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Hispanic Homeowner Follows A Step-By-Step Plan to Buy A House

(NewsUSA) - A national housing survey found 88 percent of Hispanics felt homeownership was a good long-term investment, with 92 percent reporting they planned to be homeowners.

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Friday 11/08/2019
Prepare Your Home For The Rough Weather Ahead
Posted: November 08, 2019

(NAPSI)—There have been more than 80 extreme weather events in the United States that caused at least $1 billion each in damage since 2011, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Centers for Environmental Information.

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Thursday 11/07/2019
5 Tips Homeowners Need This Winter to Prevent Unnecessary Costs
Posted: November 07, 2019

(StatePoint) A drop in temperature and an increase in precipitation like rain, sleet or snow can make winter costly at home.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare’s New Plan Finder During Open Enrollment
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

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Autumn Additions
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

Fall upgrades for enhancing your home

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4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

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3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

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Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

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5 Tips to Get Your Home Winter-Ready
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it's time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home's components and make your property safer overall.

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Ready for Winter Weather
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

Tips to keep your family safe and warm

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5 Pro Tips to Prep Homes for Winter
Posted: November 07, 2019

(Family Features) Before blustery winter days arrive, there are plenty of home improvement projects contractors can tackle for homeowners. Many cooler weather projects focus on cost efficiency and sustainability, making the improvements all around smart investments.

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Wednesday 11/06/2019
4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

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Encouraging Youth Sports and Their Benefits
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sports help shape kids’ lives, but due to funding shortages, some school sports programs are at risk.

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Monday 11/04/2019
How to Bring Warmth and Texture to Your Kitchen
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Hardwood kitchen cabinetry gained popularity in the 1980s, and demand for the versatile material has continued to grow since. “Hardwood cabinets and built-ins fit into any style of kitchen, from rustic farmhouse to sleek modern high-rise,” says Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. “Savvy designers and homeowners are using such classic woods as oak, walnut, cherry, and maple — along with less-expected varieties like hickory and cypress — to bring inviting warmth and interesting texture to their kitchens. That hardwoods are durable and will probably last for many years only adds to their appeal.” Here are five inspiring examples of what Linda is talking about.

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Affordable DIY Projects to Transform Your Home
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Transformative home renovations don’t need to be complicated, nor do they need to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of affordable DIY projects you can do in a weekend to add beauty to your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are a few to consider:

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: November 04, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

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Tuesday 10/29/2019
How to Buy A House Without Draining Your Savings
Posted: October 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Erin, who works at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, had been toying with the idea of buying her first home. She was 32 years old, and was very aware that the Durham housing market was heating up.

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Monday 10/28/2019
Replacing a Roof: 4 Things to Consider
Posted: October 28, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Are you considering a home improvement project that will deliver value, curb appeal and performance? Replacing the roof is a good place to start.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
5 Essentials to Build a Home Office
Posted: October 24, 2019

(StatePoint) Want to maximize your productivity when working in your home office? Here are five essentials to build out the space:

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Wednesday 10/23/2019
Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

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Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

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Fall in Love with Outdoor Décor
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Just because the temperatures cool doesn’t mean the amount of time and attention you spend on your outdoor spaces should. Fall is the perfect time to add seasonal touches and decorations to the exterior of your home that not only improve curb appeal, but also amplify your personal style.

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4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

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Tuesday 10/22/2019
Caregivers, Take Care: How To Keep Your Caregiving Duties From Overwhelming You
Updated: October 25, 2019 - 3:20 am

(NAPSI)—Caregiving for a loved one can be a fulfilling, yet overwhelming experience. Forty million Americans provide care for their aging loved one each year, and spend an average of 24.4 hours per week doing so. Try as one may to create a balanced lifestyle, it’s a role that easily crowds out other important areas of life, including personal and professional relationships, and generates high levels of stress that could lead to serious health problems long-term if not managed.

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Friday 10/18/2019
Home Fire Risks Increase As Weather Cools
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NAPSI)—The fall and winter seasons bring cooler temperatures, holidays, and images of cozy nights by the fireplace. Yet the change in seasons also comes with the chance of severe weather and an increase in fire risks. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more home fires occur in winter than in any other season.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Smart ideas to green your lifestyle
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The green movement continues to thrive with people finding new and inventive ways to incorporate environmentally conscious elements throughout their daily lives. Now more than ever, sustainable choices are important to how we live today and for generations to come. From fashionable choices cleverly crafted from recycled materials and ecologically thoughtful designs for the home to the car you select and the vacation you choose, there are many creative options to green your lifestyle.

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

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How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

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4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

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Tuesday 10/15/2019
Your neighborhood deer are gearing up for winter - Get ready
Posted: October 15, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Like many mammals, deer physically prepare for winter by better insulating their bodies. In the fall, deer gradually trade their summer coats for a warmer winter one, which is more substantial and has thicker, longer, darker hair called "guard hairs" to protect their fur and skin from rain and snow.

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Home Weatherization 101: Tips for a Comfortable Home
Posted: October 15, 2019

(StatePoint) Do seasonal temperatures sometimes leave you frustrated with your home’s lack of insulation? Staying comfortable indoors is a top priority for most people, and luckily, it’s easy to ensure your home is an optimal temperature.

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Friday 10/11/2019
UL Presents:cFriendship Stories [Video]
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:46 am

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Falling Leaves, Football, Halloween, And A New Kitchen
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Many people believe spring or summer is the best time of year to get your dream kitchen.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Take it from the pros and close before you doze [Video]
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:47 am

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
Tips To Go Green, Save Green And Stay Toasty This Winter
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac predicts “yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country.” The good news is, homeowners don’t have to choose between staying cozy and eco-conscious. Today’s innovations make it easy to enjoy both with “smart” home climate control technologies and advanced heating systems created to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort.

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How to Turn a Simple Shed into a Livable Oasis
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Once the domain of lawnmowers and gardening tools, today’s backyard sheds are being repurposed into unique, functional spaces (think: she-shed, bunkhouse or even a bar pub) complete with plumbing and electricity.

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Wearable Fall Trends
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

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Help Safeguard Your Family’s Finances
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Every year, millions of American workers enroll in employee benefits through their workplaces during a period known as annual enrollment. It's usually a short window of time, but employees make crucial financial decisions for their families for the coming year.

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Refresh Your Space
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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The Benefits of Service Dogs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

Supporting veterans when they return home

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Smart Value
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Health
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy home is a goal most Americans share, but not all are confident they’re doing the best job they can to protect their home’s health.

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Tuesday 10/08/2019
Get your porch Halloween-ready with these 3 spooktactular DIY projects
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:46 am


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Friday 10/04/2019
Brick Homes Fight Fires The Longest
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 3:15 am

(NAPSI)—Firefighters report that it takes about an hour and a half for a fire to breach a brick home-as compared to fiber cement in under an hour and vinyl siding in just minutes.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
What to Know Before Replacing Your Roof
Posted: October 03, 2019

(StatePoint) Not only does your roof need to withstand the elements over the years, it needs to look great while doing it. If it’s time to replace your roof, experts say that there are some important things to consider, particularly when it comes to the materials you select.

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Wednesday 10/02/2019
Top 5 ways to update your kitchen and dining room
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it, the kitchen — and dining room — is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather with family to nourish your bodies and hearts, enjoying a meal together every day. Whether you have two separate rooms or a kitchen/dining room combo, this part of your home gets a lot of use — and deserves a lot more love.

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An Easy, Stylish Decorating Upgrade
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:42 am

A wall-mount door makes more room for fun

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