Spring Garden Tips

Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Take a look at these four steps to planting a perfect spring garden.   Invest in your soil   To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural extension office. This will tell you everything you need to know

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How Long are Homeowners Staying in Their Homes?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2008, that average is almost

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Family Health & Home Ownership

The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:   “Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is

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Food & the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is almost here! If you haven’t started making plans for what you’ll make for your game-day party, or if you’re someone who doesn’t like to cook, you may be thinking of popping into your neighborhood grocery store and picking up potato or tortilla chips along with a jar of bean dip or

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Go Green!

Home buyers, sellers and real estate professionals are experiencing a growing understanding of the importance and value of energy efficient homes. As a result, real estate professionals are finding more and more ways to incorporate the ever present green issues into their market. Go “green” with your coffee. Brew a cup of certified organic coffee

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Baby Proofing Your Home

The theme of safety continues in September with Baby Safety Month. Once babies start crawling, they can really get into dangerous situations such as pulling things onto themselves and running into sharp objects. Here are some steps parents can take to help keep their little ones safe in the home. Baby Gates Baby gates are

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Fire Prevention

When people move in to a new home, they are thinking about things such as decorations, landscaping, furniture, etc. The last thing on their minds is the terrible tragedy of losing it all in a home fire. But with a little preparation and care, homeowners can take action to do their best to prevent home

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