Altos: Critics Are Wrong About Where Housing Is Headed

In Pinellas County, specifically the beaches along the barrier islands from Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, the housing market is strong and prices continue to rise.

Altos: Critics Are Wrong About Where Housing Is Headed.

FHA Program Puts Ex-Home Owners on Track to Buy Again Sooner

Start searching for your next home, you may be able to buy now, before prices and/or interest rates go up.

FHA Program Puts Ex-Home Owners on Track to Buy Again Sooner.

Home Buyers May Face Sticker Shock This Spring

We have probably all heard that home prices are going up, but how much is the real question.  Read more……

Home Buyers May Face Sticker Shock This Spring.

Tax Reform Proposal Would Impact Every Single American

Tax Reform Proposal Would Dramatically Alter Housing Landscape.

The Hottest Home Design Trends for Spring 2014

Love these colors and the coastal inspired ideas. Read more….
http://blog.realestatebook.com/2014/02/17/the-hottest-home-design-trends-for-spring/

St Pete Annual Shell Show

If you missed it yesterday be sure to stop by today at The Seminole Recreation Center for the 66th annual Shell show. Exibits and expert information. Amazing is the beauty that lives under the sea.

Dryer Fires Peak in Winter

Fall and Winter are seasons of cooler temperatures, holiday parties – and dryer fires. Reports of clothes dryer fires is highest in the fall and winter months and peaks in January – the month in which ten percent of all dryer fires occurs.  An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year with a resultant $35 million in property damage.

According to fire department studies, failure to clean the vents (34 %)  was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.  Dust, fiber, and lint (28%) and clothing (27%) were determined to be the items first ignited in the dryer fires.

While most of the lint is trapped by the dryer’s filter, lint is also carried through the vent system along with moist air. Lint is highly combustible and can accumulate in the dryer and dryer vent.  Accumulated lint leads to reduced  airflow and poses a potential fire hazard. Other blockages in dryer exhaust vents can occur if the vent is damaged, or if small birds or other animals build nests in the vent.

What can homeowners due to prevent these occurrences? First, consider using metal ducts (flexible or solid) as a way to vent, a dryer. Metal ducts are far safer because they don’t sag, reducing lint build-up and metal ducts may contain a fire if one starts.

No matter what type of duct is used, it should be cleaned regularly, and the dryer lint screen should be removed and cleaned after each load.

What are some signs that dryer vents may be blocked and needs attention? Clothes that are taking too long to dry. clothes that smell moldy after a dry cycle, and clothes (or dryer top) are very hot to the touch. If any of these signs are present, dryer venting needs to be examined and cleaned immediately.

Source: SEC Inspection Services