Ideas For Your New Home

Time To Make Your Move!

On the fence about investing in a new home? Here are four reasons why it might be a good idea to act now:

Interest Rates Are Low

“Interest rates have been creeping up, but they’re still extremely low,” said Svenja Gudell, senior director of economic research at Zillow. Right now, mortgage rates across the nation are at about 4%. Gudell believes the Federal Reserve will begin raising short-term interest rates by the end of the year, but she expects them to stay relatively...

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Cook Out, Eat In

For many, barbecues are American cuisine at its finest. Whether you're a grill chef extraordinaire or just don't want to heat up the kitchen for tonight's dinner, the route to, and proximity of, your grilling area from the kitchen is a prime consideration. This has given rise to the dedicated grilling porch. Typically both visually and physically separate from other porches, grilling porches should be covered (have a roof overhead) so the barbecue plans aren't hampered by rainy...

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Better To Be Safe!

Before selecting and investing in a security system, first identify what you're looking to protect. Beyond making sure your doors and windows are secure, here are the most common issues and solutions: 

  1. Break-ins: Motion sensors, garage door monitor, lighting, panic button, etc.
  2. Surveillance: Video and audio monitoring to keep you aware of who is at the front door before you choose to answer the doorbell.
  3. Fire: Smoke detector, fire extinguisher.
  4. CO: Carbon monoxide detector alerts you to...
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There's Always Room - For More Room!

If you’re one of the more than 20% of Americans who do some or all of their work at home, a comfortable, functional home office is a must-have. And it’s a feature that’s growing in popularity: When the National Association of Home Builders asked builders, manufacturers, and marketing experts what features would be important to future home buyers, 94% said a home office would be “critical” or “very critical.” When it comes to adding value to your home, a home office ranks among...

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Knock, Knock .... Come On In!

Adding a storm door to your front entry can serve several purposes: security, natural light, airflow, and a touch of style. Sturdy storm doors provide security with an "extra lock" on your front entry as well as some protection from the elements. And, of course storm doors offer natural light and airflow, if you opt for a screen, but have you ever thought about the visual appeal of adding a storm door? There are many options available that can help showcase your style and set the mood when...

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Things Are Getting Steamy

Imagine this: It's the end of a long day. You're tired, or achy, or just want to chase away the winter chill. So you push a button in the shower stall, plop yourself down on a bench, and melt into a soothing cloud of eucalyptus-scented steam. Twenty minutes later, you emerge feeling relaxed, renewed, and in the pink. 

That kind of indulgence used to require a trip to a health spa. But more and more homeowners are opting to re-create the experience at home by turning their ordinary shower...

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