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Style and function blend for ideal bathroom visibility

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there’s one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.

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Keeping the heat inside your home during winter

The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

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Getting rid of property ‘miners’ cuts crime

Fred Sheil fights crime.

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AIM FOR THE SKY

The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.

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America’s doing it all wrong when it comes to dishwashing

Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource - water!

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What’s your kitchen style?

Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

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Home price gains increase modestly

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 7:22 p.m. | | Home price gains increase modestly Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.

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MILLENNIALS

Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.

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Answers for your top 5 plumbing questions

Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves - all you need are the right tools, good judgment and a little time to devote to the project.

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Five ways to revamp your outdoor living space this year

Do long, winter days holed up indoors have you dreaming of a new deck to relax on come springtime? Whether you envision transforming a deck into a personal sanctuary or building a new outdoor living space for backyard entertaining, now is the perfect time to start turning those dreams into reality.

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US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.

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Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slip slightly in January

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects ahead of the spring homebuying season, traditionally the peak period for home sales.

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Seasonal guide for you to maintain your home

Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.

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Rents keep climbing, especially in San Francisco

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure.

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Six ways to make your bathroom more luxurious

The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market - and plenty of ways to customize - even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

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Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.63%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, slipped further below 3 percent.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 6:33 p.m. | | Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.63% Comments 0 Comments

Banks settle mortgage kickbacks probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have agreed to pay more than $35 million combined to resolve claims that loan officers at the two banks received kickbacks in exchange for steering mortgage borrowers to a Maryland title company.

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RENTING VS BUYING

The naysayers were insistent.

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Expert tips for choosing a window for kitchen remodel

What are the hottest updates for homes in 2015? The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home to remodel, and for good reason. According to HGTV and Trulia, a kitchen update is one of the secrets to selling your home.

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Stunning painting projects can be done in day or less

Modern, lively, exciting - if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple DIY paint projects that can be done in one day or less.

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Right tools can help you make home repairs after disasters

The life of a homeowner is unpredictable. It is inevitable you will encounter necessary home fixes and even an occasional disaster. From storm-damaged roofs and extended power outages to a cabinet door ready to fall off its hinges, it’s important to fix issues quickly before they become a hazard to your family, pets or visitors.

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California home sales rise in December on stronger economy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home sales jumped in December, buoyed by a stronger economy and lower interest rates, a research firm said Thursday. Prices rose modestly.

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Rate on mortgage falls to 3.66%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, dipped below 3 percent for the first time since then.

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New coat of paint: Success tips for DIY painting projects

Painting projects are more popular than ever with do-it-yourselfers with 94 percent planning a painting project in 2015, according to a Sherwin-Williams survey of homeowners. DIYers are also planning their painting projects earlier in the year, with January, February and March marked as popular months to upgrade homes with color.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 6:38 p.m. | | New coat of paint: Success  tips for DIY painting projects Comments 0 Comments

Create bathroom retreat

With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

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SMARTER HOME

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this week, I explored many of the elements that could lead to a smarter home. Some were intriguing; others disappointing. Are the capabilities on offer worth the expense and hassle? I’m not entirely convinced.

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New ideas to improve your home for an enjoyable 2015

The start of a new year usually means one thing: endless resolutions. As you bid farewell to the holidays, it’s all about what you want to change, upgrade and do better. Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. In fact, sometimes it’s the first place to start - from a total overhaul to the simplest design changes. Those major or minor design decisions can really impact not only how you live, but also the health and happiness of you, your family and your home.

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5 easy kitchen and bath upgrades that are quick

Do your kitchen and bathrooms look a bit drab? If you don’t have the time or budget for a full remodel, there are still many simple updates you can do to refresh these spaces and invigorate each with impressive style. From affordable faucet updates to pretty paints, each takes one day or less to complete, instantly providing a dramatic effect.

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Lower premiums could save $900 yearly

PHOENIX (AP) — Standing at the epicenter of the nation’s recent housing crisis, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted plans to lower some mortgage insurance premiums, a move the White House says could save homeowners $900 a year and attract 250,000 first-time buyers.

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Rates hit lowest level in 21 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates started the year by dipping to new lows, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking its lowest level since May 2013.

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Top 5 real estate trends of 2015

According to the “2014 Housing Review” released by realtor.com , 2014 “demonstrated a steady buildup of housing momentum fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates and compressed inventory, and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains.”

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Home prices drifted upward in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home values rose at a measured pace in November, a sign that demand remains weak as many buyers have been priced out of the market.

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New homebuyers checklist

When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.     

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Timeless interior design protects your investment

Kitchens are the heart of the home. It’s where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests. It’s the room in the house where everyone gathers, where memories are made, and, with solid investment, can single-handedly increase the value of your home and help you build more of a nest egg. Even if you’re considering selling your home, all eyes of prospective buyers will inevitably be on the kitchen.

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Hot home decor color trends make statement

It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.

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Mortgage rate edges up to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low.

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Mortgage rate edges up to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low.

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100-YEAR-OLD CRAFTSMAN

PASADENA . (AP) — My love of 100-year-old California Craftsman bungalows — those low-slung, early 20th century Arts and Crafts-era homes known for their clean, horizontal lines and sturdy woodwork — runs long and deep.

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Curb energy loss with renovation investments

While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.

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6 design trends to make your home’s style in 2015

As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home.

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Pending home sales rise slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

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Average 30-year mortgage edges up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week.

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Reverse mortgage can help seniors

Americans have learned a tough lesson: Your home is not your piggy bank. However, there is a reward for those who did build equity in their homes: In their senior years, their home can provide a monthly stream of tax-free income, or a lump sum of cash to spend as they wish, while remaining safely in their home. Or it can provide a source of financing for a new, smaller home.

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FLAT TOPS TO McMANSIONS

It’s little wonder that Ozzie was joined by Harriet in the work world.

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What to look for in renovations

The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

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STAYING PUT

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

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Simple steps for protecting your home during holidays

When you think of the holidays, celebrations, presents and friends likely come to mind - not crime. Unfortunately, burglaries increase at this time of year, and your home could be a target. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables now and well into the new year.

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Surprising big ticket bargains you can find at holiday time

Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte’s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial to managing a household’s bottom line.

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Creating the perfect porch can be simple, low-maintenance

Your porch should be a warm, welcoming outdoor living space that offers comfort and helps make a house a home. Whether you want to remodel your porch from the ground up, or just give it a refreshing new look and feel, it’s easier than you think to create a perfect porch.

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