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Home purchases create as much wealth as stocks and bonds

In this time of soaring stock market returns, it's easy to assume the path to wealth is through stocks and bonds. But a new study reported by Bloomberg shows that a home purchase results in just as much wealth as playing the stock market. Bloomberg cites a study titled "The Rate… Read more »

Study pinpoints best time to put your house on the market

Soon, the spring home-selling season-the busiest time for residential real estate-will be upon us. So when should you place the "For Sale" sign out front? That depends on where you live. A recent study reported by the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) found that homes in 25 metro areas listed between May… Read more »

7 ways to turn your backyard into the perfect retreat

As the weather warms, many start thinking of summer-and of turning that dull slab of cement and ragged patch of grass in the backyard into an idyllic retreat. Oh, for a beautifully furnished patio overlooking a glorious swath of greenery and gardens where one can relax and soak in nature's… Read more »