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Whether you’ve got a litter of kids or baby’s on the way, childproofing your home is a preventative measure no family should go without. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends a number of safeguards to make your home an environment free from hazards. Here are five of those steps to maximize safety at home. Window Guards – Open or unlocked windows...

This post was contributed by Terri Engels A large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. There is no denying that these types of upgrades will certainly...

It’s no secret that color is crucial when marketing a product. In fact, consumers come to a subconscious conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing, and much of that judgment (62-90 percent) is based solely on color, according to the Institute for Color Research. Retailers apply these findings every day (think red sale signs) to encourage consumers...

Unless you hire a crew for upkeep, your responsibilities as a homeowner likely include some form of landscape maintenance. Did you know that a large portion of household water usage goes directly to maintaining a landscape? Enter the xeriscape. Xeriscapes require just a fraction of the water you’d generally use to keep your landscape lush. A University of Georgia...

Grab your gold, put on your green, hope for luck and head to one of these ZIP codes to find a pub. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, RealtyTrac® partnered with enterprise data and analytics company Acxiom® to uncover ZIP codes throughout the United States where a pub is just a leap away.   If you are heading out to a pub this St. Paddy’s day, RealtyTrac...

For buyers (and sellers!) looking to enter the real estate market, locating the right agent to find their dream home may be a daunting task. Buyers want to find someone with an expertise in their desired area, who will communicate efficiently and have a strong knack for negotiation. With these factors and so many more to consider, finding the right agent is truly...

Keeping your kitchen organized is essential to cooking and a good room aesthetic. If your kitchen is disorganized, you’re likely scrambling to find what you need when you cook. That’s never good, and it’s completely unnecessary, too. There are various quick, low-cost ways to organize your kitchen and make it suitable to your needs. Here are some ideas to consider: #1...

A washer and a dryer are two of the most important appliances in a home. They work hard keeping up with the piles of laundry generated by most families, yet they are sometimes taken for granted when it comes to taking time to care for them. A few easy maintenance and operational tips can help these appliances perform more efficiently and substantially extend their...

If you're thinking of becoming a homeowner, you've likely spent time budgeting for additional expenses - property taxes, lawn care, a big-screen TV to fill up that extra space...you get the idea. But have you factored in protection for your new home? While you're crunching numbers, remember to include homeowners insurance. A standard policy will cover exterior and...

As we prepare for Frank Underwood to take over the Oval Office in the Netflix hit series, "House of Cards," (which debuted its third season Feb. 27), a new survey set out to gain insight into the all-too-familiar practice of binge watching. Results of the CENTURY 21 Real Estate commissioned “Binge Watching Survey” touched base with over 4,000 U.S. adults. In...