Blog :: 06-2018

Tired of Paying Someone Else's Mortgage?

You can pay your landlord's mortgage, or you can pay your own and get the tax breaks that come with it, contribute to your own net worth, and have that sense of pride of owning your own place. 

While the benefits of homeownership look good on paper, the reality is that it can be hard to know how and when to get started. If you think you might be ready to take the first step towards buying a home, contact us.

This is where your story begins. 

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team



Tired of Paying Someone Else's Mortgage?

Plant These Ideas for Summer Savings

The first full day of summer isn’t until this Thursday, June 21st but today sure feels like it to us. It’s a hot one, like seven inches from the mid-day sun.

So when temperatures rise how do you keep your cool, especially when energy costs always seem to be on the uptick?  For starters, for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72 degrees, you save up to 3% of your cooling expenses. Try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees, or as high as is comfortable for you. You can keep the blinds lowered during the hottest hours of the day to keep the sun out, circulate air flow with fans and ceiling fans, and try using the grill instead of the oven, because who needs an excuse for grilled burgers, dogs and corn anyway?

And finally, did you know that certain plants can keep your home cooler in the summer? Plants absorb heat and many will also emit oxygen, lowering the ambient air temperature.

Check out this beautiful and energy efficient ensemble of plants from one of our recent listings.

Aloe, bamboo and fig are just a few that add style, beauty and can help keep your energy costs in check! We'll leaf it up to you to decide.