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Housing Market Reaches Turning Point, Economists Say - 03/23/12 08:27 AM
Economists say the housing market is starting to heal, but too many people aren't aware of it because they're judging a housing recovery on the wrong sign: What’s happening with home prices. Paul Dales at Capital Economics says higher prices won’t be the sign that the housing market is on the mend — that can be a lagging indicator — but rather an increase in overall home sales. And that's showing signs of improvement: Existing home sales in 2011 rose to 4.26 million compared to 4.19 million in 2010. In the last six months alone, home sales have increased 13 percent. (2 comments)
7 Killer Ways to Get Rid of Weeds - 03/22/12 08:59 AM
Nothing ruins your garden or yard like weeds, those uninvited guests that rob your plants of space and nutrients. So murder those weeds most foul, but without harmful chemicals that can do you in, too. Here are 7 ways to kill weeds with weapons you already have around your house. 1. Newspaper: A carpet of newspaper, which blocks sunlight and oxygen from reaching the soil, will smother weeds already sprouted and prevent new ones from growing. Throw down newspaper in 10-sheet layers, wet to hold it down, and cover with an inch or two of mulch. If weeds begin to grow (3 comments)
Evansville Real Estate and Buying Real Estate: Start online - 03/21/12 10:42 AM
A lot of prospective homeowners have already been taking advantage of today's real estate buyer's market. The benefits of larger profit margins, tax deductions, and the simple joy of ownership outweigh the expenses of doing so. There are certainly a lot of perks when you begin your search to buy real estate online as opposed to doing it the old-fashion way. This is not to say that you should go through the entire process of buying real estate online. The biggest risk of completely buying real estate online is that of misrepresentation. Note though that that risk is easily addressed by (0 comments)
Home Automation: The Next Big Thing? - 03/20/12 11:08 AM
Advanced technology has become such a prominent feature in our everyday lives it is no surprise that it’s increasingly affectingEvansville home values. As “Home Automation” features grow in importance, bottom-line home values are following suit. It’s a new phenomenon, one that motivated home sellers (as well as homeowners heeding long term home values) should understand. Home automation – the inclusion of luxury technological features like temperature control, lighting control, security systems and the like – are becoming more commonplace, increasing home values in the process. A few years ago, adding such bells and whistles to an existing home would probably (0 comments)
Evansville Real Estate News Letter for March 2012 - 03/19/12 12:12 PM
Market Watch I have one important message in this month’s Market Watch: If you or someone you know is thinking about selling their house, list it NOW. Seriously, I know that sounds like a Realtor talking but it is also the truth. Let me tell you why. Combined January and February closed transactions are up 5% from last year and up 17% from 2010. The number of homes currently listed is down 10.1% from last year and down 17.6% from 2010. When sales increase, as they have, and listings decrease, as they have, the month’s supply of homes also decreases. (0 comments)
March Gardening Checklist - 03/16/12 08:18 AM
There's time this month to do the prep work before the planting and growing season gets going. March may find you sighing with impatience as you watch yet another snowfall cover your barren container boxes, but it's one of the most important months for gardeners. There's still time to do all of your prep work, from honing tools to starting seeds, as you imagine the shapes, tastes and colors of your next garden. Spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20. Tool cleanupIf you didn't do so in the fall, it's time to give your lawn mower and other tools (0 comments)
Signs that it's your time to buy Evansville real estate - 03/15/12 09:53 AM
Is now really the best time to buy real estate? Let's try to rephrase that: is now the best time to buy real estate for you? The real estate market fluctuates every now and then, but it's pretty much a rule of thumb that property values always go up in the long run. This little article will go on about a few signs that indicate when you should absolutely make that home purchase. You love your job and it pays off well - Job and income security are definitely two things that we all strive for. With this moving-up-in-the-world, you should (0 comments)
Mortgage Rates: Getting Right to the Points - 03/14/12 11:51 AM
