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New ways renters are becoming homeowners
(BPT) - Sponsored Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The world that millennials have grown up in is a lot different than the world the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers knew. The digital revolution, widespread use of smartphones and adoption of disruptive technologies such as ride sharing an... More >>


Think spring: Now's the time to plan the landscape of your dreams
(BPT) - The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year's lawn and landscape projects? That seems like no small feat... More >>


Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified
(BPT) - In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It's the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year's stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active.Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is diffe... More >>


5 pro tips for a hassle-free Christmas tree
(BPT) - Decking the halls for Christmas takes a lot of effort and planning. Whether you're the type to go all in or opt for a minimalist approach, there's nothing like a Christmas tree to create a festive focal point in any room.As beautiful as they are, though, Christmas trees, both fresh and arti... More >>


8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather
(BPT) - As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn't exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the... More >>


5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years
(BPT) - What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house?If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn't doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there ... More >>


Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming wat... More >>


Save energy and money this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This time of year is also when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV(R) expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and, ultimately, money, this holiday... More >>


6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few si... More >>


Entertaining tips: Worry-free ways to clean before your guests arrive
(BPT) - For many of us, this is the best time of the year to spend with friends, family and lots of food. The weather has turned colder, the clocks have shifted back and we're ready to invite guests over to eat, laugh and make new memories for the new year.Let's face it, because you spend more time... More >>


That '70s home: 5 trends making a comeback today
(BPT) - Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of '70s style in updated, modern ways.Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable '70s flair.* More macramé, please. From dip dyed wall hangin... More >>


How to avoid cold weather woes
(BPT) - As sweater season knocks on the door, it's time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.Winterize your porchInstall plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing ... More >>


The New Year's resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home
(BPT) - Nearly 42 percent of all New Year's resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It's easy to understand why - resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields lo... More >>


6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter
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6 tips to make your bathroom sellable, and enjoyable, at the same time
(BPT) - When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk.Your bathroom(s) - especially your master bathroom - are a... More >>


Top 5 features millennials look for in a home
(BPT) - For generations, homeownership has been part of the American dream. For most Americans, it's the largest, most significant investment they'll make, and because homeownership is the best way to grow their wealth, the most important investment as well.As the youngest generation of new homeown... More >>


6 ways to refresh your home with hardwood
(BPT) - Hardwood is one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet as any savvy architect, designer or homeowner will tell you, renovating with characterful woods is a sure way to make a tired interior look fresh and contemporary. 'There's something rejuvenating about the unique colors and ... More >>


Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... More >>


Survey: Messy garages stand in the way of Americans pursuing their passions
(BPT) - Americans would love more time to pursue hobbies they're passionate about, and time-drains like disorganized garages are a big obstacle to doing the activities they enjoy, according to a new survey conducted by Gladiator and Kelton Global.Eighty-four percent of Americans surveyed would like... More >>


Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter
(BPT) - While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at ... More >>


Desperate deer turn winter into the most dangerous season for pricey landscape plants
(BPT) - Deer can cause major damage to yards in any season, but in winter they can be downright deadly to some of the most expensive backyard landscape plants. When regular foods like leaves, grass and annuals become scarce, deer turn their attention to woody plants, shrubs and trees that stay gree... More >>


10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances
(BPT) - Today's typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effecti... More >>


6 home cleaning tips for pet owners
(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into ... More >>


Increase kitchen efficiency with ease
(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it's important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan i... More >>


The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office
(BPT) - In today's increasingly digital world, it's no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations - from the office building to the home - productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ... More >>


4 reasons why a real estate franchise might be the career move for you
(BPT) - Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship - franchi... More >>


The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against ... More >>


America's finest: 6 luxury home improvement products made in the U.S.
(BPT) - Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can't build, renovate or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don't have t... More >>


Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improveme... More >>


5 myths about solar panels, debunked
(BPT) - Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home's carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster.The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying t... More >>


5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day
(BPT) - (BPT) - Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it's easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs.To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any ... More >>


5 tips to clean your home - and save the planet
(BPT) - Log onto almost any news website and in just a few clicks you'll probably come across some story about the environment. Whether it involves international agreements, alternative energy sources or fuel-efficient cars, the discussion is often abstract and far removed from our everyday lives.C... More >>


Upping your laundry room's wow factor
(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream ... More >>


3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home
(BPT) - From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter's weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home's vital systems and indoor comfort.'... More >>


7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently
(BPT) - If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can't escape the cold. You can't wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home ... More >>


Insulation can help protect homes from flooding
(BPT) - Hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The cost of damages that occur in hurricanes or intense tropical storms making landfall in the U.S. each year numbers in the bil... More >>


Roof repair: Mind the gaps, banish the squirrels
(BPT) - Cold can aggravate a roof issue and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest 'Cost vs. Value' report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement costs over $20,000.So, whether you've already noticed signs of wear on your roof or just wa... More >>


Barn doors go indoors: An ideal winter project
(BPT) - Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country - in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.Transitions in open floor plansAs homeowners seek more open floor plans, inte... More >>


Insulation tips: Give your home its own winter coat
(BPT) - In fall's natural progression toward hibernation and all things cozy, preparation for your house is often forgotten. Insulation for the home can seem intimidating, but don't let that stop you from digging deeper. You'll find that proper insulation is key for superior home comfort and increa... More >>


5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond
(BPT) - The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it's football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that's suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there's no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind.No matter where you live in the c... More >>


Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door
(BPT) - If you're buying a garage door, you'll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face.The design decisionRemember the adage that the front door is the most importan... More >>


All home warranties are not created equal
(BPT) - Having a home warranty is a smart way to help deal with the inevitable home repair problems that all property owners face at one point or another.After all, a good home warranty can mean getting expert help when your HVAC system needs to be fixed, your water heater needs to be replaced, or ... More >>


Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining
(BPT) - 'Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,' explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. 'It's perfect because fall is our ... More >>


House hunting and credit: What you need to know
(BPT) - By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn't move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth.For many, owning a home is cheaper than rentin... More >>


Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... More >>


Replacing a furnace? How to choose an energy-efficient system
(BPT) - If it's time to replace your furnace, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra investment to buy an energy-efficient system. Or, you may be unsure how to choose an energy-efficient system for your home.'Energy-efficient heating systems can substantially lower your fuel costs over the li... More >>


6 timeless home features that are always 'in'
(BPT) - Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the '70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing i... More >>


Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding
(BPT) - Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options - both classic and modern materials - there's a lot to consider.Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and material... More >>


This fall, make home upgrades with staying power
(BPT) - Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn't allow. It's also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Ch... More >>


Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen
(BPT) - Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today's modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style prefer... More >>


How to lower your monthly mortgage payment
(BPT) - Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI).... More >>


Debunking home ownership myths for millennials
(BPT) - We've all been told, that owning a home is part of the American dream. It's the biggest and most rewarding investment many people will make in their lives. Instead of paying rent every month and having nothing to show for it, paying a monthly mortgage builds equity and wealth.While most kno... More >>


Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes
(BPT) - While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses - and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home.More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National... More >>


5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish
(BPT) - You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant.What do you do when you're built to ent... More >>


Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn't at the top of a couple's 'To Do Together' list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In f... More >>






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