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How to Dispose of Paint the Right Way (It’s Harder Than You Think!)

March 2, 2017 | No Comments

Halamka/iStock No matter how carefully you measure before starting a paint job, it’s inevitable you’ll end up with some paint left over. In fact, 10% of purchased paint—or about 70 million gallons—goes unused in the U.S. every year, according to the nonprofit PaintCare.org, a recycling organization. So you’ll have to dispose of those spare cans at some point—and […]

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Country Star Jason Aldean Selling Huge Tennessee Hunting Lodge

March 2, 2017 | No Comments

Rob Kim/Getty Images Quadruple-platinum country star Jason Aldean is selling his hunting estate in Centerville, TN, for almost $4.6 million, according to Variety. Known as Black Jack Ridge, the property comprises 1,436 secluded acres with creeks, gardens, deer stands, and feeding stations for wild turkey. The hunting lodge on the property features six bedrooms and 5.5 baths. The front porch […]

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What Is Pop-Up Staging? Budget-Friendly Home Staging at Its Best

March 2, 2017 | No Comments

belov1409/iStock In this HGTV-saturated era, most home sellers have heard of home staging, a practice of arranging furniture in your home to make it look as alluring as a photo spread in a design blog. But what is pop-up staging? Consider it the bargain alternative that uses fold-out “fake” furniture for a fraction of the […]

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Here’s a Better Way to Calculate the True Rent vs. Buy Costs

March 2, 2017 | No Comments

llhedgehogll/iStock In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total monthly costs of renting vs. buying misses the important fact that a significant portion of every mortgage payment goes toward the principal balance, building equity for the homeowner. […]

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Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values

March 2, 2017 | No Comments

There is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry experts are showing concern about the possible effect that the rising rates will have moving forward. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors […]

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Is Wearing Shoes Inside a Home (or on a Couch in the White House) Rude?

March 1, 2017 | No Comments

brittak/iStock Poor Kellyanne Conway—she seems to inspire heated debate every time she leaves the house these days. The latest kerfuffle for the counselor to President Donald Trump came during an Oval Office  meeting of the Historic Black Colleges and Universities, when she was photographed in a compromising position—namely, with her shoes up on the couch. Did […]

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Building, Buying, or Beefing Up a Home? Watch Out for Annoying Deed Restrictions

March 1, 2017 | No Comments

jhorrocks/iStock The day I planned to close on an acre-lot where I hoped to build a brand-new house, my real estate agent turned up a deed restriction that limited the number of garages I could construct. I had intended to build three, but according to the deed, I could have only two. This seems like […]

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Do You Live in One of the Worst States in America? Find Out

March 1, 2017 | No Comments

Arpad Benedek/iStock It may be a rude awakening for New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana just the day after Mardi Gras, but according to a new report, their state is the worst. Seriously. The worst. U.S. News & World Report has come out with its inaugural ranking of the best (and worst) states, factoring in […]

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Come Fly With Us! We Descend on 3 Luxurious Fly-In Communities

March 1, 2017 | No Comments

Courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch On Friday afternoons for the past 12 summers, Greg Havemeier leaves his office in Naples, FL, for his weekend home. But unlike many vacationers who jump into an SUV for a two-day getaway, Havemeier boards his Beechcraft Bonanza G36 six-seater and makes the 3.5-hour flight to Mountain Air, perched high in the mountains […]

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After Messy Breakup, Heiress Athina Onassis Selling Luxe Florida Mansion

March 1, 2017 | No Comments

Buda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images Notoriously private heiress Athina Onassis, sole surviving descendant of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, has just listed her 3,711-square-foot luxury home in Wellington, FL. Priced at $3.25 million, her home offers proximity to the well-heeled international equestrian crowd. Sadly, the sale was likely triggered by the 31-year-old heiress’s pending divorce from Brazilian professional show jumper and two-time Olympic medalist Álvaro de Miranda Neto, known to friends […]

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