A Fight for Urban Trees: Wealthier Neighborhoods Leafier

(MCT)—The benefits of trees—from their grace and beauty to their gifts of cool, clean air and stress relief—are well-known and documented in study after study. Yet as the city grows, it is More »

Real Estate Q&A: Who Gets the Money?

(MCT)—Q: We had an investment property that fell into foreclosure a few years ago. It finally went to auction and was bought by a third party for about $ 20,000 more than More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Is Taking America’s Charitable Giving by Storm

(MCT)—Martha Stewart did it. So did Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Goodell, Carson Daly, the New England Patriots, Ethel Kennedy, Adam Zuckerberg, Knightro the University of Central Floria mascot and probably someone More »

A Fight for Urban Trees: Wealthier Neighborhoods Leafier

(MCT)—The benefits of trees—from their grace and beauty to their gifts of cool, clean air and stress relief—are well-known and documented in study after study. Yet as the city grows, it is struggling to hold onto its trees, especially in poorer areas. Seattle’s wealthiest neighborhoods are also its leafiest, a Seattle Times analysis shows. On […]
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Real Estate Q&A: Who Gets the Money?

(MCT)—Q: We had an investment property that fell into foreclosure a few years ago. It finally went to auction and was bought by a third party for about $ 20,000 more than what we owed the lender. Who gets that money?  — Liz A: You do — provided that you did not have a second mortgage […]
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Ice Bucket Challenge Is Taking America’s Charitable Giving by Storm

(MCT)—Martha Stewart did it. So did Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Goodell, Carson Daly, the New England Patriots, Ethel Kennedy, Adam Zuckerberg, Knightro the University of Central Floria mascot and probably someone you know. They accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a charitable craze that has burst into America’s bloodstream. I’d say it’s warming the blood, […]
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Why the School District Should Impact Your Home Search

Buying a home in a good school district can result in resale advantages, offer protection from market fluctuation and provide a great education. Real estate experts in markets across the country share what you should know about a school district’s impact on real estate, whether or not you plan on using the school system. Determine […]
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Bon Jovi’s Soho Penthouse Drops in Price

If you’ve been looking for a high-end real estate deal, you’re in luck…sort of. Jon Bon Jovi’s Soho penthouse was recently reduced from $ 42 million to $ 37.5 million. The 7,452-square-foot spot has been a long-time residence of Bon Jovi and his wife and high school sweetheart, Dorothea Bon Jovi. Awww. Located in the New Museum […]
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Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold during the quarter were affordable to a family earning the U.S. median income of $ 63,900—down about […]
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Simple Tips to Take Your Backyard from ‘Blah’ to ‘Breathtaking’

Living in an apartment community certainly has its perks (i.e., not having to fix things when they break), but one thing I truly miss is having a backyard that I can enjoy—whenever and however I want to. While a quick look out the window may be enough to send you over the edge—Does the grass […]
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Budgeting Basics for Homeowners

A new home often means making significant adjustments to how you spend your money. Expenses such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance add up quickly and can easily throw your best financial intentions out of whack. Creating and following a budget is a great way to make sure you stay on track […]
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Getting Started: College Textbook-Shopping Tips

(MCT)—Back-to-school shopping has started, and for college students, that means figuring out how to pay for at least one big expense: textbooks. The average student at a four-year public college spends about $ 1,200 per year on course books and materials, according to the College Board, a nonprofit organization whose members are made up of colleges […]
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Inheriting Property? These Home Inheritance Solutions Can Help

The passing of a loved one is both devastating and trying. It presents the time to mourn and celebrate the person’s life, to gather with family and friends, and to organize any assets that have been left behind. A significant factor of this involves the home, where the real estate of a deceased individual gets […]
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