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The bugs of summer and how to deal with them

Right about now, many of us are feeling as if summer is one big bug fest. If you’ve spent any time at all outdoors, you know what we’re talking about. From grilling to hiking to even walking the dog, summer...
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The “20% down payment” myth

Money management guru Dave Ramsey advises that “The ideal way to buy a house is the 100 percent down plan—pay cash for the whole house.” Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us could participate in that plan? The fact...
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Summer home maintenance projects you can knock out in 10 minutes or less

Summertime isn’t exactly when we feel most compelled to perform home maintenance tasks. Getting the easier ones out of the way now, however, will lighten the “honey do” list you’ll face in fall. To make it even easier on you,...
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Summertime and the outdoor living is easy

If you’ve ever watched home and garden TV shows you may be dreaming of your own backyard makeover. With a truckload of dirt, the outdoor designer transforms backyards into cozy relaxation areas, resort-like pool areas or elaborate outdoor kitchens. Backyard...
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7 tips when selling your parents’ home

One of the hardest things in life for us to come to grips with is that our parents have advanced into old age. At some point in the not-too distant future, they will leave the home, whether through death or...
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Hey Boomer: Can you retire here (and not starve)?

An estimated 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65 every day. While many are choosing to continue to work, others retire, or at least contemplate it. Have you considered what you’ll do on that day that you take down the shingle,...
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What Happens After My Offer is Accepted?

After all the back-and-forth on price and haggling over concessions and repairs, it’s finally over and your offer to purchase the home was accepted. Now, the real work begins. Granted, you and the seller are no longer front and center...
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5 Tips for keeping your pool sparkling throughout summer

Summer is a busy time, what with trying to keep the kids entertained, work, and often, out-of-town visitors dropping in. The pool is most likely the home’s focal point right now and getting lots of use. While you may not...
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Shopping for a home? 10 tips to help you avoid impulse buying

When we think about the impulse purchase, most of us picture a grocery store. After all, retailers purposefully set up their stores to encourage us to pick up and purchase items on a whim.   If you, like millions of...
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7 Plants That Provide Summer Color in Shady Gardens

Shade gardens can be such a pleasant surprise. In that spot where you think nothing will grow, there are plants that will not only grow, but flower and thrive as well. Depending upon climate, there are tropicals, perennials and annuals...
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