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What the new tax law will do to your mortgage interest deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) trimmed two important tax breaks for homeowners and left another big one completely untouched. In my last column, I …

Personal Finance

16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it …

Home Improvement

Before & After: A Remarkable $1,300 Kitchen Facelift

We feature a lot of amazing kitchen projects, but this kitchen makeover might just have the very best dollars-to-<i>d</i><i>amn</i> ratio yet. It went from …

Home Improvement

How to Build a House Cheap: 7 Sneaky Ways to Save on Home Construction

Want to know how to build a house cheap? That's understandable, given the median price of erecting a single-family home is $289,415. That's more than …

Home Improvement

10 Surprisingly Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Help The Planet

Your life choices do matter.<p>It's easy to feel hopeless. Earth's climate continues to smash record after record, plastic will outweigh fish in the …

GE and Tesla to Outfit 50 Home Depot Stores With Solar Panels

General Electric Co.’s Current unit and Tesla Inc. will install solar systems on 50 Home Depot Inc. stores and sell the power output to the …

Solar Panels

This Containerized Solution Brings Clean Water & Solar Power To Remote Areas

<b>Published on</b> August 17th, 2017 | <i>by Derek Markham</i><p>0<p>August 17th, 2017 by <b>Derek Markham</b><p>Getting electricity and clean water to remote villages and off-grid …

Sustainability

New 'Solar Paint' Could Transform Your Entire House Into a Clean Source of Energy

We need this ASAP.<p>Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives.<p>Some …

Trendspotting: Medallion Tiles

Though white subway tile still reigns supreme in kitchens and baths, but on the floor, it's another story. If you can't help but notice that your …

29 Summer Dinners You Can Make In The Crock Pot

Just set it and forget it.

Cooking

Look We Love: This is the New Bohemian

The bohemian aesthetic—worn woods, Moroccan rugs, pattern on pattern, copious plants—has been a huge influence on home decor in the past few years. …

Home Decorating

10 futuristic gadgets you didn’t know your bathroom needed

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Sure, there are plenty of smart …

Smart Homes

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

Whether you're a full-time vegetarian, or just looking to add a few meatless meals to your routine, it's important to remember that skipping meat …

Healthy Eating

America's Real Estate Is Booming, But Is It A Bubble?

Median real estate prices are up 160% since 1990, whereas incomes are up 90%.<p>Total number of second homes are declining.<p>Price increases are …

The 15 Most-Pinned Healthy Dinner Recipes on Pinterest

When I'm strapped for new and exciting recipes, Pinterest is the first place I look for inspiration (pinspiration?).<p>Pinterest is especially helpful …

Cooking

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

New research shows these common house plants all absorb harmful chemicals.<p>Dracaena (Dracaena frangas)<p>All five plants did a good job removing acetone …

What Forces Have Been Driving the Current U.S. Housing Bubble?

The buildup in high-end housing and supply constraint in the low-end sector are two sides of the same coin.<p><i>Is America in a housing bubble in 2017? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by</b> …

Housing

Look We Absolutely Love: Dark Colors for the Bathroom

After getting burned by Eisenhower-era pinks and olive greens, we've been playing it safe, color-wise, in the bathroom for a long time. Subway tile …

The Power of Paint: 9 Magical Accent Wall GIFs

The accent wall has been a "thing" for a long, long time. More than just a way to save on money and time when painting, adding an accent wall to a …

Home Decorating

This Tiny Castle In England Packs In A Lot Of Magic

You may have heard of tiny homes, the trendiest way to live and appear on an HGTV show, but have you ever thought about a tiny castle? It just so …

Beautiful bathrooms to give you ideas!

Your bathroom isn't just a practical space, it can be an astoundingly beautiful one too, if you have the right inspiration to guide you, which is …

3 Tech Trends Helping to Bring New Investors to Real Estate

Technology is enabling more people to become real estate entrepreneurs.<p>Real estate has been a volatile market over the last decade, leaving many people wary of investing in residential and commercial properties. As a result, would-be investors are looking at the market differently and using new …

The 13 US cities where young people are buying the most homes

As they get into their late 20s and 30s, more millennials are settling down, starting families, and buying homes.<p>In fact, writes economist Mark Fleming on the First American Financial Center blog, millennials will be driving the demand for housing in the near future. Contrary to previous …

Real Estate

Simple steps for home composting success

I am considering starting a compost pile this year and looking for some advice; some of the articles I've read suggest steps more complicated than I am willing to implement. My time is limited, so I want to do something simple that works reasonably well.<p><i>— Courtney Jacobsen, Wheeling</i><p>Composting at …

Top 15 Stunning Kitchen Design Ideas and their Costs – DIY Home Improvement Ideas 2017

Are you in the process of redesigning and remodeling your old, boring kitchen? If so our in-depth guide to top kitchen designs and styles should be a …

Tempaper: The Self-Adhesive, Removable Wallpaper Transforming Our Homes

Easy On, Easy Off:<br>Tempaper Removable Wallpaper!<p>We've been aching for a splash of color, an eye-catching pattern, <i>something</i> to jazz up our living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Found it! <b>Tempaper's wallpaper is self-adhesive and removable</b>—no expensive installations, no worrying about your landlord's …

Home Decorating

7 Bathroom Trends Are "In" This Year — and 2 That Are "Out"

We're all about #3.<p>Most people spend the first and last minutes of their days in the bathroom. That means the ambiance is everything — after all, there's nothing worse than an old, outdated space starting your day off on the wrong foot. If you're in the market to make some decor changes, take note …

Simply the Best Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes We've Ever Seen

Let's get right to the good news: After sorting through piles of dish ideas, we uncovered the best healthy chicken breast recipes ever. Yes, they're …

You Don’t Need Sky-High Income To Buy A Home

You Don’t Need Sky-High Income To Buy A Home<p>Tim Lucas<p>The Mortgage Reports Contributor<p>Low-Income Home Buyers Surprised At What They Can …

Elizabeth Warren: emerging voice of America’s opposition

Dismissed from the Senate floor last week for highlighting the new attorney general’s racist past, she is the beating heart of a Democratic party dazed by its loss, yet could be its saviour. And also the next president?<p>The weeks following the inauguration of the 45th American president have been …