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Martha has found a way (once again) to bring herself into our homes. This time it's through our kitchens. Updating a kitchen is still a wise bet for homeowners who will recoup about 70% return on investment for a mid-range kitchen. If you are staying put for a while and are considering updating your kitchen check out Martha's line at the Home Depot. It's a modern twist on traditional.
Spark modern fires are enegry efficient, eliminate the smoke, soot & ash released by most wood-burning fireplaces. You don't need a chimney or hearth to add efficient heat to any room. You can even qualify for atax credit by installing an eco-smart fire. Choose cabinets from modern to traditional at homclick.com
If you are thinking of making a minor improvement to your home that will have a big impact, adding a fireplace is a great choice. You and your family will enjoy it from the chilly autumn nights that are upon us through the lingering winter evenings in March.
The seemingly endless run of bad housing news is discouraging some potential home buyers from considering a purchase. But the truth is that the advantages of homeownership have very little to do with investment gains. The best things about owning a home have a lot more to do with personal comfort and satisfaction. Here are some of them:
· Be your own landlord. The bank can only kick you out if you don’t pay; a landlord can be much less dependable – deciding to sell the property or choosing to live there themselves. · Paying the principal is forced savings. Yes, it’s possible that home prices will fall further. It is also possible that your 401(k) will lose value. But over the long haul, both are likely to enjoy modest gains in value. · Fixed-rate mortgages never rise – and eventually you pay them off. With mortgage rates at record lows, people who buy now are locking in real bargains. · Good schools. Family-sized rentals are harder to come by in areas with excellent public schools. · Spacious properties in pleasant neighborhoods. Sizable homes in attractive communities are almost always owned – not rented. Feel good about owning!
Source: The New York Times, Ron Lieber (08/27/2010)
Greening your home is a process. We cannot change our ways overnight but sometimes small things we do can make a huge impact. A great example of that is eliminating your non-stick cookware. In 2006 the EPA asked 8 companies to work towards eliminating the product PFOA in it's cookware calling it a likely carcinogen. There is a great article worth reading on about.com.
The good news is more and more safe cookware is popping up on the market and it's easy to afford. I just bought three different size pans for under $40 at Home Goods. I have also seen varies brands on Overstock.com, Amazon, Ebay & Target. Get some this weekend & take advantage of the holiday sales.