Blog

Jan 23, 2017

If you’re considering applying for a mortgage to purchase a home, you can expect a long-term commitment. A 2015 survey found that despite 15-year mortgages being available, 86% of mortgage applicants opted for 30-year loans. With a 30-year loan, the borrower pays back the principal (amount borrowed to pay for the home) along with interest […]

Jan 16, 2017
If you’re considering buying a home, you’ve probably heard about homeowners insurance — and you might have groaned about being required to pay for it. Concern over the cost of homeowners insurance is understandable, as it costs the average US homeowner $952 annually (in addition to mortgage payments and property taxes). But while the price […]
Dec 7, 2016

Water is the foundation of life on earth, and the average household uses a lot! In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average home of four uses 400 gallons of water per day (and spends $1,100 per year in water costs). With the ongoing drought in much of the United States, it’s […]

Nov 29, 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and December is nearly here. As temperatures drop and snow begins falling in many US regions, home utility bills are about to rise. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a 22% increase in energy bills this winter. To lower this cost that none of us enjoy paying, […]

Nov 8, 2016
Until recently, turning your home “green” (environmentally friendly) was considered admirable, but not practical for most households. In many cases, “green” products would cost several times the amount of normal products, making it an easy choice to build and maintain your home using standard (IE non-green) materials. But technology improvements, growing demand, and increased awareness […]
Nov 7, 2016

As we move through November, winter is almost on our doorstep. As a companion to our post on winterizing your home’s outdoors, here are tips for preparing your home’s indoors for winter. Change your smoke alarm batteries It’s important to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a […]

Nov 1, 2016

Home ownership can bring tremendous joy to you and your loved ones. But it also takes hard work (and money) to protect your home from harsh weather, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Here are some low-maintenance upgrades that reduce time fixing your home, and give you more time to enjoy it. Metal Roofs […]

Oct 23, 2016

Winter is coming. And for preventing expensive home repairs caused by cold winter weather, fall is the time to take action. Here are some simple things you can do to prepare your home’s outside (and your home goods) for winter. Properly store your lawn mower In most of the US, you won’t have to mow […]

Oct 22, 2016

An unforeseen event (and cost) we should all prepare for is natural disasters. Whether you’re retired in Florida or Michigan, it’s critical to be prepared for unexpected natural disasters, such as fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and power outages. An emergency kit can help you be ready for the unexpected One of the best and easiest […]

Jan 7, 2016

The U.S. housing market is on track for its best year since 2006. Home prices are up, foreclosures are down, boomerang buyers are re-entering the market, and millennials are finally—finally—moving out of their parents’ basements. Our long national nightmare appears to really be over. Bottom line: The housing crisis is beginning to feel like a […]

-->