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Video : The Right Way To Water A Garden From one pot to a lush garden, we all have plants for which to care in our lives. But are they getting the right amount of water?  Too little water and the plant dies. Too much water and root rot sets in. In general, plants want 1 inch of water per week bu...
The Fed's April Minutes Push Mortgage Rates Even Lower After starting the day in the red, mortgage rates rebounded Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve released its April 27-28, 2010 meeting minutes. It's good news for home buyers and would-be refinancers.  Mortgage rates continue to tr...
Housing Starts Rise In April, Exerting Downward Pressure On Home Prices Single-family Housing Starts rose by 55,000 last month, suggesting ample housing stock from which can choose this summer. The report is a slightly larger read than what economists had expected. Furthermore, for the first tim...
The Right Way To Take A Cash Gift For Downpayment   As lenders tighten mortgage guidelines for home buyers, minimum downpayment requirements are increasing.  Several years ago, you could finance a home with nothing down. Today, most conventional mortgages require at least 10 percent. Anecdotally...
A Dual-Edged Roller Knife To Make Your Chopped Salads Easier With the Oxo Salad Chopper, making chopped salad for the family and/or friends is both faster and safer.  Using a dual-blade roller knife similar to a pizza cutter, the ergonomic Salad Chopper cuts lettuce, vegetables, fruits, meats an...
Your Mortgage Approval Isn't Final Until It's Funded   A mortgage approval is never final until it's funded. A host of things can "go wrong" while your home loan is underway. Some are in your control, many more are not.  And just being aware of some potential pitfalls could help save your loan d...
Foreclosure Activity Slows For The First Time In Several Years The national foreclosure rate is finally falling. According to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac.com, the number of foreclosure notices dropped 2 percent between April 2009 and April 2010. 2...
Relocate America's Top 100 Places To Live (2010 Edition)   Relocate America recently released its 2010 list of Top 100 Places To Live In America. The rankings are topped by some cities you may expect, and some you may not. According to Relocate America, the rankings highlight communities "moving...
Shopping For Mortgage Rates Is Part Research Skills, Part Luck   Shopping multiple lenders for a "good mortgage rate" can sometimes save you 1/8 percent on your rate and/or a few hundred dollars in fees. However, when it comes to getting the best mortgage rate, you're going to more than good rese...
Your Microwave Wastes $70 Per Year And Other Vampire Energy Facts Even when they're not "on", a multitude of everyday home appliances continue to draw power from the grid, raising home energy bills and increasing atmospheric emissions. These so-called "Energy Vampires" cost U.S. homeowners $4 bi...

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