Mortgage Rates Head Higher This Week

For the second week in a row, mortgage interest rates have edged up, according to data released Thursday by Freddie Mac. The GSE’s chief economist attributed the rise to positive news on the economic front that suggests the recovery is gaining some traction and consumers are more confident in the job market. According to Freddie …

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Rose-pruning time

Roger’s Gardens will be presenting a rose pruning workshop this Saturday, January 15th, from 9am and 11am. Learn “hands-on” from experienced, professional rosarians on pruning both shrub and climbing roses. You will be instructed by rosarians and experts as you prune living roses. All the tips and tricks that can only be learned through hands-on …

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5 roof-repair tips: How to fix leaks and broken shingles

Some roof problems are clearly for experts, but you should be able to fix minor leaks and broken shingles yourself. Here are some DIY roof tips, plus useful safety advice for when you get that ladder out. In the home — as in life — it’s often the little things that matter. And it’s amazing …

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Design tips for foyers

Interior designer and staging expert Deborah Muccillo of Laguna Beach-based Interiors Within Reach regularly contributes to the Laguna Beach Homes blog to provide readers with do-it-yourself decorating ideas. Here are her latest tips on decorating a foyer: “This space is a long narrow hallway and is the foyer of the home. It has several entryways …

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