A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project. To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider […]

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That Frequent Flyer Seat May Be Easier to Book—Here’s Why

(TNS)—Airlines are making it easier for frequent flyers to redeem their travel rewards, as major carriers work harder to keep their most loyal customers happy, according to a seat availability survey released recently. American Airlines showed the biggest improvement, rising from the bottom of the pack to ninth in the annual survey, with members of […]

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At Home in Retirement: Boomers Facing a Hard Truth

Baby boomers are on the cusp of retirement, but the ability to afford their desired lifestyle is at odds with their preferences, according to a recent report by The NHP Foundation (NHPF), an affordable housing nonprofit. Of the boomers surveyed for the report, 85 percent want to be in the home they have now in […]

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Dodd-Frank Reform Could Make It Easier to Get a Mortgage

(TNS)—It should be easier for you to get a mortgage now that President Donald Trump has signed legislation that will lift lending restrictions on community banks. Congress on Tuesday voted in favor of rolling back Dodd-Frank banking rules, and Trump signed it Thursday. The reforms will ease some of the mortgage laws from the Dodd-Frank […]

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Dodd-Frank Reform Could Make It Easier to Get a Mortgage

(TNS)—It should be easier for you to get a mortgage now that President Donald Trump has signed legislation that will lift lending restrictions on community banks. Congress on Tuesday voted in favor of rolling back Dodd-Frank banking rules, and Trump signed it Thursday. The reforms will ease some of the mortgage laws from the Dodd-Frank […]

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Listing This Summer? The Best Investments to Make Outdoors

Are you listing this summer? Get your outdoors in shape—it can pay off. According to National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) research, certain exterior improvements are likely to recoup at resale. Based on feedback from REALTORS®—who, through their experience, know what house hunters are ready to spend on—the best enhancements are lawn care, landscape maintenance and […]

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Hawaii Volcano Victims Can Get Relief on Mortgage Payments

(TNS)—If you live in an area of Hawaii that’s been impacted by the Kilauea volcano eruption, your mortgage lender may offer you relief. The eruption has destroyed 26 homes (at press time), and more homes are still at risk. Wells Fargo and Bank of Hawaii have implemented disaster relief policies for those affected by Kilauea. […]

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Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]

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Taxes Filed—Time to Chill? Not So Fast, Says IRS

(TNS)—The April 18 federal tax-filing deadline has come and gone. Your taxes are paid, and maybe you already have your refund in hand. Nothing to do now but sit back and chill for eight months or so, right? The Internal Revenue Service respectfully disagrees. Given recent changes in tax tables created by the Tax Cuts […]

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5 Things a Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike Means for Your Wallet

(TNS)—Consumers tend to pay far more attention to the swings in their March Madness brackets than the latest moves by the Federal Reserve. The reality is the Fed’s action will have a more lasting impact on your wallet. The Fed moved to raise rates by 25 basis points, as expected. The Fed’s benchmark interest rate […]

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