Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/4/2017

Several weeks of dryness, weeks when it does not rain or snow, can easily create a drought. Water slowing down in lakes and rivers that are upstream from the town you live in also causes a drought. Should a drought happen, cracks in the earth, negative impacts to animals and plants, poor soil quality, farming inefficiencies and migration of animals and humans may occur.

Water conservation tips that work at home

Natural events like lack of precipitation are not the only drought causes. Humans play a significant role in drought development. If you live in an apartment complex during a time of low precipitation, you might see water conservation tips highlighted on your monthly rent bill.

Local governments and weather channels also encourage area residents, whether they live in an apartment complex, townhouse, duplex or single home, to practice healthy water conservation habits. Included among water conservation habits are:

  • Don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Start to shower after the water warms. Avoid leaving shower water running for long periods while you pick out clothes to wear, prepare breakfast or load the washing machine.
  • Wash clothes in the washing machine once a week or as needed. If you need to wash a shirt, dress or pair of pants, consider hand washing the garments. If you stick to washing laundry once a week, you'll soon learn how to dress so that you don't need to wash a load of laundry two or more times a week.
  • Turn lawn sprinkler systems on for one to two hours a week during hot seasons, and then, only as needed.
  • Take your car through the local car wash to practice water conservation. You could also wash your car using water and soap in a bucket instead of leaving the water hose running for several minutes.
  • Repair pipe leaks as soon as you notice them. In addition to helping you to practice water conservation at home, this will help lower your water bill.
  • Replace hoses and appliances that are not working properly and that a repair professional tells you should be replaced.
  • Hand wash dishes instead of always cleaning them in the dishwasher. Turn sink water off while you wash the dishes. Rinse dishes in a sink full of clean water.
  • Teach your children about water conservation.
  • Avoid using your toilet as a wastebasket. Fewer toilet flushes save gallons of water a day. Of course, flush the toilet after you relieve yourself. Just don't use the toilet as the place to flush tissue after you below your nose or as a place to flush loose hair strands after you brush your hair.
  • Drink out of water bottles.
  • Fill gallon containers with water that you keepin the kitchen refrigerator to reduce the amount of water you use straight outof the tap.

Water conservation starts at home, largely because home is where you learn how to interact with nature. Home is also where you use a lot of the water that you use, whether you're brushing your teeth, shaving, showering or washing laundry.Start practicing healthy water conservation skills at home and you may adjust to periods of drought more easily. You might also help to prevent a drought from worsening.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/27/2017

Despite your real estate agentís best efforts, you canít seem to get to the place where youíre ready to choose one house over another. At best, house hunting with your spouse is frustrating. And itís not that you havenít already looked at 20 houses; you have. The problem is that your spouse and your tastes in houses are far apart. If you donít work together and close this preference gap, you could lose out on a rare deal on a new home.

Closing gaps that couples have in housing amenities and structural musts

As awful as it may feel, your situation is not unique. Couples arguing over which house to buy is so common that there are television shows dedicated to the conflicts. Part of the reason why couples may struggle to reach consensus about buying a new house has to do with attachments that one or both people have to their current home.

Let someone be attached to their current house and you can expect that person to find at least one major, seemingly insurmountable, issue with any new house. Psychologists say that moving is emotionally tough on children and adults. Although there are people who move compulsively, packing and moving into a new home once every other year, many people prefer to stay where they are.

If you and your spouse keep bumping heads about which new house to purchase, sit down and talk about special experiences that you have that are tied to your current home. For example, you might have owed the house before you got married and have fond memories of summer backyard cookouts that you had with friends. If you move, you may think that youíll be losing these special times similar to how people fear that getting laid off from a job will permanently take them away from friends they made at work.

Ways to work through the stress of a house move

Take a few days to talk about experiences you had at your current home. Assure one another that you can continue creating and enjoying great experiences alone and with family and friends at a new house, a place that fits your changing needs better.

Also, take pictures of your current home. Videotaping birthday parties, holiday events and sports and weekend hangouts are great ways to seize moments that you want to not only remember, but take to your new home. Start to take pictures and begin to create videotapes now, if you havenít already incorporated this memory capturing process into your lifestyle.

Doing so sends a message to your spouse that you share his or her values. It also shows that you do appreciate your current home and agree that it was a smart decision to live in the house for as long as you did.

Look to the future

After you talk about what you appreciate about your current house and start capturing memorable experiences, see if your spouse isnít more open to looking at new houses without searching for major flaws in the new house. If your spouse is still resistant to moving, create a list of things that your current house is preventing you from doing.

For example, your current house might be keeping you from expanding your family due to lack of space. Due to its design, your current home might be keeping you from building a home office. An aging parent might not be able to move in with you because of the way your current house is structured. Lack of yard space could prevent you from starting your event planning business or from hosting family gatherings.

Take a technical and an emotional approach when choosing a new house. It could help both your spouse and you adjust to the change. It could also help you both capture moments spent at your current house that you want to take to your new home with you.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/20/2017

Whatís the optimal commute time for most people to get to and from work? According to many surveys and research studies, this amount of time is around 30 minutes at the most. The closer you live to your job, the happier youíll be (that is of course if you do like your job!) If you live further from work, you may think that the bigger house is worth it because of your paycheck. If your commute is miserable, however, you may want to rethink your journey. 


Youíll choose where you live based on a variety of factors including the neighborhood dynamics, the school system and the safety of the area. You may be willing to sacrifice one of these factors to gain another. 


Metropolitan Or The Suburbs? 


Generally speaking, the center of jobs tends to be in metropolitan areas. Yet, better schools and neighborhoods are often seen outside of the city. This makes for longer commute times. Depending upon which city youíre talking about, commute times can vary widely. New York and Los Angeles may beat smaller cities like Cleveland or Kansas City in the average number of minutes that people commute to work.


