How to Get the Most Out of a Small Bathroom Layout

November 22nd, 2014

A bathroom renovation of any size is most cost effective when designed to occupy the same footprint as existing bathroom space. Plumbing is much less expensive when you’re dealing with replacement rather than changes to the plumbing infrastructure. On the other hand, bumping an adjacent wall out to add space is generally inexpensive.

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PROGUIDE: Social Networking for Profit, Not Just Potential

November 20th, 2014

In this day and age, nearly every successful business embraces the power of social networking. Getting “Likes” is a great way to build your community of followers and keep them connected. Engaging on Twitter will keep your business current and help you communicate quickly with every customer.

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But beyond the marketing potential, is it possible to use social networks to gain profit for your business? The answer is yes, and it’s easier than you may think. Here are some tips to maximize social networking for the best results in gaining profit. (more…)

6 Home-Buying Deal Breakers—and How to Troubleshoot Them

November 19th, 2014

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This post originally appeared on LearnVest.

Between rising home costslow inventory and the prevalence of all-cash offers, potential home buyers will readily tell you: It’s rough out there.

So if you’re lucky enough to find an affordable house you like, you may feel the pressure to make an offer right away.

Not so fast.

Before you put down that deposit, don’t forget to carefully inspect the home—even if it appears to be in good condition. “Looks can be deceiving,” says Leslie Piper, a consumer housing specialist for

Of course, there are some flaws you can ignore, like outdated appliances and misguided paint choices. But there are others that might be true deal breakers. And if you overlook the wrong ones, your new home can quickly become a money pit, says Ilyce Glink, a real estate expert and author of “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask.”

Our experts divulge the six most common home-buying deal breakers worth double-checking before you make a bid—plus what to do if something is indeed amiss. (more…)