10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen

By: Douglas Trattner Published: August 28, 2009 Maintaining your large kitchen appliances is part of a smart home energy efficiency plan. Spending less money on utility bills doesn’t mean you need to rush out and purchase a whole new suite of Energy Star appliances. With occasional light maintenance and good habits, you can greatly improve the … Read More


We’re well into the fall season and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills. Here’s quick guide to checking … Read More

How to Not Regret the Paint Color You Choose

How to Not Regret the Paint Color You Choose By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: February 10, 2014 The secret? It’s all about the lighting. Here’s how to get it right. Well that was a total waste. That Robin’s Egg Blue you picked for your entryway now looks like the color of that (really cheap) beach … Read More

Leaf Removal Equipment: 4 Tools To Get the Job Done Fast

Too many leaves can ruin your lawn in spring. Try these tools to banish them. Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your garage. Bet you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and materials, maybe a blower or two in various states of repair, and maybe even some … Read More

Home buying myths about mortgages

Think you’re not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the financial hurdles are too high? You may be short-changing yourself. Many of the things renters believe about home-buying are myths. Here’s the real deal. Myth: I Have to Put Down 20%. 🙁 Saving 20% of the price of a home in many places isn’t just a … Read More

Secrets for a stress free purchase

Lay the groundwork. Collect financial docs, such as bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs, etc. and avoid big purchases until you’ve met with a mortgage professional. Adding to your monthly payments can affect your ability to get a loan. If you can, start saving as early as possible to ensure you have adequate funds for … Read More