Monday, August 20, 2018 / by Ernest Van Glahn
Monday, August 06, 2018 / by Ernest Van Glahn
It's much more than a physical structure. It's the place where memories are made, where dreams are shared, where lives are lived. And many of your home's contents--the video of your baby's first steps, grandmother's brooch or old family photos, for instance--simply cannot be replaced. That's why it makes good sense to do everything you can to protect your home from fire and theft.
Most fires are preventable. First, let's look at the top causes of home fires.
Cooking Fires. Cooking fires pose a serious hazard. Always stay near the stove when cooking. Avoid wearing loose sleeves while cooking; they can be ignited by a burner or a grease splatter. You'll also want to keep curtains and other flammable materials well away from the range or oven. And never put water on a grease fire, which can cause the hot grease to splatter, burning you or spreading the fire. Instead, smother it with a l ...
Friday, July 13, 2018 / by Ernest Van Glahn
When it gets warm, it's tempting to ditch any housework for the beach or the golf course. Hard as it may be, consider suppressing that urge for a few weekends because some fairly easy work can improve the state of your home, give it an appearance makeover, and even save you some money.
Keep Your Cool With a Fan
There's an easy trick to keeping cooler and saving money, and it's as close as your ceiling fan. Switch the ceiling fan's blades so the leading edge is higher as the fan turns, so you can feel the breeze from the fan as it rotates. This simple action will push cool air down, enabling you to set the air-conditioning lower and save money on energy.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Without some maintenance, your dryer could cause a house fire. The U.S. Fire Administration reports nearly 16,000 dryer fires occur annually, which happen largely because dryers' vents get clogged with lint and dust.
Thankfully, you can avoid any unnecessary dryer ...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.2% over the next year.
Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have increased by half a percentage point already in 2018 to around 4.5%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year.
An increase in rates will ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
Ernest Van Glahn, CEO
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June has always been one of our favorite months of the year. The kids are out of school and we look forward to backyard barbeques with friends and family, pool parties, vacations and lazy days at the beach.
June is also Father's Day and we take the time to wish each and every dad a Happy Father's Day. My dad is a very special man. He was a high ranking supervisor in the New York Transit Authority. I started my career in the New York City Transit Authority. But soon after I left and joined the Finest Police Department in the world, The NYPD. I found my passion here. I wanted to serve and help people. I rose to the rank of Captain. He always told me to shoot for the moon and follow my dreams. This is exactly what I did. Those were very wise words.
Speaking of dreams, did you know that June is also Na ...