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When you're shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price -- think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance. Refrigerators last an average of 12 years; clothe...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(NewsUSA) – The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money. This September 18 marks the second annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD). More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(NewsUSA)  From “The Jetsons” to Hollywood’s “I, Robot,” Americans often dream about homes of the future. It would seem that the future is here. Case in point: Lights in your house can be turned on or off remotely from any room, “zones” of activity can be created, and owners can also control every shade of light and color without ever flipping a switch or getting up from a favorite chair. On...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Susan Roddy]
While you’d like to get the best price for your home, consider our six reasons to reduce your home price.If you don't receive any offers for a few weeks, check out other comparable houses on the market and what they're going for. Image: Liz ForemanHome not selling? That could happen for a number of reasons you can’t control, like a unique home layout or having one of the few homes in the neighborh...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Understanding how appraisals work will help you achieve a quick and profitable refinance or sale.If you think the appraisal value of your home is too low, you can seek a second opinion. Image: David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty ImagesWhen you refinance or sell your home, the lender will insist that you get an appraisal—an opinion of the value of your home based on what similar homes in your area have sold...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
WHAT SELLS?The typical home purchased measures 1,860 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two baths, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ 2013 Home Features Survey.COST OF LIVINGThe median sales price for U.S. homes is $176,800, according to NAR data.LET’S EAT INHome buyers consider new appliances and an eat-in area the most important kitchen features, according to NAR’s 2013 Home Featu...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
From REMAX Housing Blog: “We all have fantasy images of our dream house. These images may be hard to let go of when buying a home, especially when all you can afford are homes that, well, let’s just say need some TLC.That’s when it’s important to keep in mind that the fixer-upper you’re looking at could have the potential to someday become your dream house. It’s just one advantage fixer-...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Alex Handley]
These stair treads are MDF covered in stained brown paper, giving the overall effect of cork. All images in this post: Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home When I first saw pictures of Rachael Evans’ stairway upgrade, I honed in on the textured wallpaper she applied to the risers beneath what looked like cork treads. But as I read Rachael’s post, I realized the t...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Land prices rose a median of 4 percent across the country for the 12 months ending in June, according to the 2014 Land Markets Survey of more than 600 members of the REALTORS® Land Institute. About half of the most recent land sales were located in the heartland, including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. About 26 percent o...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By John Askins]
Tim BennettHouston Housing Authority is having a Career Fair on Wednesday, September 17 from 10am-2pm. Employers are looking to hire qualified people. Make sure you come out. ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Timothy Bennett]
In the day and age we live in, we go to Google for everything! From directions to a new restaurant, to instructions on blogging! But, there are some things that are best left to a live human being, and for lots of reasons. One of those things is pricing and selling your home. Your home is possibly the largest investment you'll make in life. Here are some reasons why placing that responsiblity in a...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Emily Barnes]
The Woodlands Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new buses September 10, 2014 Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu 3 of 4 View All Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu 4 of 4 View All Township budget inc...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Cecelia Smith]
From Houzz.com: “Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag.” Here are 12 tricks to do just that. ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Alex Handley]
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