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Maintaining Your Roof
Posted on Created: Tuesday, 02 August 2011 03:43
Your roof is a costly investment that you want to be certain you protect. Whether you are installing a new roof or just looking to maintain your existing roof, here are some great tips to take care of it in order to decrease wear and tear and prolong its life.Keeping Gutters Debris-Free: It is common to hear about damaged sidings and wet basements due to clogged gutters; however when excess leaves accumulate, many times this can cause water to force its way upwards causing roof sheathing and roof rafters to rot. Proper cleaning of your gutters every Spring and Fall can help avoid thousands of dollars in repairs. Doing it yourself is a possibility or hiring a local professional may be a safe ...
Reducing Uncertainty
Posted on Created: Friday, 21 May 2010 11:10
Obama’s plan to help lower mortgage payments is still a mystery. It has been just more than a year since Obama’s programs were created to help get Americans out of their funk, but the jury is still out as to whether or not these programs have actually helped Americans. On the one hand, about 25 percent of those who have applied for help have received it. On the other hand, another 25 percent of those who applied for the programs have dropped out of the program during the trial phase. The remaining half of Americans who have applied for help are stuck in limbo somewhere. The process involved in the programs has been criticized for not being quick enough. Many homeowners feel as if the mortgage companies simply want them to run around in circles until they get too frustrated to continue. Experts say that this practice has to stop. Mortgage companies need to expedite the program so that a quarter of applicants will not drop out during the trial phase. Another issue is the t ...
Posted on Created: Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:20
If you are in the market for a new home, then it would do you well to read the rest of this article. The problem that many prospective home buyers are having nowadays is that there is nothing that fits the bill, so to speak. Some home buyers just can’t find that one dream home. Does this sound familiar? Do you constantly find that the homes in your area are either too cheap for you, or out of your price range altogether? If so, allow me to introduce to you a new option. Buying a home is not always a necessity. Sometimes, the best option is to buy land, rather than a property. You may be thinking, that sounds like a lot of extra work. In reality, it is probably, on average, cheaper than buying a pre-existing home. Labor is cheap nowadays, and land is cheaper than it was during the housing boom of 2006. Just as it is with homes, the time is now to buy. My point in telling you this is so nobody feels pigeon-holed. You may think that you are running out of options, but that ...
Housing Index Rises
Posted on Created: Wednesday, 19 May 2010 14:31
Things appear to be looking up. Or at least that’s the way that home buyers see it. The Housing Index rose to its highest level since 2007 when it increased by 3 points this past month. The Housing Index operates on a scale of 1-100, 1 being the lowest possible buyer sentiment and 100 being the highest possible buyer sentiment. That means that any rating above 50 reflects a positive buyer sentiment. So, what is the new value of the Housing Index? As it turns out, the mark rose 3 points to a rate of 22, which is the highest level since 2007. This way not seem to be an overwhelmingly-positive number, but when you consider the terrible couple of years that we have been having, 22 might as well be 50. In fact, the last time that we saw a Housing Index above 50 was in April 2006- aka the height of the housing boom. What has caused this rise in fortunes? Well, the government’s incentives certainly have a lot to do with it. The tax credit, coupled with governmental programs des ...