The subprime mortgage crisis and the resulting haymaker it dealt the entire housing market has caused noticeable changes in how Evansville homeowners look at mortgage rates and the loans they negotiate. The intense media focus on the residential financing industry has caused everyone to pay closer attention to the form of home loans they arrange. The truth is that borrowers are more wary about the loans they choose. They are insisting on clarity in how their choices will pencil out in dollars and cents in both near and long terms. One decision that determines what mortgage rates wind up (0 comments)
Pending Home Sales Rebound to a Level Near April 2010 - 03/13/12 12:16 PM
Contracts to buy previously owned homes in the United States neared a two-year high in January, an industry group said on Monday, further evidence the housing market was slowly turning the corner. The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in January, increased 2 percent to 97 points, the highest reading since April 2010. New contracts generally lead sales by a month or two. Housing data ranging from home building to resales have been relatively upbeat, buttressing other signs of underlying economic strength that should help the recovery better withstand rising gasoline prices and (1 comments)
Six ways to kill a mower?and what to do instead - 03/12/12 11:10 AM
You wouldn’t expect to run a 10-mile race after spending all winter on the couch drinking beer and eating potato chips. Likewise, too many of us neglect the health of our gas-powered lawn mowers then curse them come spring when they just say no. Here are six ways guaranteed to shorten the life of your mower from Consumer Reports' mowing expert Peter Sawchuk who is just back from conducting our mower tests in Florida. Consider your mower’s fuel tank the perfect place to store old gasoline. Even without additives, stabilized gasoline will eventually gum up, clog fuel lines, and ruin your (1 comments)
How to Fake a Fire and Put Some Spark in the Bedroom - 03/09/12 12:14 PM
Electric fireplaces are cheap and easy ways to spark a little somethin’ on a cold winter night. Just plug and play. Here’s how they work.Sparking the mood for love in the bedroom — or any room — is easier than you think with an electric fireplace that ignites romance without a complicated install, high price, or frilly lingerie.Electric fireplaces have become the fastest-growing segment of the fireplace market. That’s because new technology makes flames look and feel real. Coils and blowers give off enough heat (4,600 to 5,000 BTUs) to warm 400 sq. ft., and add-ons provide the snap and crackle (0 comments)
Garage Doors With the Look of Wood at a Budget Price - 03/08/12 12:10 PM
In our ongoing “Why You Should Fake It” series, we look at garage doors that give you the look of wood at a price point that’s easier to swallow. Money’s tight these days, but your desire for nice things needn’t be stifled. That’s why we’ve been examining faux products in our “Why You Should Fake It” series.Today’s topic: Fiberglass garage doors with the deluxe look of wood for a get-real price.New die technology lets fiberglass doors mimic wood grains so closely that only a professional eye can tell the difference. But unlike wood, which is vulnerable to heat and water and (1 comments)
Will Zip Codes Zip You to a New Home? - 03/07/12 10:35 AM
For people in the first stages of their Evansville real estate search, entering a 5-number zip code seems to anchor almost every step of the way. That’s a quick way for computer databases like the MLS to direct searches, but there are some not-so-apparent facts about zips that it’s good to keep in mind. School district Those of us who spend our professional lives assisting others to buy and sell homes in Southwest Indiana know it to be true. Many future homebuyers – even those who currently don't have children -- base much of their search direction on the type (0 comments)
Make A Home Emergency Preparedness Kit - 03/06/12 11:11 AM
Make a home emergency preparedness kit with all the essential supplies to aid you in case a disaster strikes your area. Putting together a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond.
Items for an emergency preparedness kit Store all items in an easy-to-carry bag or suitcase that’s readily accessible. Make sure everyone in the family knows where it is and what it contains. If you need to evacuate your home quickly, here (1 comments)
Smartphones May Increase Your Identity Theft Risk - 03/06/12 11:10 AM
Your smartphone may be putting you at increased risk for identity fraud, according to a new report issued by Javelin Strategy & Research. According to the report, nearly 12 million Americans last year became victims of identity theft, an alarming 13 percent increase over 2010 numbers. Seven percent of those victims came from using the smartphone, the report says. The report blamed smartphones and social media for making more Americans vulnerable to identity theft. The report says that Americans tend to be less cautious when using their smartphone or logged onto social media sites. Letting their guard down and not taking (1 comments)
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