Donít Worry, Be Happy 


Your happiness factor is very important when it comes to your living situation and your commute time. Whatever is most important to you should go on the top of your property search list. If you donít mind spending an hour in the car each way to get to and from work, then you can live a bit farther away without much issue. Youíll also need to add in factors like public transportation, if thatís important to you.   


If you do prefer to take public transportation to get where you need to go, you may need to weigh a few factors. Youíll need to look in areas where trains and buses are more accessible. Living closer to public transportation can often come at a bit of a higher price tag. However, youíll be able to save some money on the cost of keeping a vehicle. All of these factors need to be kept in mind when youíre beginning your house search and making your wishlist.   


Remember that the area of the country that you choose to live in has an effect on your commute. While some cities have more traffic than others, jobs my be more plentiful in a wider area, making it easier and more affordable to live closer to work. New York City has a much different dynamic than Tulsa, letís say. 


Working From Home


In the most ideal of situations, maybe your commute is only to your home office! In this case, youíll only need to be mindful of how far it is to get to the places you need to visit most often. Youíll also want to find a home that has a good space for you to have your office in. 


We all need to work in order to pay for the beautiful homes that we own. Why not make it much easier to get to and from work, and be mindful of commute times in your home search? With todayís technology, itís a whole lot easier to get this information, so do your research! Happy house hunting!




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/13/2017

Few experiences are as exciting, motivating or as costly as buying  a new house. It's easy to get so focused on the chance to live in a larger, more luxurious house or a smaller, more open residence that you forget how important it is to choose the right real estate agent.

Avoid getting scammed when you house hunt

Yet, it's a real estate agent who will introduce you to hidden treasures on the house market. It's also a real estate agent who will tell you about neighborhoods, area businesses, property taxes and average, high and low house prices in the area you want to move to. Go with the wrong real estate agent or real estate agency and you could regret it. Steps to avoid getting scammed include:

  • Logging onto state license agency websites and confirming that real estate agents you want to work with have an active license. Check out other licenses that the real estate agent has. For example, some realtors have broker and real estate sales licenses.
  • Read reviews on real estate agents. If you don't see reviews on individual agents, pay attention to reviews on real estate agencies that the realtor works with. Reputable agencies generally shy away from poor real estate agents.
  • Verify that mortgage brokers are legitimate. Also, confirm that mortgage brokers are not currently or  have not in the past been involved with mortgage scams.
  • Ask people you know to recommend real estate agents to you. Ask these people why they are recommending the agents to you.
  • Pay attention to your gut instinct. If you get a feeling that a deal sounds too good to be true, pause and check the deal out more fully. There are lots of good houses on the market. It's better to get a good, legitimate mortgage deal than it is to rush into a bad deal.
  • Consider working with a real estate attorney. Ask the attorney to review all contracts before you sign them.
  • Conduct research on realtors and mortgage companies to make sure that they have not been involved in price fixing, kickbacks or illegal cross selling.
  • Get an independent inspection performed on the house that you are serious about buying.
  • Compare prices and contract deals that mortgage brokers offer on a house with what other mortgage lenders offer.
  • Log into secure accounts when sharing personal information with mortgage lenders. Don't simply hand workers at mortgage companies papers with your personal information on them.
  • Shy away from mortgages that entice you into signing contracts that don't require you to put a down payment on a house.
  • Steer clear of mortgages that don't require you to buy homeowners insurance.

Search for real estate scams on the Internet and may be surprised how many stories pop up. Real estate scams happen in the residential and commercial markets. With a little research, you could avoid getting scammed. Avoid being part of a real estate scam and you can save money, headaches and court proceedings. You can also get an honest deal on a good house.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/6/2017

Looking to move out of a big city? Relocate to a small town, and you can enjoy the simple joys of small town life.

Many people prefer the small town lifestyle, and for good reason. In a small town, you won't have to worry about excess traffic or noise. Plus, many homes are available in small towns nationwide, ensuring you should have no trouble discovering a wonderful residence without having to worry about breaking your budget.

Kick off your search for a small town home today Ė here are three tips to help you secure a terrific small town house.

1. Study the Local Housing Market Closely

What are you looking for in a small town home? Ultimately, you'll want to consider exactly what you'd like to find in a small town house before you conduct your search for the ideal residence.

Creating a checklist of must-haves is essential. With this list, you'll be able to examine available homes in a small town and narrow your search accordingly.

Also, don't forget to examine the prices of recently sold houses in a small town. This housing market data will enable you to differentiate between a seller's market and a buyer's market.

2. Get Financing Before You Start Your Home Search

Can you afford a small town home? It all depends on the financing at your disposal.

Meet with several banks and credit unions to explore your mortgage options. That way, you can learn about fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages and obtain financing.

If you ever have concerns or questions about home financing, be sure to ask a lender for assistance.

Remember, banks and credit unions employ mortgage professionals who are happy to help you in any way they can. These mortgage experts can teach you about different types of mortgage and offer personalized mortgage recommendations, ensuring you can get the financing you need to make your homeownership dreams come true.

3. Collaborate with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

When it comes to the real estate market, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Fortunately, real estate agents are available in small towns and big cities alike and will do whatever it takes to help you find a great house.

Hiring an experienced real estate agent who understands the properties that are currently available in a small town is vital. This real estate professional will offer tips throughout the homebuying process, guaranteeing that you can make informed decisions at every stage.

Perhaps best of all, an experienced real estate agent will take the guesswork out of buying a small town home. He or she will set up home showings and open houses, keep you up to date about new properties as they become available and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. As a result, this real estate professional will streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

Take the next step to acquire a home in a small town Ė use these homebuying tips, and you can locate a small town home that can serve you well for years to come.




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