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Travel Tips for the Holidays!

Travel Tips for the Holidays!

[ 0 ] December 21, 2011

Travel Tips for the Holiday Season: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20111220_traveltips.htm by Carla Hill   Millions of travelers will set out on long road trips to see family and friends this holiday season. Take a moment to read these tips for keeping your self and belongings safe. First, keep your travel plans on a need to know basis. Do [...]

Santa Safety Tips for Decorating!

Santa Safety Tips for Decorating!

[ 0 ] November 22, 2011

Many people are busy putting up Christmas decorations this weekend.  Here are a few tips on how to stay safe while making your home a winter wonderland. Santa’s Top 10 Safety Tips for Rooftop Christmas Decorating Have a Safe Christmas This Year! By Sabrina Young Santa Rooftop Safety Tip #1: Stay away from powerlines Follow [...]

Tips on Getting your Home Winter-Ready

Tips on Getting your Home Winter-Ready

[ 0 ] November 8, 2011

Now that Halloween is over, and the first snow flurries have been spotted floating around,  it’s time to get your house ready for the winter. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home, and hopefully help you save some money in the process. 1) Test carbon monoxide detectors. 2) Change the direction [...]

The Joys of Homeownership

The Joys of Homeownership

[ 0 ] October 18, 2011

Published: October 11, 2011 by Carla Hill Today’s experts spout off the latest statistics about long-term wealth, home values, and interest rates, yet there’s a much more sentimental side to homeownership. In fact, many home buyers are drawn to homeownership for these warm and fuzzy reasons. Owning a home allows you to put down roots, [...]

Outdoor Appliance Guide: Gas Grills

Outdoor Appliance Guide: Gas Grills

[ 0 ] June 28, 2011

By: Douglas Trattner With models priced from $29 to $5,000 and up, outdoor gas grills offer convenience and ease-of-use to fit any budget. Cost range: $29-$5,000 and up Likely additional costs: Assembly, natural gas hookup or propane tank, cover Average life span: 2-16 years Sub-$50 range Grills in the sub-$50 range are often of the tabletop [...]

Getting a Green Stamp of Approval — Does It Pay?

Getting a Green Stamp of Approval — Does It Pay?

[ 0 ] June 7, 2011

By: Nicolette Toussaint Originally Published: April 12, 2011 Will a green certification improve your home’s value and resale prospects? We think yes—if you live out west. It’s a growing trend, with more buyers seeking a sustainability seal of approval.   The big three ratings are: The Energy Star seal from the U.S. government, the National Home Builder’s Association [...]

Graphic: Home Prices Expected to Gain Appreciation

Graphic: Home Prices Expected to Gain Appreciation

[ 0 ] May 25, 2011

The Macro Market Home Price Expectation Survey is compiled from a panel of 111 leading economic experts.  Recently, in March of 2011, they released their predictions for home appreciation levels through 2015. As you can see, experts are predicting a slight drop through the rest of 2011, but moving forward through 2015 prices are expected [...]

Is an Extended Warranty Right for You?

Is an Extended Warranty Right for You?

[ 0 ] May 17, 2011

Since extended warranties often cost as much as an appliance repair, you might be better served saving that $100-$300 for when you need it.

7 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

7 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

[ 0 ] April 26, 2011

By: Oliver Marks Published: February 10, 2011 Even veteran gardeners make rookie mistakes, like giving plants too much water and too little space. Here are common garden blunders. Consider yourself warned. It’s easy to misjudge and make a mess out of your landscaping. Here are seven common garden blunders, and how to avoid them. Mistake [...]

Develop a Landscape Plan to Fit Your Budget

Develop a Landscape Plan to Fit Your Budget

[ 0 ] April 5, 2011

The success of any landscaping project depends on having a plan and sticking to it.