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Skip the CFLs and go straight to the LEDs If you haven’t yet embraced CFLs because of complaints you have heard, then good news: Now is the time to go straight to LEDs! LEDs have dropped significantly in price and are better than ever. Some can last up to 20+ years. They don’t contain mercury and are 95% recyclable. Use this Energy Star calculator to find out how much they could save you.  (Source: Fresh Energy) 

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Test drive a home before you buy

Test drive a home before you buy

When you buy a new car, you usually take it for a test drive. Now some home buyers are test driving homes as well.

 

When Does a HELOC Make Sense in Your Life?

For the first time since the real estate bubble, your ability to borrow against the value of your home is returning. This is significant because over the last 8 years, there was almost no home equity line of credit (HELOC) activity and almost no second mortgage activity. But now we ...

6 Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs

Utility bills can make up a significant portion of a family’s monthly budget. With a little planning, research, and work, you can cut your home's energy consumption by a substantial amount. With Earth Day coming up next month, here are 6 ways to get the job done. Check out these ...

 

Tiny Houses Offer Affordable Housing Solutions

For people just starting out in life, it's becoming more difficult to afford a place to live. Bunking up with several roommates is becoming more common around the country. But it's tough. I remember once talking to a flight attendant who had two children recently. When her home flight base ...

Bi-monthly mortgage plans can be a ripoff

Bi-monthly mortgage plans can be a ripoff

Many homeowners looking to pay off their mortgage early are setting up official bi-monthly payment plans. Why it’s a bad idea, and what to do instead.

4 Ways To Get the Best Deal on a Mortgage

Now may be an excellent time to start checking out your local housing markets thanks to interest rates that continue to hover around their lowest point ever. While Baby Boomers and older members of Gen X may remember taking out a mortgage with a 10% (or higher) interest rate, Millennials ...

 

Lumber Liquidators Allegedly Sold Flooring With Too Much Formaldehyde

If you bought laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators in the last 4 years, there's a chance you may have been exposed to unsafe levels of  formaldehyde. Read on to learn about the next steps you should take. Too much formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators flooring? There have been so many unsafe ...

Getting the best rate on your mortgage

Getting the best rate on your mortgage

Homebuyers, you may be losing cash without realizing it. Here are steps people are *not* taking that are costing them a lot of money.

Solar Panel Installation Guide

Is your power bill getting too costly? Now may be the time to consider installing solar at your home. Residential solar installations are expected to be up 50% year over year. A small number of states where laws are favorable to solar account for a big chunk of that growth: ...

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