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Data shows home fires burn hotter, faster than ever: How you can reduce risks
(BPT) - While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in .8 percen... read full story

5 tips for settling into your new home
(BPT) - Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest tec... read full story

Serving homebuyers living with disabilities [Infographic]
(BPT) - In alignment with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, Century 21(r) Real Estate announces the results of the “Persons with Disabilities Home Buying Survey.” The survey’s goal was to help CENTURY 21 System members gain i... read full story

Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
(BPT) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.Popcorn ceilings haven’t really represented stylish home design since ... read full story

Fall: The best season for home improvement
(BPT) - The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.This fall promises to be particularly popular for home p... read full story

Keep the heat in and the cold out this winter: Tips for a cozy home
(BPT) - Winter this year promises to be harsh across much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts conditions will be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!Au... read full story

Avoid expensive energy bills with this hot new housing trend
(BPT) - Imagine being able to heat your home with no more energy than used by a hair dryer turned on low, or even going off the grid altogether.Thanks to smaller, carefully planned home designs, coupled with a superior insulation system, super energy-efficient small homes are growing in popularity.... read full story

Design tips for a chef-centered kitchen
(BPT) - Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality with sophisticated style.Faucet makeoverCulinar... read full story

3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
(BPT) - Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it’s one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation. You must figure out where you want to live, what type of home you desire, what you can afford and also how your cred... read full story

Renting your home to vacationers? 5 tricks to help you prepare
(BPT) - Wouldn’t it be awesome if your home could make money for you, instead of costing you to pay the mortgage, utilities and upkeep? Many homeowners are making their homes pay with short-term and long-term vacation rentals. The vacation rental industry generates more than $85 billion annua... read full story

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