With terms like “sustainability” and “eco-conscious” becoming buzzwords, it might seem like everyone is “going green.” If you’re a potential first-time home buyer who cares about the environment, you might be wondering how to tell if the homes you’re considering are eco-friendly.
When buying or selling a home, many have heard of an appraisal and a home inspection. While both are very important to the entire transaction, an appraisal and home inspection are two very different things. If you’re looking at buying a new home or property, or you’re interested in selling your current
Home ownership has always been a top dream for millions of Americans, and with the many television shows, magazines and other media geared toward owning a home in the U.S., buying a home is very much a reality in our country.
While we can get caught up in the very fun
Touted as the wave of the future, smart houses’ components are included as integral features of newly constructed homes as well as selectively integrated into older homes. Smart home technology, which is still evolving, aims to use computer systems to automatically provide many of the normal and necessary functions of the modern
As the spring home-buying season begins, many first-time home buyers are finding the market more competitive than expected, necessitating early financial preparation.
As Trulia (www.trulia.com) reported, the number of starter or trade-up homes on the market
The current wisdom among some segments of the US population holds that we are in the throes of global warming, that the recession has hit many Americans hard financially, that we are in thrall to too many possessions, that we should simplify our lives and shed these excess possessions and that we are morally obligated to reduce our
Social media has become a way of life in our country over the past decade. With more and more people using sites like Facebook, and applications like Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, having a presence on social media is almost an absolute must. But what is social media? We hear that term a lot,
It seems as though in the past few years, gardening and backyard farms have become more and more popular throughout the United States. With spring quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, many homeowners throughout the U.S. will take to the outdoors with the intention of sprucing up winter-wrecked
I recently attended a town board meeting in upstate New York where one of the main topics of discussion was the question of whether or not to repeal the accessory-apartment law entirely or to modify it with the intention of closing the loopholes that have led to claims that many people who currently seek building permits for accessory
Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are an increasingly popular form of residential housing in the United States. Encouraged in part by federal government policies, approximately 63,000,000 Americans—about 20 percent—live in 25,000,000 housing units in HOAs, according to the Community Associations Institute. HOAs are the governing bodies
We want to believe our homes are as safe as they can be, and for the most part they are. But there are items we use every day that are in fact hazardous. Knowing what products are hazardous, and the proper ways of disposing household hazardous waste, is not only good for the environment, but it will help
Americans love their home improvement and design shows. With entire channels dedicated to DIY, home decor and design, and everything related to US real estate, we love the possibilities that lie within the real estate market in America. One popular aspect of many shows and publications is home or house