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Posted by Mary Moloney on 12/3/2019

While not everyone has a roof over their heads, it is one more reason to be thankful!†
If you are going to be looking for a new roof over your head in 2020, please reach out to me, it's never too soon to begin the search process!

Itís ĎNational Roof Over Your Headí Day! | MyKCM



Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate ďNational Roof Over Your Head DayĒ on December 3rd?

As noted on theNational Calendar,it was ďcreated as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them

From bungalows to cottages, and farmhouses to treehouses, today we show our appreciation and gratitude for the places we call home. Owning the roof that shelters us is something many renters still aspire to, knowing there are so manyfinancialandnon-financialbenefits to homeownership.

According to the2019 State of the Nationís Housingfrom theJoint Center for Housing StudiesofHarvard University,

ďCost-burdened renters now outnumber cost-burdened homeowners by more than 3.0 million. In addition, renters make up 10.8 million of the 18.2 million severely burdened households that pay more than half their incomes for housing.Ē

Homeownership drives many benefits, including providing families with a place to feel secure. It also helps promote confidence that they are investing proactively in themselves and their communities. That is why there are 77.7 million owner-occupied housing units in the United States.

Many, however, fear it is too expensive to own a home. In reality, however, itís actually more expensive to rent. Hereís the breakdown as a percentage of income necessary forbothĖ affording median rent and owning a home:Itís ĎNational Roof Over Your Headí Day! | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Today we pause to appreciate the places we call home, and all of the other reasons we have to be truly thankful. For those who donít own yet and would like to, itís a wonderful time to start identifying the steps to take toward homeownership. Letís connect today to begin creating your plan.




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Posted by Mary Moloney on 12/3/2019

If youíre looking to save more energy and money around your home, perhaps one of the first places that you should look is your plugs. Take a look around your rooms and see what outlets are being used. If every outlet is full of plugs, you may have some adjustments to make. 


There are so many things in our homes that require plugs including TVís, microwaves, toasters, clocks, refrigerators, phone chargers, and more. 


Anything that is always plugged in actually adds to your electric bill whether youíre using it or not. This is known as phantom power usage. Even when a device isnít turned on, itís still using energy.


You donít want to go around your home and unplug everything, only to plug it back in when you need to use it. Use this handy guide to discover what you should unplug and what you can leave plugged in your home in order to save some energy and some money. 


What To Unplug


Small Appliances


Large appliances in your kitchen would be impractical to constantly plug in and unplug. Smaller appliances, however, are much easier to manage. These include toasters, coffee makers, food processors, and microwaves. The small digital clocks on many of these devices, for example, are constantly using energy. Do you really need the function? If you donít need to know the time, you should just unplug it and save your home some energy usage. 


Chargers


We need to charge just about all of our devices including laptops, iPads, phones, and even electric toothbrushes. these items donít need to be plugged in all the time. Once a device is charged fully, be sure to unplug it. Itís only wasting energy otherwise!  


Computers


Unplug your computer each and every night. Screen savers and sleep modes donít actually save much power from being used while your computer is plugged in. Itís a good idea to keep your computer unplugged for safety reasons as well. A strike of lighting hitting, for example, can cause your entire system to fry.


Keep These Items Plugged In


There are certain items that you can leave plugged in at your home without worry. These items include:


  • Power strips
  • Nondigital items
  • Items without clock or LCD displays




Power strips are particularly useful for items like entertainment centers and computer setups. Flipping the switch to the off position on the power strip helps to stop the phantom power usage. The convenient thing is that you wonít need to plug and unplug everything in individually, and youíll still save power. 


Saving energy and money is easy when you have the right strategies put in place.





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Posted by Mary Moloney on 11/26/2019

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If you have pumpkins or winter and summer squash in your garden, there is a chance that squash bugs will find their ways into your planter beds. Squash bugs are pests that can wreak havoc on your vegetables, especially winter squash and pumpkin. Their attacks are not limited to gourds, they also target cucumbers and melons. You can keep your vegetables safe from squash bugs if you prepare early.

How Do Squash Bugs Cause Damage?

When they feed, squash bugs pierce the tissue of the vegetable and drain the nutrients of the plant. They feast on vines, leaves, and fruit. Because the pierce plants in many places, it leads to the collapse of leaves and vines as they consume the sap inside. 

Their saliva also contains bacteria that are harmful to plants. The bacteria can cause the affected leaves to wilt and die. Additionally, adult squash bugs and nymphs sometimes carry the bacteria that cause the yellow vine disease. 

How to Control Squash Bugs 

  • Regularly inspect leaves. If you find eggs, remove them immediately.

  • Use companion planting strategies. Pairing squash plants with another crop can keep the bugs away from your vegetables without introducing chemicals.

  • Squash bugs gather under objects like tarps and boards. You can set these objects as bait in your garden, place them close to crops you want to protect. Remove them once they congregate under these objects. 

  • Mulch provides a hiding place for the squash bugs, especially during the colder months. Consider removing it and reduce the likelihood of an invasion next season. 

  • Insecticides can also be effective, check with a pest control professional or your local garden center for guidance on formulas and application procedures. The advantage of insecticides is that they can also control other pests.

Are you seeking a permanent way to rid of squash bugs in your garden? Consult a professional pest control company for comprehensive and lasting solutions in addition to these DIY options.





Posted by Mary Moloney on 11/21/2019

WOW!!! Fabulous opportunity awaits the new owner at The Village at Leland Stanford Farm. Stunning from the moment the front door opens...this spacious, contemporary town home filled with natural sun light is so inviting. Open-concept layout compliments many lifestyle design choices. The large cabinet packed eat-in kitchen w/tile floors, recessed lighting, and writing desk ..is open to both the deck and your living /dining area w/gas fireplace & recessed lighting. The second level boasts 2 huge bedrooms, including a MSuite w/vaulted ceilings, rec'd lighting, double sided fireplace...and tiled MBath w/jetted tub. Second bdrm has vaulted ceilings, rec'd ltg, & private full bath. There is a third level storage area, although some units owners have converted this space to a loft for added living area. Lower level laundry area, allows for plenty of storage, yet could easily be finished to your liking. Plus 2 car tandem garage. Your new home awaits in this commuter friendly location!

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