Cheryl Bourland's blog

Have You Installed a Rain Barrel Yet?

You might not realize it, but chances are pretty good that you use a lot of water around your home's exterior. Every time you turn on the hose or carry out a watering can, you are both spending money on your utility bill and using up a precious resource. Luckily, there's a simple and effective way to curb your impact: install a rain barrel! Here are some great reasons why you should consider this simple improvement.

Inexpensive Ways to Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

You've probably heard it before, but it's worth repeating: your home can never have too much curb appeal. Everyone knows that the first impression influences a person's future feelings about anything, whether it's an acquaintance, a car, or an entire house! With this in mind, a smart seller should always pay extra attention to improving the impression buyers get as they drive up to their home. Luckily, not all curb appeal boosters are expensive and time consuming; in fact, Realtor.com recently highlighted some exterior improvements that can add curb appeal to your home for less than $200!

Housing Starts Crept Up in July Following June's Low

The amount of new home construction finally rose in July after hitting a nine-month low in June, although the underwhelming rise will do little to ease inventory pressure. The Commerce Department reported last week that total housing starts rose to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units last month, which was less than a 1% increase over the nine-month low in June of 1.16 million units. Although the increase is certainly good news, its small scale is expected to do little to satisfy home buyer demand or cool rising home prices.