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About Real Estate: Recent budget deal revives important housing tax breaks

The stopgap budget deal reached in February brought back tax write-offs for private mortgage insurance and reinstituted a break for owners who lost money through a foreclosure or short sale. Both had expired at the end of 2016. Q. I heard a brief report on the radio that said some of the tax breaks that … Read More »

March 4th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Recycled leather veneer perfect for vamping up the vanity

Q. We are looking for ideas for the guest bathroom in our century home. We like the look of vessel sinks and have found an old dresser at a yard sale we can refinish and sit the sink on. What should we do about the dresser top? A. Guest bathrooms are the perfect place to … Read More »

February 25th, 2018 at 6:00 am

House to House: Home-improvement projects — DIY or hire a pro?

This week’s column was written by Emily Morgan, director of public relations for the Arkansas Realtors Association. I’ve been blessed in life with a very handy and resourceful dad and brother. Lucky for them, I call on them often to help me with projects at my house, or when I notice there’s something wrong. One … Read More »

September 4th, 2016 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Harness the power of nature’s elements in design

The way we design our homes changes with the passage of time. The patterns of our lives shift as children come and go. Space requirements connected with work and play, families and hobbies stretch out or contract, according to the requirements of the day. Fashion trends have their sway on colors and moods as political … Read More »

September 4th, 2016 at 6:00 am

About Real Estate: ‘IKEA therapy’ aims to help bickering couples resolve woes

Q. Do you know anything about something called “IKEA assembly relationship therapy”? A. Sure. It’s a concept recently developed by a Southern California clinical psychologist and marriage counselor that calls for couples who are having trouble in their relationship to go and purchase a large, do-it-yourself piece of furniture from home-furnishing giant IKEA or a … Read More »

February 21st, 2016 at 6:00 am

About Real Estate: Haunted tales include ghostly appearances, demonic possession

This year’s Halloween column includes tales of a ghost that frequents the nightclubs of Chicago, a family possessed by demonic spirits and 4,700 acres of haunted land in Texas. Q. Have you ever heard of a ghost called Resurrection Mary? A. Sure. Far beyond the spirits of gangster Al Capone and serial killer John Wayne … Read More »

October 25th, 2015 at 6:00 am

About Real Estate: Guidelines for tipping providers of housing-related services

Q. We retired to a high-rise condo complex earlier this year. It’s our understanding that the doorman is supposed to get a holiday tip, but we don’t know how much to give him. What would be an appropriate amount? A. Tipping, obviously, is a highly personal choice. Some people feel especially generous this time of … Read More »

December 7th, 2014 at 4:00 am

House to Home: Trends cross line from fashion to interior decor

We are all familiar with branding. It’s that unique look, feel or taste of a product that sets it apart from other similar products. Once a specific brand becomes recognized, for better or worse, that name carries a great deal of power. Trends work in a similar manner. We think of decades of style, and … Read More »

June 15th, 2014 at 4:00 am

About Real Estate: VA-backed mortgage program can be used more than once

Q. I drove a tank in the war against Iraq in the 1990s, retired from the Marine Corps in 2001 and bought my first home in 2002 with a VA mortgage. Now I would like to sell and purchase a smaller house. Can I use the VA loan program again, or is it too late … Read More »

May 25th, 2014 at 4:00 am

About Real Estate: Disclosure of haunted property depends on home’s locale

Q. We live in an historic home that’s haunted by a woman who wears a beautiful Victorian-era dress. My wife and I have seen her several times, and so have many of our guests. She never speaks, she appears only briefly, and she has never done anything mean. Will we have to disclose her on-again, … Read More »

October 27th, 2013 at 4:00 am