beyond the obvious benefits of unfettered access to your refrigerator and a dress code of stretchy elastic-waist pants, working at home can save you more than lunch money on […]

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23 February 2017

The Deep, Dark Secrets Your Junk Drawer May Reveal About You

crisserbug/iStock Want to really know someone without bothering with all the chitchat, or get more in touch with who you really are? Well, here’s one novel place to look for answers: the kitchen junk drawer. Apparently, the types of clutter we sweep into this spot speak volumes about how we plan for the future and what we consider […]

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23 February 2017

Chip Gaines Reveals His Biggest Nightmare on ‘Fixer Upper’

Rachel Whyte/HGTV Chip Gaines may seem like a happy-go-lucky guy, but in the latest episode of “Fixer Upper,” he admits to his wife, Joanna, that he hasn’t been getting much sleep. So what’s the problem? Their latest clients, Mary and David Severns, are moving with their two kids to Waco, TX, from dreaded California. “Any time […]

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23 February 2017

14 Totally Unique (and Totally Brilliant) Uses for Duct Tape

marcduf/iStock If I had to pick one home repair tool to take to a deserted island, I’d bring duct tape—that miracle stuff that can patch up just about anything. The extra-sticky, plastic-coated tape was developed during World War II as a water-resistant tool to be used in the field. Since then, it’s been used to mend […]

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23 February 2017

8 Kitchen Items Going Extinct: Are Any Still in Your Home?

hillwoman2/iStock Home tech trends make the transition from “must-have” to “huh?” in what seems like the blink of an eye. Used your VCR lately? How about your camcorder or home fax machine? Still chatting on landline phones? Or rocking out with your trusty but dusty CD player? In the kitchen, the process of change is no less inexorable, but not […]

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22 February 2017

When Is the Best Time to Buy a House: Right Now, or Wait?

sturti/iStock You know you should buy a home. Eventually. But timing matters when it comes to such an enormous and potentially life-changing purchase. Which begs the question: When is the best time to buy a house? Does such a moment exist when all lights turn green, guaranteeing this is a decision you won’t regret? While there’s no crystal […]

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22 February 2017

9 Genius Hiding Places for All Your Valuables

South12th Photography/Shutterstock Just in case you haven’t had your fill of troubling news lately, try this: Today’s thieves are smarter—and more brazen—than ever. More than half of them strike during daylight hours, and an astonishing 34% go in right through your front door! So whether you’re on vacation or just away at work, the chances are […]

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22 February 2017

The Property Brothers Get Pushed to the Edge

HGTV Drew and Jonathan Scott come across some incredibly demanding clients, but the couple they meet in the latest episode of “The Property Brothers” nearly push them past their limit. In “Unexpected Dream Home,” the brothers work with Mark and Eugenie, who have been renting for some time while waiting for the perfect home to appear in […]

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22 February 2017

Tax Benefits of Owning a Home: Do You Know Them All?

WilshireImages/iStock; Neustockimages/iStockdavidmariuz/iStock; ChristianChan/iStock The joys of homeownership are many: Your own house is a place to make sweet memories, build a financial nest egg, and whittle down your tax bill. Wait, what? Yep, it’s true: Your home can save you a bundle on April 15. We’ve rounded up every last way to take advantage of […]

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21 February 2017

What Is a Punch List? Something You Should Never Renovate Without

Hero Images/Getty Images No home renovation project ever comes together without a hitch, and that’s why it’s important to have a punch list. So what is a punch list? A punch list is essentially your final checklist of a contractor’s work to make sure everything you wanted was done—and done right. So if you want to guarantee that […]

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21 February 2017

Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA: A Primer

Chris Gash Real estate can fund your retirement—but brace yourself for lots of risk and rules. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow people to diversify their investments into assets other than the traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds that make up most retirement plans. Examples of alternative investments include real estate, precious metals and oil and […]

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