Barbara Ballinger is a professional writer, author, blogger and speaker who has specialized in topics related to real estate, design, travel, and personal finance. She has co-authored 16 books, including Successful Homebuilding and Remodeling, The Kitchen Bible, The Garden Bible, and most recently, Suddenly Single after 50: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Navigating Loss, Restoring Hope, and rebuilding Your Life. She regularly contributes to the National Association of Realtors(R) publications, the Chicago Tribune newspaper, MultiFamily Executive magazine, YourHome1Source.com website, and her own weekly blog www.lifelessonsat50plus.com with writing partner Margaret “Meg” Crane. She has interviewed celebrities such as Tipper Gore, David Rockwell, Rosalynn Carter, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show about remodeling disasters. Barbara now lives in the Hudson River Valley of New York.