9 March 2017

10 Rental Property Tax Deductions Landlords Love: Did You Take Them All?

LiudmylaSupynska/iStock Whether you rent out a place or room to a tenant full time or just for a few weeks while you’re away on vacation, you already know it’s a great way to make money. But did you know it can also save you cash at tax time? That’s right, being even a part-time landlord comes […]

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9 March 2017

Steer Clear: 7 Living Room Design Looks That Buyers Hate

chandlerphoto/iStock Home decor is all about reflecting your own personal style. It’s an opportunity to use your home as a blank canvas and paint a masterpiece that is decidedly you. And that style is never more apparent than in your living room—the spot where your guests gather and your personality is most on display. We’ll […]

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8 March 2017

6 Most Annoying Things About Selling a Home

kasayizgi/iStock It’s hard for a home to always look its best—which is why selling your home can be such a hassle. Even the most laid-back homeowners may find themselves losing patience as buyers traipse through their house, disrupting the peaceful atmosphere that once reigned. Just so you know what’s in store, here are some of the […]

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8 March 2017

5 Fabulous Fireplace Face-Lifts That Won’t Burn Through Your Wallet

EricVega/iStock Whether or not there’s a crackling fire within, a fireplace is an eye-catching feature in a home—or at least, it can be. If yours appears a little drab and you’re pining for a new look, you’re in luck! A fireplace makeover is far easier (and cheaper) to pull off than you might think. To spark some ideas, here […]

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8 March 2017

How to Get Rich in Real Estate: Secret Tips From ‘The Deed’ Star Sidney Torres

CNBC Many people dream of making money in real estate, then end up floundering like beached carps once they give it a go. Luckily, though, the real estate reality TV game has a new superhero to swoop in and save the day. His name is Sidney Torres, and his schtick is all about helping distressed developers get back on their feet in a new weekly show […]

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7 March 2017

7 Most Annoying Things About Buying a Home

AntonioGuillem/iStock Buying a home is the American dream. So why, then, is it also a complete nightmare? Talk to most home buyers, and they’ll readily admit that for every high point, there are plenty of lows that leave them grumbling. To make sure you’re mentally prepared, here are some common irritations you may encounter on the path to homeownership. […]

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7 March 2017

Gardening and Landscaping the Smart Home Way

Francois De Heel/Getty Images The grass is getting greener, the days are getting longer, and the temperatures are making their slow march ever upward. Spring is in the air—at least on the Northern Hemisphere. And a smart home owner’s fancy turns to growth and efficiency of another sort—the lawn and garden. The seasonal struggle to […]

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7 March 2017

6 Dreamy Bedroom Decorating Ideas

JaCZhou/iStock Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping—they’re also your private retreat from the harsh world. And that’s why the way this all-important space is furnished should exude calm and tranquility. But how do you pull that off, exactly? If you need some inspiration, look no further than these bedroom decorating ideas to turn this space into the sanctuary of your […]

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7 March 2017

Don’t Fall Victim to These 7 Common Furniture-Buying Fails

Hero Images/Getty Images We’ve all been there: You’ve just moved into a new place, and you want to make it look fresh and fabulous, like, yesterday. You’ve thumbed through all the West Elm catalogs and strolled through every Pottery Barn within a 50-mile radius. You. Are. Ready! Your living room will be the stuff of Pinterest […]

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6 March 2017

Tarek and Christina El Moussa Go Out on a Limb in ‘Flip or Flop’

HGTV Christina and Tarek El Moussa may be heading full-speed toward divorce, that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to professionally join forces to go out on a limb—or a peninsula, to be exact. In the latest episode of “Flip or Flop,” they tackle what could be their most ambitious project yet: a million-dollar home in Laguna Beach, one of […]

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6 March 2017

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet (Easiest Kitchen Makeover Ever!)

victorass88/iStock Whether you are experiencing a drip or leak or just pining for a quick kitchen makeover, sooner or later you may want to learn how to replace a kitchen faucet. It’s certainly worth learning, because it happens to be one of the easiest home improvement projects out there. With just a few tools and a half-hour of […]

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6 March 2017

The Best Smoke Detector for a Home, and the Worst: Which Do You Have?

Gregory_DUBUS/iStock First the good news: After decades of public education by firefighters and other community groups, Americans have finally gotten the memo that smoke detectors are a good thing. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 96% of homes in the U.S. have at least one smoke detector to alert residents to a fire on the premises. Now the […]

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