Author Archives: Debra Jennings

The Inspiring Growth of Hispanic Homeownership

Owning a home is no doubt part of the “American dream.” Yet less than two-thirds of Americans currently do. In fact, the overall rate of homeownership is hovering near a 50-year low, at 63.6%. For minorities, the rates are even lower, coming in at 56.8% (Asian), 46.6% (Hispanic), and 42.7% (African American).

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Celebrity Housefax: Barack and Michelle Obama [PHOTOS, VIDEO & FULL HOUSEFAX REPORT]

While they no longer reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, aren’t moving out of the Washington, DC area anytime soon. Their youngest daughter, Sasha, has two-and-a-half more years of high school, so the Obamas recently purchased the Kalorama neighborhood house they have been renting since January.

Built in 1928, the brick Tudor-style mansion was renovated in 2011. (Incidentally the Housefax Report shows that the fire department was dispatched in March 2011 to deal with a natural gas leak on the premises.)
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Memorial Day Tribute from Team Housefax

Each year, Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day itself — which falls on May 29 this year — is a special day that we take time to remember and honor the courage of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Housefax team shares their wishes for these brave men and women and their families.

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HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE: BBQ Grill Safety Tips for Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

With Memorial Day almost here and summer just around the corner, chances are you’ll be firing up your outdoor grill soon (if you haven’t already!). In fact, May is National Barbecue Month so there’s no excuse not to break out the charcoal or flip that igniter!

Although humans have been cooking food over an open flame since practically the day after fire was invented, it wasn’t until the 1940s that it caught on in the U.S. as a backyard fun-omena. Early open-air cooking was a challenge, though, as the only grills available at the time – brazier grills – weren’t designed for consistency or safety. Continue reading

Is Your Home in a High Risk Flood Zone? How to Prepare for Flooding [Infographic]

It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. But for many residents of the Midwest, record rainstorms that began the last week of April unfortunately brought historic flooding. Parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana received 10 to 15 inches of rain in 7 days, causing rivers to overrun banks and levees and endanger both lives and property.

Flooding near Pocahontas, AR (Photo credit: CourierNews)

The flood waters caused evacuation of residential and business areas, closed parts of Interstates 44 and 55, and shut down a 14-mile stretch of the Mississippi River. And the storm continued to travel, resulting in flash flood watches for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio. Ten deaths have been attributed to the flooding. Continue reading

How to Reduce House Hunting Stress

Thinking of buying a home? It’s exciting, right? Whether you’re becoming a home owner for the first time or just looking for a new house, there’s something so appealing about imagining living in a new place. And then reality sets in. (Wah, wah, wah…)

The truth is buying a home can be one of life’s most stressful events, especially in today’s hot housing market. While there is no way to make it a completely anxiety-free event, there are things you can do during the house hunting and buying process that will minimize your stress. Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe at Home [National Pet Day]

pet safety tips from Housefax

A pet can make any house feel like a home. Whether they’re running to greet you or lounging by your side, the companionship of a pet – furry, feathered, or scaled – is an amazing experience.  As pet owners, it’s our job to keep our pets safe at home, something that’s not always easy to do. In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, we’re sharing five tips for pet safety. Continue reading

Remodeling a Home – Is It a Good Investment?

home remodel ROI

For those who own a home, increasing its value is always a priority. While updates or renovations may be initial out-of-pocket expenses, they can be recouped with a higher sale price when it’s time to move. As an added advantage, you’ll be able to make changes that enhance the look of your space during the time you live there, making it more comfortable as well as enjoyable. Which project is right for your property? For insight into selecting a home update to get started with, the information below can help. Continue reading

7 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell

 

Seven Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home To Sell

Before you pay a home staging firm to try to entice home buyers to purchase your house, and definitely before you spend thousands on home upgrades, it is important to understand you do not have to invest a fortune or a massive amount of time to prepare your home to sell.

What are some of the best ways to prepare your home to sell that do not cost a fortune or demand a lot of time? Here are 7 easy ways to prepare your home to sell that will help you get the most out of your property and potentially get it sold quickly.

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Historic Homes of Civil Rights Leaders [Celebrating Black History Month]

Old houses, new houses, everyday houses, historic houses — we love ’em all!

Check out the five fascinating houses below that have cemented their place in history as part of the abolition and civil rights movements.

Image source: Broward College

 

Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, Georgia

Photo credit: http://www.thekingcenter.org/

Iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  lived in this Queen Anne-style home from birth until 12 years old. The house was restored in 1975 and is now part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Daily tours are available but fill up quickly. View Housefax Report Continue reading