Every company needs a differentiator that cements its image as a category leader in the publics’ eyes, especially in industries where consumers have many brands from which to choose. In the fast food segment, McDonalds has honed its image as family-friendly; among car makers, Volvo has cornered the market on safety.

The garage door may not be the first item you think of dressing up when you’re putting your house up for sale, but realtors say it’s worth giving it some attention.

Home buyers and sellers – the relationship may seem like it should be more adversarial than ever, given the current market. Coming at the real estate equation from opposite sides, buyers and sellers may feel they have little in common. The truth is, however, that both groups share a common path to real estate success – the Internet.

Receiving a surprise foreclosure notice can cause shock and disbelief. But it’s only a notice. Foreclosure doesn’t happen until several more legal steps are taken. In the meantime, you can take a couple of actions to determine if you can – and should – fight the foreclosure and save your house.

The death of a spouse, declining health or safety concerns can trigger the need to move. The first phase comes with the realization that what has been home is no longer suitable. Finding a professional who knows the ropes can make it easier for the more than 29 percent of home sellers age 65 and older who move into an active-adult community or senior-related housing each year.

Just as your home’s decor is a statement of your taste and personality, so is your backyard. As the trend for enjoying customized decks and outdoor living space grows, personalized outdoor living areas are the latest in home improvement upgrades.

Did you ever think that a new garage door could almost pay for itself? Garage door replacement ranked No. 2 in "cost recouped" on a list of 35 common home remodeling projects -- in some cities the return on investment was more than 100 percent.