Home & Garden

Home & Garden

Choosing the right retaining wall for your landscape

Retaining walls were first created to perform the simple and necessary task of holding back earth. And with good reason: Erosion is a natural process, but when it means soil being washed off your property – or worse, accumulating against the side of your home – serious problems can result. Of course, nowadays, we are also using retaining walls for aesthetic purposes. Known as garden walls, these retaining walls are not only functional, but they can also expand usable surface area, making them an essential component in many landscaping designs.

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The Mortgage Professor: Adjusting the home mortgage to meet the retirement funds crisis: the role of deductibility

Most economists are negative or ambivalent about the provision in the U.S. tax code that allows homeowners to deduct mortgage interest from their taxable income. The major concern is that the provision is regressive. Up to some limit, the benefit increases with wealth. The wealthier the consumer, the more costly the homes they buy, the larger the mortgages they take, the higher the interest charge on the mortgage and the greater the deduction.

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Where black homeownership is the norm

Two decades ago, Frederick Veazey was drawn to this suburban idyll by the usual things: grass, peace and quiet, good schools. But in choosing where to raise his sons and daughter, the successful insurance broker also wanted something else.

These Kentucky students want to sell you these trendy, clever tiny houses they made

Eastern Kentucky students designed and created tiny houses they are selling via auction. The experiences give them real-world skills and they can capitalize on a movement to go smaller in living space.