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by The Mike Parker Team

Our weekly round-up of real estate-related tips and advice from around the web- Enjoy! 



In an ideal world, your family would sit down at a reasonable hour every night for a hot, made-from-scratch meal. There’d be no phones or TV. Nobody would be fidgeting. And conversation would be fun, interesting and a reminder to everyone of how much they love and appreciate one another.  
The reality for many people is more like meatloaf hitting the fan. Unpredictable work schedules, after-school sports practices, last-minute grocery trips, fidgety children and distracting screens can make family dinners something to dread rather than look forward to. 


It’s a nightmare situation: You’ve spent months searching for your dream house, finally get an offer accepted, and then…the house doesn’t appraise for the agreed-upon price. 


Now what? 


Green paint colors are making a comeback. When Pantone announced Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year, the bright, grassy shade tapped into our desires to connect our homes with nature. Another year, another excuse to buy a succulent! (Am I right?) But even though we always endorse adding a little more plant life to your space, we think it might be time for a bolder move: green paint. 


Spring brings out home buyers en masse. But in these waning days of winter, many home sellers are still hibernating. Well, it’s time to wake up! Although technically the peak home-buying period is still a few months away, the time to get your home in shape to sell is right now. 


Many homeowners face a particular set of perils in wintertime — potential mishaps that could lead to property damageinsurance claims, and even lawsuits. Take a look at some of the most notorious winter home-insurance claims, then learn how to reduce your risk. 

Want to Go Green at Home? Try These Tips...

by The Mike Parker Team

Try some of these tips in your home for going green.

  • A flat panel LCD TV uses a third less of the electricity of the tube based models, and with the digital switch in the near future, getting a LCD makes even more sense.
  • Use paints low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  They are safer than the latex-based enamel.
  • Use low flow toilets - they deliver more flush power and use less water.
  • Install a solar hot water system and you can stand in the hot shower all day long.
  • Install birdhouses around the yard.  Great for your feathered friends who like to dine on beetles and grubs - then you won't have to rely on pesticide.
  • Recycle newspapers and other items whenever it's possible.  Reuse your plastic bags at least once or elimate them all together.
  • Unplus your electronics when you aren't using them.  This can use up to 20% of power when they aren't even plugged in!!
  • Use energy efficient utilities such as a furnace, air conditioner, dishwasher and water heater.
  • Use compace flourescent light bulbs.
  • Use caulk and weather stripping to insulate your home.
  • Start your own garden.
  • Take up composting.  Pick a spot that is out of the way in your yard - throw in coffee grounds, eggshells, spoiled vegetables and other leftovers, mix them with dirt and once a week turn everything over with a shovel.  Not only will you help the environment, you'll create rich soil for your garden that you've started!!
  • Try to avoid aerosols - they can't be recycled and also contribute to air pollution.

These are just a few things that can help you help the environment and it can save you money too!!!!

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