Father and son driving.

Back-to-School Season Safety: The Dangers of Texting and Driving

August 9

Remember the days when summer meant three solid months of warm weather and no school? Unless you’re a teacher, it’s probably been a while since your last summer break. But this is the time of year when students across the country are getting ready to head back to class. Some older teens will be driving to and from school, making this a perfect time to review the study about distracted driving and cellphones that the National Safety Council created in partnership with Nationwide. Continue reading

Paintbrush.

5 Quick and Easy Cosmetic Home Updates

August 7

Want a brand-new kitchen or completely renovated bathroom, but don’t feel like emptying your wallet? Sometimes, a quick touch-up or easy fix can transform a room – without costing you hundreds of dollars. Check out five easy and quick cosmetic home updates to make everyone wonder if you hired a 15-person crew. Continue reading

Houses on a hill.

Buying an Investment Property? Here Are 5 Cities Where Home Values Have Increased

August 2

Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to Kiplinger.com, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like Zillow.com for up-to-date information. Continue reading