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Second Trust Pitfalls

December 28, 2016 8:30 pm

Question: I am interested in purchasing second trusts, since I have been told this is a lucrative investment. Can you confirm this, and are there any precautions to take? Answer:…

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The $140,000 Mistake You're Making With Your Home

December 28, 2016 8:30 pm

If you're not tending to your front yard, your perennials aren't the only thing you stand to lose. We've all heard of the importance of curb appeal, but do you…

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New York boosts community redevelopment program

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state plans to provide $8 million for the construction, rehabilitation, or repair of nearly 300 homes as part of New York’s Homes and Community Renewal Affordable Home Ownership Development Program. HousingWire.com Topics

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[Infographic] This is how to stop your house from getting hacked

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

Yes, a new WiFi-capable refrigerator and wearable watch sound super fancy and high tech, but they’re also the perfect back doors for cyber attackers to easily walk through. As technology improves, so must your awareness of how to protect yourself against the new modern thief — hackers. These tips could make all the difference when […]

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An Amazon Echo may be the key to solving a murder case

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

Internet-connected devices may start helping in criminal cases. As first reported in The Information, police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the company to hand over data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. James Andrew Bates, the suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder in November […]

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Hey, Alexa, are things going to get weird?

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

They say that news is what happens to a writer on his way to the bathroom and I’ve recently discovered something fascinating. Alexa – and, to a degree, Siri and Google’s OK Google solution – have become indispensable additions to our home. The kids tell Alexa to turn on the lights and start Netflix. We […]

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That’s a Talker: 10 Stories You Had Lots to Say About This Year (10 photos)

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

There are some topics in design and home renovating that we could go on about for hours. And when we tackle one of these, Houzzers let us know — enthusiastically. Readers weighed in with particular gusto on the following 10 stories, which garnered the most comments among those published in 2016. Check… Houzz Galleries

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Here’s a Toast to the 10 Most Popular Home Bars of 2016 (10 photos)

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

Home bars can be a great problem solver, providing extra storage and counter space while moving congestion away from the kitchen during parties. The top 10 home bar photos of 2016 — uploaded and saved to ideabooks this year — show the range of ways to design this feature. Pull… Houzz Galleries

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House of the Week: A Seaside Home With a Lighthouse

December 28, 2016 6:27 am

Rumor has it that Laguna Beach is where Hollywood came to play in the early 1920s, and it’s easy to see why when you look at this breathtaking coastal home. The 4-bedroom, 3,545-square-foot home looks and feels like you’ve been transported to another world – a nautical one. The original owners were actress America Chedister […]

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Your Windows Are Killers: Preventing Bird Strikes

December 27, 2016 2:30 pm

Homeowners have big windows that bring light, views and the outdoors into their homes or recreational properties. But all that glass can be a killer. Every year, millions of birds…

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