Blog :: 02-2017

Meet George Jetson!

Patricia Best

When I was a kid, I watched the Jetsons and wondered if the real world would ever resemble their high-tech fantasy world.   

While we haven’t mastered the flying cars quite yet, we are close to having a driverless car and we now have some AMAZING gadgets that make our houses safer and more energy efficient. The Nest thermostat can be controlled from your mobile phone and also learns your habits after you use it for a few weeks.              

The Chamberlain garage door opener can open and close your door from anywhere using your phone. The Vivinte doorbell camera lets you see and speak to anyone at your front door from anywhere. Samsung makes a refrigerator that takes pictures of the contents and sends them to your phone so you will know what you need at the grocery store.

Now if only Rosie the Robot would clean my house!

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    We Should Have Bought Last Summer

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    Martha Mullins

    Not everything falls into place at the right time. If you’re searching for a home, you may have watched with dismay as mortgage rates rose recently. Disappointing as that is, there is an option to “buy down” your mortgage that will lower your monthly payments. An additional up-front fee paid at the time you execute your mortgage will lower your mortgage interest rate.  

    The fee is a point system.  Each “point” represents 1% of your mortgage. For a $300,000 mortgage, the point is $3,000. How to know if that math works for you?  Take the difference between the two interest rates, let’s say 4.25% vs. 4.00% with one point paid.  The savings for one year is $750. You just paid $3,000, one point, to lower the rate.  It would take only four years before you’ve recouped that point value and begin to save. 

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      Jumpfest in Salisbury

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      Elvia Gegnoux

      It is almost time to head down to the ski jumps and watch future Olympians race down the jump and soar into the air.  

      The 91st Annual Salisbury Ski Jumps will be held the weekend of February 10-12, 2017, opening with a Target jump under the lights on Friday night, followed by a Human Dog Sled Race. 

      So come on out, dress warmly and enjoy a winter tradition in Salisbury. 

      There will be other events happening in town, including an ice-carving demonstration with professional carvers on the White Hart Green and the Snow Ball Dance at the Lakeville Hose Company Annex. 

      Don’t forget to bring your cowbell to cheer the jumpers on! For more information and a full schedule check out  jumpfest.org.

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        Painting a House's Exterior

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        Marty Kirby

        Curb appeal is an important  aspect of a house, and merits attention regarding color and trim for any house.  Will the color selected be in harmony with other houses in the neighborhood or with the architectural style of the property? Or, do you stick with the same color combination?  It’s an interesting challenge worthy of some research. 

        Should the color of the trim be shades darker or lighter than the primary color of the clapboards or shingles?  Should a contrasting color be introduced? Or, none of the above!  

        If in doubt, consult with a trusted professional for his/her expertise for a creative opinion or solution. A productive adventure is to tour around this greater area and observe the color of the many homes visible from the street. The colors chosen may be varied and customized which may help in your own decision process. Besides, it’s a fun exercise. At the same time, focus on how a welcoming front door makes a statement with a dramatic harmonizing color.

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          Slip Slidin' Away

          Patricia Best

          What a crazy weather pattern we’ve been experiencing this past month in the Tri-State area. It was over 50 degrees one week; then an ice storm; then a meltdown. 

          Our hard-working road crews and landscapers have struggled to keep up.  When a few inches of icy mix cover the now-softened gravel driveways prevalent in the country, a decision must be made: TO PLOW OR NOT TO PLOW…that is the question.  

          I decided not to plow so a visitor accidentally drove onto the softened field abutting my driveway and promptly got stuck in the ice and mud. Oh, the joys of winter!      

          So take a trip to Lindell’s or Herrington’s and stock up with lots of Ice Melt, sand, and salt...and remember we only have two more months of winter.

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