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Smart homes are rapidly gaining popularity. Being able to control numerous features of your home even while you are away is not only convenient, but it can increase security. There are all kinds of ways to turn your home into a smart home. Some are a little more expensive than others. The following five home automation steps can help you get started. 1. Controlling...

By Meghan Belnap Becoming a homeowner for the first time is an exciting and stressful process. However, once the papers are signed and the keys are in your pocket, your work really begins. Homeownership can be fraught with financial and emotional perils, especially if you've been renting from a landlord up until now. Landlords are on the hook for not only minor...

By Kathleen Peddicord and the Editors of Live and Invest Overseas Looking to invest overseas? Live and Invest Overseas recently released their ranking of the top 9 places to buy real estate overseas in 2017. The top four places hail from Portugal and Colombia. Other locales on the list include the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Brazil and Cape Verde in Africa. 1) Algarve,...

Keeping your home clean can be quite a challenge after a busy holiday season. Here are a few helpful suggestions to ensure that you begin 2017 with a clean house. Plan for Trash It might not seem like a wonderful concept to have small garbage cans in your living room or family room, but putting small trashcans in busy areas will help you better manage the trash in...

All photos ©Netflix Last Friday the 13th truly lived up to the “misfortune” hype with the Netflix release of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The sequence of misfortunes, narrated by Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton), begins with Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire (Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith) being informed that their parents have perished...

If you tuned into the Golden Globes on NBC this past week, you may have noticed more than fabulous dresses and Meryl Streep's Lifetime Achievement speech. Century 21 used the posh party to unleash the first of four new ad spots. Titled “Not An App,” the 30-second ad opens with “It's not an app. It's not a website. It's a team of actual humans.” The ad shows...

We know that millennials aren't entering the housing market at the rate their parents did. Between student loan debts and rising home prices, some have understandably cold feet. So cold that homeownership rates for those under 35 dropped from 40 percent in 2006 to 32 percent in 2015. Despite this, some millennials are still battling the sky-high rental market by becoming...

While many of us were all too pleased to say buh-bye to 2016, one positive thing the year gifted us was the lowest foreclosure rate in 10 years. According to recently released data from ATTOM Data Solutions, 2016 foreclosure filings were reported on 933,045 U.S. properties, down 14 percent from 2015 to the lowest level since 2006. For an even bigger boon, the Year-End...

Chicago has a lot of great things, like a winning baseball team and deep dish pizza. But let’s face it, that’s getting basic. However, if you hop on the El for a quick ride west, you will find yourself at the gates of Oak Park. Before you think I’m sending you to a boring park, hear me out. Even if Oak Park, originally Oak Ridge, was named after the oak trees...

When you think about homes of the future, you might imagine a house you can talk to. A new survey from Coldwell Banker shows you're not alone; voice control capability was the top want of 72 percent of Americans surveyed. The study, created in conjunction with Vivint Smart Home, focused on 4,108 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Out of these participants, 923 already...