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Getting Your Lawn and Mower Ready for Winter

October 7, 2014

Preparing your lawn for the winter ahead doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The result, a lush green lawn is well worth the effort of seeding and fertilizing one last time. Here’s where to start.

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New appliances – Be an Energy Star

September 18, 2014

We’re always looking for ways to save both money and energy. Of course sometimes you have to spend money to save money. One way to do both is to consider the purchase of new appliances for your kitchen and laundry room.

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Consider an Energy Audit

September 12, 2014

Over the last ten years energy providers, particularly electric companies, have been working to educate consumers about their energy use. Electricity use is a concept that’s hard to visualize until you get the bill and it’s quantified in dollars and cents.

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Alternative Energy Sources- Solar Panels

September 11, 2014

One of the first alternatives, and one that held out hope for home owners was the solar panel. These photo voltaic panels that capture sunlight and turn it into energy held the promise of heat in winter and air conditioning in summer without burning oil.

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Lights Temperature and Security home automation

September 3, 2014

You tap your cell phone, now your alarm clock, to snooze for another ten. But before you lay your head on the pillow, you open an app and push a button. Downstairs your coffee maker begins to brew you morning beverage. Meanwhile, your refrigerator has automatically added items to your grocery list.

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HARP Loan Eligibility By State

August 28, 2014

The HARP loan program was founded in 2009 to help make homes more affordable. The US economy was in financial crisis then and the confidence of consumers was low—big banks had just failed and the values of homes were dwindling. In addition, consumer spending was low and job growth wasn’t making any headway. The economy was declining and the Making Home Affordable program was put in place to slow down this fall and reverse it using two elements. This program was intended to help homeowners who couldn’t meet their mortgage payments to keep their homes. The government believed that fewer foreclosures would help steady housing and home values.

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5 of the Best Online Sites for Space Saving Tips and More

August 27, 2014

As the old adage goes “nature abhors a vacuum.” It doesn’t seem to matter how much space we have, clutter will accumulate. Space saving has become a multi-billion dollar industry with specialized interior designers willing to reconfigure your closets, attic and basement.

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Beating The All-Cash Home Buyer

August 26, 2014

The upturn of all-cash deals have made it pretty hard for homebuyers that plan to make use of a mortgage. In reaction to this trend, many mortgagors are turning to lenders, who are able to quickly close loans or provide a variety of options in financing.

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Shedding light on LEDs

August 20, 2014

In 2007 Congress passed legislation to effectively ban the incandescent bulb by raising the standards of efficiency. By doing so, they created a race to innovate, as well as a political firestorm. Europe and other countries around the world are also taking similar steps to phase out the outdated and inefficient bulbs.

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Virginia Offers Savings Plan For First Time Buyers

August 19, 2014

Real estate professionals, including realtors and brokers have noticed a continuous drop in the number of young homebuyers and other first-timers. Generally, Millennials on the house hunt find it hard to come up with sizable down payments, especially when they are still struggling with huge debt accumulated from student loans. 

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