Home Ownership

Is the McMansion a thing of the past in the U.S. Housing Market?

When one thinks of super large homes, the U.S. usually comes to mind. Not anymore. A recent study claims that the largest homes can now be found in Australia. The moe important question is what are U.S. home buyers looking for instead. Also how are residentail builders and architects responding to them.

Rethinking home ownership and living

I share some thoughts on what I really want in a house given the recession, depressed housing market, high energy prices, environmental awareness and now health issues. I conclude that less could definitely be more, especially if we own things "free and clear" of credit card companies and banks that hold our mortgages.

Recession and Depressed Housing Market

Staging Your Home is an Investment, Not an Expense

You've decided to place your house on the market to sell and you know it needs some updating, but you think that the buyer will come in and make allowances for the changes that it needs. You may be leery of spending money on Home Staging or updating. You may think that the buyer will want to choose their own fixtures and colors, so you'll leave the property as it is. That could be a big mistake.

Asbestos Information and Prevention in Older Homes

Although asbestos use has decreased since 1980 in the United States, homes and buildings built before that year can still contain asbestos. Potential home owners in Virginia and other States or those seeking to remodel an older home should be aware that prolonged asbestos exposure can cause many health concerns. The inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers can cause related illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Redesigning your home with your existing furniture

Millions of people live in less than stellar homes and spaces for many years. Then all of a sudden, they want to sell and turn their homes into a great space for others. It doesn't have to be this way. A Redesigner or Visual Coordination Specialist may be the answer. It's also affordable.

There are a number of ways to improve your living space that don't cost a lot of money:

President-Elect Obama needs your help

i just received and email from Change.gov, which is President-Elect Obama's transition team website. They are asking people for their ideas and vision for the future of the U.S. If you want to give them a piece of your mind go to: 

http://www.change.gov/page/invite/share?stg_signup_id=820281&action_code=FgxRWxYUOVIKQV0YAFAeWVEJAgoF

Four things to do when staging your home for sale

So you're thinking about putting your home on the market, and you know there are a bunch of things that you can do to get ready, but just where do you start? Well, there are 4 things that I do in every home that I stage to prepare for re-sale, no matter what type of home - large or small - that I am staging.   And now I am going to share them with you.

Home Remodeling still strong in some Washington DC areas

Drive around some of the close in Washington DC metro areas like Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and Arlington and you will still find large numbers of homes being remodeled or totally renovated. Didn't anyone bother to tell these people that the housing market is over priced by 25 percent? Apparently not. So what's behind all this activity.

Home Inspections- five critical areas

To avoid significant future expenditures on your dream house, your home inspection should focus on foundation settling, water and drainage, cooking vents, electrical outlets and mold.

Avoiding houses with very significant problems in the above areas will save you money and help you stay healthy. Some problems can be remedied easily and others have to be monitored.

Foundation Settlement
If you are buying a house in a seismically active area (earthquakes, landslides and sink holes) or one situated on a hill, then pay extra attention to the

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