March 16th, 2016

Don’t take a bath renewing your tub

Posted by at 12:25 pm

  It’s spring. Outside, gorgeous flowers bloom in all their colorful splendor. Why does it look a lot more like fall in the bath tub? Probably because of the long streaks of orange, brown – and maybe even a little pink – left behind by hard water over the years. If you don’t stay right on top of those stains, all the time, they will become so stubborn not even a magical eraser can remove them. And they don’t exactly embody a warm invitation to sit, or God forbid, lay back and take a long soak. When it’s time to throw in the proverbial towel on the deepest bathtub stains, dismayed homeowners still have a few options. Depending on your budget and expectations, you can refinish, reline or replace that old tub. Personal preferences, aesthetics, permanence, cost and convenience definitely come...
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March 11th, 2016

First-timers set to hatch?

Posted by at 10:13 am

  The housing market hopes to hatch out a few more “spring chickens” in 2016, fulfilling some of the pent-up demand from first-time buyers. While the market is getting healthier as a whole, there’s a surprisingly low inventory of homes available at the entry level. Current starter-home homeowners haven’t helped much. For various reasons, they have been less willing to part with their greatest asset. Potential first-time buyers have also encountered stiff competition from all-cash investors. More troubling is the lack of starter home construction. According to the National Association of Home Builders, only about 20 percent of new construction since the recession would qualify as entry-level. Before the recession, that number was closer to 30 percent. While they still make the largest single segment of home buyers– about 32 percent – first-timers traditionally represent almost 40 percent. Are builders not building because...
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March 1st, 2016

Closet case

Posted by at 11:08 am

  Spring is almost here – a time for renewal, re-organization and fresh starts. And a time for cleaning out your closets. Eminem had a hit song about it. While his was a more metaphorical message about his cluttered psyche, most will find there is beauty and joy in the literal de-cluttering and refreshing of closets, as well. Those in smaller or older homes need to pay particular attention to re-organization – if not for their own current comfort and convenience, then for proper presentation later on. Lighten up Remember, closet space is an important factor for any potential home buyer, but studies show the Millennial generation – among the most likely buyers of starter homes – is very willing to give up living space, so long as there is better storage. If they can’t have plentiful and sizable, at least give...
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