Sarah Siddons

Sarah Siddons has written almost 300 articles for HowStuffWorks on topics such as property taxes and parenting communication.

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When you clean out your closet, you may donate items to charity or raise some extra cash with a garage sale. But what do you do when you have to clean out an entire house? An estate sale may be the answer you're looking for.

By Sarah Siddons

You may already know that you need to pay property taxes on your real estate. But what about your car, the new boat you just bought, or even Fido? Depending on what state you live in, you could have to pay personal property taxes.

By Sarah Siddons

So maybe you don't have a great credit history, or you're having trouble coming up with a down payment. Renting to own is one way to become a homeowner -- but it has its pitfalls.

By Sarah Siddons & Chris Opfer

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You've found your dream home. The asking price is $300,000 -- an amount you've already been pre-approved for by your bank. But is the home really worth that amount? That's the question at the heart of the home appraisal.

By Sarah Siddons

Natural sea sponges have become popular as the green trend pushes forward. What exactly is a sea sponge, and how is it any different from a regular sponge?

By Sarah Siddons

Do you have areas of unwanted hair but can't afford costly medical procedures? Many people find an inexpensive alternative in hair removal creams. How do they remove hair in one easy swipe?

By Sarah Siddons

You may have heard there's still money in real estate, but it seems so confusing. Is there a way to learn more, mingle with some like-minded people, perhaps find a more seasoned investor to mentor you? Absolutely. Just find a real estate investment club.

By Sarah Siddons

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For Sale By Owner signs are popping up all over the place. More and more people are sidestepping real estate agents and selling homes on their own. Some sellers save thousands of dollars this way.

By Sarah Siddons

When you buy or sell a house, you'll probably encounter a multiple listing service. But some agents are concerned because people sidestep them and instead use the multiple listing services to share information.

By Sarah Siddons

You may have seen advertisements staring celebrities James Garner or Robert Wagner that go something like this... "If you're 62 years of age or older and own your own home..." They're endorsing reverse mortgage loans. But is it a good idea, or are they just trying to make a buck?

By Sarah Siddons

Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Lions Clubs International has a simple motto: "We serve." Today it's one of the world’s largest service organizations, with 1.3 million members in more than 200 countries including China, Ethiopia and Iraq.

By Sarah Siddons

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Constant use of lip balm is a very real part of many people's lives. But is lip-balm addiction a valid medical condition?

By Sarah Siddons

While the debate might seem to be between natural and synthetic sponges, the real question is what your preference is, and whether your skin type is sponge-friendly.

By Sarah Siddons & Brion O'Connor

What type of skin you're born with is determined by your DNA, but you still have plenty to say in how you care for it -- and how confident you are in it.

By Sarah Siddons & Brion O'Connor

Air and water pollution are a fact of life, and each can have an impact on the health of your skin. However, there are steps you can take to limit the effects on your skin.

By Sarah Siddons & Brion O'Connor

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Get fast facts on tanning, and find out why that healthy glow is more harmful than healthy.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on skin care and the many different factors that can affect skin's health and appearance, and learn what to include in your daily skincare routine.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on acne treatments, and consider using these tips in your daily skincare routine to reduce acne breakouts.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on Botox and its medical uses, and learn about the possible risks and benefits of Botox treatments.

By Sarah Siddons

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Get fast facts on dry lips, and learn about what causes dry lips and how to treat them.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on food and skin, and learn how different vitamins and nutrients benefit skin's health and appearance.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on skin cleansers, and learn about the different varieties available so you can choose the best option for your skin.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on skin lightening for acne scars, and learn about the origins of acne scars and the treatments available to improve the look of acne-scarred skin.

By Sarah Siddons

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Get fast facts on hair washing, natural hair washing options and the risks involved in shampoo frequency.

By Sarah Siddons

Get fast facts on oily skin treatments, and learn what you can do to combat excess oil in your skin.

By Sarah Siddons