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Mary was a newspaper writer/editor for 13 years and worked as spokesperson for a Fortune 500 Company before becoming a freelance writer. She has authored more than two dozen books for young readers and writes for a handful of regional home and garden magazines.

Stories by Mary Boone

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How to Create an Emergency Evacuation Kit

You’ll need these items if you have to leave home at a moment’s notice.

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5 Repairs You Might Encounter During the First 5 Years of Owning a Home

Routine inspections and maintenance can help keep these issues from becoming bigger problems.

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How to Find Your Dream Home

Ready to start searching listings and hitting open houses? Save yourself some time by first identifying exactly what you need and want in a home.

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My Home Passed Inspection, So It’s Perfect, Right?

Even the most experienced home inspectors can’t always detect problems in these four areas.

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Is Buying a Foreclosure or Short Sale Right for You?

Purchasing a foreclosure or short sale property may mean finding a great house at a reduced price. But you should be aware that there are often challenges along the way.

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Buying and Selling a Home – at the Same Time – in a Buyers' Market

Buying a home can be a nerve-wracking experience, so can selling a home. Try to take on both tasks at the same time and you’re doubling the stress. Good news: Doing some advance planning can help reduce your number of sleepless nights.

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Buying and Selling a Home – at the Same Time – in a Sellers' Market

Buying a home while selling a home — and trying to close both deals at the same time — requires great timing and coordination, a little luck and the understanding that at least one of the parties involved is probably taking a risk.

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Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent

The road to homeownership can be bumpy, and it’s often filled with unexpected turns and detours. That’s why it makes sense to have a real estate pro help guide the way.

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Getting Your Finances in Order

Before you get your heart set on the home with the big yard or the condo in the city, you should take steps to demonstrate you have a stable financial situation and are a serious buyer.

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What Do You Need to Start Composting?

Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what ends up in U.S. landfills. By composting those materials, you can recycle them back into the soil and improve your garden.

Which Makes Sense for You: Renting or Buying a Home?

Finances are a major issue, but there are other factors to also consider.

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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Ask yourself these six questions to determine if you’re real estate-ready.

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What Does a Builder’s Warranty Cover?

Builders’ warranties vary greatly, so it’s important that homeowners take the time to learn what’s covered, how to make a claim and the process for resolving disputes that might arise along the way.

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How Close Is Too Close to Power Lines?

If the thought of buying property located near high-voltage power lines gives you pause, you might think ahead to how it will affect resale value.

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Don’t Let Smoke Smells Deter Buyers

To truly de-stink your house or apartment, you must remove the source of the problem.

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