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How to Control Your Home with your Cell Phone

Home automation is still evolving, and getting it to work requires knowledge of both household electrical wiring and computer networking. But once everything is hooked up correctly, it can change the way you interact with your home. We show you how you can use your smart phone as a remote control for your lights, heat and security in your home.

By Glenn Derene

Published on: January 30, 2009

Home automation exists in… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 8, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Builders Serving Mature Home Buyer Market See More Consumer Interest

Sales Still Low; Future Expectations Higher, But Modest

June 4, 2009 - Builders of single-family housing for the mature home buyer market reported an increase in traffic of prospective buyers during the first quarter of this year, according to the 55+ Housing Market Index (55+ HMI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The component measuring traffic rose to 14, up from nine in the last quarter. The reported sales component, however, dropped five… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 8, 2009 at 11:03am — No Comments

Fish Free All Weekend

Free fishing in Michigan – June 13-14..No license required. The Michigan DNR recently announced plans for the 13th Annual Free Fishing Weekend. All weekend long you can fish throughout the State without a license.

If you need equipment, you can find some great deals on poles and gear at garage sales and thrift stores. So call a friend, family member or someone you would just like an excuse to spend time with and head to the the nearest fishing hole...and by all means don't forget… Continue

Added by Moescorner on June 8, 2009 at 8:16am — No Comments

Sunday Ride

Sundays have rituals.

In the summer months, the ritual includes horses.

And long rides.…


Added by Sherry Sutherby on June 8, 2009 at 6:53am — No Comments

Speaking of Trails

Speaking of trails, there are other few venues in which the weather determines the success or failure of an activity. This has been a disappointingly cool and rainy spring. So how are we doing with our trail events so far? May 16 loop ride from Harbor Springs. Grade F, a total washout. Weather so cold and blustery that we, the ride sponsors, were glad that no one showed up.

May 23 dedication of new segment of the Huron-Sunrise Trail into Forty… Continue

Added by Tom Stanley on June 7, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Hops Too

Saturday afternoon I accepted an invitation from Graham Kelly to check out his new hops farm about 20 minutes north of Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula. Kelly was throwing a party to celebrate his second year of hops production and the planting of a new field of the trellised crop.

There has been a good bit of chatter about hops—the bitter flavor and natural preservative in beer—since Kelly and some partners put in their first… Continue

Added by Jeff Smith on June 7, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Mustang Mania

Year 'round, like clockwork, our farrier, Bruce, comes to trim the three horses.

It's a set date.

Every six weeks.

Carved in stone.

And Nauish (pronounced Now-eesh) knows it.…


Added by Sherry Sutherby on June 6, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

A Day at the Dockside

Lots of people know The Dockside—the Torch Lake hot spot packed on any given summer night with boaters, bikers and beach-bums alike. They claim it as their bar, just like it’s the cottager family’s bar, the sports fans’ bar, the golfers’ bar, the locals’ bar, and the bar of anyone who happens upon it by car or boat just to soak up summer. The deck at the Dockside—usually the most coveted spot in summertime—is proof of their Dockside pride. Every inch of every board is carved with patrons… Continue

Added by Lauren Marmion on June 5, 2009 at 2:16pm — 3 Comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hiring A Professional Remodeler

The decision to hire a home remodeler can be intimidating. This section will give you the tools and inside information on finding, evaluating, hiring and working with a remodeler. Your home is your biggest investment, and the best way to protect it is by hiring an ethical, professional remodeler. Let’s get started!

Find a Professional

When you hire a remodeler, you are buying a service rather than a product. The quality of the service the remodeler provides will… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Enjoy the Great Outdoors This Summer with a Deck or Patio

With National Barbecue Month, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day all falling in May, there are plenty of reasons to gather together with friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors. A new deck or patio can be the perfect gathering place, adding a new dimension to your yard and creating space that you didn’t even know you had. A well-planned outdoor living space can become a home owner’s backyard getaway, but the wrong deck or patio can end up as unused dead space. Keep the following in mind and… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Saving more than 2,000 acres of working farmland

Bundoran Farm is one of LandChoices' sponsors. And it's a beautiful place. Using conservation subdivision design, what they call "preservation development, a win-win was created for the landowners, developer and the community. And the farm stayed!

