Monthly Archives: December 2010

Move or Remodel, Home Staging Tips, and Steps to Take Before Buying

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Helpful Hints for COLD Weather

Helpful hints for COLD Ohio weather

  • Keep headlights clear with car wax!  Just wipe ordinary car wax on the headlights…it contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on lights and lasts for up to 6 weeks at a time.
  • Squeak proof wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol (can also use ammonia). Doing this can make badly streaking and squeaking wipers change to near perfect clarity & silence!
  • Ice-proof windows with vinegar!  Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spritz it on the windows at night. In the morning, they will be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains ascetic acid which raises the melting point of water and prevents the water from freezing.
  • Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking spray on the rubber seals around car doors and cub it in with a paper towel. Oil in the cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber.
  • Fog-proof the windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of the windshield and wipe it off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.
  • De-ice the door lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and the lock and problems will be solved!

10 Eco-friendly Holiday Tips

10 Eco-friendly Holiday Tips

Have a green, eco-friendly holiday with the following easy tips.

  1. Recycle wrapping paper and save gift boxes and bows to use next year. wrapping paper
  2. A one-time purchase of a fake tree can save gas used for annual trips to the tree farm. tree
  3. Recycle live holiday trees. For a list of recycling centers that chop trees into mulch and logs visit
  4. According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, if everyone replaced their holiday light strings with LED light strings, the monthly savings would be enough to power 200,000 homes for a year! lights
  5. Purchase eco-friendly recycled glass ornaments.
  6. Light environmentally friendly beeswax candles, which can be made or purchased. candleBeeswax candles emit a brighter, longer burning flame that release negative ions into the air, cleaning the air and invigorating the body. Paraffin candles release smoke and toxins into the air.
  7. Mail holiday cards printed on 100% recycled paper, or opt for e-cards.
  8. Make eco-friendly decorations such as strung popcorn and pine cone decorations. pinecones
  9. Avoid disposable products when entertaining guests.
  10. Give eco-friendly gifts that do not require batteries. For gifts that require batteries, purchase rechargeable batteries.

Almost $2000 is spent in the average American home each year on energy! For tips to lower winter energy use, read How to Save Energy This Winter.

Happy Holidays!

Ohio Holiday Festival

Ohio Holiday Festival

holiday lights

Stop by the 18th Annual Washington Township Woodland Lights Festival going on now through December 30th from 6 – 9 PM (closed December 24th and 25th) and celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy a light show, Santa, a deer show, amusement rides, holiday face painting, and carriage rides. The festival is located at Countryside Park, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Township, Ohio just minutes from Centerville, Miamisburg, and Bellbrook. For more information visit

holiday lights

Support Dayton Area Locally Owned Florist

Support Dayton Area Locally Owned Florist

Flowerama is a locally owned hometown florist serving Dayton with top quality flowers for the last 44 years!

poinsettasFlowerama offers plants and gift items at everyday affordable prices, same day delivery to the Dayton area of fresh flowers and plants for all occasions.

Flowerama has 3 Dayton area florist locations: 3000 Shroyer Road in Kettering, 6007 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, and 490 Woodman Drive in Riverside.

Stop by one of the florist locations today to support a Dayton area locally owned business and buy holiday poinsettas. Happy Holidays!

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Home Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

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Ohio November Market Report

The November Market Report in Ohio for single family, residential homes in Montgomery, Greene, and Warren counties near Wright Patterson Air Force Base shows home values are continuing to rise. The average sale price / listing price is 94%, which is 4% less than the Real Living Realty average (98%). The average days on market in November 2010 was 105, which is 24 days slower than the Real Living Realty average days on market (81). The statistics show that Real Living sells homes quicker and for more money, resulting in a faster sale for the sellers represented and more money in their pockets.


  • Homes Sold – 421
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,782 
  • Average Listing Price – $130,377 
  • Average Selling Price – $122,535 (94% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 105 (24 days slower than the Real Living average days on market)
  • Homes Sold Price Range $2,800 (Upper Dayton View) – $705,000 (Washington Township – SW)

Average Days on Market