Oct 16, 2012

Recycle Your Campaing Signs

Keep Elections Environmentally Friendly

Environmental Co-op would like to remind everyone in Kaufman County and beyond, that all unwanted campaign signs, following Tuesday’s election on Nov 6th, can be brought to the Recycling Plant locate...
d at 1100 Airport road in Terrell from 7:30am – 4pm M-F. This will reclaim tons of plastic and cardboard for recycling, keeping it out of landfills; helps support local environmental education and recycling efforts; and helps keep Kaufman County and its neighbors Clean and Green!

Please contact the Co-op if you have any questions about what items can be recycled at the facility. 972-524-0007; eco@trashbusters.org.

Are you love ones safe at home?

Having a safe house makes it Home!

Jun 13, 2012

Steps for Buying a Home

1. Select a REALTOR® & establish a relationship
Find a full time, professional REALTOR® with extensive market knowledge. They will work closely together with you to find the right home.

2. Initial consultation with your REALTOR® to evaluate your needs and resources
Once your needs are established, your Realtor® will provide guidance to financial institutions where you can obtain information in order to get the best financing available. You will discuss your needs and analyze your resources
3. Identify property to buy
You will be shown homes based upon the criteria that you establish. The more precise and direct you are with your Realtor®, the more successful your search will be.

4. Determine Seller's motivation
Once you have found the home that you wish to purchase, your Realtor® will do the necessary research to help you structure an effective offer.
5. Write offer to purchase
Your Realtor® will draft the Purchase Agreement for you, advising you on protective contingencies, customary practices, and local regulations. At this time you will need to provide an "earnest money" deposit, usually from 1 to 3% of the purchase price (the deposit is not cashed until your offer has been accepted by the Seller).
6. Presentation of offer
Your Realtor® will present your offer to the Seller and the Seller's agent. The Seller has three options: they can accept your offer, counter your offer, or reject your offer. Your Realtor’s® personal knowledge of your needs and qualifications will enable them to represent you in the best way possible.
7. Seller's response
Your Realtor® will review the Seller's response with you. Their negotiating skills and knowledge will benefit you in reaching a final agreement.
8. Open escrow
When the Purchase Agreement is accepted and signed by all parties, your Realtor® will open escrow for you. At this time your earnest money will be deposited. The escrow or title company will receive, hold and disburse all funds associated with your transaction.
9. Contingency period
This is the time allowed per your purchase Agreement to obtain financing, perform inspections, and satisfy any other contingencies to which your purchase is subject. Typical contingencies include:

* Approval of the Seller's Transfer

* Approval of the Preliminary Report from the Title Company

* Loan approval, including an appraisal of the property

* Physical inspections of the property

* Pest inspection and certification
10. Homeowner's Insurance
Your Realtor® will coordinate between your Insurance Agent and the Escrow Officer to make sure your policy is in effect at close of escrow.

11. Down payment funds
You will need a Cashier's Check or money transfer several days prior to the closing date of escrow.

12. Close escrow
When all of the conditions of the Purchase Agreement have been met, you will sign your loan documents and closing papers. You will deposit the balance of your down payment and closing costs to escrow and your lender will deposit the balance of the purchase price. The Deed will then be recorded at the County Recorder's office and you will take

ownership of your home.

Jun 8, 2012

4 insider tips for getting multiple offers

Lowe's Inside Out Home Improvement Tips | Produced by Inman News

Easy Tips to Sale Your House Fast

  • Say to Yourself “This isn’t my House!” And let it go… don’t look back, look toward the future.
  • De-Personalize. Buyers can’t see seller’s past personal things like photos, draperies … and you are selling your house not your belongs, right?...
  • De-Clutter! Less is more: didn’t use in over a year, you don’t need it!... Donate it, garage sale or  rent a storage unit.           
  • Organize closets and cabinets and buyers will be able to see they have enough storage.
  •  Remove/Replace Favorite Items or fixtures you want to take with you now. If a buyer never sees it, won’t want it, right?
  • Put a small budget for minor repairs…. It doesn’t take too much money to fix leaking faucets, touch paint walls, replace burned out light bulbs…. And will make your house look like new.
  • Housekeeper?... and make the House Sparkle! If you don’t have time, there are many cleaning companies that will have a good deal for “move out-move in” cleaning. And keep it clean yourself after that. Don’t forget the windows and doors.
  • Curb Appeal. Don’t let buyers stay inside the car…. If they don’t like what they see outside, greater chance you will never get them inside. Small things like replace your house number, mow the lawn and planting marigolds will make it inviting.
  • Best for the last: Don't be a "For Sale By Owner".... 98% chances that you will be calling a Realtor in 6 months.... so, work smart and call me now!  HAVE A GREAT SUMMER SALE SEASON!

