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21 Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Aren’t Eggs

Eggs taste delicious, look delicious and are super high in protein, so they keep a ravenous appetite at bay on any given morning (or evening, if you like breakfast for dinner.) But if you want to tone it down on the cholesterol, it’s probably not wise to eat an egg or two <i>every</i> single day. If you …

The 20 best breakfast recipes: part 4

Vivek Singh, Nigel Slater, Claire Ptak, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, Ray Masson

Breakfast

Breakfast Galette

<i>Impress your friends and family with this easy and festive Breakfast Galette that just happens to be low carb too.</i>Just about every morning I wake up …

Recipes

Cozy Up to These 16 Saucy Meatball Recipes

Meatballs ease the transition from grilling burgers in the hot summer sun to heavy sweaters and meatloaf. So get the ground meat ready, get those burners going, and get cozy with these 16 recipes.<p><b>Is it even possible to tire of meatballs?</b> Because, as far as we're concerned, there's no soup, …

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Fat Loss

Stop! Put down the bread, and step away from the toaster. It’s time to make a change to your morning meal—one that practically guarantees you’ll lose …

Nutrition

6 Essential Spring Home Updates for Sellers

Homeowners are revving up for the spring real estate market and, if you want to get the best offers from buyers, it's imperative that you make your home shine. Depending on your local market, there could be a lot of homes going up for sale. Getting yours in tip-top shape and making a few …

15 Ways to Maximize Your Home's Value Before Selling

So you’ve decided it’s time to move out of your home and into a new one. That means you’re about to enter the housing market as you prepare to list …

The Best Things You Can Do for the Value of Your Home

Your home isn't just a house—it's where you unwind, work, play, and spend time with those you love. So, every remodel or renovation you tackle should …

8 Low-Maintenance Upgrades You’ll Love

Homeownership should be about enjoying your home — not being a slave to it. The trick is to choose materials and products that make maintaining your …

Incredible things to know about virtual tours!

Virtual tour benefits for Home Sellers and Realtors!<p><i>March 17, 2015 at 11:57 am</i> <i>Lisa Ross</i> <i>4</i> <i>Top Real Estate</i><p>Are you concerned about how to better market …

The Best Day to List a Home Is…

One day of the week exceeds all others in terms of capturing online viewers: Friday. But Tuesdays also are key when it comes to both scheduling and taking home tours<p>T.G.I.F. One day of the week can mean an extra $5,000 in a home-seller's pocket.<p>Last year, homes listed on Fridays sold for 99.1% of …

Real Estate

Top 5 Things Home Sellers Need to Know About Price

The vast majority of homes sold in the U.S. are sold through local real estate MLS (Multiple Listing Service) systems. The member real estate brokers and agents list their properties and cooperate with other members in the sales through commission sharing. The typical seller will shop for a real …

The Most Common Home-Selling Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff talks about the most common mistakes home sellers make when they are listing their houses.<p>Sign up to receive the latest …

7 tips for first-time home sellers

A number of economists are forecasting an increase in home sales this year, and some are predicting that more first-time buyers will be in the …

Real Estate Matters | For sale by owner may not mean more money for the seller

<b>I would like to try to sell my home by owner for about three weeks before listing it with a real estate agent. I did have good experiences selling this way for my last two home sales.</b><p><b>Do you have an article/book to recommend I should read, especially since this is a $1.5 million home and I am not</b> …

The 6 Best Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

While purchasing a house may mostly about having a place to call “home”, it can also be seen as a lifetime investment. Making a few repairs—and even …

5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring Real Estate Market

Even though it’s the middle of the winter season, before you know it, spring will be here. Historically in most real estate markets, the spring is …

7 Steps to prep, stage and photograph your home to get it sold fast

My home hit the market one week before Christmas, which any real estate agent will tell you is far from ideal. But with these preparation, staging …

How Zillow Is Overestimating the Value of Your Home

David McNew/Getty Images<p>Buying a home is arguably the largest investment you can make. You purchase your house, probably put work into it to make it …

Freddie Mac’s New 3% Down Program

Today, Freddie Mac is scheduled to start buying mortgages with down payments of only three percent – the first time down payments have been this low …

8 Critical Steps for First-Time Home Buyers

One of the smartest things any first-time home buyer can do is to ask for help. Here's what one expert has to say.<p>Even for experienced home buyers, …

What's The Biggest Obstacle To Homeownership?

It seems homeownership is still a critical component of the American Dream. According to a Trulia survey, even in 2011 — when the market was volatile and uncertain — 65 percent of young adult consumers said they still considered owning a home a part of their life goals. In a more recent study, that …

Real Estate Matters | Home buyer resolutions for 2015

The real estate world turned again in 2014, and suddenly buyers are finding themselves scrambling to get their offer accepted.<p>At the low end of the market, real estate investors have snapped up all the cheapest deals, often paying cash. First-time buyers are finding it harder to qualify and harder …

Hiring The Wrong Real Estate Agent, And 9 Other Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

Studies show that only majorly depressing life events -- think death of a family member, losing a job or getting a divorce -- outweigh the stressful demands of moving.<p>Since an estimated 43 million Americans relocate each year, we’ve partnered with Quicken Loans to help make your search for your …

2015: Year of the First-Time Home Buyer

First-time home buyers are expected to re-emerge in the new year after mostly staying out of the market in the aftermath of the housing crisis. …

Where Is Homeownership Within Reach Of The Middle Class And Millennials?

<i>Despite high household incomes, San Francisco is the least affordable metro, with just 15% of homes within reach of the middle class. Affordability has deteriorated over the past year in Austin and Miami. The most affordable markets are near the Great Lakes.</i><p>Where can the middle class bear the cost …