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Real Estate Is Still The Best Investment You Can Make

From CNBC: Billionaire Andrew Carnegie famously said that 90% of millionaires got their wealth by investing in real estate. We wanted to know: Is this still true? Is investing in real estate still a good idea? According to these nine Advisors in The Oracles, who made millions by investing in real estate, the answer is a resounding yes. Read more.

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What is the City of the Future?

From Forbes.com: Since ancient times, humans have lived in communities, and humanity has thrived by grouping. What New York is today for the world — arguably its capital — Rome was for the Roman Empire and Constantinople was for the Ottoman Empire. Cities have been hubs for creativity, economic activity and the evolution of humanity. They symbolize freedom, culture and civilization. Today, cities are evolving faster and faster. Read more.

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What To Expect During A Home Inspection

From HouseLogic: The first thing you need to know about home inspection: You’ll feel all the feels. There’s the excitement — the inspection could be the longest time you’re in the house, after the showing. Right behind that comes … anxiety. What if the inspector finds something wrong? So wrong you can’t buy the house? Then there’s impatience. Seriously, is this whole home-buying process over yet? Not yet. But you’re close. So take a deep breath. Because the most important thing to know about home inspection: It’s just too good for you, as a buyer, to skip. Here’s why.

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17 Practical Tips for Saving Energy and Money

Who isn’t looking for a new way to save money and go green these days? In my personal experience, I started looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy I consumed after noticing how my utility bills had been continuously growing for months. Turns out there are a lot of ways to save energy. Hence, I decided to share the knowledge and turn my research into a post on practical tips to save energy and money. Let's get to it! Read more from Alex Harris at ElectroSawHQ.com.

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Infographic: Keeping Your Home Secure

Every year 2 million home burglaries are reported in the U.S.  If homeowners were to take a few extra security measures, this large number can be reduced. It is extremely important to know what can be done to prevent break-ins as this is not only a matter of your personal belongings being taken, but also a violation of privacy Victims of break ins can have many emotional effects that last a lifetime. The following infographic displays different tips and tricks to keep your home secure. 

Keeping Your Home Secure created by SABRE, SABRE offers a variety of home security systems.
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6 Tips For Lowering Your Heating Bill This Winter

First winter in your new home? Feeling all comfy and cozy? If you’re budgeting this winter, your wallet may be feeling the heat: As temperatures drop, heating bills rise.

You’re not helpless, though. Even if you’re new to this whole home-ownership thing, you can take steps to reduce heating costs. Some of the suggestions are amazingly simple, and none require serious DIY skills or a large monetary payout.

1.    The Heat Is On - Piggyback off heat you’re generating for other purposes. When you’re done baking those famous Christmas cookies in the oven, leave the door open to let heat flow into the room. Don’t close the door when you’re taking a hot shower –- or at least leave it open when you’re done. Allow that steamy goodness to seep into other areas.

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2. Going Down, Down, Down - You may not want to hear this, but it’s a tried-and-true method to reduce energy costs: Turn down your thermostat. Don’t crank it any higher than 68 degrees when you’re home. If you’re cold, do what your dad used to tell you and put on a sweater. Also, make sure your feet are covered with thick socks or slippers. Cold feet lead to a cold body. Don’t stop there. When you’re not at home –- if you’re at work or out of town –- drop that thermostat another 10 to 15 degrees. Just make sure that you keep it at...

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