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8 Things You Really, Absolutely, Totally Have To Get Rid Of By The End Of The Year – Written by Jaymi Naciri o

Forget spring cleaning. It's the great fall cleanout - the time when you take stock of all your old, outdated, crusty, dirty stuff and determine to update and upgrade. You don't have to overhaul your whole place and clear out all your things. But, replacing a few key items can give you a fresh new outlook on your home and increase your daily enjoyment. Here are the 8 things you really, absolutely, totally have to get rid of by the end of the year. 1. Your big-Butt TV You know, the one tha

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Keeping Critters Out of Your House – Written by Blanche Evans

 When the weather outside is frightful, the inside of your house is delightful. All sorts of rodents and bugs may be looking for ways to get warm. So what can you do? Critter-proof your home with these helpful tips.Outsmart the outsiders. Starting from the outside in, ivy-covered cottages look romantic, but they lead ants and other bugs straight to vulnerable cracks and fissures in your windows and doors. Don't allow plants to grow next to the house. Keep bushes and flowers at least a foot awa

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: 10 Ways To Stay Warmer at Home Without Killing Your Heating Bill – Written by Jaymi Naciri

Face it. It's frigid. You don't have to live in a Snuggie until the sun comes out again in spring. But then again this one is pretty cute. If you're looking for ways to keep that heating bill down without losing a toe, we've got a few tips. 1. Slippers. You know those chunky slippers with the non-slip bottom and the fluffy stuff inside? Get some. It doesn't matter how layered up the rest of you is if heat is escaping through this little piggy.   2. A good blanket. If you can affor

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7 Warning Signs of a Bad Loan | By: Craig Donofrio

The old joke: the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. The sad truth: the greatest trick a lender could ever pull is pretending your best interests are at heart while laughing all the way to the bank after giving you a bad loan. When you go to shop for a loan, look for these bad loan warning signs—and be prepared to run—not walk—away from the table, from any lender who does the following dubious actions. 1. Says It’s Okay to Fudge

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The Basics of Making an Offer on a House – By: Realtor.com Team

Like marriage, home-buying is one part love, one part legal transaction, and starts with a proposal. When you’re ready to buy a home, making an offer is important: oral promises are not legally enforceable in real estate sales. REALTORS® usually have a variety of standard forms (including Residential Purchase Agreements) kept up to date with the changing laws. In many states, sellers must comply with certain disclosure, and a REALTOR® will ensure that they do, as well as answer

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