home ownership: 10 Tips to Better Lawn Maintenance - 07/20/10 04:16 AM
By Stephanie AndreRISMEDIA, July 20, 2010--Taking care of your lawn and garden is time-consuming, there's no doubt. But, in order to have the lawn you want -- and keep it healthy -- you either need to hire someone to help you out or allocate the time necessary to getting it done the right way.Here are 10 ways to keep your lawn healthy and happy:1. Remove leaves and sticks. A chipper/shredder canconvert most small lawn debris to usable mulch or compost.2. Prune dead or diseased limbs from trees and shrubs. Deadhead or remove spent annuals.3. Clean up any edging that has started … (1 comments)

home ownership: 10 Value-Adding Home Improvement Projects - 07/14/10 04:07 AM
10 Value-Adding Home Improvement Projects By Paige Tepping
RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010--Now that summer has arrived, homeowners across the country are taking advantage of the warm weather by tackling home improvement projects they have been putting off. If you are looking for ways to add value to your home, the following home improvements may be just what you're looking for.
Tip 1: Remodel your kitchen
Kitchen updates are one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Adding modern appliances and refacing your cabinets to give it a more modern look is well worth the investment.
Tip 2: Add a … (1 comments)

home ownership: On your road to home ownership - 07/12/10 03:03 PM
Educate yourself on current market conditions and loans available, as these change with time.  Learning about all the options available will help you make the best financial decision.
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home ownership: 10 Tips to Conserve Water - 07/09/10 02:00 AM
10 Tips to Conserve Water By Stephanie AndreRISMEDIA, July 9, 2010--
 
The dog days of summer are here, alive and well. Getting out in the garden and keeping your lawn green are very important but so is conserving water. Remember - it's the summer; it's going to rain. From checking the kitchen faucet to watching your laundry loads, there's plenty we can all do to save water.  Here are some tips from Pennsylvania American Water on how you can conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of water consumption both indoors and outside the home:1. Water your lawn only when it … (0 comments)

home ownership: Have you thought about an outdoor kitchen..? - 07/08/10 02:24 PM
Have You Thought About an Outdoor Kitchen?  By Jean PattesonRISMEDIA, July 8, 2010--(MCT)--
The outdoor kitchen is rapidly becoming the social hub of the home, much as the indoor kitchen is the favorite gathering place for family and friends. The trend is especially strong in areas where the climate favors outdoor living almost year-round."It's a hot item," said Scott Redmon, owner of Alfresco Living in Maitland, Fla. "And the outdoor kitchen is becoming a lot more than a grill and a sink in the corner of the porch. It's a whole entertainment system. People have a higher expectation for their exterior … (3 comments)

home ownership: 7 Spring Fixes to Boost Your Home's Value - 07/01/10 02:32 PM
7 Spring Fixes to Boost Your Home's Value
Thursday, April 22, 2010
At this time of year, many people dive into their spring cleaning. But this is also the perfect time to tackle home improvements tasks you put off during the cold winter weather. There are lots of relatively simple and affordable things you can do to give your home a spring facelift. Your house will look better and your family will feel happier in it. As a bonus, you will also boost your home's value at the same time.
1. Add the Perfect Touch with Paint
"A fresh coat of … (1 comments)

home ownership: Fannie Mae Launches New Series of ‘Five-Step’ Guides to Help Educate Homeowners and Potential Home Buyers - 06/26/10 03:00 PM
RISMEDIA, June 19, 2010—Fannie Mae recently launched the first three in a series of “Five-Step” guides, offering useful information for current homeowners, those interested in purchasing a home and homeowners who may be struggling with their current mortgage... more Fannie Mae Launches New Series of ‘Five-Step’ Guides to Help Educate Homeowners and Potential Home Buyers | RISMedia … (2 comments)

home ownership: 30-year Fixed Rates Continue Month-Long Decline - 06/26/10 02:34 PM
RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased...(click below for full article) 30-year Fixed Rates Continue Month-Long Decline | RISMedia … (0 comments)

 
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