Category: Home + Lifestyle

Safety is Key to Home Sweet Home


Accidents happen. But if you’re a homeowner, neglecting safety features in your home can be more than just an “oops” type of accident. It can be life-threatening to you, loved ones or guests.

This summer, let’s take the time to make sure our homes are safe! SafeWise Report names the following as the top 9 reasons for accidents in a home.

  1. Falls
  2. Fires
  3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  4. Choking
  5. Cuts
  6. Poisoning
  7. Strangling
  8. Drowning
  9. Burns

For more details on what to look for and how to prevent any of these becoming issues in your home, read the full article from SafeWise here.

Take the time to go through your home soon and prevent accidents wherever you can. Keep your home safe and it really will be your home, sweet home.

Trade Tools and Ties for Gadgets and Greeting Cards


It is safe to say that fathers can sometimes be the hardest people in your life to shop for. This Father’s Day, get a gift that your dad, spouse, or son that will love and use all the time. What fathers really want these days are gadget and greeting cards. What dad wouldn’t like the newest, high tech gadget to show off to all his buddies at work?  Also, don’t be fooled with that tough guy façade; fathers love a nice greeting card. Dads want to know they are loved and appreciated. So don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get your friend or family member a gift that he won’t forget. Click here to learn more about what fathers really want on Father’s Day.  

Spice Up Your Outdoor Patio Furniture!

Your outside furniture space deserves to have a little fun this summer! HouseBeautiful predicts some beautiful summer styles for this year that will easily transform your outdoor space. Spruce up your space by adding:

  • layered blankets and throw pillows
  • splashy patterned pillows
  • soft coastal Maui blues and ivory/bisque
  • woven styles and crochet designed furniture
  • distressed light blue
  • natural materials like a solid teak table
  • florals
  • a mosaic table

Take your outdoor space to a whole new level this summer.

Source: HouseBeautiful April 10, 2017

Consumer Reports Indicates Best Items to Buy in May

In need of some new items in your home but not sure when to get the best deal on them?

Check out Consumer Reports “Best Time to Buy Things” listing. They’ve compiled stats on a wide range of products and then categorized them in the month when they are the least expensive to purchase.

This month, if you’re in need of any of the following items, you’re in luck. Go get ’em now while the price is right. 

Saving money where you can is always a good idea. If you’re doing work around your home right now, be sure to click here to look at the full listing to see if you should wait a month or two before making your next big product purchase.

Homemade is the Key to Mom’s Heart


This Mother’s Day, why not spoil Mom with some homemade specialties instead of fighting for reservations at a pricey brunch spot nearby?

These recipes from Taste of Home are sure to delight her. And maybe even surprise her that someone else spent time in the kitchen!

From all of us at Skyline Home Loans, we hope that you take time this Mother’s Day to show the mothers in your life how much you love them.

And, if you’re a mom reading this – sit back and relax. Let someone else do the work for a change. You deserve it.

High Contrast: A Design Trick That Makes Small Spaces Seem Larger

This is the conventional wisdom: for a small space, light colors. Dark colors can make a space feel heavy and oppressive, and they tend to soak up light, which is usually at a premium in a smaller space. But dark colors can actually make a small space seem larger—it just all depends on how you use them.

The key is, instead of painting the entire space in a dark color, to just paint one wall (or a single element like a bookcase). Dark colors read as receding from the viewer, so the accent wall visually enlarges the space (and sets up a nice contrast that can make the rest of the space seem brighter by comparison). Let’s check out a few examples.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Smart TVs 101: Everything you need to know

The ins and outs of internet-connected televisions

Smart TVs, unlike conventional television sets, let users do a number of things—such as stream content from services like Netflix or Hulu, browse the internet, and check social media—directly from the TV set without additional hardware.

And they’re gaining steam with consumers: In 2011, 52 million smart TVs were sold worldwide. By 2015, that number rose to 141 million and was projected to hit 173 million by 2016.

Of course, there are several ways you can set up a “smart” TV. You can buy an actual Smart TV with integrated Wi-Fi, one that can handle apps and the like. Or, you can buy something like the Google Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku Stick to turn your “dumb” TV into a “smart” one.

Read the source article at Curbed

Mortgage rates tumble to fresh 2017 low

Yesterday, interest rates fell to the lowest they’ve been all year! This is great news for those who are ready to purchase a home or are considering refinancing.

Mortgage rates can change at any moment; that’s why it’s so important to strike while the iron is hot.

Rates for home loans fell in line with Treasury yields, nudging mortgage rates to the lowest level of the year, Freddie Mac said Thursday.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08%, down 2 basis points during the week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34%, down from 3.36%. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.18%, down one basis point.

Those rates don’t include fees associated with obtaining mortgage loans.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell five basis points during the week as investors continue to re-assess the expectations for fiscal stimulus and economic growth that followed the November election even as fresh geopolitical worries flared. The benchmark government bond breached a key technical level, 2.30%, twice during the week.

Read the source article at MarketWatch