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How to Make Your Rooms Look and Feel More Spacious

Looking for ways to make your space look and feel larger? 
 
Here are five easy changes you can make.
 
1.  Hang curtains higher and wider than your windows.  The eye will be drawn up and over and the windows and the room itself will look larger.
 
2.  Strategically place a large mirror in the room.  Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space.  They are also good for checking your look before heading out the door.

Is Your Home Too Air-Tight?

Did you know that your house needs to 'breathe' in order to have healthy air?  There are gases, toxins and moisture that need to be expelled from the inside, and fresh air needs to enter from the outside.
 
In an attempt to conserve energy and reduce heating costs, homeowners can make their homes too air tight.
 
When a fuel-burning appliance in your home doesn't get enough fresh air and fails to completely burn its fuel, carbon monoxide is produced. If ventilation is damaged or blocked or if you have a powerful kitchen fan, bathroom fan or open hearth fireplace, then carbon monoxide can be drawn back inside the house.
 
What are the signs that your home is too air tight?

Profitable Real Estate Investments

Except for some special circumstances, real estate historically has gone up in value over time.  Sometimes very quickly, sometimes slow but steady, and at times like a roller-coaster ride.  A look at the past 100 years shows that if you held onto real estate for at least 10 years, you probably made a good investment that yielded you a reasonable return.  That's certainly not the whole picture. There are many factors that impact return on investment, and learning as much as you can about real estate investing and the different options before investing is highly recommended.
 
Although there are many ways to approach investing in real estate, here are a few examples of real estate investments that can yield profits over a short term and/or long term holding period.