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About Steve Parker

Youth Football Coach Keller, Texas, Web Developer, Wordpress Consultant, and an Internet Marketing / SEO / PPC Consultant.

Green upgrades can help sell a house | Detroit Free Press |

The Earth Advantage Institute determined that existing homes with third-party environmental certifications sell for 30% more than comparable homes without such ratings. In another study, the National Bureau of Economic Research found a 97% return on investment for solar panels. … Continue reading

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New home construction in Western Pennsylvania increases 12 percent – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

New housing construction in the Pittsburgh region increased 12 percent during the first nine months of the year, according to a report released Thursday. Total of new housing units in a six-county region rose to 2,155 compared with 1,923 last … Continue reading

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HGTV’s Mike Holmes renovation tips

via HGTV star gives tips for overseeing a smooth renovation. |

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Future Home Design

As the nation is becoming more green and frugal, people expect more than just a well designed home and appliances. “Over the last five years, design has been elevated,” says Michelle Lamb, editorial director of The Trend Curve, a trade … Continue reading

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Tips to avoid traveling contractor scams

Your decision to do a home improvement project or make a home repair should not be a quick choice like grabbing a candy bar while you are in line at the grocery store.  So when a home repair contractor knocks … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Home Prices Appreciated in 2011

Any good news is welcome in this financial market.  It looks like our housing market in Pittsburgh is fairing much better than many markets around the nation. Pittsburgh is among 25 metro markets where home values appreciated this year — … Continue reading

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BBB Tips for Hiring Home Repair Contractors

BBB Checklist: 10 Tips for Hiring a Home Repair Contractors: • Track record: Hire a reputable, local company. Check out a company’s BBB rating and complaint history at It’s fast, easy and free. You can also call the BBB … Continue reading

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Vinyl Evolution: Pella Debuts New Energy-Saving Vinyl Line — PELLA, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

PELLA, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Today’s vinyl windows from Pella Windows and Doors have transformed into beautiful, durable and energy-efficient windows that offer premium features and options. The new Pella 350 Series window line completes Pella’s latest vinyl … Continue reading

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Walls of the Future – Temperature-Regulating

Wow, walls of the future that can help with heating and cooling. If they are able to bring to market this will be another boom product for green technology. Now Chinese researchers have come up with another tool in the … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Ranks #2 City for Good Jobs And Cheap Housing

We already knew Pittsburgh was a great place to live.  And according to a recent report by Investopedia, Pittsburgh ranks number two in their listing.  See the full article below. 2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania This city surprises many people, as Pittsburgh … Continue reading

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