Be Safe with DIY Home Security Systems and Sensors

Good article on the many security systems today that can be customized for every security need.

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With today’s wireless connections, homeowners can build their own network of cameras, sensors, and interconnected hubs without being tied to a single vendor or ongoing contracts.

Owners can even monitor the home themselves or set up a month-to-month contract with a monitoring company. Today’s systems give your clients peace of mind. They’re even great for vacation properties and rentals.

“DIY systems give customers the flexibility to build the system they want and the freedom to include the devices and sensors that fit their specific needs. This is important because no two households are the same,” says Chris Carney, CEO of Abode.

SimpliSafe, for example, was one of the first self-install home security companies that came on the market 10 years ago. Now, new technology is helping the market grow and making advancements in the products available, according to SimpliSafe CEO Chad Laurans. “With our app, for example, you can stream video from your doorbell or cameras on your phone, or you can see alerts and let people in and out of your house,” he says.

These affordable DIY security solutions also provide real estate professionals and home sellers a competitive edge when listing a home for sale. “This can increase the marketability of the home and potentially increase the value of the listing,” says Carney. “An agent can easily deploy a whole-environment solution built around an Abode system including a smart lock, thermostat, and connected lights, all for under $1,000 and all easily controlled by one app.”

A system can also be given as closing gift to protect the new home and “help establish the real estate agent as someone that buyer will call on again or recommend to a friend,” he adds.

Via Realtor.com

8 Simple Ways To Live Off Grid On Less Watts – Off The Grid News

Here’s a few good tips to reduce your power usage. Solar power works fine, but often one has to adjust to the whims of nature, and on the cloudy days use less power.

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Here are just a few of the changes that we made to our off-grid lives that helped us use less watts:

  1. We never took a shower before the sun was up.
  2.  Also, we never took a shower when the sun was down.
  3. Made sure we only did laundry between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and only one load per day.
  4. We went to bed early and got up early (this proved to be most productive).
  5. Always used battery-operated lanterns and book lights for evening reading.
  6. Made sure we unplugged everything — the coffee pot, the toaster, etc. – when not in use.
  7. We rarely used the microwave.
  8. Never left the TV on, and we used it sparingly.

Source: 8 Simple Ways To Live Off Grid On Less Watts – Off The Grid News

Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continued to hover near historical lows this week, lowering borrowing costs for home buyers and refinancing homeowners.

Freddie Mac reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.60% this week, unchanged from last week’s average. “The sound and fury of the financial markets continue to warn of an impending recession; however, the silver lining is mortgage demand reached a three-year high this week,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

“The decline in mortgage rates over the last month is causing a spike in refinancing activity—as homeowners currently have $2 trillion in conventional mortgage loans that are in the money—which will help support consumer balance sheets and increase household cash flow. On top of that, purchase demand is up 7% from a year ago.”

Source: Mortgage Rates Hover Near Record Lows | Realtor Magazine

$100M Malibu Home Under Construction Is Most Expensive New Listing

A home under construction in Malibu, CA, called the Case 5, is on the market for $100 million. The nine-digit price tag cemented its spot as the week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®.

Set to be completed in late 2020, the home is part of a collection of five new homes inspired by midcentury modern residential design. Prices will range from $50 million to $100 million.

The magnificent development in one of the nation’s priciest markets is the brainchild of designer Scott Gillen and his firm Unvarnished. In 2017, the longtime Malibu resident set a city record when he scooped up 24 coastal acres for $50 million.

For those unfamiliar with Gillen, the developer was once a filmmaker and director before turning his attention to high-end home design.

Source: $100M Malibu Home Under Construction Is Most Expensive New Listing | realtor.com®

Summer Squash: The Gardening Staple You Can Grow In 40 Days

For a lot of people, the thought of summer squash brings to mind just a few varieties. The entire list probably consists of little yellow crooknecks and zucchini, with no more than one or two choices of each.

There is a bonanza of summer squash taste available to home gardeners. If you like squash even a tiny bit, you will want to grow your own. Fresh summer squash in your backyard provides daily fresh young produce throughout the season, the ability to eliminate food miles, and the opportunity to try dozens of unique varieties that are not available at stores or even farmer’s markets.

Source: Summer Squash: The Gardening Staple You Can Grow In 40 Days –

Your Own Private Island – Just $350,000

If owning a private island in the Caribbean sounds like a pipe dream to you, you’re in luck: An island in Belize just hit the market for an affordable $350,000, which is cheaper than the median home prices in major markets like New York, Seattle, San Diego and Portland.

The 1-acre island is located seven miles off the coast of Southern Belize, which is about 20 minutes by boat, according to 7th Heaven Properties.

Source: You can buy this private island in the Caribbean for $350,000—take a look

Island off Belize for sale (Photo : 7th heaven properties)

Check Out the Kingman Visitor Center Website for Everything Kingman

Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66 & one of the hidden treasures of Arizona, is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for “Route 66 and Beyond.” Scenic hiking, historic charm, great cafes and restaurants, and the allure of Route 66 combine to make Kingman a remarkable destination.

Source: Kingman AZ Visitor Center

We like Kingman Arizona. I first fell in love with this area in 1995, and moved just a short year later. We still get mail in Kingman, and our official address is there, but we reside way out where Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies.

Check them out for upcoming events & activities. Then come and get your kicks!