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Renting vs. buying: Where do you land?

January 14, 2020

You’ve always been told that owning a home is the ultimate American dream.  Imagine renovating your master bath into a mini spa or choosing your favorite appliances for your dream kitchen. Or just getting to repaint whatever room you want. Plus, there’s the potential for financial gain when you own. But renting has its own […]

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Securing Your Home

January 9, 2020

Do you or any of your friends own a second home? A cabin in the woods or a seaside bungalow near the beach? Perhaps a second property you rent out? If so, you’re among 7.5 million homeowners across the country. Second home ownership started booming in 2014 and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s […]

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The Real Estate Agent!

January 3, 2020

What Is a Real Estate Agent? Real estate agents are licensed professionals who arrange real estate transactions, putting buyers and sellers together and acting as their representatives in negotiations. Real estate agents usually are compensated completely by a commission—a percentage of the property’s purchase price, so their income depends on their ability to get a […]

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DIY Little Free Library (Adorable AND Affordable!)

January 1, 2020

A lot of people think they don’t have the skills to build their own Little Free Library book exchange, and don’t have the funds to buy one; maybe you’ve thought that yourself a time or two. After all, so many talented people have built wildly creative Little Libraries that seem like they belong in a […]

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Tack Some Extra Years Onto Your Lifespan

December 28, 2019

You can do more for your health. And it’s not that hard. Eat healthy foods. Exercise regularly. Don’t smoke. We hear these instructions from doctors, friends, parents, and strangers on the internet so often that the words start to lose their impact. And let’s face it, healthy habits are hard to adhere to. But perhaps […]

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Winning a real-estate bidding war

December 20, 2019

The housing market is less competitive these days but bidding wars can still happen. Want to be sure that you’ll place the winning bid a home? Then you better be prepared to pay in cash. A new report from real-estate brokerage Redfin examined the most successful strategies to use when dealing with competing bids for […]

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What Kind of Person Pays to See Phish 100 Times?

December 19, 2019

The man from whom I bought my ticket had seen Phish over 100 times. Encouragingly enough, he was in excellent physical shape and had a business and a wife and multiple kids who were spending the rainy closing hours of 2018 a safe and conspicuous distance from Madison Square Garden. It is possible to thrive […]

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The True Value of a Real Estate Agent

December 2, 2019

With the wealth of information available online, many of today’s consumers are incredibly knowledgeable about the home buying and selling process. Add in the desire to save — or make — as much money as possible, and it’s easy to see why you might be tempted to pass on hiring an agent.  But before flying […]

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Are Airports Secretly Manipulating You?

December 1, 2019

Next time you fly, pay close attention to the airports. Their design may be more intentional than you think. Photo by DANIEL BOCKWOLDT/AFP/Getty Images. Over the years, airports have evolved from bare-bones transportation hubs for select travelers to bustling retail centers for millions. They’re being designed to both complement and influence human behavior. Everything from […]

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