CoreLogic: Home Prices to Moderate in Year Ahead

Home prices grew at an annual rate of 7.2 percent in December 2016, rising month-over-month from November by 0.8 percent, according to CoreLogic’s recently released Home Price Index (HPI) Forecast. The Forecast projects a moderating price growth rate in the year ahead, at 4.7 percent from December 2016 to December 2017. “As of the end of 2016, the CoreLogic national index was 3.9 percent below the peak reached in April 2006,” says Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “We Read more [...]

11 Things Your Child Should Do to Stay Safe at Home

Home safety is an important, even life-saving topic that you should teach your children about at an early age. If you educate your children on basic home safety principles when they’re young, the lessons will stick with them for a lifetime. Learn to lock a deadbolt. Teach children how to lock and unlock a deadbolt. Let them know that the door should always be locked to keep them safe—even when they’re home; however, it’s important they also know how to unlock it in case of an emergency. Arm Read more [...]

Report Says Dogs Can Really Understand What You Say

(TNS)—A new study that involved training 13 dogs to lie motionless inside an MRI machine for long periods of time found the family pets “probably understand words” especially the ones that we say in tones of praise and affection. All of which makes me wonder, if we can train a dog to lie in an MRI machine for hours at a time, why can’t eight different technicians fix my cable when it goes out every other day? Maybe we could train the dogs to work on it. That’s a good boy. Yes um is. Read more [...]

Extreme Ways Brilliant People Challenge Themselves

(TNS)—Successful people are often willing to push themselves far in order to achieve their goals. However, some millionaires and billionaires behave in ways that can seem extreme or even downright crazy to the rest of us. From roughing it out in the woods to working for free for an entire year, here are some out-of-the-box ways in which billionaires have pushed themselves to achieve success and wealth. If you’re interested in becoming a billionaire, you might want to consider the paths Read more [...]

Student Debt: How It Impacts Housing

Having student loan debt doesn’t deny your approval for a mortgage loan right off the bat, but it can definitely be one of the factors that can make or break your application. According to The Wall Street Journal, out of almost 46,000 first-time home buyers seeking a mortgage loan, nearly 75 percent were approved. Of those approved, 27.3 percent had student debt, whereas of those denied, 26 percent had student debt. Just having student loans won’t kick you out of the ballpark though; it Read more [...]

6 Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Keeping your bathroom sanitary doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right cleaning techniques, you can enjoy a sparkling bathroom without spending all day cleaning. Here are six cleaning tips for a fresh bathroom: 1. Shine your mirror Your bathroom mirror can get pretty grimy. Thankfully, it’s easy to restore it to its former glory. Here’s how: Place rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and rub away any stuck-on gunk. Spray the entire mirror with a glass cleaner and use a microfiber cloth Read more [...]

How to Transform a Modestly Sized Room into a Palace

A spacious home with grand vaulted white ceilings filled with light isn’t in the budget for every homeowner, but creating a space that feels open and airy can be achieved even in the most Lilliputian abode. Decluttering, playing with light effects, and limiting the amount of large objects you have in a single room will change how you interact with it and the way it feels. Every room in your house should make you feel like you can stretch your arms, take a deep breath and have room to spare. DeclutterIs Read more [...]

Granny Pods: Caring for Aging Relatives in Your Own Backyard

Caring for aging parents is a growing concern for many Americans. For those among the Sandwich Generation, homeowners typically in their forties who are responsible for their own families and their aging parents, what to do with grandma or grandpa is always a trying, stressful question to answer. While nursing homes may feel wrong or unnecessary, and having the elderly family member move into your family’s home may have its own inherent difficulties, the Granny Pod is here to finally Read more [...]

3 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space

(TNS)—It’s easy to embrace all things new and fresh at the start of a year. Interiors are no different. While it might be tempting to start all over and go for an entire overhaul, you shouldn’t rule out the impact a few simple changes can make to refresh a room, says Dallas designer Sarah Pickard of Pickard Design Studio. “There are some very simple things such as changing paint colors, changing out throw pillows and replacing lampshades, but let’s get a bit more creative and make Read more [...]

Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living room needs some sprucing up. Here are three things you can do to instantly revolutionize the favorite room in the house: New Curtains New curtains seem like a no-brainer. Of course that’s a go-to when redecorating. But have you heard this spin on it? Rather Read more [...]