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Millennials & Real Estate

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Fun Facts  Homeowner Tips  Selling a Home
The largest generation in American history is about to move into its prime spending years. They are poised, they want to reshape the economy and they have unique experiences, which will change the way we buy and sell, forcing companies to deeper examine how they conduct business. Sorry Baby Boomers but I’m talking about Millennials here. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends, Millennials made up the largest portion of home buyers in 2017 for the fourt... read more
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Lower Temperatures, Lower Bills

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Colder months often mean higher bills. Check DTE's tips to spare your wallet this winter: Programmable Thermostat Install a programmable thermostat and set it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower - the recommended setting for winter. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Check out our DTE Rebate Program to learn how you can get money back for buying a new thermostat. Changing Blade Direction I... read more
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7 Easy Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Winter

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2019 in  Home Decor  Homeowner Tips  Winter
1. Move plants away from vents, radiators or drafty windowsMost plants aren't big fans of extreme temperature variations, so try to keep them away from spots that get either too chilly or heated. Position sun-loving, draft-avoiding plants on a side table near the window, but not directly on the windowsill. 2. Check the air humidityMany houseplants thrive in 40-50% humidity, but when the heat's blasting and the windows are closed, the moisture level in your home is likely much lower. The easiest solution is to buy ... read more
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If you feel like you’re being drenched by utility bills, you may be looking for ways to cut your monthly costs. While utilities like internet and cable TV may seem like obvious targets, your water bill can also run much higher than necessary. Missing water bill payments could also eventually hurt your credit score. While most utilities don’t report on-time payments to the credit bureaus, many will report accounts that have gone into default or collections, which will cause your scores to take a hit. The... read more
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