10 Ways To Cool Your Home Without A/C

10 Ways To Cool Your Home Without A/C

  You can stay cool in the summertime, even without an air conditioner.  Here are 10 summer hacks to keep your home cool and comfortable.   Many areas are experiencing records heat this summer and it can be a challenge to stay cool without breaking the bank on the utility bill.  If you can’t get to a pool, waterpark, or air-conditioned café, here are a few tips to keep your home cool without turning on the a/c.     1. Keep The Curtains Closed It may be tempting to let the summer sun flood your indoor space, but that’s also...Read more
Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

Conceptos Plasticos Home Innovation

  Oscar Andres Mendez Gerardino, 34, just won the 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award for his company, Conceptos Plasticos, which provides inexpensive, easy to assemble housing make out of recycled plastic.   Humans are capable of amazing innovations, which can easily be seen in architecture and building projects.  Many building innovators of late have focused on sustainable and affordable building methods and materials in an effort to make housing available to all socio-economic demographics. Conceptos Plasticos is a Columbian company which has developed a new kind of building material made from recycled plastic and rubber.  These durable constuction materials are used to...Read more
Haven.  No More Mosquito Bites!

Haven. No More Mosquito Bites!

  Check out this new mosquito repellent that doubles as beautiful landscape lighting.  Enjoy your yard without the worry of mosquito bites!   Many California homeowners have been taking advantage of the wonderful year-round weather in most areas by creating lavish outdoor living areas, many equipped with a full kitchen, dining area, fire pit, and more.  But there is a least one caveat to living comfortably in the outdoors: bugs.  Mosquitos in particular are an obstacle many outdoor entertainers battle, especially in the summer months.  And with the added threat of the Zika virus, and other diseases mosquitos can carry,...Read more
How To Hire A Moving Company

How To Hire A Moving Company

  You've decided to hire movers.  What do you do now?   What’s the worst part about a new home?  The move!  But you’re an adult now; it’s time to stop banking on your friends and any acquaintance with a truck to help lug your furniture across town (and offering pizza and beer as compensation).  There are scores of moving companies out there for hire to fit your needs and your budget.  Full Service If you are particularly lazy and have some extra cash to burn, a full service moving company is the way to go.  Not only will they...Read more
New Mortgage Servicing Rule Results in Victory For Homeowner

New Mortgage Servicing Rule Results in Victory For Homeowner

  The Dodd-Frank Act is proving to be a ally for homeowners and giving individuals a voice against big banks. New mortgage servicing rules took effect in 2014, implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which impose significant obligations on mortgage servicers, including the obligation to conduct reasonable investigation upon receipt of a notice of error, and to respond to the notice within certain time frames and with certain information.  In May of 2016, the 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals addressed the new mortgage servicing rules in a case between a homeowner and a mortgage servicer. In this case,...Read more
Maintaining Your Home In Retirement

Maintaining Your Home In Retirement

  Home maintenance is a big expense that needs to be factored into your retirement plan. When approaching retirement, most of us will try to calculate our future expenses and pad our nest egg to live comfortably in the coming years.  Retirees often have a fixed income with little flexibility, and unforeseen expenses can often turn into crisis.  Unexpected home repairs can throw a big wrench in your retirement budget and are one of the top challenges for retirees.  The Society of Actuaries, a trade organization, found that 20% of retirees cannot afford to spend $1,000 on an unexpected expense. Plan...Read more

5 Areas To Focus On For Home Security

  More than 1.7 million burglaries strike U.S. homes every year.  A good security system is necessary for thwarting thieves, but there are more things you can be doing to safeguard your home. The Exterior The first things burglars hunt for is a house that looks vulnerable from the street.  An overgrown yard, un-shoveled snow, overflowing mailbox, or stockpile of newspapers is a big advertisement that nobody is home and no one is watching the house.  If your home appears empty, they’ll consider it a target. Have a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member stop by periodically if you are...Read more
Women Buy More Houses Than Men

Women Buy More Houses Than Men

  The numbers don’t lie.  Women are buying more houses than men and dominating the real estate market.   Let’s hear if for all the single ladies!  Single women are a force to be reckoned with in today’s real estate market.  According to the National Association of Realtors®, single women make up the largest demographic of home buyers after married couples, purchasing 60% more homes than single men this year. A variety of factors are contributing to women’s rise in real estate.  Most notably, women’s wages have been on the rise as the pay gap gradually decreases, leading to increased...Read more
Effortless And Affordable Interior Design

Effortless And Affordable Interior Design

  Meet the sisters who are completely upending the world of interior design.  If you’ve always dreamed of a professionally curated living space, now’s your chance!   Maybe you’re thinking about redecorating.  Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for years.  Maybe the mere sight of a color swatches and the mention of furniture styles sends you spiraling into a fit of cold sweats.  Whether you’re design challenged or just don’t have the time to sift through every imaginable fabric and color combo option, fear not!  A new interior design company based in Denver is here to lend a helping hand. When...Read more
New Rules For AirBnB in San Francisco

New Rules For AirBnB in San Francisco

  San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved tough new legislation that will require short-term rental sites to police their own listings for properties that violate city regulations.   San Francisco is rolling out new legislation aimed at reigning in AirBnB rentals.  This week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-0 to toughen short-term rental laws with provisions similar to those Los Angeles is also considering.  Following the election of Aaron Peskin, who campaigned on housing affordability, the board decided it needed to crack down harder on short-term rental regulations.  Advocates for stricter policies argue property owners are removing viable...Read more