Simple Tips to Save Money, Energy-saving Tips as the Heat Rises

Posted on: August 19, 2016 by in Blog
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With temperatures — and therefore, electric bills — on the rise, American homeowners are looking for the most effective ways to make the biggest dent in their energy bills; however, many may be overlooking some of the most important energy-saving tips. Homeowners are more likely to do simple things around the house to conserve energy, according to the Lennox Home Energy Report Card Survey. Those simple things may include changing air filters in a heating and cooling system on a regular Continue Reading ...

40 Years of Urban Forests Making Cities Safer

Posted on: August 5, 2016 by in Blog
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Apple computers, the rock band U2, “Rocky” and two national football teams — of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Since its inception with partners from the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service in 1976, the program has supported and recognized tree sustainability programs in more than 3,400 American cities, Continue Reading ...

5 Top Trends in Container Gardening

Posted on: August 5, 2016 by in Blog
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Gardening is a peaceful activity that eases tension, reduces overall stress and promotes longevity. One long-term study found that daily gardening reduces the risk for both dementia and Alzheimer's disease. With all of these benefits, there are ample reasons why people of all ages and lifestyles should start digging in the dirt. You don't need a big yard or lots of room to enjoy a beautiful garden. With so many options for indoor and outdoor container gardening, there's no limit on the Continue Reading ...

New Home Improvement Trends For Your Property Investment

Posted on: July 29, 2016 by in Blog
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When you’re in the process of buying or building a home, you’re constantly researching trends and technology that will set your home apart. Fast forward a few years and you probably don’t have your finger on the pulse of home advancements like before. 6 Home Improvement Trends to Update your Stale Space It’s good you’ve settled in to your home, but a lot can change in just a handful of years. If you’re finally thinking about finishing the basement, updating the kitchen or Continue Reading ...

Does Your Door Lock Protect Against This Break-in Method?

Posted on: July 22, 2016 by in Blog
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From self-driving cars to Snapchat, digital technology continues to transform almost every aspect of our lives. While these big-ticket smart items make the headlines, many homeowners are more interested in how smart technology can be used to increase their level of home security. Today, advanced image sensors, indoor video cameras and DIY security hubs allow the average homeowner to install security systems that are directly linked to the police. Homeowners can also lock doors and check Continue Reading ...

Turn Your Empty Attic Into New Living Space with 3 Smart Moves

Posted on: July 15, 2016 by in Blog
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When your family outgrows your home's available space, moving to bigger digs isn't always the best option. Maybe you really love your current home. Perhaps you can't find a bigger home in your price range in the area of your choice. Whatever your reason for staying in place, expanding the home you already have can be a cost-effective option when your family needs more room. Converting an unused attic into usable living area is a reliable, cost-effective way to gain more space in a home. It's Continue Reading ...

Helping first-time home buyers get from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’

Posted on: July 8, 2016 by in Blog
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Finally! The economy is improving, interest rates are low and many consumers now find themselves in a great position financially to become a first-time homeowner. There's a small problem though for some locations around the country - the booming real estate market is resulting in rising home prices and increased competition for the most desirable properties. The S&P/Case-Shiller national home-price index recently estimated that 2016 prices are within four percent of the peak in 2006. In Continue Reading ...

Top Energy-efficient Housing Features Every Homebuyer Should Know

Posted on: July 1, 2016 by in Blog
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Most Americans want an energy-efficient home, and they’re willing to make the necessary changes to help improve efficiency, whether it’s changing their habits or buying more energy-efficient appliances. But reducing energy bills and making your home more efficient doesn’t just begin with remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms or paying top-dollar for newer appliances. “Energy efficiency has to start when a home is being built,” says Kevin Clayton, CEO of manufactured home Continue Reading ...