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Art of Design: Good Things in Small Packages

Consumer / Art of Design /

The saying goes that "Good things come in small packages." That is true when it comes to perfume and jewelry, but in regard to real estate, it's something completely different. Everyone always wants more space, but it is amazing to compare what is considered adequate living space is different places around the world.

In the United States, an ...Read more

Hot Property: Will Arnett lists award-winning home for $11 million

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- There's always money in the banana stand, to borrow from the show "Arrested Development." But it might take a few more frozen banana sales to afford the Beverly Hills Post Office-area home of Will Arnett, who plays Gob Bluth on the show.

Listed for $10.995 million, the actor's steel-framed house is a reimagining of a design by ...Read more

Natasha Frost: 4 steps to avoiding a horrible co-living situation

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

With the unemployment rate at its highest since the Great Depression, perhaps you're one of the many Americans currently having difficult conversations -- or avoiding one -- on the topic of sharing space.

That might mean welcoming a roommate into your home, crashing with Mom and Pop for the foreseeable future, or taking the plunge to work from ...Read more

Some homeowners struggled to pay PACE improvement loans. The coronavirus made it harder

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't until the work was done that Marcelino and Josefina Rodriguez said they learned the truth.

They had been signed up for a roughly $45,000 PACE home improvement loan at nearly 10% interest -- even though they said a woman working with the contractor told them their new roof and water heater would be free through a ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Who has to pay for place to stay while rental home is tented for termites?

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Q: We rent a single-family home and just found out that it needs to be tented for termites early next month. The landlord told us she would reduce our rent for the time we need to stay in a hotel. Money is tight, and a few days of rent reduction will not cover the cost of a hotel and meals. We want her to pay for these too. This is a massive ...Read more

Here's How: Create a Dining Area Within Another Room

Consumer / Here's How /

Dear James: For our starter home, we are considering a dining area instead of a dining room to save money and floor space. What are some good design ideas for this concept? -- Rick B.

Dear Rick: With today's lifestyles and high building costs, eliminating a seldom-used dining room is becoming more commonplace. On a limited budget, this allows ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The 1 Simple Thing You Must Have in Your Home

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

My heart was pounding. The smoke alarm was screaming, and I was in full-on panic mode. Flames were reaching toward the upper cabinets. It happened so fast! I didn't have time to run to the pantry to search for baking soda.

I had a rip-roaring fire on my hands, and I was moving in slow motion.

I'd turned my back for a few seconds to find a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Grow Your Own Food 1 Square Foot at a Time

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

For years, I tried to grow a decent vegetable garden. It was the high cost of fresh produce -- $3.50 for a few measly, wilted basil leaves; ditto for a pound of somewhat reddish tomatoes or mostly pink strawberries -- that prompted me to try.

I started with tomatoes, basil and peppers (a salsa garden!). In no time, I added zucchini and ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Smart Saving Tastes Like Chicken

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

With the price of beef skyrocketing, chicken is becoming the backbone of the frugal kitchen. And why not? Chicken is much less expensive than beef or pork and useful down to the bones.

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Chicken is always on sale somewhere. If you don't want to store-hop, you can always find some cut of meat, fish or poultry on sale in your ...Read more

Is your property a flood risk? New tool shows millions are, including entire Florida towns

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

A new app designed to rank the flood risk for every property in the U.S. has some distressing findings for Florida.

The cities with the most properties at risk are all over the state -- from Tampa, the city most at risk to storm surge, to Cape Coral, which Politico memorably dubbed "the boomtown that shouldn't exist," to sunny-day flooded Miami...Read more

Carla Fried: 7 ways employers set up millennials to fail at retirement saving

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

You've got a workplace retirement plan. Fabulous! But there's plenty your employer likely isn't telling you -- or doing for you --that's costing you money. Here's how your employer might be letting you down:

--We probably set you up to leave money on the table. Most workplace plans offer an employer-matching contribution, based on some sort of...Read more

Carla Fried: Instead of skipping medical care, bargain for a better price

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Millions of people forgo needed medical attention -- doctor visits, surgeries, prescriptions and testing -- because they either lack insurance or the cost of using their policies is too great. It's also complicated, a world of bewildering forms and websites, and seemingly unexplained denials of payment.

Before you delay care, consider ways you ...Read more

CNN Center is for sale, but employees will remain in Atlanta

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

WarnerMedia is putting CNN Center, the longtime Atlanta-based facility for the cable news network, up for sale.

The company made the decision to sell the property known to employees on Monday. But it won't mean any dislocation for them or that the network is abandoning the city it has called home since 1980.

CNN already has employees at the ...Read more

Carla Fried: Plan your own funeral, cheaply, and leave behind a happier family

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Navigating the death of a loved one is an intensely personal journey. It is also a very big business that can put a financial strain on the surviving family.

The death care industry -- yep, it's got its own industry moniker -- is an estimated $20 billion business. Service Corporation International, a publicly traded company that operates 1,475 ...Read more

Carla Fried: Why couples need to manage retirement accounts as a team

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

The intricacies of a spouse or partner's workplace retirement plan will never rank as scintillating pillow talk, but the topic can prove profitable. Couples who coordinate their strategy by playing to each plan's strengths and avoiding weaknesses are going to land in retirement with more money saved up.

Yet a recent survey of more than 5,000 ...Read more

Hudson Pacific sells share of Hollywood studios to Blackstone

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles developer Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. said Monday that it will sell a 49% stake in its three historic Hollywood studios to an affiliate of New York investment firm Blackstone in a deal that values the properties at $1.65 billion.

The transaction includes Sunset Bronson, Sunset Gower and Sunset Las Palmas studios, ...Read more

Free stock-trade apps: Power to the people, or new ways for Wall Street to rip you off?

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Free stock-trading smartphone apps like Robinhood, Firstrade and Stockpile are attracting a wave of new investors, and are helping to prop up U.S. stock markets despite the headwinds of the coronavirus.

Alongside such familiar software-based stocks as Amazon, Facebook and Google, their investments have boosted shares of some obscure and money-...Read more

Life skills: How to decide if you should have sex with someone you don't live with during the pandemic

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Q: With stay-at-home orders lifting in some areas, how can you have safe sex with someone outside of your home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: If you are thinking of having sex with someone you know or someone you have been in a relationship with, and you trust that this person has practiced social distancing and hand-washing, then great, ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Replace or Repair?

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

You're worried the washing machine may be on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching sound and needs a lot of coaxing to make it all the way through a full cycle. Should you spend $319 to fix this inefficient appliance or replace it with a $999 new model that will use less electricity and water?

Deciding whether to repair or replace...Read more

Art of Design: Some Commonsense Advice for Your Home

Consumer / Art of Design /

Your home is not a museum, so mix your styles freely. If you layer a space with color, texture and an array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life and feel personal. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn't get locked into one period or thematic look.

While we are on the conversation of mixing, all-...Read more