Why Renters Renovate

Kelly and Brandon Michon used plenty of their own elbow grease to clear out old carpets and remove layers of plaster, but got professional help for technical work like redesigning the kitchen, right. Katherine Marks for The New York Times After finding a two-bedroom one-bath fixer-upper in the financial district last fall, Kelly and Brandon…

Best Places to Retire Abroad in 2014

  By Kathleen Peddicord – If you could retire anywhere in the world, where would you go? As we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year, that’s a question worth asking. The very good news is that we are living in a time when it’s not only possible, but easier than ever to launch…

Cleanup of Meth-Lab Homes Becomes a Growing Cottage Industry

  By Adrian Sainz – MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded. Gary Siebenschuh and a helper (pictured above) used a yellow photo ionization detector…

Landlords Can Get Tougher on Tenants Under New Law

  MADISON, WISC. — Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that gives landlords more power over tenants. Walker signed the bill privately Thursday. It allows landlords to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime occurs on the property…