Do You Need a Degree to Become a Landlord?

In our lives, we play many roles in the housing market. We rent, we mortgage homes, and we purchase them — but how do we make the ultimate move, from lender to investor? Do we need certifications, or a particular accreditation, to become a landlord ourselves? There has never been a better time to start asking this question. The financial sector has been experiencing an almost year-long economic boom, with the rate of US wages rising to their highest level in a decade and the construction industry Read more […]

The Health Benefits of Natural Light

It’s common knowledge that the use of natural light in your home can increase your energy and save you money – but what can it do for your body? Natural lighting (sunlight) boosts the amount of Vitamin D produced in your body – which is important for absorbing calcium and promoting bone growth, especially in young children. Exposing the body to sunlight and increasing your Vitamin D levels can assist in the prevention of certain types of cancer, heart disease, depression and also help treat Read more […]

Buying a New House? 5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Your New Home

Acquiring a property that will become your new home is one of the most important decisions you can make, as it will influence many areas of your life in the future. Therefore, it is essential that you keep in mind the following aspects, which will help you make the best choice. Location Experts say that the most important thing for a business to succeed is its location. This also applies to your home. Being central and close to your work, your children’s school, shops, hospitals, etc., can make Read more […]

The 10 Dumbest Green Buildings on Earth

While any structure built in a way that lessens its footprint is welcomed, some of the buildings that people try to turn green simply make no sense. LEED certification, in all its greatness, does not take the building’s intended purpose into account; this leaves us with some hilarious, unabashedly self-contradicting buildings. Here are the ten of the most laughable green buildings: 1. BP’s Helios House Gas Station – Los Angeles, Cal. Yes, there is an LEED-certified gas station. It’s actually Read more […]

Dwell Tour of Energy Star Homes in Brooklyn

As part of BKLYN Designs 2009, a fabulous green design event that happens every May in Brooklyn, NY, Dwell Magazine toured five homes in the area to showcase innovative, contemporary and thoughtful design. Of the 5 homes we were so impressed with two of them because of their energy efficiency and use of sustainable materials. Sadly, we weren’t there first hand to tour the houses ourselves, but we may just have to make a trip to Brooklyn next spring to be there so we too can tour gorgeous homes Read more […]