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Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal Arctic range.
It’s a fact: mortgage interest rates are constantly changing. Across the US, they are currently changing at the fastest pace in over 4 years. That makes it challenging for homebuyers on a quest for the lowest possible interest rates.
Home values and homeownership rates are down in more populous counties
Older homes are more affordable and have “character,” but they can come with more problems, too. Here’s how to care for your aging home
This week, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, more than double the current level.
The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn't mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
One part cultural indicator, one part marketing forecast, the color experts at Pantone poll designers and brands each year about the colors they’re featuring.
So says Annie Sloan who has combined her love of color with a successful career as a paint designer, teacher, entrepreneur and author of more than 20 books including the one that started the painted furniture revolution in 1987 – “The Complet…
Gardening is a forgiving pursuit. Get it wrong one year and you can start fresh again the next, wiser, with lessons learned.
For those with means, pursuing leisure can involve the finest components. Beautiful materials and craftwork can take these items into the realm of art.
The familiar black dog with the white chest and white front paws starred in past Christmases in President Barack Obama's White House, but America's first pooch had to let someone else in the picture this holiday season: his little sister, Sunny.
This time of year, I have eggnog on the brain, and soon, perhaps, also on the hips. But the big question when considering a holiday beverage is not how fattening is it? But is it spiked?
The Lansing Association for Community Events (L.A.C.E.) is hoping to recreate what was once a popular holiday happening in the community. L.A.C.E.’s First Annual Christmas Home Tour takes place Sunday with four homeowners opening their not-so…
If you're planning a holiday party this year, take note — help is available.
If you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground.
Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
My two daughters had the same burning question as they arrived home from college for Thanksgiving: "We’re decorating the tree right?"
Want to decorate a fun table for the holidays? Take your cue from a playful song and incorporate a fox theme. Or expand the motif to other woodland creatures - an owl, squirrel, deer - for a tabletop menagerie.
He's the toddler who always bites. She's the 6-year-old drama queen prone to "it's mine" fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your exceedingly lenient big sister.
Several years ago, I started a new Christmas tradition - no more gift boxes.
Imagine someone knocking on your door to tell you that you have just 30 days to move out of your home - not because of anything you did, but because the owner you are renting from has lost the home to foreclosure.
After the price haggling and before closing, home inspections are an essential part of the homebuying process. Here are the top 5 misconceptions
California markets rank among the most expensive in the U.S.; Ohio and the Midwest are the most affordable
Everyone knows discounts reduce insurance premiums, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to reduce our rates. Competing agents are always offering to check policies against their company’s latest discount offerings to win new business.
Recently featured in the This Old House 2013 roundup of the Top 100 Home Products, Paint Handy caught my eye (like many people, we have a paint project or two on our pre-holiday to do list).
Just as the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location, the most widely debated wild card would have to be timing.
Some things are just meant to be.
What started out as small business operating out of a two-car garage is now a 120-acre Christmas Tree farm.
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Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button.
The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast ranks high on the entertaining stress-o-meter.
With just a month before Christmas, it's easy to despair at the thought of getting your home in shape for holiday entertaining.
Some days I feel like a glorified Dumpster diver. I throw myself headfirst into the world's big bin of home advice, rummage through the flotsam and jetsam, and surface with a few nuggets I think useful.
Looking to please a wine lover this holiday season? You can always spring for a special bottle or wrap up the latest and greatest corkscrew, but why not play off the passion through a recycled gift instead?
Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have organized events for America Recycles Day on or around November 15th to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action.
Overall foreclosure numbers are down: Here’s how it affects you
As if restoring a home after a disaster isn’t a big enough headache, sellers need to be extra careful when preparing a disaster-struck home for the market
With more homeowners looking at projects to update their nest, home remodeling is on the rise.
If you love the look of hardwood but would prefer something a bit more durable, check out the latest wood-grain tile looks.
Forget window shopping, some of Manhattan's biggest and most storied retailers say their elaborate seasonal window displays are a gift to passers-by.
Boulevard North Townhomes, located at 1936 167th Street in Hammond, was recognized as the year’s best Renovated and/or Repurposed Community during the President's Dinner on the final day of the annual Midwest Multifamily Exhibition and Educat…
Compost or mulch? People often confuse the two, although each fulfills a different function in gardening.
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