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Hot Property: A stately champ enters the ring

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- In L.A.'s Hancock Park neighborhood, an Italian Renaissance-style mansion that once belonged to boxing great Muhammad Ali has come on the market for $17 million.

Ali bought the home with his third wife, Veronica, in 1979 around the time of his first retirement, according to the listing brokerage. The couple lived there until ...Read more

Housing market shows signs of hope

Consumer / The Nation's Housing /

WASHINGTON -- If you've been distracted by the federal shutdown, political dysfunction, stock-market volatility and reports of rising mortgage rates, it wouldn't be surprising if you concluded: No way is this a good time to even think about buying a house or putting one on the market. Things are too crazy. Nobody's paying attention to real ...Read more

Mark Zuckerberg's personal charity is part of a push to steer $500 million to affordable housing

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

As tech companies face mounting pressure to address their role in the California housing crisis, a band of corporations, philanthropies and foundations -- including Facebook as well as the personal philanthropic company of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg -- are seeking to raise $540 million to invest in affordable-housing efforts in the Bay Area...Read more

Billionaire Ken Griffin pays $238 million for New York penthouse, trouncing price record

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

In a record-setting deal, billionaire Ken Griffin has paid $238 million for a massive penthouse towering over Central Park in New York City.

The sale shatters the previous price record, which was set in 2014 when hedge-fund manager Barry Rosenstein reportedly shelled out $137 million for a Hamptons estate.

As first reported by the Wall Street ...Read more

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

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The Mortgage Professor: The science and art of paying off your mortgage early

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Most of my work on paying off a mortgage early has focused on the science of the subject, which is nothing more than the math needed to trace the process through which a mortgage balance (the amount still owed) declines over time. With Chuck Freedenberg, I developed calculator 2a, which is the most frequently visited page on my website.

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The Mortgage Professor: The science and art of paying off your mortgage early

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Most of my work on paying off a mortgage early has focused on the science of the subject, which is nothing more than the math needed to trace the process through which a mortgage balance (the amount still owed) declines over time. With Chuck Freedenberg, I developed calculator 2a, which is the most frequently visited page on my website.

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Real estate Q&A: What's the best way to get a mortgage?

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Q: We loved your tips last week about the purchase contract. Do you have any advice about getting a mortgage? -- Tony

A: When you start looking for a home you will receive plenty of advice that you should buy the most home you can afford. This is probably because you will quickly fill any home you find, regardless of its size, and having extra ...Read more

Here's How: Avoid Common Electrical Problems

Consumer / Here's How /

Dear James: My very old house could use some electrical work -- outlets, switches, etc. It looks easy to install them and the wiring. What are some of the common errors people make so I can avoid them? -- Steve G.

Dear Steve: It may look easy to do electrical work, especially if you watch some of the home improvement shows on television, but it...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Face to Face With the Junk Drawer

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I'm going to go on a limb and assume that you have a junk drawer. We all have one, and I don't know about you, but I'm not about to get rid of mine. After all, where else would we put our junk?

Recently, a reader wrote asking how to conquer his junk drawer. "I can't find anything in there so I keep re-buying all the stuff I bought already!" he ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: A Machine That Gets Pet and Human Hair Out of Carpet Like Magic

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

How often have you been vacuuming and then turned off the vacuum only to see stray hairs -- your own or your pet's -- still on your carpet? No matter how hard and often you vacuum, they're still there. Now imagine all of the hairs you cannot see because they've worked their way below the surface.

Experts tell us that one human sheds an average ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: For Some, It's the Food that Makes the Super Bowl Super

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I have to be honest about sports. I'm there for the good times: the World Series, the Olympics and, of course, the Super Bowl. Even then, for me it's all about the food. I'm right there, front and center, on Super Bowl Sunday, cheering on the underdog, breathlessly waiting for the next commercial while enjoying some decadent party food.

Today, ...Read more

Is San Diego County done building single-family homes?

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

SAN DIEGO -- If you are looking to buy a new single-family home this year, San Diego County might be a tough place to do it.

Early estimates for the number of single-family homes coming out for sale this year are around 800, fewer than roughly 940 last year and 1,500 in 2017 and 2016. It reflects a trend of fewer and fewer traditional, detached...Read more

More South Florida homeowners using PACE home improvement financing — despite complaints

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Needing no money down, more people in South Florida are using a unique program to finance home improvements despite complaints when the bills come due.

Qualifying energy efficiency and storm-hardening projects include new roofs, air conditioning systems, water heaters, rooftop solar energy systems, hurricane-resistant impact windows and doors, ...Read more

Susan Tompor: How the gender pay gap hurts women's retirement and 401(k) plans

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Any woman who isn't investing money in a 401(k) plan -- or maybe only sets aside a tiny amount -- needs to realize that the retirement game is stacked against her.

"Women are more at risk in their older years for economic insecurity," said Amy Matsui, director of income security and senior counsel for the National Women's Law Center in ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Secrets to No-Fail Tender, Juicy White Meat Chicken

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

They're convenient and, we're told, more healthy. But there are few things quite as boring or more difficult to prepare well than boneless skinless chicken breasts (BSCBs).

Here's the problem: Chicken skin helps keep the chicken moist, and the bones add flavor.

Remove both and what do you have? The potential for dry, tasteless, tough chicken. ...Read more

House Calls: Update or Just Repair?

Consumer / Edith Lank /

Dear Edith: We bought a wonderful home in a desirable suburb last June. It was built in 1988, and it has been well maintained with a beautiful kitchen upgrade, but there are no bathroom updates.

We've discovered a leak in the shower in the master bath, which has slightly damaged the kitchen ceiling. We are weighing updating the master bath ...Read more

An Heirloom Party

Consumer / Art of Design /

Every time you have a family get-together, whether for a holiday or another kind of celebration, family memories are created and stories are usually told, which helps pass a verbal history from one generation to the next. As the patriarchs and matriarchs age, the question of downsizing always comes to mind. Some will opt to age in place, which ...Read more

Couple turns an unexpected gift into a forever home that honors a family's history, and its future

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

MARROWSTONE ISLAND, Wash. -- A life-changing transition helped establish a home-renovating mission statement: 'How does one honor the custodianship of a much-loved-yet-dated inherited home?'

This profound, intensely personal place, tucked between enormous evergreens on the remote edge of a rustic island -- was not part of the plan.

Lisa and ...Read more

Couple turns an unexpected gift into a forever home that honors a family's history, and its future

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

MARROWSTONE ISLAND, Wash. -- A life-changing transition helped establish a home-renovating mission statement: 'How does one honor the custodianship of a much-loved-yet-dated inherited home?'

This profound, intensely personal place, tucked between enormous evergreens on the remote edge of a rustic island -- was not part of the plan.

Lisa and ...Read more