National stats from Realtor.org (June 23, 2014): Existing-home sales were up 4.9% but down 5.0% YOY. This strongly hints the July 2013, sales decline is pretty much over. Distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales) accounted for 11% of May sales, down 18% YOY. First-time home buyers made up 27% of all buyers in May, down from [...]
CFPB’s Know Before You Owe: Mortgages project resulted in finalized mortgage forms on November 20, 2013. The new rules and forms go into effect on August 1, 2015. They improve consumer understanding, aid comparison shopping, and help prevent surprises.
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: July 3, 2012 A sudden and long-lasting power outage makes a portable generator a must. But finding one when you need it isn’t easy. Here’s one home owner’s odyssey. A land hurricane blew through the mid-Atlantic Friday night and left 1 million of us powerless — no lights, no air [...]
By: John Riha Published: August 23, 2012 Attention sinners! If you’ve been guilty of any of the 7 deadly sins of home ownership, there’s no time like the present to redeem yourself. 1. Envy: You covet your neighbor’s grass Don’t just admire your neighbor’s thick, lush lawn: Turn the tables. Proper lawn care will make [...]
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: September 2, 2011 It’s back-to-school time, and the perfect season to bone up on your home owner basics: standard DIY know-how that’ll keep your household running smoothly, day in and day out. So here’s your course: Home Maintenance 101. Review them when you can, and practice the techniques to ace [...]
By: Dona DeZube Published: September 13, 2012 Here are 9 stories about the most annoying neighbors you hope never become your neighbor. Or have they moved in next door already? The leaves are starting to fall off the poplar trees in my yard, and that’s bad news. Not because I have to rake the leaves, [...]
By: Deborah R. Huso Published: January 14, 2013 Got bathroom mold? Here’s how to get rid of it and prevent future infestations, too. It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the easiest to prevent and cure — as long as you haven’t let it get out of hand. [...]
Gary Vaynerchuk laid it all out for us: Talent Matters. You have to hustle and you have to work. The dirty little secret of how you break through the noise of social media: have talent know how to communicate use the best products put in the hussle have a differentiator have a point of view care [...]
Republished with permission. Labor Day has come and gone, and, while fall isn’t “officially” here, it’s time to put away those summer whites. Never mind that the mercury is still hitting 100 degrees in parts of the country; forget about those pennant races still heating up in the AL West and NL Central. This weekend, [...]
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