Monthly Archives: April 2016
High Score Wins But Doesn’t Always Take All
Having a high score—like in most of life—tends to make you a winner. However, in reference to a credit score, it’s not a one-time shot and you’re out. A credit score is a three-digit number calculated from your credit report and is one of the factors used by lenders to determine your creditworthiness to purchase... Read More
Home Prices Are Up… But there Is a Challenge
Home values continue to climb and are projected to increase by about 5% over the next twelve months. That is great news for anyone who owns a home. However, it could present a challenge for a family trying to sell their house. If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable... Read More
Backyard Gardening: Is It For You?
The growing popularity of backyard gardening has been consistent for several years. You’ve come to that time of year when you consider it… again. Let’s look at this idea from a journalist’s point of view and answer questions from the 5 W’s and 1 H: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. WHO Gardening requires... Read More
How Smart Is Your House?
Years ago computers were the size of houses and the highest technology available was the TV remote control. No one dreamed of wireless operations. However, in 2016, houses are becoming smarter and can almost run themselves. Below are five DIY devices to help you have the smartest house in the neighborhood. Picture This The Blink... Read More
Past, Present & Future Home Values
In CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month, and projected appreciation over the next twelve months. Here are state maps for each category: The Past – home appreciation over the last 12 months The Present – home appreciation over the... Read More
Renovations that Offer the Best/Worst Return on Investment
Experts say a kitchen sells a house, but the number one renovation that will bring the best bucks in 2016 has nothing to do with a kitchen. According to Remodeling magazine’s “2016 Cost vs. Value Report,” adding fiberglass attic insulation can give you back as much as 116.9% on what you spend. This is based... Read More