At last, the government shutdown has ended. But don’t get too excited yet. The deal only funds the government through mid-January, when we might have to go through this ordeal all over again.

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An unresponsive lender can make or break a loan modification. But if you’re in major financial trouble and don’t see yourself getting out of it in the next six months, you should think carefully about whether you really want to stay in your home.

If you’re having problems with property taxes, be sure you have a solid understanding of the appeal process or consider getting some professional help.

On a lighter note, how would you like to have a Star Wars-themed bar, in-house telescope or dance club in your home? These 10 homes have taken personalization to the extreme.

You also may be surprised to hear that ‘gypsy’ wagons are making a popular comeback.

Finally, if you’re not getting enough sunlight in your home you could always quit your job and build a glass house like this couple.