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Cool summer renovation ideas keep homes more comfortable when the heat is on
(BPT) - Once spring cleanup is done, you may feel ready to tackle some renovation projects this summer. If so, you're not alone: 62 percent of homeowners plan to undertake a home improvement project this year, according to a Harris poll. Homeowners will renovate to improve their home's appearance, ... More >>


Where there's a will - and more - there's peace of mind
(BPT) - What’s the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial's Tax Department, says now's a good time to find out.Changes in federal estate tax law have significantly increased the amount at which federal estate tax is triggered, say... More >>


Moving? 5 tips to keep your valuables safe
(BPT) - Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the s... More >>


10 moving mistakes to avoid for a safe and productive moving day
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the turn of seasons means it's time to tackle the big move. Whether you've purchased a new home or are changing apartments, moving is a lot of work - both physically and mentally. By planning ahead, packing smart and moving safely, you can avoid some of the most n... More >>


Home improvement investments that pay you back
(BPT) - Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on — whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay... More >>


Inside the mindset of the millennial homeowner [Infographic]
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5 interior design trends to step up your style game
(BPT) - As the temperatures continue to warm up outside, you may be ready to embrace the adage "out with the old and in with the new" when it comes to your home’s interior design. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer looking for ways to upgrade your starter home or a seasoned homeowner... More >>


Real estate insight: Hot tips for buying a home in a competitive market
(BPT) - As the weather gets warmer and school comes to a close, the real estate market also heats up. If you're planning on buying a home, you'll likely find more properties on the market during the summer months. However, increased competition could present challenges on the path to landing the ho... More >>


5 innovations in homebuilding everyone is talking about
(BPT) - In the last 10 years, televisions have become flatter, video rental stores have nearly disappeared and phones have become devices that are more like a computer than a phone.There’s good reason that when most people think about changes in technology, they tend to think about the digita... More >>


Real Estate in the Digital Age: Why you still want an agent by your side
(BPT) - Homebuyers and sellers today can instantly check listings, monitor price fluctuations, research their credit scores and find lenders - all from their smartphones.The advent of mortgage industry apps - which mingle aggregated data with complex algorithms in easily accessible formats - enable... More >>


4 ways to get the character of historic window architecture in a new house
(BPT) - History tends to repeat itself.The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” rings true with architectural styles. We have smarter ways of building and the layouts have evolved with lifestyle changes, but historical and authentic design is only growing in dem... More >>


Trending real estate investment: Land ownership
(BPT) - Smart investors know a diversified portfolio is the best way to weather any storm. Considering the volatility of the current stock market, the desire for better options has never been greater. Rather than gamble on the next buzzworthy stock or bond and hope it lives up to expectations, ther... More >>


Home-buying tips for renters and move-up buyers
(BPT) - The spring home buying season is in full swing all across the United States.If you're thinking of buying a first-home or perhaps trading up to a bigger home, you need to prepare for the home-hunting and home-buying process.Here are 5 tips from Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, that wi... More >>


10 smart security steps for seniors
(BPT) - From identity theft to home burglary, it's an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are often a target for criminals. By taking simple security measures while at home and out traveling, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood you or a loved one is victimized.Always lock doors: Whether yo... More >>


5 essential spring home improvement projects
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.... More >>


Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
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Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
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Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
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Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
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4 tried and true tips for any kitchen redesign
(BPT) - Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task - whether it's a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel like you're the only homeowner, ever, to have questions. Renowned designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus, has answered design quest... More >>


Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy... More >>


Protect your home from fire and storms with tough-as-nails exterior products
(BPT) - Investing in your safety pays off, whether you live in a coastal region prone to hurricanes or in a place fires can occur and storms inevitably strike. Preparing your exterior with fire-resistant, water-resistant siding and hurricane storm-rated shutters can ensure your home stands up to na... More >>


Homebuyer insights report [Infographic]
(BPT) - Homeownership remains an important goal for consumers, especially for those looking to buy for the first time. While most are willing to make some lifestyle changes to make their first home possible, many are looking to bypass a typical starter home in search of a place that will suit their... More >>


40 years of urban forests making cities healthier, safer, happier
(BPT) - Apple computers, the rock band U2, “Rocky” and two national football teams — of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Since its ... More >>


Know what's below before you dig this spring
(BPT) - With the snow gone and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country are rolling up their sleeves and reaching for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.During the transition into “digging season,” Common ... More >>


Save big on home heating, cooling costs with this building method
(BPT) - If you are planning to build a new home or add on to your existing home, you likely take for granted that it will be constructed with “sticks.” For more than 100 years, homes in North America have been built using hundreds of individual pieces of lumber, wall studs, floor joists... More >>


Create a 'wow-worthy' home entry using fun and free online design tools
(BPT) - Entire TV shows are dedicated to it, and real estate agents say it is essential when selling your home. So what is “curb appeal?” More importantly, how do you create it for your home?Even if you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, some simple steps to boost th... More >>


