What Household Chores Top Your September Shortlist?

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By John Voket

The transition period between summer and fall is the perfect time to begin planning priority chores around the house before buttoning down for winter. There is no shortage of advice on what to do, and how to accomplish the most important "September shortlist" things around the house and yard.

According to, chores to keep you on track this month include: 
- Cleaning heat ducts and registers, and replacing air filters.

- Patio furniture cleaning before you bring it inside and store it for the winter.

- Line up chimney sweep cleaning services now before they’re all booked.

- Order firewood and stack it away from the house to prevent pest infestation.

Over at, homeowners are directed to accomplish energy-saving items, including:

- Insulating your hot water heater with a new or replacement fiberglass insulation blanket..

- Preventing energy leaks from electrical outlets by install…

Why You Need to Update Your Home Before Listing It

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By Anica Oaks

A home purchase is often the biggest investment a person will make in their life. When the time comes to sell your house, you want to get the best price possible. If you explore one of the many real estate sites online, you'll notice that many homeowners make a point of updating their homes before selling.

Here are a few of the many reasons why people modernize their homes before listing them:

New Buyers Don't Want to Immediately Remodel
Major remodels can create a state of chaos in a home that most new homebuyers would rather avoid. Additionally, the costs involved in buying a new home, moving and settling a family into a new space can be significant. They may not be able to do the remodeling projects that are needed for a significant period of time. Buyers will look more favorably upon and be willing to shell out more cash for a home that already has many improvements taken care of.

Strategic Updates Attract More Buyers

Pests Causing Property Damage? 4 Warning Signs to Look For

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By Megan Belanp

If you've noticed unusual signs of damage around your property, pests may be to blame. Rodents, insects and other types of pests can wreak havoc on properties and cause unforeseen damage that ends up resulting in costly repairs.

Here are four signs that are indicative of pests causing damage in your home:

Unstable Floors
The sudden feeling that the floors in your home are unstable could be a sign of a pest problem. This may be especially true if you have hardwood floors that are damaged because of termites. You might notice the boards curling on your floor as damage persists. Flaking and crumbling may also become noticeable as your floors continue to deteriorate from the damage. Crushed-looking wood at structurally significant points can be another obvious sign of a pest problem.

Tap Test Failure
Damage that's impossible to see can sometimes be detected by performing a tap test on wood surfaces around your home. Wood that&#…

Orange County Housing Market Summary: September 10, 2019

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•The active listing inventory decreased by 310 homes in the past two-weeks, down 4%, and now totals 6,997. It was the largest drop so far this year. Last year, there were 7,070 homes on the market, 73 more than today. Two years ago, there were 19% fewer homes on the market.

•Demand, the number of pending sales over the prior month, decreased by 20 pending sales in the past two-weeks, down 1%, and now totals 2,528. Last year, there were 2,162 pending sales, 14% fewer than today. Two years ago, demand was 4% stronger than today.

•The Expected Market Time for all of Orange County remained dropped from 86 to 83 days, a slight Seller’s Market (between 60 to 90 days). It was at 98 days last year.

•For homes priced below $750,000, the market is a hot Seller’s Market (less than 60 days) with an expected market time of 57 days. This range represents 38% of the active inventory and 56% of demand.

•For homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million, the expe…

Big Fall for Mortgage Rates, at Lowest Since 2016

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In a big fall from last week, the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate sank to 3.49 percent this week, according to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®)—a low not seen since 2016. At the same time, the average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate slid to 3 percent, and the average five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable mortgage rate slid to 3.3 percent.

"Mortgage rates continued the summer swoon due to weaker economic data," says Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac. "While economic growth is clearly slowing due to rising manufacturing and trade headwinds, economic fundamentals are still solid for U.S. consumers. The unemployment rate is low, housing affordability is improving, homebuyer demand is rising, and home price growth is stable."

30-Year Fixed

Averaging 3.49 percent, with an average 0.5 pointDown from 3.58 percent the prior week and 4.54 percent the prior year 
15-Year Fixed

Averaging 3 p…

Survey: If a Downturn Hits, Homebuyers Plan to Wait It Out

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By Suzanne De Vita

As the conversation on the possibility of a recession swells, homebuyers plan to postpone their search until the storm subsides, according to a new® survey.

In the event of a slowdown, 56 percent of buyers could delay their home search, according to findings from the survey. When asked their expectations regarding timing, 36 percent pegged the recession in 2020, 17 percent said in 2019 and 14 percent said in 2021. Notably, 17 percent were uncertain—a feeling likely motivated by unknowns, such as global tensions and the trade war.

Still, there is growing positive sentiment, according to responses to the survey. Approximately 44 percent believe the next recession will not be as damaging as it was in 2008—a boost from 40 percent earlier this year. Twenty-two percent, however, fear a Great Recession repeat.

According to analysts at, the cycle is turning—but anticipate a dissimilar outcome.

"Economic ac…

Don’t Put These Items in the Dishwasher

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If you’re like most people, you’ve come to rely on your dishwasher to clean a multitude of kitchen items. But despite the convenience and deep cleaning the dishwasher offers, not everything can be safely cleaned there. Here is a list of items that should never be cleaned in your dishwasher:

Your carving and steak knives. Dishwashing detergent can dull the blades over time, and the heat of the water and drying cycle can loosen the handles. To preserve the form and function of these knives, wash them by hand with warm, soapy water.

Certain plastics. If your plastic items don’t say “dishwasher safe,” do not put them in the dishwasher, as they most likely won’t stand up to the heat. Even for dishwasher-safe plastics, put them on the top rack where they’re further away from the intensity of the heat source.

Nonstick cookware. Most nonstick cookware is coated with Teflon, a substance that won’t stand up to the heat of the dishwasher and will, therefore, …