Who Owns the Home When Two Names are on the Mortgage?

When couples start a new journey as homeowners, questions can linger as to whose name (or names) should be listed on the mortgage and title. Many couples want a 50/50 split, indicating equal ownership to the asset, but sometimes that isn’t the best financial decision. Plus, with more than one person on the loan, the legalities of who owns the…

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Cozy Updates Under $500: Affordable Ways to Make Your Home a Winter Haven

What better time to turn your home into a warm and welcoming den than during the chilly winter months? With just a little investment and some ingenuity, you can bring a distinctive, winter-friendly look into your home. Here are three concepts and some tips to get you started. Look 1: The British study The vibe This iconic look is a…

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How to Build a Scarecrow for Your Garden

July 5th is Build a Scarecrow Day, so why not scare up a little fun for the occasion? Scarecrows are now mainly seen around Halloween and fall harvest festivals, but it’s also a great summer project for your garden. Get your kids or even a few neighbors involved and make it a project for the whole block, especially if you can…

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6 Unusual Tips for Pool Care

If you have a pool, odds are, you know the usual maintenance tips — vacuuming, skimming, maintaining water and pH levels, changing filters — like the back of your hand. And you probably also know that keeping up with routine maintenance can be a real pain when all you want to do is enjoy your pool. Here are six hacks…

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Your Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

If “summer is the time when it’s too hot to do the job it was too cold to do last winter,” as Mark Twain puts it, that leaves spring and fall for home maintenance and deep cleaning. Along with raking up the first fallen leaves and putting out pumpkins, here are some things to consider shoring up around your house…

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10 Tips to Avoid Getting Burned by a Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to making magic happen during a kitchen remodel, there are oodles of options you can cook up. Which means there is a lot that can go wrong. Before you take the hammer to your old kitchen, read these 10 tips to avoid getting burned on a kitchen remodel. 1. Don’t overspend Consider the market and decide whether…

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Buying a House on Disability Benefits or SSI

The complexities of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits leave many people wondering not only if they can buy a home, but if buying a home will, in turn, affect their benefits in the future. The short answer is many people who receive SSDI and SSI benefits can and do qualify to buy a home,…

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These 4 Clever Hacks Give New Life to Household Junk

We all have a junk drawer bursting with items we can’t bear to throw away. But with these simple hacks, you can turn household junk into fun and functional items for your home. Low-key wall hooks We gotta admit: There’s something charming about turning old keys into hooks for your current keys. But the real appeal? Never losing your keys…

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Fill Up on Oceanfront Eye-Candy With This Malibu Castle

There are open floor plans, and then there’s 23800 Malibu Crest Drive – a sprawling mansion built on the former site of Castle Kashan, a faux-Scottish castle destroyed by a fire in 2007. The new 5-bedroom home – measuring 10,331 square feet and listed for $ 85 million – lives up to the grandeur of the previous structure with panoramic ocean views,…

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How to Choose the Right School: 6 Tips for Parents

If you’re a parent, buying or renting a new home isn’t just about where you’ll tuck the kids into bed at night – it’s also about where you’ll send them off to school in the morning. So, how can you be sure your dream house feeds into your child’s dream school? You’re going to have to do some homework. 1….

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