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April 25, 2017

Buying a Home in an Earthquake Zone

Once considered rare or unusual occurrences, earthquakes are now daily events, in part because of better monitoring, and communication of the quakes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) now estimates that several million earthquakes occur in the world each year, although many go undetected because they occur in remote areas or have very small magnitudes.

In the U.S., the USGS now locates about 50 earthquakes each day, or about 20,000 a year. Oklahoma, for instance, had 623 earthquakes of 3+ in 2016; 903 in 2015; 579 in 2014; and 109 in 2013. According to E&E News (a news organization focused on energy and the environment), it’s the most seismically active [...]

 
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April 21, 2017

Picking the Best Floor for Your Home

The old favorites, wood, stone, tile, and linoleum, are still among the top favorites with homeowners when it comes to flooring choices. But thanks to technology there are now dozens of other options, including some creative alternatives as well. It can make it hard to pick the perfect flooring.

Try to remember all floors have their pros and cons and there is no “perfect” flooring, only the flooring that works best for you and your application.

So think about what you’ll be using the floor for the most. Will it be in a high traffic area? A bathroom? Will it be subject to water, mud, and dirt – like in an entryway? Will there be lots of furniture in the [...]

 
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April 14, 2017

Three Questions to Help Solve Your Rent vs. Buy Dilemma

Jim is divorced, with two grown children and a secure job. He currently rents a condo, but he is approaching his 50th birthday and wondering if he should simply buy it outright. Caroline is in her 40’s and recently widowed with a significant inheritance that would allow her to buy her own home. Pat is a single mother of two, struggling to get by on $40,000 a year. The one question they all have is, “Should I rent or buy a home?”

“Historically,” said Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D., “the American dream has been to own your own home. But is that still the dream? No, not for a lot of us.” Johnson is the Associate Dean and a Professor in the Finance [...]

 
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April 11, 2017

Buying a Home in a Tornado Zone

An average of 1,224 tornadoes per year touch down across the United States. That may not sound like much until you consider the amount of damage just one tornado can cause. For instance, it was just one tornado, but the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013, destroyed more than 13,000 homes, killed 25 people, and caused more than $2 billion in damage.

Because tornadoes can happen anywhere, any time of the year it’s difficult to buy a home that’s tornado proof. However, you can look for features, areas and home construction that’s more likely to weather anything but a direct hit. This includes looking for a home that’s able to become a shelter in case of a [...]

 
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April 7, 2017

How to Care for Your Wood Floors

Your new or existing wood floors may be beautiful now, but how do you keep them looking that way?

“Consistent maintenance,” said Chip Wade, a flooring expert, designer, and craftsman. Chip is a regular carpenter on construction shows like HGTV’s Curb Appeal, Showdown, Design Star and Wise Buys. He’s also appeared on Oprah and CNN. He works with wood daily and has a lot to say about caring for it.

“Most of the work in caring for your wood floors is preventive care,” said Wade. “The most important thing you want to do is limit the amount of moisture you expose your floors to,” he said. He’s not a fan of mopping, or [...]

 
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March 16, 2017

Five Tips for First Time Millennial Home Buyers

Student loan debt, lack of a down payment and even remembering the “financial carnage” of the last economic downturn, are all reasons millennials offer for not buying a home versus renting. “It’s not that they don’t want to buy a home. They just believe they can’t afford to,” said Dan Green, CEO of Growella, a financial site that “pairs simple explanations with actionable steps so readers can make better, stronger choices with their money.”

Green is also a former mortgage lender who believes with the right preparation and armed with the right knowledge, most people can afford a home. His primary passion is sound financial [...]

 
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March 9, 2017

How to Use Social Media to Find Your Dream Home

If you think Kim Kardashian is hot, you’ll probably love John and Melissa Steele’s video of themselves dressed as Kim and Kanye showing homes. The Steele’s are two of hundreds of real estate agents using social media, humor, and their personalities, not just an MLS listing, to showcase homes.

Buyers love the funny videos but ask serious questions. “When we’re doing property tour videos the most common questions we will get are questions about the home. How much is that home? How many square feet? How many bedrooms? The biggest goal of the videos is just to showcase who we are and how we work as agents in order to build that trust with potential [...]

 
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March 7, 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips for Preppers

When an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam in California threatened to give way and flood the town of Oroville right before Valentine’s Day, people panicked. More than 100,000 residents were given less than an hour’s notice to evacuate their homes. Most threw what they could grab into their cars and hit the road with the clothes on their backs and the family pets, few had what they really needed.

It’s the kind of nightmare scenario an unprepared family dreads, but the kind of thing those who prepare for natural disasters face with calm — unless of course their bug-out bags, or what FEMA calls a “grab-and-go” or “survival” bag, have [...]

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