Even though crime rates in the U.S. have been dropping since the 1990s, in 2015, the most recent year we have numbers from the FBI, there were 1,579,527 burglaries. That’s a house, apartment, or condominium burglarized every 15 seconds. This number proves that all of us should take whatever precautions possible to prevent property theft, especially those who travel for … Read More
Ranch vs Two-Story: What is the Ideal House For You?
“Everything old is new again.” The song’s lyrics apply to so many things–fashion, restaurant trends, hobbies, and most certainly, architectural styles. To name just one, the ranch vs two-story house trend has swung from one to the other and back again over the past few decades. When single-story houses, commonly known as ranch-style homes, first debuted in the 1930s, they … Read More
Pros and Cons of Living in an HOA Neighborhood
In the market for a new home? Have you seen listings for those with HOAs (Homeowners Associations) or COAs (Condominium Associations) and wondered what it’s like to live in an association like that? There are lots of reasons to choose an HOA or COA home, but there are also some drawbacks. Read on to see which choice fits you and … Read More
Be the House Every Trick-or-Treater Looks Forward To
If you love Halloween, you probably want to give your neighborhood kids an experience as fun and exciting as you remember. Whether you have your own trick-or-treater or your kids have outgrown it, you can still enjoy this childhood tradition. Hopefully, you live in a place where you know your neighbors and everyone feels safe and happy together. Here’s how … Read More