An acrylic makeup organizer with stacked drawers keeps cosmetics organized and easy to see

When was the last time you organized your makeup collection or thought about how long you’ve had your concealer or mascara? Do you know what’s lurking within that seemingly endless bottle of foundation? Are you constantly digging through eye shadows in every color of the rainbow even though you only use a few shades? Get your cosmetic collection under control with the following tips. . . .

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This week in real estate news, USA Today reported that foreign homebuyers from multiple countries are investing in U.S. homes

International buyers are continuing to make a beeline for the American housing market. Attracted by cheaper home prices, relative economic stability and an affinity to all things American, these buyers are lapping up homes. Their interest continues to rise along with rising home values and an improving market, says USA Today. That’s probably a bright silver lining for the still-sluggish housing market. . . .

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Options are endless when it comes to decorating a bedroom for your child. Consider the space you have to work with as you craft a room for your child to enjoy. This room should be comforting and practical but also embrace your child’s individuality by employing a general theme or color scheme that appeals to them. Safety, function, and personality are all important considerations when creating a bedroom for kids. . . .

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New home construction is booming in Houston, Texas and other cities

Toward the end of each month, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development release residential construction activity statistics for the previous month. The statistics are broken down into several categories; the most heavily anticipated being the number of groundbreakings – which they refer to as “housing starts” – and the number of building permits issued. The latter is an indication of future new home construction. . . .

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Real estate investors and property flippers need to consider their margin of safety before taking on renovations

It’s been a long dry spell, but it’s looking like significant improvements are providing a better return on investment for real estate investors than they have in years. That’s good news for flippers, because that’s just one more way for a fix-and-flipper to add value. . . .

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How to tell if an air conditioning unit is working well

You’ve finally found the home of your dreams, but your adventure in homeownership has only just begun. First, you have to make sure everything, including the air conditioning, is in proper working order. Although you should always have your home professionally inspected, there are a few things you can check on your own to ensure the air conditioning unit is working well . . .

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A scarf loop hanger can hold many scarves at once, keeping them organized and easy to find

Do your scarves look more like a miniature Mount Everest piled on the floor of your closet than an organized collection of color? Are your purses plunked wherever there is a corner in your closet instead of treated like the treasures they are? Get these accessories straightened out with the following organizing systems. . . .

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The demand for rental properties is pushing rents higher

The strict lending policies and rising home prices have sidelined many potential buyers from the market. This has created a huge demand for rental properties. Rents are rising, and apartments are suddenly in high demand. It’s a jubilant time for landlords, but tenants are hurting. Their budgets are being stretched and their disposable income is dwindling. . . .

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French country style often includes exposed rafters and rustic materials

French country style exhibits a perfect blending of rustic country and quaint, classic romance. It displays a well-balanced fusion of sophisticated patterns and playful color, showcasing both vintage and new. It’s eclectic yet cozy – a unique style that is charming and warmly inviting. Whether you seek to dress up your classic home or furnish your country charmer, add a splash of French country décor to your home. . . .

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There are three major red flags that homebuyers should watch out for when touring a home

Although there are many so-called “red flags” to look for when touring a home, let’s take a look at the top three that – if you see them – should make you reconsider submitting an offer without a contingency for further inspection. . . .

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