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December 2015

How to Score a Deal on a Luxury Home

From Realtor.com Image by Ariel Skelley/Getty Images BY BETH BRAVERMAN Think foreclosed homes are always ramshackle properties with overgrown lawns, boarded-up windows, and hordes of squatters? On the contrary, they can also be mansions on the beach or stately apartments at the top of a Four Seasons Hotel that, even in their “distressed” state, are worth well into the six figures. In…

Do You Really Need to Clean Your Air Ducts?

From Houselogic.com Photo by Liz Foreman BY DAVE TOHT Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t any health benefits linked to cleaning air ducts, but having a pro remove gunk can boost the efficiency of your HVAC. Five to seven times a day, the air in your home circulates through the air ducts of your HVAC…

Smart Hacks to Simplify Your Morning Routine

Caption: Create calm at your front door by installing an information station in your entryway. A magazine rack keeps papers from piling up, and small hooks provide an easy-to-find spot for your keys. Image: Aniko Levai From Houselogic.com BY JAMIE WIEBE Clever entryway storage ideas for your time-starved family. It’s so easy (and so unfair) how…

Things To Do in NYC with Kids During the Holidays

The miracle might be at Macy’s on 34th Street, but there’s even more dazzling department store displays to see all over town. From Barney’s to Bloomingdale’s and beyond,  there are so many things to do during the holidays in NYC! Take a tour of the holiday windows and hit up these perfect spots to grab…

Things To Do With Kids On New Year’s Eve

From njfamily.com —  Photo by ISTOCK/KAMISOKA BY RYAN AMANN From traditional fireworks displays to water park celebrations, there are countless ways to ring in the New Year with your family. Check out our picks for the best family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in New Jersey. First Night Haddonfield Downtown Haddonfield, Haddonfield firstnighthaddonfield.org The Kid Zone…

The Loophole That Could Help You Buy a Home

From Credit.com Photo by Ariel Skelley/Getty Images BY SCOTT SHELDON It’s not impossible to buy a home when you have existing debts. Home buyers do it every day, in fact. But you have to know how your existing debts are affecting your standing with the lender and the ways you may be able to exclude…

The Right Neighborhood for You

From Realtor.com Photo by: Hero Images/Getty Images BY JUDY DUTTON Location, location, location. As the real estate agents say, it’s the No. 1 attribute in real estate. But it’s not just true when it comes to assessing a home’s value—it’s also a key factor in determining your future happiness, according to Katherine Loflin, a consultant…

12 Home Repair Jobs to do in Winter

From HouseLogic.com Photo by: Libby Walker for HouseLogic BY JEANNE HUBER Grey skies got you down? Grab a screwdriver and a hammer and fight back with easy home repairs that’ll raise spirits and get your house ready for spring. Accomplishments — even little ones — go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there…

6 Tricks to Supersize Your Small Bedroom

From Realtor.com Images (clockwise from upper left): Belle storage bed: usmodern.com; closet organizer: easyclosets.com; wall lamp: ikea.com; Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser : westelm.com BY DEBORAH KEARNS At the end of a long day, nothing is more relaxing than heading straight to your bedroom to unwind. To cuddle. To crash. To dream! If you have a tiny, cramped room, though, that space might…

Is There a Downside to Prepaying My Mortgage?

From Realtor.com BY KARIN PRICE-MUELLER Q: I have paid almost $6,000 extra toward my mortgage principal. Isn’t my new payment supposed to go more toward principal and less for interest for the next payment? — Paying it down A: Here’s how it works. When you took out your mortgage, assuming it was a fixed-rate loan, there was an…

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