Pet-Proofing Your Home in 4 Steps

There are many perks to owning a pet, but a show-ready home isn’t one of them. Just like kids (and maybe your in-laws), pets can wreak havoc on your household – and more often than not, it happens just after you’ve cleaned up shop. To manage the mess, consider adopting one … [Read more...]

FYI on PMI: The Facts About Private Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurance, or PMI, is imposed on conventional mortgage borrowers who place less than 20 percent down on a home purchase. Mortgage insurance is also a requirement for borrowers who obtain a mortgage through a government agency, such as the Federal Housing … [Read more...]

Tourists Spoke: Fla. Is Home to 10 of 15 ‘Best U.S. Beaches’

By Kerry Smith Those online tourism reviews on TripAdvisor? The company analyzed them to identify most-loved beaches, and 10 of the top 15 are in Fla., ranging from the Panhandle to Miami. Overall, tourists’ online reviews ranked Clearwater Beach as their No. 1 U.S. … [Read more...]

Hurricane Readiness

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Selling a Home? Questions You Must Ask

  When it comes to selecting a real estate agent to help sell your home, most of us only care about two things: how much can they sell it for and how much will their commission be. Experienced agents, however, say there’s a lot more sellers should be asking … [Read more...]

For Die-Hard Fans Only

Big movie fan? You might definitely be interested in owning one of these classic movie props. Sold through the Profiles in History auction house, the following earned the honor of the world’s most expensive movie props. They are…  • The Flying Car from ‘Chitty Chitty … [Read more...]

WARNING SIGNS OF A PLUMBING LEAK

To reduce your chances of major water damage in your home, you must be aware of warning signs of a plumbing leak and fix them quickly to avoid major damage and costly repairs. According to the EPA, household leaks can waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Overcome Fear

From random phobias to crippling anxieties, all of us battle with some degree of fear in our daily lives. But imagine how your quality of life would improve if you could overcome your fears. How would it change your life? Here are four tips for tackling your fears from … [Read more...]

Stay Safe During a Hurricane

Stay Informed Listen for emergency information and alerts. If told to evacuate by local officials, do so immediately. Dealing with the Weather Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding. Take refuge in a designated … [Read more...]

Fourth of July – Independence Day

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress … [Read more...]