Fairfax County Tax Increase puts a pinch on Residents

Residents of Fairfax County felt the impact of the, now common place, one-two punch of increased assessments accompanying a hike in rates. The property assessments go up and instead of dropping the rate to maintain a static revenue stream, they raise the rate too. In the last several weeks people have been getting their assessments in... Continue Reading →

Home Improvement Projects with the Best Return on Investment

The characteristics that define a good Return on Investment (ROI) for your home meet these four criteria; Low-Maintenance, Good (not necessarily the highest) Quality, Energy-Efficient, and Relatively low cost. The top ROI projects in order, one being the best, are as follows: 1. Replacing Your Front Door 2. New Siding 3. Minor Kitchen Remodel 4.... Continue Reading →

Halloween, It’s More than just Candy and Costumes

Halloween began as “Samhain” a festival celebrating the end of the Celtic calendar year on October 31st throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. All Hallow's Eve emerged from Hallowmas, a three day Catholic holiday honoring the saints that began on October 31st. Many believe that when it was created in the 11th century... Continue Reading →

According to Wikipedia, "Diestrammena is a cricket genus in the family Rhaphidophoridae. It is native to Asia, including Japan. The United States is currently undergoing a camel cricket census conducted by researchers and citizen scientists at North Carolina State University. Citizen scientists were asked to survey their homes for presence or absence of camel crickets... Continue Reading →

FICO 9 Model Could Expand Home Ownership

The recent announcement from Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), on August 7, 2014, is drawing lots of attention from both home-buyers and Realtors. If the deal struck between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Fair Isaac (the company that generates FICO numbers used by mortgage companies to determine an applicant’s credit worthiness) goes forward as planned... Continue Reading →

Support Our Troops with Confidence

I was speaking with my father during his visit this past fall and mentioned that I was considering donating my horse to the PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Program which prompted a discussion about how much of the donated proceeds raised by the several Wounded Warrior type organizations actually go towards helping veterans and their... Continue Reading →

30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know     I don't know about you but I grew up watching Bob Vila on "This Old House". Bob has put together a really good list of helpful tips for homeowners, some more than others. I recommend you take a few minutes to read his suggestions, numbers 12 and... Continue Reading →

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