Family In The Kitchen For A Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 16, 2017 by in Blog
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Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother's Day She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day! This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a day of activities she's sure to remember for years to come. Esteemed celebrity chef and Iron Chef America judge Donatella Arpaia says to Continue Reading ...

What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time. The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchase Today, the median existing home price in the United States is around Continue Reading ...

Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog
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Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year. More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Continue Reading ...

Fireplace & Chimney Safety

Posted on: April 24, 2017 by in Blog

Fireplace & Chimney Safety, Maintenance & Inspection By David Selman, Certified Master Inspector, TREC#10299   Proper maintenance, repair and upgrades to your fireplace and chimney are an important part of protecting your family, the home itself and the contents. Many house fires are caused by defects, inadequate construction and improper maintenance of fireplaces and chimneys. Our professional home inspectors evaluate fireplace and chimneys and compare them with Continue Reading ...

Is Your House Ready To Be Inspected?

Posted on: April 24, 2017 by in Blog
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By David Selman, Certified Master Inspector, TREC#10299   Home inspection report results and thoroughness are greatly improved when a house has been properly prepared for a professional inspection. Below are our recommendations for properly preparing a home for an inspection. These tips will help your Home Inspections go smoothly. When a house is properly prepared for the inspector, sellers and Realtors also prevent the added expense of re-inspection fees. Inspectors will charge Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To ‘Charge Up’ Your Recycling Habits

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items. For instance, many household cordless products we use every day are powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not only recyclable, but contain materials that are potentially harmful to the Continue Reading ...

Tips To Navigate The Mortgage Process

Posted on: April 14, 2017 by in Blog

Self-employed? Tips To Help You Navigate The Mortgage Process Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage. "Self-employment can complicate the mortgage process for one very simple but critically important reason," says Eric Hamilton, Continue Reading ...

5 Tips To Protect Your Devices From Cybercrime

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in Blog
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Your smartphone, your tablet, your computer - they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information. And all of that makes them the perfect targets for a cyberattack. The number of cybercrime incidents in the United States grows each year, and as Americans move into an increasingly digital society - thanks to Continue Reading ...

Hosting Guests? 9 Easy Steps To Prep Your Home

Posted on: March 31, 2017 by in Blog
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Fast tips to protect your home when hosting guests Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories. Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they'll remember how great your home looked, too. To prepare your home for guests, no matter how long they plan to stay, consider these 9 easy tips: Mats and rugs: The sand and dirt Continue Reading ...

Where To Find Rebates, Tax Credits And

Posted on: March 24, 2017 by in Blog
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Rewards For Energy-Efficient Home Improvements If you're planning to make some home improvements this year, you're probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates and tax credits. Whether you're considering installing an energy-efficient tankless water heater, putting solar panels on your house, or adding a Continue Reading ...