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Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover

Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.Now's the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether its a balcony, a patio or a deck, a few touches are all you need to turn it into a highly functional living space.When done right, a patio makeover is like a boost to... read more

Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured

The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters — including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires — during the past decade.As a result, more than 800 emergency or disaster declarations were made in the U.S. from 2005–2015, according to FEMA data. The insured losses stemming from natural catastrophes such as these average...
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Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes

More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey.The poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo, found that 90 percent of African-Americans said homeownership would be a dream come true,...
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Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential

Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. Its above you, its below you and in many cases you dont realize how much it can do for you.According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes. How much? Altogether, $11,030,000,000,000. Thats 11 trillion, 30 billion dollars.Yet...
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5 renovation resolutions for your home this year

Spring spruce-ups often focus on the outdoors, but when summer temperatures arrive, its time to move your home improvement efforts indoors. Keep cool and reinvent your homes interior with stylish décor that adds the wow factor summer deserves.These five refreshing projects will help create a beautiful setting worthy of every season.Address those kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are a...
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