Living Smart: to Fully Winterize, Look Outside the Home

(TNS)—It’s wise, before the snow flies (or as soon as possible if flakes have already flown), to take the time to prep your home and property for winter. We hear often about More »

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Creeps Further Below 4% for the Eighth Straight Week

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.77 percent, down five basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage fell steadily last week before settling at More »

Fall Is for Fireplaces

A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season: Annual Inspections – More »

Living Smart: to Fully Winterize, Look Outside the Home

(TNS)—It’s wise, before the snow flies (or as soon as possible if flakes have already flown), to take the time to prep your home and property for winter. We hear often about emergency service calls that could have been avoided if homeowners had taken time to winterize or to hire help to get it done. […]
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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Creeps Further Below 4% for the Eighth Straight Week

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.77 percent, down five basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage fell steadily last week before settling at the current rate. “Rates eased last week on Europe’s weak economic data and the unexpected rate cut from China’s central bank,” said Erin […]
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Fall Is for Fireplaces

A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season: Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s obstruction free and clear of creosote—a black, oily […]
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Knob and Tube Wiring in Older Homes

Homes built prior to 1950 may still have a knob and tube wiring system. Though the technology is old, it is still capable of carrying electricity throughout the home. There are additional factors, however, that homeowners should know about when buying or selling a home with knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube wiring must […]
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Bluetooth May Be the Key to Your Future Smart Home

(TNS)—If you’ve ever considered trying to turn your house into a smart home, you’ve likely found the prospect expensive or technologically intimidating. That situation could soon change, thanks in part to an old technology learning some new tricks. A growing number of companies are rolling out home automation products that tap into new capabilities for […]
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Beware Hot Air! Debunking Heating Myths to Stay Warm, Save Money

(TNS)—Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap. For example, programmable thermostats are not the holy grail of home heating, cranking up the furnace does nothing to […]
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The Best Money Mindset

(TNS)—Do you want to more easily change your overspending behavior? According to some new research, maybe all you need is to count your life’s blessings. A mindset of gratitude gives people the patience to handle money better. Before you brush this idea aside as just another feel-good theory, consider a 2013 study that suggests practicing […]
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Do You Know How Much Money Burns up in a Dirty Furnace?

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Our previous report talked about a bunch of fixes homeowners could do to enhance their energy efficiency. In this report, we’ll tap BBB for some sound […]
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New Survey Identifies Top Trends in Smart Home Technology

According to a survey conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV, nearly half (46 percent) of consumers believe it is important that their current home or next home they purchase be equipped with smart home technology. Not only do they see the value in smart home technology for their own benefit (e.g., comfort, safety, cost-savings), […]
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6 Seemingly Smart Moves That May Ruin Your Remodel

You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done your homework, dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, and you are […]
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