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National Ledger - Student Housing: A Hot Product for Investors

Student Housing: A Hot Product for Investors

Student housing -- rental properties located in or close to colleges and universities -- has long been particularly popular with investors. This year it's becoming even more popular...

National Ledger - DIY Home - Add a Damper to the Top of Your Chimney

DIY Home - Add a Damper to the Top of Your Chimney

During winter, I feel a breeze coming down the fireplace chimney even with the hearth damper closed. Also, I think raccoons and bats get down in there. Will installing a chimney-top damper help...

National Ledger - Small Space Design - A New Living Room Idea

Small Space Design - A New Living Room Idea

One of our significant rites of passage in life is leaving home. For many, this milestone begins with the journey to college and living in a residence hall. But others have different experiences....

National Ledger - Retroactive Social Security Benefits

Retroactive Social Security Benefits

I've been saving up questions involving the payment of retroactive Social Security retirement benefits. Here they are. Q: I will be age 70 in October. My plan was to start my retirement benefits...

National Ledger - A Greener View - Fixing Up Your Fall Landscape

A Greener View - Fixing Up Your Fall Landscape

As we finish out summer and begin sending kids back to school, we can start thinking about fall gardening. Fall is a great time of year to work outside. A lot of garden and landscape chores...

National Ledger - Selling Your Home - Understand the Difference Between Decorating and Staging

Selling Your Home - Understand the Difference Between Decorating and Staging

A few weeks ago a reader wrote in with what she called a rant -- an account of the "grief" she and her husband felt after their real estate broker staged their longtime...

National Ledger - Underwater Homes: A New Meaning

Underwater Homes: A New Meaning

In recent years, we have become only too familiar with the term "underwater" -- meaning homes with mortgages greater than their market value. Today, that term has a more realistic meaning.  Nearly 2 million...

National Ledger - Preparing Your Home For the Future

Preparing Your Home For the Future

I had heard about this day from friends. And so just like that, one day in my 49th year, on an otherwise unremarkable day, it arrived: the dreaded AARP envelope with my name on it...



 

 

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