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What luxury homebuyers are looking for, version 20.15.  Surveys show that today's highly affluent homebuyer is looking for some things old and some things new, like technology, green homes, and outdoor living.   As our economy climbed out of the doldrums of recession into today’s landscape of blu...
07/09/2015
20 Fascinating facts about home ownership in the United States.  What percentage of people in the U.S. do you think own their own home? Has that number gone up or down in the last 30 years? What age group owns their home more than any other? What states have the highest and lowest home ownership ...
07/05/2015
Your year-round home maintenance checklist.   If you’re a homeowner, then you’ll agree that it’s a whole lot of work to clean and maintain your house and yard. It might even feel like more of our time is spent mowing and painting and cleaning than with our families! But if you don’t stay on top o...
07/05/2015
What's in a name? The most memorable, hilarious, and questionable street names in the U.S.   Where do our streets get their names? With over 8 million miles of roads in the U.S., so many that even our government can't estimate how many streets, roads, lanes, and courts exist, highlighting the mos...
07/05/2015
Wild and ridiculous copyrights and trademarks that were denied (or still pending). Part 2 of 2  "The under-funded and over-extended United States Patent and Trademark Office does not have the resources to adequately evaluate the burgeoning number of applications, and too many low-quality patents ...
07/05/2015
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  -Rabindranath Tagore   Almost every home contains a few houseplants and probably some fine landscaping outdoors, but now, architects and homeowners are taking the green living movement to a new level by incorporating live ...
07/05/2015
Where Sacramento ranks for just about everything.   Our beloved Sacramento has a rare gift of polarizing opinions - people seem to either love it or hate it.  But how does The City of Trees rank against the rest of the country?  We dug through dozens of articles, polls, blogs, and reports to come...
08/11/2014
    With all of our awareness, safety protocols, and modern technology, home fires are still a significant danger.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), firefighters still respond to about 374,000 residential fires every year in the U.S.  At that rate, we have a home fire...
08/11/2014
Common neighbor disputes, part 1; Noise, pets, and water.   Robert Frost, the great American poet once said, “Good fences make good neighbors.”  While it probably wasn’t the most elegant thing he penned, it could be the most accurate.  Yes, we’ve all had run-ins with neighbors, those strangers wh...
08/11/2014
    What does it cover?Homeowner's insurance covers a specific array of damage to your property.  These could a fire in your home, a windstorm blowing the roof off, or burglars breaking in.  It also covers property damage, additional living expenses, personal liability, and medical payments.  But...
08/11/2014
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