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EverStar Realty supports and celebrates the fiftieth year of the Fair Housing Act.  This federal legislation made it illegal to refuse to rent or sell a home to anyone based on certain protected classes such as race, gender, and familial status. 

If you own an investment property such as a rental unit, it is important to know and abide the Fair Housing Act in order to be complaint with the federal law. The  Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, leasing, rental, and financing of dwellings.

The Fair Housing Act is the federal law that protects renters and buyers rights.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the law.  The law establishes protected classes.  These protected classes cannot be

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Fishing DerbyKid’s Fishing Derby This Saturday!

Are you looking for a fun day with the kids?  Join the excitement for free for kids 2-11 years old. 

Many trout will be stocked in McNary Ponds for this event. Special fish will be tagged for prizes.

All normal fishing regulations are in effect.

Bring your own fishing pole and gear; some loaner poles may be available.

An adult must accompany all children.

Each fish caught must be reeled in by a child 2-11 years old.

Day: Saturday
Dates: April 14th
Times: 10:00am-Noon
Cost: Free
Ages: 2-11 years
Location: McNary Ponds

Sponsored by Tom Denchel Ford

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Selling a home means getting your home in order for photos as well as open houses. Another key ingredient is staging your home, which we have covered in a previous blog.  Staging a home does make a difference in helping prospective buyers visualize the space and getting the home sold faster.  

When you are getting ready for photos and when staging; consider plants. A  recent article on Realtor.com stated,   "Wellness-minded millennials are filling their homes with clean-air houseplants, and real estate developers are realizing that a love for greenery can be used as an amenity to attract buyers." Since Millennials are one of the largest groups of buyers, it makes sense to stage with things that will attract them, like plants.

“Plants boost

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dogs

Did you know that your dogs can get allergies too? In fact, if they go outdoors, they get more exposure than you do just to their running around closer to the ground.  They can have symptoms similar to humans. Some breeds seem to be more prone than others to allergic reactions including Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston terriers.(1)

Some mulch and plants are even poisonous to dogs and cats.  Some can even kill them.  It's important to know what you have growing in your yard.  Some common spring flowers are on this list include tulips, day lilies, daffodils, and narcissus. 

Symptoms of Allergies in Pets from WebMD

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny
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IrisSpring Beauty or Allergy Torment

Spring time is one of our favorite seasons.  That is, unless, you are an allergy sufferer.  Spring can herald the season of allergy pill investment time for many people.  Sneezing, coughing, sore throats, and itchy eyes can all be signals that you are experiencing allergies.  According to OPALS, just over "twenty-five years ago only 10% of the US population suffered from allergies." The last official figure they stated, "was up to 38% and rising."

However, just because you are an allergy sufferer doesn't mean that you can't enjoy beautiful plants in your own garden. There are allergy-friendly plants that you can have in your landscaping and enjoy their beauty.

Make sure to plan out your garden in advance and

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Gutters

It's Spring Time

Spring time is here, and it's the perfect time to inspect, maintain, and clean out your gutters and downspouts.  It's also a time when homeowners may want to have them installed if they don't have any on their house.  All gutters come in either sectional or seamless constructions and most have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. You also have the option of having tops put on them to help keep debris from falling in and clogging them.  

Maintenance

Check for holes and cracks and look to see if there are any places where they are pulling away from the house.  Also, make sure to check the brackets as well. One sign that you may need to replace them is if you see any damage to your fascia boards or roof. Also check areas beneath

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EverStar Realty accepts veterans VASH vouchers through our property management services.  We work with veterans in finding housing.  We are careful to continually keep abreast of the current laws and regulations.  This has awarded us the AMO certification for demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, financial performance and ethics.  We are the only property management company in the region with this distinguished accreditation.

   VASH stands for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing which is a federal program for supporting veterans with disabilities. HUD.gov states, "The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and

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 cfl mercury light bulbs

Does Your Light Bulb Contain Mercury?

Many people don't realize that the light bulbs they use contain mercury. The increased demand for energy-efficient lighting over standard incandescent light bulbs led to a boom in CFL (compact fluorescent lights) sales.  While they are more energy efficient; they contain mercury which must be handled with extreme care when one of them breaks.  Mercury is a poison and if one is broken you must take steps to avoid toxic inhalation or contamination of your home. We have gathered the following information to help you with identifying what bulbs contain mercury, local disposal resources, and step by step proper and safe clean up in case one of your bulbs breaks. Carpeting requires special care so be sure to

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Empty Pockets No Money

Do you think you can't buy a home?  You might be surprised to find out you can!  Here are the top 6 reasons given for why people think they can't buy a home....and the truth about them as cited on Realtor.com:

 

Reason No. 1: ‘I don't have enough money for a down payment'

This is probably the most common justification for not making the leap into homeownership. After all, few people have a huge chunk of cash lying around—and you need 20% down to buy a home, right? Wrong.

“Needing a 20% down payment has lingered as a myth for years and causes many potential home buyers, including those in the millennial generation, to miss out on getting into a home,” says Christina Bartning with National MI, a private mortgage insurer in Emeryville, CA.

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Thermostat

Do you have a programmable thermostat?  If you do and you program it correctly you can save at least 10% on heating and cooling costs each year. You can do this by setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees lower for at least 8 hours a day. 

According to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, almost 90% of home owners say that have never or rarely programmed their thermostat.  They aren't sure how. 

There are four distinctive types of programmable thermostats:

1 Week Programmable:  You can set one heating/cooling plan that is repeated daily for the entire week.

5-1-1 Programmable:  You can set one heating/cooling schedule for the week, plus you can schedule a different heating/cooling plan for Saturday and Sunday. 

5-2 Programmable:  Same as the

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