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(TNS)—On my latest trip to Chicago, I consumed nine tacos, three doughnuts, an Indian crepe, a giant tamale, a mound of carnitas, a bowl of pasta and a table full of Vietnamese food. How did I not gain 15 pounds? Well, I also walked eight to 10 miles per day, which is typical for me […]

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5/8/2018 2:05:43 PM

(TNS)—Q: I live in a beautiful community that is well maintained by the board and its various committees. All is great, except for the roads—they are ugly with oil marks and patched areas. I have asked after this, but it does not seem to be a priority of the board of directors. How do I […]

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5/6/2018 11:05:46 AM

(TNS)—Even when a seller and buyer agree on a price for a home, the deal can collapse if the property appraises for less than that price. For example, let’s say a seller lists his house for $325,000, the buyer offers $275,000, but they settle on $300,000. A week before closing, the appraisal comes in at […]

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5/3/2018 2:05:53 PM

It is officially open house season, and truly the best opportunity for your agents to fill their pipeline of listing and buyer leads that, when effectively converted can turn into big profits within the next 90 days. Sunday is notoriously known as “real estate day” in every city in the country. Look at the open […]

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5/2/2018 3:01:13 PM

(TNS)—Steve Horaney has two kids in college, a home in South Lyon, Mich., and every other excuse people can roll out for not saving for retirement. Except he’s still one of the country’s 401(k) millionaires. Horaney, 50, says he’s learned to sock away money with every paycheck going back to his early 20s when he […]

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4/26/2018 2:02:52 PM

As soon as winter weather starts giving way to fairer days, folks start itching to get any planned repairs, maintenance and renovations started. If you want to protect yourself from rogue and incompetent builders, take some advice from the Connecticut Better Business Bureau’s Howard Schwartz, who suggests a few time-honored procedures. Schwartz says it is […]

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4/17/2018 2:20:26 PM

(TNS)—Q: My neighbor’s large, seemingly dead tree overhangs my screened-in pool and has long made me nervous. I have repeatedly asked her to remove it. She always ignored or rejected my requests. During a hurricane, the tree finally came down, like I knew it would, and damaged my pool cage and house. The damage, while […]

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4/16/2018 2:47:38 PM

I know it’s warm and cozy doing your spring cleaning inside, but remember that spring cleaning plans should include a thorough walk around outside, as well. The Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) in Minneapolis tells homeowners that an early inspection and maintenance of their property is extremely important to prevent risk. To assist in […]

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4/12/2018 1:59:23 PM

(TNS)—Let’s get one thing clear from the start. Airfares are volatile. While it’s true that flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday is cheaper than on a Friday or Sunday, there is no magic time of day, day of week or month of year to book a low airfare. Airfares can change in a heartbeat, high […]

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4/10/2018 2:13:47 PM

Did you know that just three basic home improvements—updating insulation, maintaining heating systems, and checking for proper ventilation and air-sealing—can transform your humble abode into a “high-performing,” clean, efficient and healthy home? Experts at the utility company Eversource developed these three tips homeowners and renters can follow to make your home is high-performing: 1. Make […]

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4/8/2018 11:00:58 AM