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Comfort at Home

This month marks one year since stay-at-home orders were put in place. While those were lifted, many people are still spending most of their time at home, and many are still working from home. Working from home definitely has its perks. But if you’re still making do with what once seemed to be a temporary situation, you might think of this as your cue to make some changes and upgrades to your home.

Dear Monty: 10 facts to help you find the best mortgage loan

How can I find the best mortgage loan? Monty’s Answer: I answered this question several years ago, but it bears repeating. Comparing the cost of mortgage loans is a challenge for most mortgage shoppers. Do this before you look for your home. The most helpful lender may also have the best preapproval letter. Here are 10 facts to help you find the right loan.

Washers and dryers that will make you love laundry day

Homeowners can be passionate about their washers and dryers. After all, we depend on them to get kids’ clothes, work clothes and bedclothes clean so we can go about the rest of our lives. Which ones are the best? We talked to a designer, a tester for Consumer Reports and the owner of a gadget-testing website, as well as two appliance-repair service owners.