Barbara Ballinger

Barbara Ballinger is a professional writer, author, blogger and speaker who has long focused on real estate, design, and personal finance. She has co-authored many books, including Successful Homebuilding and Remodeling, The Kitchen Bible: Designing the perfect culinary space, and The Garden Bible: Designing the perfect outdoor space. She regularly contributes to the National Association of Realtors® Website and magazine.


Barbara's Articles

Retire Affordably, 6 Destinations to Consider

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Hot Springs,Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Not everybody wants to downsize and stay in their city or town when they retire. This begs the question, where do retirees resettle that offers affordability and the preferred climate, as well as nearby shopping options, entertainment, restaurants, volunteer possibilities, public transportation, walkability, quality healthcare and the chance to make new friends. We understand the.....

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Home Garden, Plant Small and Reap Big

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Home Garden, Plant Small and Reap Big

Not everybody wants or has a large garden. Some view it as an expense to plant and maintain on their own or with professional help. But they know its numerous advantages. Almost any green space can help increase the value of a home according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders. In.....

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Cohousing, Shared-Living Offers Viable Alternative

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Cohousing, Shared-Living Offers Viable Alternative

Loneliness is said to have an enormous negative impact on our health. "We know clearly that sitting, smoking and obesity are linked to chronic disease," says Dr. Amy Sullivan, PsyD. "But I think of loneliness as another risk factor for chronic health conditions." Even for those without family—a spouse, partner or children, there are ways.....

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Winter Wisdom: 13 Steps to Heed

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Winter Wisdom - 13 Steps to Heed

We all know winter weather is unpredictable; we rarely know how mild or wild the winter season will be. Nature can unleash her fury when least expected. Preparing our homes for variations in weather is one of the prime challenges of home ownership. Browse the helpful information below, even if you thought you covered everything.....

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Learning from a Master: How Kathy Ireland® would decorate your house for the holidays

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How Kathy Ireland would decorate your house for the holidays

Kathy Ireland® Once Upon a Christmas Holidays offer countless entertaining possibilities and a chance to bring family and friends into our homes. We want them to look their best. But such gatherings also present challenges. Do we have enough comfortable seating, have we made the house look joyous and festive, are we on-trend with colors,.....

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Smart Homes, Smart Locations

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Smart Homes, Smart Locations

Priorities change. More home owners today seek convenience and safety as two of their top buying considerations. For example, when choosing neighborhoods, Millennials put a premium on convenience, wanting an easy commute or walkable access to employment centers, shopping, fitness and recreational amenities. On the other end of the spectrum, some Boomers are giving up.....

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