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Today’s Interest Rate – Why You Should Care

Interest rates are now getting back down to historical lows. What do low rates mean for homebuyers? It means that you can get much more home for the same payment! An interest rate difference reduction of just a few tenths of a percent can provide …

Turnkey vs. Owner-Builder

When it comes to building a custom home you have construction options. For some that are contemplating building a new home, they feel like they know what they want and they want to have the control over the subcontractors and process of how their home …

What is a Good Credit Score?

A good credit score can vary by the scoring system being used, the criteria of the lender applying it, and the particular version of the scoring model that the lender uses. Overall, when you see a score in the 670-730 range, that’s good. Higher credit …

Modular Construction is a Hurricane, Not a Tornado

Modular construction is not a new concept. The first documented prefabricated home was the Manning Portable Cottage built in the 1830’s by a carpenter in London. Fast forward to the present day. Disruption in construction by the off-site modular method has been coming. Modular construction’s …

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On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Appliances and Electronics

On average, your home’s appliances which include: clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, etc., account for 20 percent of your home’s total electric bill. But all appliances aren’t created equal, some appliances use more energy than others. Most appliances sold in the U.S. …

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5 Great Pet Friendly Design Ideas for Your Home

Each year the American Pet Products Association produces a survey of pet owners. This year, the Survey shows that 67 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet; an estimated 84.9 million homes.  Millennials represent the largest segment of pet owners for all pet …

The 20 Year Regret

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb This is a great quote because… everyone wishes they started something earlier. I wish I had started exercising back in my 20s. I wish I …

Don’t Be a Lemming!

Lemmings are small rodents that have been known to follow each other as they charge to their deaths off the edge of cliffs. This is actually an unsubstantiated myth about Lemmings, but they’ve become a metaphor for people who go along unquestioningly with a group …