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A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. 1) Don’t sell too soon. Generally speaking, it takes at least three to five years to gain home equity. That said, it’s best...

With never-ending news stories about the poor air quality in cities and depressing gray pictures of smoggy skylines, it’s no wonder that most Americans assume that their indoor air quality is better than the quality outdoors. However, the quality of indoor air is, on average, two to five times worse than that of outdoor air, and in fact, the EPA rates indoor...

By Tim Anderson and Harry Chandler Purchasing a vacation home is a great way to ensure that you always have a place to escape, without worrying about crammed hotel rooms and the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a week. When you own a vacation home, you can pack and leave at your convenience, because you always have a home away from home ready for you...

By Anita Alvarez A light-up cauldron made out of spray foam insulation, by flickr user sputnikdeb. The fall season brings with it memorable events and tasty treats. Freshly harvested local apples, pumpkin treats galore and Halloween festivities are just a few. Getting creative with your Halloween parties and local trick or treat night means coming up with ingenious...

Contributed by Terri Engels When people think of crime-ridden locales, it may be images of bustling city backdrops that dance in their heads – the kind of area where you wake up to the sounds of sirens instead of the call of a rooster. While it’s true that bigger cities have a more tangible element of crime, it must be noted that rural areas have their own unique...

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It’s our favorite time of year again —Halloween! Bring on the haunted houses, creepy costumes and goodies galore. Halloween also means it’s time for Zillow’s annual roundup of the best cities in the U.S. to take your little creatures trick or treating. Zillow’s research team has been data crunching around the clock to nail down the winners, introducing...

Contributed by Anita Alvarez Foundation issues, mold problems, water damage – these are just a few home problems that can bring the strongest homeowner to his knees. While painting a room, replacing a broken light fixture and even minor electrical repair jobs may be within your purview, some jobs should be left to the pros. Foundation issues Perhaps the most dreaded...

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter it needs regular care and attention. When a home is occupied, many of the things that are necessary to keep it in good working order happen by default. But when the home is vacant, it is up to the owner or the property manager to prepare it for freezing temperatures and other winter risks. The worst risk comes...

Contributed by Rachel Rieger You know it’s important to set aside some savings for emergency home repairs, but it’s equally as important to spend money now to prevent what can turn into future disasters. So, don’t put it off for a rainy day (that is when you’re most likely to get a flooded basement, after all!). Invest in these five products for your home...

Contributed by Chan Plett It's finally yours. The paperwork's all signed and you've secured one of the most important investments of your life: your dream home! But, what happens next? Most new homeowners often find it difficult to transition into their new house or home, but the next five steps are key to a seamless move into the house or home you've been coveting. Step...