Tips on Buying a Home | Real EstateWhether you’re buying a home for the first time or the second, third, fourth, or even fifth time, the process can be exhausting and even downright terrifying to some. In Australia the continuing rise in home prices is a real cause for concern to those who feel we are in the midst of a bubble that may burst and wash some homeowners away in a sea of trouble, similar to what has been experienced in the United States and elsewhere. Could it happen here?
There are arguments back and forth but no one can dispute that while our home prices rise – Melbourne experienced an 18.5% increase in 2011 -- so has our household debt level. In the United States, searching the Internet for tips on buying a home has – for years – produced a common answer: don’t buy more than you can afford. Yet Americans by the thousands ignored this tip. Today, more than ever, that tip holds true for Australian homebuyers. Read the Full Story
Solar Hot Water Systems for Your HomeGo green, think green, be green, act green. The entire world is going green. What does "Going Green" mean? Why should we care?
Do you remember the summer of 2008 when much of the industrialized world was brought to its knees as the price of oil exploded towards two hundred dollars a barrel? Oil powers the world and it is getting more and more expensive and one day we will run out of it. Finally, whether you believe in Global Warming or not, spending a day in a city like Los Angeles or Beijing has to convince you that we would better off if we clean up our air.
Of all the potential alternative energy sources -- geothermal, bio-diesel, synthetic fuels, or wind -- none has the universal appeal of solar. The sun powers life on earth as we know it and it is always there. Read the Full Story
Termites and buying a property The homes in which we live provide a veritable buffet of delights for a variety of nasty pests. But of all the unwanted visitors who take up residence in our abodes, none can lead to more disastrous consequences than termites.
Rodents, ants, and roaches feed on the same foods we do and if our homes are filled with scraps of food in hidden corners, these pests will set up shop and feed. But termites feed on cellulose fibers found in wood and other building materials. What’s worse, they can remain largely invisible. Rodents leave a trail and ants and roaches are seen scurrying around in our kitchen cabinets and on our floors.
Adding the WOW factor to a Boring RoomIf you have a room in your home you find particularly dull and boring, here are a few ideas on things you might do to transform them from dull and boring into daring and bold. If you’re already begun searching the Internet you surely have come across the term “the WOW factor”. Just what is the Wow factor?
You’ll find a variety of urban dictionary definitions but one of the best is simply a “set of properties an object has that elicits a pleasant surprise from an observer.” In simpler terms, if a visitor walks into a room and exclaims “WOW”, or has a “WOW” look in his or her eyes, you r room definitely has the WOW factor. Read the Full Story