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Existing Home Sales and Prices All Over the Map Currently

April 14, 2011

The real estate roller coaster seems to be traveling along just fine in the beginning of 2010. While there have been some very dramatic dips over the past year, this year seems to be a mixture of ups and downs so far.

While real estate sales have dipped down over 7 percent across the nation since December, it is important to note that buying rates are still 11 ½ percent higher than at the same time last year. However, home prices have not all suffered the same fate everywhere you go across the nation; on the west side of the US the home sales have dropped very little and it is the Northeast US that seen the largest drop over the December to January range. The substantial change in home buyers in the North-eastern states is less daunting, however, when taken in context of the strong recovery that it has seen in the past year. Areas that have had modest recoveries have, at least, only seen modest dips in the number of homes sold.

The prices of homes across the nation have seen an inverse relationship to incidence of homes being bought and sold. Home prices in the west dropped far more than prices in the North-east; this trend is possibly part of the reason that more homes were purchased on the west side of the nation than in the north-eastern states.

As we get closer to the end expiration of the home buyers tax credit, it is likely that we will see home buying pick up somewhat; home prices may rise in response to the greater public interest for real estate but only time will tell if that interest will drop off again after the tax credit program expires.

The backlog of inventory currently available across the nation is down to almost an eight month supply of homes, but many experts believe that banks have been holding back a shadow inventory of homes in order to keep the prices of homes for sale from sliding down even further than the levels that they’re at now. However, once the new homes hit the market, it is likely that there could be another slide in prices.

The lack of stabilization is making some experts concerned about real estate recovery. There are still many government programs that are being reworked and revised to help out home owners and buyers; the results of these programs is likely to throw another variable into real estate recovery for some time yet.

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FEMA Summer Jobs

April 7, 2011

FEMA’s Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) offers a valuable work experience for students.

Incumbent will apply his/her clerical and administrative skills and experience in an exciting work environment with great people. In this occupation, you will perform clerical support work by applying procedures and practices within established guidelines. You may type reports, maintain files, arrange meetings and prepare travel requests and vouchers as well as conduct research concerning the interpretation and application of a variety of rules and regulations. To be successful in this field, it is essential that you have a high degree of flexibility. You may also be required to have computer literacy and the ability to type and transcribe data. If you are a versatile team player who enjoys assisting others, your skills and abilities are needed at FEMA.
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High School Summer Jobs Naval Base in PA & MD

April 7, 2011

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division is looking for highly motivated high school students to expose them to Navy projects and programs.  Summer hires will receive hands-on experience in the fields of engineering, science, and computers in a research and development and test and evaluation environment.   Selected students will be placed in a wide variety of scientific and engineering fields with mentors who are scientists, engineers and technicians.  The mentors work with students during the summer to give them a first-hand understanding of professional methods to foster their desire to pursue careers in Science and Engineering.  The summer program will provide students with exposure to scientific and engineering practice and personnel not available in their school environment and exposes them to DOD (Department of Defense) research and engineering activities and goals in a way that encourages a positive image and supportive attitude toward our defense community.

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President Obama will host a live forum on the economy online

April 7, 2011

President Obama will host a live forum on the economy during an online town hall meeting at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time/4:45 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 20.

This event, which will be held on Facebook, presents a great opportunity for members to ask tough questions and make important points about the housing market, the economy, the AD&C crisis, threats to the mortgage interest deduction and other housing concerns.

I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to help take our message to millions of Americans as well as the White House. You can submit questions and comments now at the White House website or on the Facebook event page.

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Harvest the Downpours

April 5, 2011

In case you haven’t noticed, the raining season is upon us. Now would be a good time to consider ways to use natures abundance to cut your costs in maintaining your home and property. Setting up your own rain barrel is an easy way to save a significant amount of money each season. For every inch of rain that falls on 750 sq ft of roof, you can collect 450 gallons of water. That means many areas can gather upwards of a thousand gallons of water every year. That’s water you can use to hydrate your houseplants, flowers, vegetable garden or lawn. In addition to saving you money on water bills, using natural water is environmentally sustainable (cities spend a lot of money and energy treating and pumping water into homes). Plants will also grow better with rainwater compared to chlorinated and fluoridated tap water.

Rain barrels can be fairly easily constructed out of old garbage cans, a few washers, a spigot, caulking, and a hose clamp. By connecting one of your home’s downspouts to the barrel, you will harness some of the rain collecting power of your roof. If Do-It-Yourself is not your cup of tea, prefabrocated rain barrels can be purchased at most home improvement stores, usually ranging from $100-$200. When setting up your rain barrel, make sure to place it on a platform (bricks, etc.) roughly a foot or so off of the ground to make it easier to fill up watering cans and also to give more pressure if you decide to hook it up to a hose.

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