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February 10, 2017

5 Ways to Reuse Broken Glass

When a beautiful piece of pottery breaks, it is not destroyed. It’s made all more beautiful with kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold instead of glue. When a beloved glass object or frame shatters, all you see are the sharp shards of the object’s prior beauty and what’s left to clean up without injuring yourself. However, all is not lost. Glass glue, grout and a little ingenuity can mean new life and reuse for broken glass.

Needless to say, broken glass cuts skin easily. You must handle the sharp edges gently. When cleaning up glass, always remember to block the area off from children and pets until the task is done. Rubber-coated gloves are [...]

 
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February 10, 2017

Virtual Reality Is Coming to Real Estate

Imagine how easy it will be to shop for homes with virtual reality. At your leisure, you’ll be able to “walk through” homes and immerse yourself in the dimensions, perspectives and flow of each room. Without leaving your home you will be able to visit a half dozen of homes in an hour. House hunting may be the perfect application for the emerging visual technology of tomorrow.

In fact, the wait may be over.

On January 20, Matterport, a company that creates 3-D home tours viewable on desktop and smartphone screens, launched a VR app at a New York real estate conference January 20 that makes VR available to agents and home sellers who want to offer [...]

 
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February 7, 2017

Which Home Improvements Will Pay off in 2017?

With spring right around the corner, it’s not too soon to make your home improvement plans for 2017. Equity levels are increasing for most homeowners and more and more owners are using their equity to make long-delayed upgrades. The average American home is getting older as families stay in the homes longer (the median age of owner-occupied homes was 37 years old in 2003, compared to only 27 years old in 1993). You’re not alone if you’re thinking that this is the year to finish that basement or upgrade your kitchen. In fact, forecasters expect a robust year for home remodelers in the months to come, so making plans and budgets early this year is probably [...]

 
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February 3, 2017

Real Estate Trends to Understand for 2017

2016 was a prosperous year for the housing market with interest rates at record lows that had not been seen since the 1950’s. Appreciation values exceeded expectations and we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the housing recession tunnel. Also, more millennials became homeowners with the FHA first time home buyer grants and the incredibly low-interest rates mentioned previously. With that being said, here are some Real Estate trends you want to take note of for the year ahead:

Home prices will continue to rise

2017 will have similar appreciation like 2016, however, it will be more gradual. According to a recent Forbes article, there will be around a 5.3% [...]

 
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February 3, 2017

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing your home is not just an activity limited to new parents – anyone who ever might have someone visit with crawling infants, toddlers, or young children in tow should give this subject some serious thought. And while there are very important and effective steps anyone can take to improve the safety of their home, the single most important thing one can do is to provide reliable supervision. All the cabinet locks, wall anchors, and plug proctors in the world can’t serve as a substitute for active supervision. Also plan to keep a fully-stocked first aid kit somewhere easy to get to, and familiarize yourself with how to use the contents. No matter how careful you [...]

 
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February 2, 2017

Protect Your Pet From Household Dangers

More than 50 pets, including dogs, cats and even a raccoon, were killed in a Florida house fire last January. In the same month in North Carolina a family’s cat was killed in a separate house fire – started by the family’s dog. Fires, death and injuries to animals and humans are the extreme results of what can happen when pets are left unattended in non-pet proofed homes.

Threat to Pets

Officials say the cause of the fire in North Carolina was simple, and preventable. The homeowner’s dog was trying to get to a box of dog treats left on a kitchen counter near the stove. The dog jumped up, and knocked the box of treats over. As he did so his paw accidentally [...]

 
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February 2, 2017

How to Make Multi-Purpose Rooms in Your Home

What does your dream home look like? Does it have a fancy workout room? A perfectly decorated home office? While we all love our homes, sometimes we could use one extra room to make it perfectly functional for our needs. Unfortunately, that’s not always a possibility, so I’ve thought of a few ways to make rooms multi-functional and maximize the space in your home:

Closet/Office

via Lifehacker

If you have an extra closet that’s deep enough for a small desk, you can have your very own home office! Creating a closet office is simple and provides the perfect nook for getting some work [...]

 
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January 26, 2017

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: Removing Snow and Ice Safely

Snow and ice on and around your home can range from simply being a short-term nuisance, to creating lasting cosmetic or structural damage, to even increasing the risk of accidents for your family and friends. Shoveling snow can be a great workout, but as noted by the Cleveland Clinic, it typically requires a burst of energy to complete very strenuous work, putting individuals at risk for injuries and cardiac events. The cold temperatures may also increase your risk as they can create constriction of the arteries. Over 10,000 people each year go to the hospital for incidents relating to shoveling snow, including muscle strain, torn ligaments, heart attacks, and even heat stroke. Yet [...]

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