Today's Boomer: Four Sure Signs It's Time to Downsize
Today's boomer generation is eying retirement more critically and more creatively than any generation before it. One of the most independent generations in history, boomers have always worked hard to better their lives, and that principle shows no signs of diminishing as these free-thinking individuals approach retirement. If you're a boomer, chances are good you've had occasion to rethink retirement... Read More
How to Find Original Artwork for Your Home on a Budget
Art transforms a home, gives it character and beauty, and serves as a little window into the souls of the people who live there. The art you choose for your home should thrill and inspire you. Unfortunately, most of us don't exactly have a budget for serious art collecting. Even posters and prints can get really expensive, especially once you factor in the framing. But all isn't lost. There are a number of ways to procure... Read More
Should You Lease Solar Panels?
The cost of solar panels has come down greatly in recent years, prompting more homeowners to consider going solar. Properly sized panels can slash energy expenses by 50% or more and generate extra income during peak months. These are just two of many benefits of adding solar panels to your home. One of the first decisions you must make is whether to buy or lease the panels... Read More
National Home Sales Decline
The gains in existing-home sales in May were not repeated for a second month, as June recorded a slight decline in sales. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), two regions—the South and the West—were responsible for the drop in sales. While sales climbed in the Northeast and Midwest, all regions posted sales that were lower than the previous year.
Housing Shortage Continues
According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, "Home sales are running at a pace similar to 2015 levels—even with exceptionally... Read More
15 Tips for a Seamless Back-To-School Transition
Whether you're looking forward to a new beginning or you're in end-of-summer denial, there are some things you can do now to make the back-to-school transition as smooth and positive as possible.
1. Set Goals
With a fresh school year comes an opportunity to set new goals. Pick something important to you and keep track of your progress throughout the year.
2. Clear the Decks
Enlist the kids to help find unused items and re-purpose, donate, or dispose of them. You will clear clutter... Read More