Saving Money with Vinyl Siding

Since it was first invented in the 1950s as a replacement for traditional wood siding, the quality of vinyl siding has dramatically improved over the years. Like many innovations, manufacturers have improved the product over time to become one of the best lower cost alternatives to other siding materials. If you're looking for a cost-effective, low-maintenance solution, it may be your wisest choice. Today's vinyl products are much more durable … [Read more...]

Wealth Effect of Real Estate

It's as American as apple pie, Chevrolet and baseball. You may not know what it's called, but if you live in the great U.S.A. it's had a hold on you. The "Wealth Effect" of real estate can be addictive. It's why so many of us go to the classified ads and the computer to check real estate listings just to see what the neighbors home down the street was listed for... and then after a SOLD sign gets posted why we check to see how much it sold … [Read more...]

Aluminum, Wood, Vinyl or Brick Siding

Home siding options might seem as unlimited as selections of different architectural styles. Whether your choice is aluminum, vinyl, wood, or brick it will be your home's fit for its architectural design. Siding comes in a variety of price ranges, but selecting a high quality product can save you money in future maintenace and utility bill costs. When considering siding for your home remember each type offers pros and cons depending on … [Read more...]

Roof Repair and Replacement

Despite tell-tale warning signs, many homeowners wait too long to repair or replace a worn-out, damaged roof, hoping against all hope that it will magically somehow fix itself. In the counseling world, it’s called denial. Patching leaks and replacing damaged shingles are good stop-gap measures. But every roof eventually wears out its usefulness. Find out whether it's time for a roof repair or a roof replacement and the kinds of roofing … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Lower Homeowners Insurance

By Lindsey Hadwin Homeowners insurance is a necessary expense, but the cost doesn't have break the bank. If you think you’re paying too much, it’s time to re-evaluate your policy and find ways to lower your premium without sacrificing coverage. There are many simple, inexpensive, and easy ways to save money on your homeowners insurance rates. Shop Around Getting multiple quotes from competing companies is the best way to ensure that … [Read more...]

Car Insurance Rates

Search and compare car insurance rates for the best deal possible on insurance coverage. The interactive panel is easy and convenient to use to find information for the best car insurance policy with no obligation. State: Choose State...AlaskaAlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutWashington … [Read more...]

Major Metropolitan Market Forecasts in 2011

The annual metropolitan forecasts housing markets in the top 25 Greater Metropolitan Statistical areas in the U.S., and include housing and population densities. The forecasts are listed in order from the most populated major U.S. city to the least. Housing Predictor forecasts are issued in January of the New Year and updated as local market conditions change throughout the year in the more than 230 markets forecast. Some 20 factors are … [Read more...]

Best Real Estate Markets in 2011

The best real estate markets for investors to put down their money in 2011 are located in a cross section of areas across the U.S., many of which are supported by strong government jobs. Hubs for high-tech, health care and education also make up the ten best markets to buy a home to make a profit on this year. Washington, D.C. leads off the list with the government adding an estimated 100,000 federal jobs since the Obama administration landed … [Read more...]

Air Conditioning U.S. Tax Credit

Installing new energy efficient air conditioning might be more affordable than you think, especially with the U.S. government offering a tax credit as part of the Troubled Asset and Relief Program (TARP). Many people assume central air involves prohibitive costs, hassle and opt for a less attractive window unit. Others forgo air conditioning altogether, living their summer months with their faces and bodies right up to a fan. But there’s a tax … [Read more...]

Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

By Christine Hardenberger Gleaming granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, slate tiled bathrooms, and jetted garden tubs. Upgrading your home to sell used to mean sinking big money into high-end kitchen and bathroom renovations. Upgraded kitchens and bathrooms sold homes. Now, renovating your kitchen or bathroom could cost you far more than you'll ever make back at the closing table. In order to sell your home in today's buyers … [Read more...]