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Friday Five: As Market Heats Up, First-Time Buyers Have to Act Fast

Optimism grows around home ownership, though some first-timers struggle to compete in the housing market. Plus, two senators put forth a bill to encourage more refis. Read More

2 Million Flushmate Toilet Systems Recalled Because of Explosions

Flushmate toilet system recalled

If you own this Flushmate toilet system, turn off the water supply to the unit and stop using it. Image: CPSC

The CPSC is recalling Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing Systems that can explode. Read More

Window Film Gets the Recognition It Deserves for Saving Energy

This window film meets California's energy standards

California now recognizes window film as an energy-efficient building material. Image: Solutia’s Performance Films division

You may not need to do that window retrofit. A new California building code underscores the benefits of using ever-so-humble window film. Read More

How’s My Garden in a Bag Doing?

Several types of vegetables grown from topsoil bags

Some veggies love growing in bags of topsoil, but the bag doesn't do much for a garden's beauty. Image: All images in this post by Lisa Kaplan Gordon for HouseLogic

I promised to give an update on my experiment with growing veggies in bags of soil. So here are some photos and tips I’ve learned. Read More

Refinancing Underwater Mortgages a Baby Step at a Time

Fannie- and Freddie-required fees hinder many home owners’ efforts to refinance. A new bill aims to give up-to-date but upside-down borrowers a fair shake. Read More