Across all demographics, American home ownership is at 63 percent — the lowest rate in more than five decades. Among millennials, the largest generation since the baby boomers, the rate is only a bit more than half that figure, at 34 percent. Again, it’s a record low. Naturally, a lull in the economy forces business creation or reinvention […]Read more "3 Trends Driving the Millennial Own vs. Rent Debate"
Without a good system for managing your mail, a paper pileup can often result. Most mail items — other than the obvious junk mail, which can be discarded — require a decision or a response, and that means they are opportunities for procrastination. The good news is that managing your mail can be much less […]Read more "Tips to Managing Your Daily Mail"
Envision your new home after the move. I’m sure the image that comes to mind is serene and clutter-free. You can achieve this goal by putting your stuff into perspective and questioning every item before it’s packed up and hauled to its next home. To decide which belongings will come with you, ask yourself these […]Read more "Should It Come With You When You Move?"
1. She makes you clean your room. When selling your home, the overall first impression is most important to prospective buyers. Don’t be surprised if your agent reminds you to tidy up before showings, make your bed, and not stuff your dirty laundry in the closet like you did when you were a teenager. 2. […]Read more "10 Ways Your Real Estate Agent Is Like Your Mother"
With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day coming up this month, there is plenty of incentive to get those outdoor spaces ready to entertain. From scheduling house painting to organizing your outdoor cooking tools, tick these 10 items off your to-do list so you can get to the good stuff: hanging out around the grill, kicking […]Read more "To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist"
PREP: 45 MINS TOTAL TIME: 4 HOURS SERVINGS: 6 INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 1 recipe cooled Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding 6 Peanut butter sandwich cookies DIRECTIONS In a medium bowl, whip 1 cup cream along with sugar until soft peaks form. Reserve. Place peanut butter and remaining 1/2 […]Read more "Martha Stewart Peanut-Butter Chocolate Parfait Recipe"
#1 Stop the Pests that Make Your Patio Look Untidy t’s hard to enjoy your patio if it’s covered in debris scattered by the wind or by critters with a penchant for digging and trampling. Stop critters with the humble pine cone — instead of regular mulch. Those spiny cones will deter pests and mischievous pets, and chances are […]Read more "5 Tricks to Rejuvenate a Run-Down Patio on a Budget"