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 →

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 →

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 →

Silver Line Phase One Delays are “Out of Control”

I thought this runaway-project was scheduled to stop in December of 2013. Having sped past its initial platform arrival date, and blowing back the hair of onlookers at the revised deadline of “Late February,” she shows no signs of slowing down for the re-revised deadline in April which brings with it financial penalties for Dulles... Continue Reading →

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