Monthly Archives: April 2013

Why Sell Now? New Construction Will Soon Soak Up Your Buyers

Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. As an example, the┬áNational … Continue reading

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S&P Says: Home Prices Accelerate in January 2013

Data through January 2013, released recently by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed average home prices increased 7.3 percent for the 10-City Composite and 8.1 percent for the … Continue reading

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An Illuminating Case for Motion & Solar Lighting

By John Voket One of the easiest and most economical ways to provide enhanced safety and security is by adding lights to areas of frequent foot traffic, or the more secluded corners of your property. So I went looking for a few ways to shed a little light on both wired and wireless exterior lighting options.   Mark J. Donovan, who posted for says the heart of a motion activated light is an infrared sensor that detects infrared waves, or heat waves, that radiate from moving objects.   Most models of the models available can adjust the field of view – including the detection angle and detection range – to mitigate nuisance triggers like passing vehicles or shrubbery being blown by the wind.   Donovan says when installing a motion activated exterior light it is best to locate it approximately 6 to 10 feet off of the ground and in locations that are near egresses to your home, for examples walkways, patios, garage doors.   So how much will you have to pay for a good motion sensing light? At $25 to $40, points to the Heath ZenithSL-5512-BZ 300-Watt Quartz Halogen for motion-activated outdoor lighting, because it includes both a motion sensor and a two-light halogen floodlight for added convenience.   It has a 240-degree motion-activated floodlight featuring a “pulse count” that reduces the amount of times it’s triggered due to wind and rain.   If you need serious lighting capacity and you want to add the energy-saving aspect of solar power, look to This site offers a range of solutions starting at around $50 graduating up to very sophisticated systems.   For instance, the Solar Goes Green SGG-F156-2R Industrial Grade LED Solar Flood Light – with SMD (Surface Mount Diode) LEDs is more energy efficient and 17% brighter than standard LEDs. And it includes a long life Lithium Ion battery for superior lighting cycle time.   The SGG-F156-2R Solar Flood light can be configured as a Dusk to Dawn Floodlight, or as a Solar Powered Motion activated security light using the adjustable motion PIR detector. … Continue reading

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Q: What Guidelines Are Useful for Finding an Architect?

A:  Start by finding out who designed the projects that you like in your community. Get referrals from people you know, or the local American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Interview three to five firms to get a range of possibilities … Continue reading

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