stjamesnews.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20121130/OPINION/121139970/1017/LIFESTYLE stjamesnews.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:46:47 +0000 Dear Monty: Selling a nice home in a distressed neighborhood http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419784/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419784/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Ashley, and thanks for your question, and thanks for sending me your address. I was able to see your home from aerial photos on an Internet map. You are fortunate to have some mature vegetation and trees to provide a partial shield. A risk in homeownership is the [...]]]> Home Help: Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419886/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419886/1017/LIFESTYLE Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. For sheer spring-like impact it's hard to beat decorating with light.
Incorporating light into interior design can go far beyond a few strategically placed, attractive lamps and some upgraded overhead lights. It's possible to use both natural and artificial [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Building a real estate investment team http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409646/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409646/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Rob, and thanks for your question. Owning investment real estate can be a great business. You are spot on to be looking at assembling a team approach. A team will be extremely helpful for a newcomer to the business.
Basic considerations
Much of how to proceed depends on a variety [...]]]>
Home Help: Spring into simple DIY home decorating trends http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409939/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409939/1017/LIFESTYLE Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces showcased in a special way can be a conversation starter. Love cycling, but have an old bicycle that you don't ride anymore? Consider using its components to construct a unique piece of furniture to showcase your passion for the [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Elderly seller avoids remodeling http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409965/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409965/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello, Mary, and thanks for your question. This question will generate a variety of answers from anyone you ask. Most opinions will boil down to this:
The common wisdom
Two homes are virtually [...]]]>
Go bold with bright exterior paint http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409991/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140402/NEWS/140409991/1017/LIFESTYLE Jim Hillibish: There’s a high-pressure solution to the trickle http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339921/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:56:16 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339921/1017/LIFESTYLE What a great idea. Think of the billions of gallons we'll save if everybody uses water-restricting shower heads. This causes environmentalists to power dance and governments to legislate. Billions of gallons. Imagine that.
Not exactly. None of these meddlers ever took showers, obviously. It's not how much water you use. [...]]]>
When a tree falls — what do you do? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339923/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:48:47 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339923/1017/LIFESTYLE That means contacting your home insurance agent if you sustain damage and paying your deductible. Your option on the deductible is to file a lawsuit.
Here are some other considerations provided by [...]]]>
Home Help: Bathroom blooms with spring makeover http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339998/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/NEWS/140339998/1017/LIFESTYLE Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather.
Relaxed modernity is ideal for a bathroom, and a serene palette is a great step to create this calming oasis. Use the beach as your muse; pastels such as light blue and eggshell white [...]]]>
Dear Monty: The benefits of owning small apartment buildings http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329757/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329757/1017/LIFESTYLE Our other two-family is hitting on all cylinders, debt is looking good and we once again have a good amount of disposable income. I have been looking at multifamily [...]]]> How to control swallows http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329819/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/NEWS/140329819/1017/LIFESTYLE Home Help: Embrace spring with DIY home and landscaping projects http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/NEWS/140329989/1017/LIFESTYLE People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with these home and gardening tips:
As temperatures begin to warm, time to enjoy the outdoors is just around the corner. Soon enough you'll be relaxing with family and friends on your deck or [...]]]>
Healthy Habits: Poison-proof your home http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319945/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:37 +0000 By Betsy Cross More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319945/1017/LIFESTYLE More than 3 million calls were made to America's 56 Poison Control Centers in 2012. You might think that [...]]]> Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309634/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:10 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140309/NEWS/140309634/1017/LIFESTYLE How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
Home Help: Four quick color tips to awaken your home http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:27:53 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309986/1017/LIFESTYLE Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try different hues, with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers.
If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, sideboards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. Be sure to properly prep your project so it withstands [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Learn about Malibu through its historic homes http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229461/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:14:43 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229461/1017/LIFESTYLE Creators Syndicate
The mention of the name Malibu conjures up visions of the wealthy and famous, of a gated enclave where anyone without a Hollywood pedigree need not apply. But the happy surprise is that the area has a colorful history and much to offer anyone who makes time to seek it out.
I made this discovery quite by accident. While I was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway during a recent visit to Los Angeles, I saw the small sign that marked the entrance to [...]]]>
Jim Hillibish: Pro picker: There’s gold in them thar garages http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229728/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:17:57 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229728/1017/LIFESTYLE Sue (she prefers to remain incognito for professional and tax reasons) is a garage-sale mama. Last March, she scored a mint-julep glass for 10 cents on 25th Street NW in Canton, Ohio. It had "Kentucky Derby 1950" on it. She jawboned the price down from a quarter.
A week later, she sold it for $258 on eBay. Be still my heart.
Everybody's got a friend who got rich for a few minutes at a garage sale. It powers the biggest [...]]]>
Winter garden tips http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229938/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:40:53 +0000 By Katie Marks Networx.com http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229938/1017/LIFESTYLE For starters, stop thinking of the winter as a fallow period in the garden, [...]]]> Home Help: Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219684/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:21:45 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219684/1017/LIFESTYLE A home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house — it also can improve the indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.
Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don't contain VOCs, so as [...]]]>
Dear Monty: How to raise rents http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219883/1017/LIFESTYLE?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:53:12 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140211/NEWS/140219883/1017/LIFESTYLE Monty's answer: Hello Bruce, and thanks [...]]]>