The new age of homebuying [Infographic]
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3 ways your home value can help in retirement
(BPT) - Your retirement. Your golden years to spend doing the things you enjoy - hobbies, travel, more time with family, and so on. But can you afford to live your post-paycheck life the way you always hoped?Research from the National Retirement Risk Index estimates that more than 50 percent of hou... More >>


Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks
(BPT) - If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing t... More >>


2 expert tips for selecting the best garage door design for your home
(BPT) - Today’s garage doors come in so many different and attractive designs that the biggest challenge for homeowners is to find the right door that looks best with their home’s unique features. While it’s great to have options, sometimes too many options can be overwhelming. An... More >>


5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
(BPT) - Spring is here! This season of new beginnings also marks the start of the year’s busiest real estate period. According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the housing market in 2016 is set to be quite active with a 3 percent increase in total home sales compared to the prev... More >>


Design the perfect deck: 5 must-ask questions before you start
(BPT) - A backyard should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. But all too often, homes lack enticing outdoor living areas. One way to give your outdoor space a retreat is to add a new deck. A well-designed deck can extend your living space, make your yard more functional and, best of all, provide a c... More >>


7 easy tips to create the serene bedroom of your dreams
(BPT) - As life gets busier, a bedroom becomes more than a sleeping space — it’s an escape to a calmer, more serene world that rests the mind as well as the body. To create your own in-house getaway, use these easy tips to “calm-ify” your bedroom and transform it into a more... More >>


Don't skimp on safety when planning your deck: Expert tips for creating a safe outdoor space
(BPT) - When dreaming of your at-home outdoor oasis, safety may not be top-of-mind. But when making decking decisions, a key element to enjoying your retreat for years to come is ensuring it is safe and structurally sound.The experts at Trex, the world’s No. 1 decking and railing brand and le... More >>


Mythbusting the adjustable rate mortgage
(BPT) - In pop culture, myths can sometimes be mistaken for truth. Common ones, like, “don’t swim for a half hour after eating,” or “we only use 10 percent of our brain,” are false even though they’re widely taken for fact.The adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) earne... More >>


Smart ways to boost your home's energy efficiency
(BPT) - You wouldn’t know it with the mild weather we’re having this winter, but spring is fast approaching. Building industry experts say now is an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize home renovation plans. Most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home... More >>


Money-saving moving tips for newlyweds
(BPT) - First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes moving into a new house.The big move often comes after the big day. Whether you’re moving in together for the first time or you’re saying goodbye to your tiny apartment and moving into a starter home, it’s an exciting &mdas... More >>


Professional or amateur? 5 qualities of an expert contractor
(BPT) - Are you one of the more than 3 million people planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom this year? Or perhaps you’re adding on a room or finishing your basement. If you’re going to hire a contractor for any home remodeling project, make sure you know the difference between a... More >>


Buy or sell, termites should be top-of-mind during spring real estate season
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to sell or buy a home. Whether you’re putting your home on the market, or shopping for a new house for your family, you have a lot to think about — and termites should be near the top of your list. Just as swarms of homebuyers will... More >>


Five home-buying trends for this year's market
(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms a... More >>


Selling your home? Let the bidding wars begin
(BPT) - No wonder you’re thinking of selling your home — it’s a “seller’s market” right now. The housing supply has dwindled, creating more demand for fewer homes.At the same time, according to Realtor Tammy Reinke, buyers’ expectations are higher than ever... More >>


The financial solution you've been looking for might be right under your roof
(BPT) - What would you do with a little extra money? Chances are, you thought of something pretty fast — and you probably had more than one idea. Whether you’re looking to improve your home, pay off outstanding debt or take a vacation, a little cash can go a long way and you can find th... More >>


Create stress-free living with this single kitchen upgrade
(BPT) - Home is all about entertaining — barbecues, parties, pool parties, family dinners and the like. All of a sudden, your kitchen is the nexus of activity as family, friends and neighbors grab drinks from the fridge while you’re prepping those burgers and mixing up the fruit salad. ... More >>


Sell or stay, these home improvements pay off in the long run
(BPT) - Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home. O... More >>


5 ways to improve your outdoor space with retaining walls
(BPT) - When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That’s the most common use for retaining walls — to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are multi-purpose landscaping tools with many more uses.Si... More >>


6 smart ways your tax refund can help you get into your first new home
(BPT) - Sponsored Advertising Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The average tax refund for the 2014 filing season was nearly $3,000 and the IRS doles out about 100 million of them every year, according to IRS data. If you’ll be getting a refund this year, instead of spending it ... More >>


4 simple, smart furniture arrangement tips for decorating your first home
(BPT) - Buying your first home? Congratulations! Now you get the pleasure of decorating and deciding where everything should go in your new residence. But arranging furniture to optimize room layout in a home can be very different from placing furniture in an apartment. You have a lot more to consi... More >>


5 things to discuss with your significant other before purchasing a home
(BPT) - In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.One of those important conversations every... More >>


Don't waste the refund: Invest in your house for long-term ROI
(BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.The overall average return for ... More >>


Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. W... More >>


Understanding the millennial home
(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this ... More >>



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