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No time like the present for pot and box gardening

May 6, 2018

Homeowners with a yen for growing plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables don’t have to break new ground – literally. They can follow time-tested advice and make matters simple by gardening above ground in boxes and containers.

Box gardening within raised beds over grass or soil offers the advantage of letting you create the ideal new soil environment within an above-ground wooden, metal or plastic frame that you can make yourself or assemble from a kit. Gardening in containers, meanwhile, offers portability and flexibility.

Read up on this trendy horticultural how-to topic, published in the Daily Herald, by clicking here.


Voice tech punches the clock

April 22, 2018

It’s infiltrated our homes in the form of smart speakers. Now, voice technology is poised to make a big splash in the workplace, as more companies adopt enterprise solutions like Alexa for Business and other speech-enabled tools and conversational interfaces designed to enhance productivity, manage common tasks and improve communication.

Which begs the question: Is your company ready for voice tech, and vice versa? In my newest article for Speech Technology, I explore this topic with the help of industry experts. Read it here.


To rent or buy? That is the question

April 16, 2018

Seeking a new lease on life? Many renters are often advised to ditch their leased dwellings and become homeowners. But is it really worth it to buy instead of rent? Which is the smarter choice financially?

Folks on the buy vs. rent fence now have fresh facts that can help answer this question. Get the 411 by reading my newest piece for The Mortgage Reports, available here.


A real estate resource you can rely on

April 9, 2018

In basketball, every position on your starting five plays a major role. Your point guard sets up the offense. Your center serves as a pivot and low post threat. And your power forward is often a key defender and rebounder. But it’s your go-to scorer whom you typically rely on to rack up the points and win the contest. In the game of real estate, this role is played by your agent, who serves as MVP of your home buying squad. Think of him or her as your personal LeBron James—a versatile expert skilled at many positions who can lead you to the promised land of your first home by putting you on the right path to the right property—right away.

Discover why an agent is so invaluable in the home buying process by reading my new article on this topic, published in the Omaha World-Herald.


Home sweet hamster

April 1, 2018

Thankfully, the days of the all-purpose aquarium serving as surrogate for a proper pet rodent residence are long gone. So, too, is the era of the ultra-flimsy plastic domicile that functioned more as a disposable chew toy that could be gnawed through faster than you can say “chinchilla.”

Indeed, the good news in 2018 is that there’s no shortage of quality-built, brand-name small animal abodes on the market for owners of mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils to choose from. Many, of course, are modular, chromatically eye-catching, and expandable thanks to a seemingly endless array of interconnecting accessories tailor-made for the Lego and Minecraft generation.

Learn more about small animal pet habitats by reading my latest column for Pet Age, available here.


Renting out your property? Try these decorating tips first

March 26, 2018

You’ve caught the Airbnb fever and are eager to promote your property online. Your short-term rental has a desirable location and many an amenity that should make for an alluring listing. And you’re even prepared for the grunt work required—like DIY property management, maintenance and marketing.

But you may be overlooking a key ingredient that could lead to poor reviews and low leasing activity: esthetic appeal in the form of fresh furnishings and d├ęcor. Ignore these elements at your own peril, say the pros. Learn what they have to recommend in my latest home improvement article, this time published in the Dallas Morning News, found here.


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