Does it make sense to assume a mortgage?
Most of the time, yes. As a buyer, you can get at least three basic advantages by assuming an existing mortgage:Read Article
What are your rights and obligations as a neighbor?
Generally, you can use and enjoy your property in any reasonable way that doesn't interfere with your neighbor's right to do the same. But here are some problems that frequently arise:Read Article
IN BUYING STOCKS, HAVE YOU MADE THESE BLUNDERS?
Obviously, no magic formula for stocks-- or any other investment-- can guarantee you success. However, if you avoid basic errors in judgment, stocks will fulfill their role in your family financial portfolio. Below are seven common stock-market trouble spots-- and tips on avoiding them.Read Article
JUST WHAT ARE CLOSING COSTS?
"Closing costs" is a catchall term. It covers a half dozen or so bills that are listed on a single statement you pay in the final stages of your house deal; your down payment, of course, is a separate item.Read Article
GOOD NEWS FOR MEN!
This little gadget clamps onto the posts of an auto battery to provide another cigarette lighter-type socket. Also can be used with an extra battery as a portable power supply.Read Article
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRIVING THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS
Speed, comfort, and economy are definite considerations when your family travels by car-- but most important of all is safety. The beauty of the Interstate highways is that they offer all of these advantages.Read Article
HOW ABOUT AIR-CONDITIONING YOUR PRESENT CAR?
If you are not ready to trade for a new car with factory-installed air conditioning, you probably can cool the car you have with an add-on air conditioner.Read Article
BIG IDEAS FOR TINY KITCHENSRead Article
SITTING-OUT SUMMERRead Article
UNWINDING ON WICKERRead Article
ENCHANTED EVENINGRead Article
SHOWING YOUR STRIPESRead Article
AT LAST! ANOTHER BATHROOM AT YOUR HOUSE
Stop wishing-- start planning, start pricing. You can have another bathroom if you pick up one of the ideas on these six pages. There's nothing quite so frustrating as lining up outside the bathroom door. Or if you're the one inside, nothing quite so irritating as having to rush.Read Article
THIS VACATION HOUSE IS PRE-PLANNED FOR EXPANSION
Here's the vacation house you've been waiting for. It goes together in three separate stages, lets you expand to suit your budget or the size of your family. This way you don't buy more house than you need right now, nor postpone building altogether because you can't afford the whole house. Of course, if you're ready, you can build all three stages at the same time.Read Article
Salt Lake and the mountains
Winding its way through the heart of the Rockies, this circle tour treats you to real Western adventure. Lakes range from Flaming Gorge, 91 miles of crystalline, trout-laden water, to Great Salt Lake, five times saltier than the sea. In the Tetons, snow still caps the jagged peaks in July, while Yellowstone's geysers spew steaming, sulphurous water high in the air.Read Article
Milwaukee and the lakes country
Rushing streams, filled with silvery trout ... great, ice-blue lakes edged with agate-strewn beaches ... weirdly sculptured rocks, and cliffs fringed with fragrant pines ... a mirror-smooth lagoon echoing to the wild call of the loon ...Read Article
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO EASIER MOVING
If moving day is looming in your future, take heart! More than five million American families successfully move to another state each year. To avoid the summer rush, try to move from October to May. The best time to move within any month is between the fourth and the 24th, if you possibly can.Read Article
SMART COOK ...
A Home Chef slips two or three hot ravioli into each soup bowl, then fills the bowls with a zesty bouillon ... Puts a little piccalilli in the melting butter before baking eggs in the ramekins ... And, like a good Californian, keeps on hand a jarful of marinated garbanzo beans-- chickpeas-- so he can shake some over a tossed salad.Read Article
DON'T BE SWITCH-HAPPY WITH CENTRAL COOLING
Now that the cooling season is upon us, here's a bit of advice on the operation of your central air conditioning system: turn it on-- and leave it alone.Read Article
HOW TO ORDER PLANS FOR HOUSES AND PROJECTS
The vacation house featured in our Better Homes for All America series this month, "This vacation house is preplanned for expansion," page 72, is a manufactured house produced by Kingsberry Homes Corporation, 5096 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, Georgia and is available through their builder-dealers in many areas. For more information about this home, we suggest you write them directly.Read Article
Try your hand with floating flowers! Both large and small varieties lend themselves to this fast and easy method of arranging. Thick or waxy pettaled flowers may be laid directly in the water. But make sure flowers with thin petals do not touch the water.Read Article
THESE DOORS LEAD TO LOTS OF STORAGE
Storage doors needn't look dull even though their purpose is practical. You can give the plainest doors punch with a coat of paint, fancy molding, decorative hardware, or stenciled patterns. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started creating your own distinctive storage doors.Read Article
MULTI-SERVICE BREAKFAST BARRead Article
THIS CLOSET EARNS ITS STORAGE SPACERead Article
JUNE GARDENING WHERE YOU LIVE!
Lawn weed control. Poor lawns make for good weed patches. Nature abhors a vacuum, so if lawn grasses are not thriving, the voids will be filled by less desirable growth. Weed seeds are always present in the soil to take over wherever they can find a foothold.Read Article
HOW TO STEAL SPACE FOR A LAUNDRYRead Article
THE RIGHT POTS AND PANS
Cooking for the family or for company meals is more fun and less time-consuming if you have the right pots and pans. Whether you're buying your first set of pans, or you are replacing those old "out-of-shapes," you'll find a big variety of sizes, styles, and colors to choose from.Read Article
BE YOUR OWN ECONOMIST
This is the final installment in an important ten-part series prepared by the Editors of Better Homes and Gardens. It is designed to bridge the gap between economic theory and the very personal business of paycheck-to-paycheck economics. The series was written especially for this magazine by Mr. Martin Mayer, one of the country's leading authors in the fields of education and economics.Read Article
HOW TO SHOP FOR A RANGE
Your trips to a typical appliance showroom may lead to a bewildering and often discouraging quest for solid information about new ranges. This is not due to lack of enthusiasm on the part of the salespeople, but rather to the astounding variety of products available among the 500 or so different ranges produced by major manufacturers of electric and gas equipment. With this "embarrassment of riches," it's no wonder sales talk is likely to be colorful and inventive-- and limited to the merchandise displayed in that showroom.Read Article
Are you really making the most of your gardening time--or are you spending too much of it on routine chores? Often a simple shortcut can save you considerable time--and trouble--and give you extra minutes to sit back, relax, and enjoy your handiwork. Here are some of the best garden time-and back-savers we have come across.Read Article
HOW TO CHOOSE A DEHUMIDIFIER
If you have a sticky problem at your house, a compressor-type dehumidifier may be the answer-- not only will it make your home more comfortable-- it will protect your furniture and woodwork from warping, and your clothing, luggage, and books from mold and mildew.Read Article
SHOPPING EDITOR'S CHOICE
Discover the fun and convenience of shopping by mail! You can order with complete confidence any of the items shown: each company will refund your money if you're not delighted.Read Article
THE MAN NEXT DOOR
Our educational system puts "entirely too much emphasis on grades," I learned from a magazine article my son thoughtfully marked and placed beside my breakfast plate.Read Article