If you’re a homeowner, you know that there are many additional costs associated with your home other than the listing price. One of these costs, of course, being property taxes. Depending on where you reside, property taxes can be financially inconvenient and can even become a major burden. Wallethub reports that “the average American household spends $2,197 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”
So where does your state rank when it comes to property tax rates? Check out the states with the lowest and highest property taxes!
Property taxes are computed by taking the current market value of your [...]
Although Seattle has coined the nickname “The Rainy City,” is it really the rainiest city in America? The quick answer — no. In fact, the top ten cities with the most rainfall are far from the west coast. These wet cities are all located in the Gulf States — Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. The humid subtropical climate in this region makes for plenty precipitation. Grab your umbrella and rain boots, these southern cities are the wettest in the nation!Alabama
Although only one city in Alabama made the top list, it came in at #1 with an average of 59 rainy days and 67 inches of rainfall. Mobile‘s geographic location on the Gulf of Mexico provides a [...]
At last, spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and most importantly, people are suiting up for an annual deep cleaning. Though the words “spring cleaning” may seem daunting, there are many simple ways to make your cleaning run smoothly and effortlessly – and not immediately be forgotten a week later. From clearing clutter and old files to reorganizing your kitchen and having a functional living room, you can get the most out of your spring cleaning efforts with these tips and checklist!Clear the clutter: the easiest way to alleviate space woes is to calm the chaos. Shred old files you no longer need. Go through old clothes [...]
Happy Earth Day! Celebrated in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is an annual event to celebrate support for environmental protection. Protecting the environment starts at home, and at Homes.com, we want to help you help conserve the world around you! Not only can going green protect the environment, but it can also save you some cash. Check out these tips on how to go green while saving green at home!1. From garden to table
Farm-to-table? Try garden-to-table instead! Edible gardens are an excellent addition to any home. Not only are they a way to have quick access to healthy foods, but they also save you some of your hard-earned money. Having a garden at home reduces the [...]
Everyone wants to find their perfect home. Many homebuyers know exactly what they want their home to look like, down to exterior and interior design details. Across the U.S., home styles become trends due to their popularity, geographic location, and other factors specific to an area. For instance, in somewhere that’s prone to flooding like New Orleans, you won’t typically find a lot of low-lying, ranch-styled homes – this is not to say that they don’t exist in the Crescent City, but geographically speaking, it’s unrealistic. You may not know all the details of the effects that geography can have on home styles, but for that reason, we’ve compiled [...]
Spring is upon us and you know what that means — warmer weather, blooming plants and best of all, spring music festivals! Musical festivals have become increasingly popular due to their sense of community and their top-notch live performances. No matter what your favorite genre is, these music festivals got you covered. Pack your bags and let the good times roll, these are the best spring festivals!Firefly, Dover, Delaware
Each June, Dover is transformed into a music-lovers paradise. People far and wide gather at the Firefly Music Festival to enjoy some of the best artists and bands in the US. Over the course of four days, over 100 artists perform, including top name artists [...]
Got a sweet tooth that won’t come loose? Chocolate has become one of the most popular flavors in the world, dating all the way back to 1900 BCE. It’s made by harvesting, fermenting, roasting, and grinding up cocoa beans. However, cocoa beans are naturally bitter so milk, sugar, and vanilla are added to achieve that sweet goodness that we are familiar with.
While Valentine’s Day is a day for chocolate indulgence, true chocoholics celebrate the rich flavors of cacao all month long! February is National Chocolate Lovers Month. Satisfy your sweet tooth and inner chocolate lover in these sweet cities! The Big Pineapple? How about The Big Cocoa instead? Honolulu, [...]
Ah, love is in the air!
Do you ever feel like everyone around you is getting married or is already married? Depending on what city you live in it may be more than just a feeling. According to the US Census Bureau, these 5 cities have the highest rate of married couples!1. San Jose, California
Located in the center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose has become a hub for married couples, with the marriage rate here coming in at a whopping 55%. San Jose is often referred to as the “Capital of Silicon Valley” because of its booming high-tech industry, and because of that fast growing economy and high cost of living, the median price of a home in this lovers [...]
Down! Set! Hut!
January is coming to a close, and you know what the means — ‘the Big Game’ time! Considered as an unofficial American national holiday, ‘the Big Game’ is an annual showdown between the two top teams in the NFL. It has become embedded in American culture, and as this tradition grows, only the best of the best teams will earn themselves a shiny champion ring. Check out these teams that hold the most wins!#1: Pittsburgh Steelers
Black and yellow, black and yellow! The Pittsburgh Steelers claim the title for most wins (for now), most recently winning in 2009. Known as the oldest franchise in the AFC, the Steelers, located in [...]
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. So why not create a nesting ground for teachers to flourish and pass on their knowledge to students?
Behind every great leader is a great teacher. And behind every great teacher is a supporting school district. Grab a pencil and paper, here are the best cities for teachers!1. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Home to some of the most prestigious schools in America, Cambridge is known for it’s high quality of education. Smart Asset reports that the city has an annual per pupil spending of $27,650 — the highest of the cities ranked. This means that teachers in Cambridge adequately [...]
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve is the celebration of the last day of the year. This celebration started as early as 45 BCE and has since evolved into a unique once a year party. However, finding the perfect place to celebrate can be a challenge.
Needing help picking out where to ring in the new year? Homes.com got you covered. Whether you want a wild party or a family centric environment, check out the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve!1. Los Angeles, California
While New York is the most popular destination for a wild New Year’s Eve, Los Angeles is a close runner up! Often referred to as the [...]
Do you dread going to the airport? Long lines, TSA, limited food options, flight delays, you name it.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 2.5 million passengers fly every day in and out of US airports. For some, flying may be an exciting experience, but for others, not so much. Many airports are too crowded for comfort, have poor staff, or lack amenities like Wi-Fi, making your layover feel longer. However, not all airports are created equal! Some have all the amenities and the relaxed atmosphere to satisfy all your traveling needs.
At Homes.com, we like to travel with ease and we want you to as well — especially in the midst of the holiday season. [...]