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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...

National Ledger - Simplest Method to Remove Old House Paint

Simplest Method to Remove Old House Paint

I need to paint my house which has wood siding. The paint is in pretty bad shape. What is the proper way to scrape and prepare the wood surface so the paint will stay on longer and look better...

National Ledger - Feminine Glamour in a Small Space

Feminine Glamour in a Small Space

You don't have to give up on the idea of a glamorous home just because your space is cramped. Many women love super-feminine bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. They adore places...



 

 

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