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Trivia question of the day: what was the microwave oven originally called when it was introduced in the 1960s? Answer: the “Radarange.” It wasn’t until the ‘70s, however, that Sharp introduced low-cost microwave ovens for residential use.   When homeowners began buying countertop microwaves in ...
07.08.18 12:46 AM - Comment(s)
We won’t say that in recent years the process of finding a good contractor has become easier. Finding a communicative, astute, responsible contractor is still like finding gold. But home repairs still tend to attract con artists. If you know a few things to look for and avoid, however, you may be s...
20.03.18 05:34 PM - Comment(s) News impacting mortgage rates last week was dominated by the Fed’s decision to not start tapering the purchase of bonds.  Other economic data mostly reported weaker than anticipated.  Rates ended the week about 1.5 discount points cheaper th...
23.09.13 04:37 PM - Comment(s)
National Home Prices Nearing Pre-Crash Levels
Aug 26 2013, 11:11AM - From Mortgage News Daily
Home prices keep edging closer to pre-crash price levels and today's Home Price Index report from Lender Processing Services (LPS) indicates that national prices are now back  within 15.2 percent o...
26.08.13 07:00 PM - Comment(s)

Beat The Heat With A Programmable ThermostatSummer always brings with it a hard choice: Do you turn down the thermostat to stay cool and resign yourself to high power bills? Or, do you sweat it out to save some dough?

If you've been struggling with this dilemma, don't fret.

With a programmable thermostat, you can beat the heat and save money, t...

09.08.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

5 Important Summer Deck Inspection TipsSummer seems to be slipping away quickly. And, while you've hosted many barbecues on your back deck, you might not have had time to properly take care of it.

August is the perfect month to conduct a deck inspection and make any repairs before the time comes to prepare it for winter. Below are ti...

02.08.13 04:00 PM - Comment(s)

How To Bring More Natural Light Into Your HomeOne of the biggest improvements that you can make to your home is to bring in more natural light.

Sunlight is a powerful mood enhancer and a home design that brings in a lot of natural light will automatically look and feel much more pleasant. Not only will it boost your mood, bringing in natural lig...

26.07.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

5 Important Tips To Protect Your Home From Burglars When You Are AwayAny family would feel violated after coming home to a ransacked house. Burglars look for specific things when choosing a home to break into, and many homeowners are unknowingly inviting criminals through the front door.

Below are five ways you can avoid drawing the eyes of thieves and deter your home...

19.07.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

Hot Home Decor Trends 2013Just like fashion designs and hair styles, home decor trends are constantly changing and evolving. Each new season brings a new must-have feature for your home.

In order to keep your home looking fresh and chic, what are the hot trends for 2013 that you can incorporate into your decor?

Here are a few ...

16.07.13 03:53 PM - Comment(s)

Can A Killer Home Theater Add Value To Your HomeMany home owners dream of having a home theater - an entire room of the home dedicated to enjoying television and film. These rooms are usually equipped with a large flat screen television or projector, comfortable seats, mood lighting and perhaps even a bar or a snack fridge.

They are very comfortab...

12.07.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

Go Green By Faking It With Artificial TurfThe summer heat is starting to take its toll on you and your thirsty lawn. Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars every summer striving to grow healthy grass and keep it green.

If you're sick of trying to maintain a manicured lawn, then you can go green another way. Install artificial turf.

The Grass is...

05.07.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

7 Smart Tips To Painting Your Own Home This SummerWinter may have taken a toll on your home's exterior this year. You've been noticing the cracking paint for months, but you don't want to shell out the big bucks to hire a professional painter.

Don't fret! With the weather warming and the nice summer weekends, it's the perfect time to tackle that pro...

03.07.13 03:53 PM - Comment(s)

Planning For Your Next Year Tax Deductions

Filing your taxes can be a complicated and confusing process. If you are a home owner you may have many different home tax deductions and credits to consider.

Since we recently passed the filing date for 2012 taxes, it may be a good time to plan for next year and get your tax tracking systems in plac...

12.06.13 03:51 PM - Comment(s)

What Does The Future Hold For Home Security SystemsImagine walking into your home and turning off the alarm, locking your doors, opening the windows and starting your coffee maker, all with a few taps of your finger on your smart phone?

What if you had a home security camera that you could monitor from anywhere and a motion sensor that would send you...

07.06.13 03:51 PM - Comment(s)

Ceiling Update OptionsIf you're absolutely sick of looking at the popcorn ceiling of your 1980's home - it's time for a change.

However, behind the facade of a ceiling is a mess of plumbing, wiring, joists and structural beams, so you have to be careful and creative when updating your home.

Whether you're dealing with an o...

04.06.13 03:53 PM - Comment(s)

5 Spring Decorating Ideas To Spruce Up Your HomeWith spring just around the corner, now is a good time to begin decorating your home for the upcoming season.

Whether you enjoy chic decorations that are budget-friendly or easy changes to create a fresh look, below are five quick ideas to brighten up your home for the season.

Add a Pop of Color


31.05.13 03:52 PM - Comment(s)

Create an Outdoor Living Space for Your HomeAs the weather gets warmer, the desire to get outside and enjoy the fresh air begins to take hold. Having a place to entertain or just unwind can add a new dimension and enjoyment to your home.

First, you have to decide what type of space you want to create. Whether you want to have an outdoor living...

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