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A simple children’s book message speaks volumes about individuality and the importance of home ownership.The children’s book “The Big Orange Splot” reinforces what we know about home ownership — your home should be a reflection of who you are. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic“My house is me and I am it … It looks like all my dreams.”That’s the key message in Daniel Manus Pinkwater’s children’s bo...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner. That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Stacie Lynch]
Showhomes, a Nashville, Tenn.-based home-management and staging company with eight offices in Florida, provides live-in stagers for vacant homes that are up for sale. Live-in stagers reduce the chances that the property will be vandalized, and they ensure that the listing is kept in show condition and ready for buyers to tour with just 30 minutes' notice. They also must vacate the home when it sel...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By John Askins]
Preventing Home Heating FiresAs temperatures fall over the coming days, many residents will be firing up their home’s heating appliances for the first time this year. Home heating fires often occur at the worst possible time, breaking out in the middle of the night while our families are asleep. The number one safety recommendation is to first and foremost have working smoke detectors throughout t...
Read Post [Posted on 11/14/2014 By Don Arsenault]
Feds promise you access to affordable flood insurance through Sept. 30, 2017. And that’s an important win for the housing market and broader economy. Find out why.The National Flood Insurance Program has been renewed for the next five years. Image: Andrea Booher/FEMACongress last week agreed to continue the National Flood Insurance Program for the next five years, saving a vital program that’s the...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Houston home sales continue to rise, despite forecasts of a slowdownNov 12, 2014, 4:36pm CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoCourtesy HARChaille Ralph, chair of the board of the Houston Association of Realtors.Paul TakahashiReporter-Houston Business JournalEmail    TwitterHouston homes sales inched up in October d...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Home Improvement expert Danny Lipford offers these tips on how to:          Protect the Outside of Your Home In Frigid Temperatures Clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives to prevent ice from forming in them. Spray an ice repellent solution on steps and walks before freezing weather arrives Check antifreeze levels in cars....
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By John Askins]
Learn to prevent a kitchen fire so you don't have to get the fire department involved. Image: Scott Leman/Shutterstock I was troubled to see so many kitchen fires crowding the news today — especially since Sunday begins Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15).Cooking fires, primarily started on ranges or in ovens, cause 40% of all house fires, and 36% of all fire-r...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By Marla Lewis]
A recent court decision in Nevada has put mortgage lenders and housing associations at odds over the sale of foreclosures in a case that could have implications nationwide, The Wall Street Journal reports. The tension stems from homeowner associations who put liens on properties when home owners stop paying their HOA dues. Homeowner associations, similar to lenders, can foreclose on hom...
Read Post [Posted on 11/06/2014 By John Askins]
Keeping with the Halloween season, not only are today's home buyers more receptive to living adjacent to cemeteries, say real estate agents, some are even proactively seeking out these locations. Large, open cemeteries that allow for peaceful strolls are especially popular, rather than densely populated graveyards. "The views are great," remarks agent Steve Castellon of New York. "The taboo...
Read Post [Posted on 10/29/2014 By John Askins]
When you purchase a property, you need to recognize exactly just what you're buying. Imagine how irritated you would be to learn that the hot water heating unit wasn't functioning-- in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you get your home. A house inspection is a fundamental part of purchasing your home. Before you employ a home inspector, ask candidat...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Michael Spacek]
A big trend in the modern American lifestyle is changing the way we remodel our homes.Work features like an extra sink into your kitchen remodel now, and you’ll be in good shape should you find yourself living with your grown kids or parents later. Image: Tales From the SouthMultigenerational households are on the rise, led by an increasing number of college graduates who come home to live wh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Holly Smith]
How to Keep the Critters Under Control Every year, damage from pests costs Americans tons of money, not to mention the significant health hazards posed by these unwanted guests. The key to protecting your home is finding out what pests you need to worry about and taking proactive steps to keep them under control. Tips on How to Keep the Critters Under Control Trim Back Trees – Prevent...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By James Reese Asbury]
Selling your home means making it available to as many potential buyers as possible. Are you ready to have people you don't know looking through your house? Here are a few safety-related questions you should consider when you're ready to sell: Where will your property information be posted online?If there’s a lockbox for the keys, who will have access to it? Who ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Susan Greer]
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