Sales in the Snow: 5 Home Staging Tips for Wintertime

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While winter isn’t traditionally considered the best time to sell your home, there’s no reason you can’t get an offer during the colder months with the right staging. In fact, a study found that homes sold faster and for more money in the winter months, even in cold cities like Chicago. Here are five winter home staging tips that Read More

7 Considerations for Surviving the Holidays

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many different reasons. Here are seven considerations that could alleviate the pressure. 1. If money is tight, set a realistic budget. If you know in your gut that you can’t afford a gift, don’t buy it! Take steps to manage expectations in advance. Let people Read More

Is Your Roof Reindeer-Ready?

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The holidays are fast approaching! Amid the gift-giving, gathering with loved ones and decorating, the season serves as an important reminder for homeowners to make their roofs “reindeer-ready,” or review their roofs. To do that, the experts at the Metal Roofing Alliance advise completing the following 10 checks, which can be done without a ladder: Read More

Holiday Shopping? 7 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid

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Holiday shopping may be fun, but it can also negatively impact your finances if gone unchecked. Avoiding debt is the goal. The holiday season is an exciting and inspiring time of the year that promotes giving, but spending within your means is the best gift you can give yourself. Managing a realistic budget and developing a shopping Read More

Five Ways to Protect Credit This Holiday Season

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Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s important for shoppers to make informed decisions about holiday spending when taking advantage of Black Friday and other deals. According to the experts at Credit Sesame (www.creditsesame.com), shoppers should keep in mind the following tips. 1. Avoid opening new retail store cards. Retail store credit cards often Read More

5 Ways to Budget for Holiday Shopping

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It’s not uncommon for shoppers to get a head start on purchasing gifts for the holidays, but shopping before the December rush is fast becoming the norm, according to American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), a nonprofit organization. “More people realize that waiting until December to start your their holiday shopping can result in extremely high Read More

3 Fresh Takes on Holiday Decor

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Does your holiday décor need a reboot? Red and green will always be classic, but when it comes to holiday décor, rules are meant to be broken. Anyone can use inventive color schemes, fun patterns and smart home updates to create spaces that embrace the essence of the season. Trends to consider, Froelich says, are ones Read More

What to Buy in October

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By Barbara Pronin  Summer’s over, and a fall chill is settling in over much of the country. Retailers, even with Halloween yet to come, are beginning to stock Christmas merchandise. For thrifty shoppers, it’s a good time of year to pick up some great bargains on current and out-of-season goods. From Bankrate, Consumer’s Report, and Read More

Fall-Inspired Decor Tops the List When It Comes to Attracting Prospective Buyers This Season

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By Keith Loria   Now that autumn is in full swing, there are less house hunters hitting the pavement looking for their dream home, driving competition among sellers to a whole new level. If your home is currently on the market, taking advantage of all that comes with the fall season can go a long Read More

Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Christmas

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Although many homeowners may not realize it, the holidays are a prime time of year for energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, holiday lighting consumes the equivalent electricity of 500,000 homes in just one month. And from Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans will throw away 25 percent more trash than they typically Read More