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Legal How-To: Battling a Neighborhood Eyesore

Posted on 11.23.2015

By Betty Wang How can you battle a neighborhood eyesore? Nobody likes unsightly property — overgrown weeds, peeling and rotting paint, and a general unkempt appearance can detract from the quality of your neighborhood. Sure, it may not be your problem or your fault, but why should you have to look at it? On top of that, the property value of your own home could go down because of it. Neighborhood eyesores are a fairly common problem. Luckil... Continue Reading

7 Steps to a Safer Home for the Holidays

Posted on 11.23.2015

Gearing up for guests this holiday season? If so, now?s the time to ensure your home is safely outfitted for company. According to the remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeowners who expect visitors, especially elderly individuals, should assess their homes for hazards, and, if necessary, increase accessibility to accommodate their needs. ?Welcoming loved ones to your home is a cherished holiday tradition,? says NAH... Continue Reading

The Leading Causes of Home Fires

Posted on 11.23.2015

Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year?s Eve are peak days for home fires?and the leading causes are cooking a holiday meal or burning decorative candles, reports the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). “These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Sue Steen, chief executive officer of S... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Prepare Your Deck for Winter

Posted on 11.23.2015

(Family Features) Foot traffic, summer storms, scorching heat, high humidity?your deck has seen it all this summer. But did you know colder months can also bring a slew of wearing elements? According to Wood. It?s Real., funded by the Southern Pine Awareness Network (SPAN), an information clearing house for homeowners, snow, ice, wet slush and lack of sunlight can cause significant damage to your deck if left unattended. To stave off this damage?... Continue Reading

REALTORS Advocate Housing Finance System Overhaul That Protects Taxpayers and Access to Credit

Posted on 11.04.2013

As lawmakers debate how best to reform the secondary mortgage finance market, they must ensure that any new system retains access to safe, secure and affordable sources of mortgage capital for creditworthy consumers in all market conditions or risk a major disruption to the economy, warned the National Association of REALTORS? recently in testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. On behalf of the leading advocat... Continue Reading

Tampa Bay FRIDAY Events

Posted on 11.02.2012

November 2 Friday 11 a.m. Lunch on the Lawn Replacing the popular downtown fresh market, which moved to Sundays after complaints from restaurants about lost business, this new weekly event will feature live entertainment … Lykes Gaslight Square Park 410 Franklin St., Tampa, 33602 November 2 Friday 4 p.m. Art on the House Through a gift from Hill Ward Henderson, admission to the museum’s galleries is now free on Friday evenings. ? Pri... Continue Reading

Fire Prevention Focus: Keeping ?Fire Safe? Year Round

Posted on 11.01.2012

By John Voket, RISMedia Consumer Confidant In the next installment of our October focus on fire prevention, I have tapped the National Fire Protection Association for some potentially life-saving fire safety tips. In a previous segment, the NFPA reported that cooking fires caused an estimated average of 2,590 civilian deaths and $7.2 billion in direct property damage yearly. And based on research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ... Continue Reading

Smart Use for Fall Pesticides

Posted on 10.30.2012

By John Voket, RISMedia Consumer Confidant During the fall, I know that homeowners and green industry professionals alike take steps to prepare landscapes for the winter. Leaves are swept away for composting or disposal, perennials and shrubs are pruned, hedges are trimmed, and pesticides are applied in anticipation of next year?s growing season. For professional arborists and landscapers, fall and early winter are an effective time to use pestic... Continue Reading

Q: Does the Government offer Assistance with Home Improvements?

Posted on 10.29.2012

A: Yes. Two very popular programs offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) include the Title 1 Home Improvement Loan and the Section 203(k) Program. In the first program, HUD insures the loan up to $25,000 for a single-family house to cover alterations, repairs, and site improvements. The latter program, which also insures mortgage loans, is HUD?s primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single-family homes. Lo... Continue Reading

Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Posted on 10.25.2012

For families devoted to their pets, Halloween isn?t just for the kids. Many people love dressing up their pets. But in addition to picking out a costume, pet parents should keep their pet’s safety in mind as well. Here are some safety tips and costume ideas to help ensure you and your pet have a safe and fun holiday. Keep them happy. “Before having pets join in the Halloween fun, it’s important to assess whether your pet will be... Continue Reading