Helpful Hints

Beat the Blues

These 7 Simple Fixes Can Help Brighten Your Mood in MinutesRELAXNot everyone can feel upbeat and positive all the time. But if illness, loneliness, financial troubles or family problems are weighing heavily on your mind, it's time to take steps to address them. A 2014 University of Chicago study
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Fall Maintenance

The days are getting noticeably shorter, and maybe there's a nip in the air - fall is definitely on its way. Now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before winter rolls in, while the weather is still pleasant enough for spending time outdoors.Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior
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Don't Be Scammed

In Autumn, deception goes door to door. Don’t fall for it!September heralds the end of summer, bringing cool, crisp weather – and con artists on your front step.With elections drawing near, expect campaign workers to show up at your door, along with pollsters and people offering to
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Expiration Dates on Food Labels: Should You Pay Attention?

The dates on food labels can be confusing. The truth is, they often have nothing to do with food safety. Here's what you really need to know.Use-By, Best if Used By, Best By, Best Before: These "use by" and “best” dates are generally found on shelf-stable products such as mustard,
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7 Practical Tips for Sellers

Selling your home is complex, with many tasks to complete from start to finish, and many dates to remember. You will likely spend more time on this process than you ever imagined, including plenty of time on the phone and email. Alex and I will help you through the process but Jeff Dowler from
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Test Your Disaster Know-how

A little bit of knowledge goes a long way in meeting unexpected challenges. Read on to see whether the latest preparedness facts come as a surprise, then take steps to make sure you’re ready.Store 14 GallonsThat’s how much water experts recommend storing for each person in your
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Baking Tip: It's Science

Baking is an exact science; Why Ingredients MatterThere are times when you can head into the kitchen and whip up something great to eat — no recipe needed — and then there are other times when instructions and exact measurements are absolutely necessary. The latter is especially true
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10 Things You Should Know About a 1031 Exchange

A 1031 Exchange (also called a like-kind exchange or a Starker) is a swap of one business or investment asset for another. Although most swaps are taxable as sales, if you come within 1031, you'll either have no tax or limited tax due at the time of the exchange. In effect, you can change the
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10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is
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Laundry Tips for Saving Money

Laundry Detergent Booster:Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash cycle along with your regular detergent. It is also safe for all your baby clothes, since it is all natural and nontoxic.Fabric Softener:Baking soda is also a great fabric softener. It is all natural and will not aggravate asthma or
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