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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

Simplify the Home Buying Process

By doing your homework and thinking about the process as four smaller stages, shopping for a home can be less complicated and, perhaps, even enjoyable.

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What If I Find Asbestos in My House?

Simply living in a home in which asbestos exists is not dangerous. It’s when asbestos materials are disturbed that you should become concerned.

Curb appeal

5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

House hunting is a little like speed dating. You only get a few minutes to make a great impression.

How to Fight High Property Taxes

Up to 60 percent of U.S. properties are overassessed, which means those homeowners are likely paying too much in property taxes. Understanding the assessment process is an essential first step toward getting your tax bill lowered.

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Makeover Tips for Ugly Fireplaces

With a little paint or some faux stone, you can add beauty to even the most outdated fireplace surround.

Myth

5 Myths and 5 Truths About Selling Your Home

From professional staging to a fresh coat of paint, it’s important to know which investments are most likely to help you sell your home.

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How to Find Your Dream Home

In order to better target your real estate search, you must think specifically about your dream abode. Will your “big” house be 2,400 or 5,000 square feet? Do you want a home built pre-1900 or pre-1980?

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How to Fix Squeaky Doors and Floors

Noisy floors and doors aren’t simply annoying; they can signal to potential buyers that your home is not well cared for.

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How to Get the Best Home Loan for Your Needs

Home loans come in all shapes and sizes. To ensure you’re getting the best loan for your situation, you’ll want to do your homework and talk to reputable credit counselors and lenders.

Window cleaning

How to Get Squeaky Clean Windows

Want to clean your windows like a pro? The right tools and know-how can make window cleaning less of a chore.

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Expecting a Tax Refund? Invest It In Your Home

Drawing inspiration from Zillow Digs, here are five home improvement projects you may want to consider, all under $3,000.

underfloor heating and cooling

Radiant Floor System Adds Heat Under Your Feet

Installing an electric floor heating system can be a do-it-yourself project if you’re armed with the right skills and information.

Murdoch apartment

Newly Single Rupert Murdoch Buys $57M Bachelor Pad

Media mogul’s ex-wife got their Fifth Avenue apartment in the divorce settlement, so he’s buying something bigger and more expensive.

Timothy Hutton's home

Timothy Hutton Lists Historic Hudson Valley Home

Academy Award winner lists 40-acre upstate New York getaway for $1.895 million.

Tax

Own a Home? You May Be Entitled to Tax Breaks

If you own a home and you’re willing to itemize, you may be able to take advantage of several tax credits and deductions.

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