HomeCare Tip :: Fall is a Great Time to Seal Exterior Penetrations

Now is the ideal time to freshen up caulking around doors, windows, plumbing penetrations, and anywhere else that heat-robbing drafts can make their way in. You’ll want to use care when walking on the roof and working in any area that would require the use of a ladder. Tips of Ladder Use. ‘Little Giant 15113 […]

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Issue New Appraiser Independence Requirement

Carrie Bay at DSnews.com explains some of the new requirements: The industry has long been awaiting a replacement for the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC). On Friday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued new Appraiser Independence Requirements to supplant the controversial HVCC, but both GSEs say the new appraiser rules make “no significant changes […]

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What Consumers Want From Agents

“My agent completely represents my interests” Is that possible in today’s real estate market? Anne Randolph speaks about what consumers want from a real estate agent: trustworthiness and knowledge. Not surprising huh? But, consider that the average age of the agent is 56 and the average age for the buyer is 36. The age difference […]

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Now is the Time to Buy a Home

“Enough with the doom and gloom about homeownership.” – WSJ 9/16/2010 Listen to the Survey Podcast [podcast]http://www.fanniemae.com/global/media/housing-survey-podcast-091610.mp3[/podcast] Fannie Mae just released their National Housing Survey. The survey reported: 82% of respondents consider homeownership important to the economy, up two points from January. 70% of respondents think it is a good time to buy a house […]

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MS Moving Toward Energy Efficiency Policy

Efforts underway in Mississippi to establish statewide energy efficiency standards and programs reflects a growing trend among officials in Southeastern states who are recognizing the value of conserving energy use as a means of achieving economic growth and a clean energy future. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is engaged in a formal process that is […]

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Buying and Storing Firewood

Fall Home Maintenance [podcast]http://c0263062.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/content/files/Fall%20Home%20Maintenance_2b2e3040061c441d9a77a8fd59c44a6a.mp3[/podcast] Whether you burn fires as a supplemental heat source for your home or strictly for ambiance and pleasure, it’s important to know how to properly buy and store firewood. For homeowners looking to fuel a traditional masonry fireplace, fireplace insert, or wood stove, the goal should be the same: to get […]

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OCT. 2 ‘DOWN ON THE FARM’ SOLAR TOUR PROVIDES COST-CUTTING IDEAS FOR ENERGY-HUNGRY CHICKEN HOUSES, ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EVs) AND HOMES

(Carthage, MS – September 24, 2010)– Mississippi is helping build momentum to make the 2010 American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour the most successful grassroots solar event in history. The more than 650 tours featured in this year’s tour is nearly triple the number of tours featured in 2009, and more communities continue […]

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Demand is High…and so is Energy Use!

It’s no surprise that the demand for energy rises in the hot summer months. But, today I learned of a Leake County resident with power bills of over $690.00 per month. That’s over $8,800.00 a year or almost 4 times the average for a 3,400 square foot home. As an energy

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