From… Continue

Added by Kirt Manecke, Smile book on June 5, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

As a First-Time Buyer, Should I Wait Until Prices Go Lower to Buy a Home?

The housing market is currently in a cyclical downturn, and conditions are ideal to purchase a home, especially for first-time buyers. Here's why:

Interest rates are at historical lows

Home prices have decreased

There is a large inventory of homes on the market to choose from

An $8,000 tax credit is available to qualified first-time buyers who purchase before Nov. 30, 2009. Find out more

Some states are offering special short-term tax… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 4, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Life Fully Lived

Full moon's a comin'.

I'll be ready.

No more Weekend Warrior for this gal.

Every day is an opportunity.…


Added by Sherry Sutherby on June 4, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

2009 Parade of Homes Tickets Now Available at the Following Ticket Outlets

Suttons Bay Traverse City State Bank 93 W 4th Street

Elk Rapids Wooden Hammer, Ltd 11600 US-31 South

Glen Arbor The Sportsman Shop 5914 S Manitou Blvd

Traverse City Brown Lumber Company 1701 South Airport

Traverse City Floor Covering Brokers 1794 Barlow

Traverse City Home Builders Association 3040 Sunset Lane

Traverse City Larry's Pool & Spa, Inc. 1238 South Garfield Avenue

Traverse City Pure Water Works 1040 South Garfield Avenue

Traverse City TBA… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 3, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Is Buying a Home in Today's Economy a Good Idea?

As a long-term investment, homeownership is still one of the best investments for individual households.

“Why” you may ask? After all, the headlines say the housing market is down and out, with defaults rising at an alarming rate, and mortgage markets so frozen that buyers can’t get a home loan at any price.

What buyers need to realize is that housing markets, like all markets, inevitably have their ups and downs. And homeownership has a track record that is virtually… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 3, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Granholm Says Ongoing Efforts to Foster a Green Economy More Imperative Than Ever,1607,7-192--215654--,00.html

Contact: Liz Boyd 517-335-6397

May 29, 2009

In radio address, governor says we can no longer depend on industries that once were our bedrock

LANSING - In her weekly radio address, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today said that Michigan's ongoing efforts in fostering the alternative energy sector and a green economy are… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 2, 2009 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Rally Monkeys

My Mom is a fervent Detroit Tigers fan. My whole family loves the Tigers, but my mom is the only one that has the Maglio Ordonez hat with the curly hair attached. Fans know that the Tigers seem to run out of steam a little bit in the 6th inning and that’s when the crowd turns their hats inside out and flips the bill up and starts waving the Rally Monkey. Sometimes the Tigers rally and sometimes they don’t but Mom is always certain that they’ll pull it off.

As you must have read,… Continue

Added by Manistee Chamber on June 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

I Love A Good Map

Glik’s in downtown Manistee carries the “Life is Good” line of t-shirts and hats, including one that says “Not all who wander are lost” and I have to say that just doesn’t apply to me. If I’m wandering, it’s a pretty safe bet that I’m lost.

I love a good map - not MapQuest or a GPS or written directions - I want a map! In the Army, we learned that a map is a visual scale representation of the earth as seen from above and that’s exactly what appeals to me about a map. I like to see where I… Continue

Added by Manistee Chamber on June 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Video: HUD Secretary Donovan Unveils Details Of Plan To Monetize Home Buyer Tax Credit

In a speech before the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors on May 29, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled new rules that will help spur the housing market by allowing consumers to use the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to help cover the costs of closing on an FHA-insured home.

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on June 1, 2009 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Tax credits give homeowners incentive to remodel efficiently


WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Question: Is installation of a gas tankless water heater (to replace a storage-tank water heater) tax-credit approved under the economic stimulus package singed by President Obama in February?

Question: Is that $1,500 lifetime ceiling for each item under the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? In other words, is it $1,500 each for the windows, solar panels and tankless water heaters, or is… Continue

Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on May 31, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

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