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By Terri Williams | Mar 4, 2020

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, and it’s where you spend a significant amount of time. However, a lot of that time can be spent—and wasted—doing manual tasks that could otherwise be automated by appliances. And we're not talking about those everyday workhorses like a food processor or a slow cooker. Yes, those are useful. But some kitchen appliances go even further, taking care of tasks you didn't even know needed automating.

We rounded up our favorite countertop appliances that will not only make cooking and cleaning easier, but also help reduce the number of items you need to use—and subsequently clean. As a bonus, these sleek and stylish appliances look pretty great on your counter.

1. Squeeze juice with

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By Jamie Wiebe

Living with a homeowners association (HOA) can come with a legion of perks—like gorgeously manicured common lawns, swanky amenities, and some rad Fourth of July barbecues.

But there's a reason that a stigma exists against homeowners associations: Board members on a power trip can institute and enforce some ridiculous restrictions.

Ridiculous, like "restricting the color of trampoline covers" ridiculous.

Like "You must keep your garage door open during the day" ridiculous.

Like "You must carry your cocker spaniel through the lobby" ridiculous. (Come on!)

Even when you feel as though your HOA rules have turned into an implacable steel trap determined to ruin your life at

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By Ana Durrani | Feb 25, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               An outdated kitchen and a lack of curb appeal aren't the only things that can keep buyers from biting. When it seems like there's just no explanation for a perfectly good home sitting on the market, you

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By Larissa Runkle | Feb 25, 2020

Decorating the dining room might seem simple enough; after all, it’s just a room with a table and a few chairs—what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, according to the experts.

Whether you’ve just moved in and are already planning out your future dinner parties, or you’re just looking to spruce up the space, there are several common dining room design pitfalls to be aware of. Here are six of them!

1. Choosing the paint color first“Whether you’re just moving in or in need of a refresh, setting the paint color first is a no-no,” says Carmen Smith, owner of Living Letter Home. “Furniture never looks the same in person as it does online or in a showroom, and when you get it home to

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By Margaret Heidenry | Feb 24, 2020

You may be wondering if there are tax deductions when selling a home. And the answer is: You bet!

Sure, you may remember 2018's new tax code—aka the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—changed some rules for homeowners. But rest assured that if you sold your home last year (or are planning to in the future), your tax deductions when you file with the IRS can still amount to sizable savings.

Want a full rundown of all the deductions (as well as tax exemptions or other write-offs) at a home seller's disposal? Check out this list to make sure you miss none of them.

1. Selling costs

These deductions are allowed as long as they are directly tied to the sale of the home, and you lived

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By Terri Williams | Feb 26, 2020

Older homes have plenty of charm, but they also have their inconveniences: drafts, slanting floors, closed-in kitchens, and tiny bathrooms. The way we live now is just different. So if you're considering updating an older home to incorporate modern comforts, there's something appealing about just doing a gut renovation and starting with a clean slate. Then you can finally create your dream home exactly as you see it in your mind.

But while in general you want to get rid of outdated, inefficient features, you should hold off when it comes to certain unique architectural details.

“Architectural features that give homes distinct character should be left intact," advises Patrick

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By Jillian Pretzel | Feb 26, 2020

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Ben and Erin Napier, stars of "Home Town," love putting the Southern charm back into old houses. And what says Southern charm more than a pretty front porch?

On the latest episode of Season 4, “Sit a Spell,” Erin and Ben look back on their best porch renovations from previous seasons. Consider these porch makeovers the perfect inspiration to spruce up your own porch this summer.

1. A porch gives off welcoming vibes

In Season 3, Bill and Julie need Erin and Ben's help when they decide to move from Arizona to Mississippi. They find an amazing house right away, but it lacks a porch, making do with just a small stoop with steps out front.

Ben and Erin know right away that

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By Jeanne Sager | Dec 9, 2019

If you need to sell your house fast, you probably don't have a whole lot of time to research the current real estate market and ponder how it'll affect your home sale. You just want sales guidance from a real estate agent (here's how to find a real estate agent in your area) or other pro that will help you find a buyer as fast as possible.

Well, here's the good news: It is possible for you, as a seller, to offload your home quickly. The experts say selling comes down to a few key to-do's that you should take care of before your property hits the market.

If you're ready to unload your abode, heed the selling advice of the experts below. Of course, we can't guarantee all

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By Angela Colley | Jan 26, 2020

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Having an open house is the exciting part of selling a home, but let's face it: It takes a lot of work to get there.

Once you've made repairs, chosen a Realtor®, real estate agent or listing agent, and then decided on an asking price, your home is almost ready for market—but first, how about a little primping and polishing? Or maybe a lot of primping and polishing. This is where an open house for potential buyers comes into play.

Showing tips for a successful open house—and a big sale

After all, you want your home and your open house to make a great first impression on buyers—and that's where we can help. To host an open house and show your home in the best possible light,

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10 Crucial Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

By Cathie Ericson | Jan 28, 2020

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If you're looking to sell your home, you'll want to hire an amazing listing real estate agent to help—and there are certain questions to ask so that you can pinpoint the right professional for you.


It's smart to be picky! A great real estate agent can help find buyers to sell your home fast, and for more money. Make the wrong choice, and your listing might languish. Then, the lowballing bargain hunters come circling—it's not pretty.


Not sure where to get started? You can search for real estate agents in your area with online tools that offer you the chance to read real estate agent

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