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend STAYCATION Ideas

Memorial Day is just around the corner.If you don't want to be one of 35 million Americans who traveled 50 miles or more for Memorial Day weekend last year....and... If you're looking for inexpensive ideas for ways to have fun this long holiday weekend with your family....
Take a staycation!....
1- Take some time out this weekend to teach your kids the importance of giving thanks to the veterans who have fought for and given their lives for our country visiting Veteran's local museums and activities.
2- Luau in your backyard... invite your neighbors and friends in town!
3- Plan a night sleepover that got everyone in the family involved!....
4- Bingo! Yahtzee! What do these exclamations have in common? "A family game night is an excellent way to stay connected with your kids.
5- Visit local public parks, gardens.... WALK!...weather is looking good for the weekend?!
Have a SAFE weekend!

May 7, 2012

5 Easy tips to hook a Buyer For Your Home

By: Neli Spurrell

1- Curb appeal and stage  the exterior counts too!
Fresh paint, place to sit and enjoy it.... I don't know any buyer who feels confortable looking dead plants do you?

2 - Get already to show... if you don't leave or make it difficult for agents to make appointments... No show, no sold!

3- Sorry, your golden mirror won't make it real about pricing! Follow the market comparables "sold" in your area, don't play games, buyers are smart and know the 10% below list price secret! Get knoledge about your competition too...

4 - De-personalize.... nobody is buying your cute pictures!.... visualize them in your next "home" and move forward, help your agent to sale the "house"!

5 - DEclutter, DEclutter, DEclutter!.....

Contact me  if you need help to sale & buy!
I'll make it happen for you make it home!

May 6, 2012

Tour of Gardens on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

6 gardens are on the tour this year - all located North of I-30 in Rockwall.

Tickets are available at local banks, as well as at Covington's, Landscape Source, Bel Fiore, The Life House, and Culver's.

Go to www.rockmga.org for complete details.

Apr 29, 2012

How to create my very own vertical garden?

Vertical gardens or living walls are a great option for anyone who don’t have a lot of space or have an ugly wall or window they want to cover up and give you an edible garden even indoors. It’s a great alternative for apartment living.

Vertical garden can offer you a fresh supply of herbs and vegetables while taking up minimal space.

1-     Location: south facing wall or fence works for the best, most plants need at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.

2-     Watering: a dependable water source is very important and a simplest watering system with bowls placed above the plants to catch water and filter it downwards or an simple drip irrigation system helps

3-     Select your plants: know your plants, you can start with easy herbs and veggies like mint, basil, oregano, chilies, lettuces and grow from there.

4-     Selecting your containers and framework: that will support the soil and roots of the plants. The framework/container can be made of wood( garden trellises, old pallets), metal (chain link fence) or even plastic (hanging shoe organizers, PET plastic bottles)

5-     Soil: choose a light weight soil or peat moss in some cases to fill the vertical garden. It should be able to drain water well but keep moist enough for the plant life.

Last but not least… Maintenance… water it and keep your eyes open for diseases and bugs.
And have fun!

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Apr 20, 2012

Swim Lessons @ Harry Myers & Gloria Williams

Learn a skill that will last a lifetime. Classes operate Mon-Thurs for two weeks.

Mommy & Me: Blow Bubbles, Splash, Learn Water Safety with your baby
Pool Pals: Introduction to the water, arm & leg techniques
Advanced Pool Pals: Going underwater, improved arm & leg techniques
Level 1: Fundamental swimming skills
Level 2: Improved swimming skills and recoveries
Level 3: Front & back strokes, rotary breathing

Summer Softball League

TAAF/USSSA slow pitch summer leagues are getting started soon. You're guranteed an 8 game season plus the top 4 teams will have a final night of playoff
to determine division winners. The registration deadline for summer league is May 21st so beat the rush and register early. Season begins the week of June 4th.

Co-Ed Recreational (Mon)

Men's D (Wed)

2012 Founders Day Festival Kid's Activities

Get ready for some fun in this years Founder's Day Kids Zone. In the Kids Zone you will find multiple bounce houses, a 26' foot Coconut Tree Climb, big inflatable slides, and games like Hooley Ball! Kids Zone is Free and fun, fun, fun!

V.I.P. - Volunteers In Parks

Sat, April 21, 9 am @ Harry Myers Park E. Pavilion (815 E. Washington)

Litter pick up
Painting trash cans
Trimming trees & shrubs
Cleaning pavilions and grills
Staining fences
Cleaning bridge
and much more

Rockwall Parks & Recreation

108 E. Washington
Rockwall, TX 75087


Apr 13, 2012

Top Design Tips for Your Deck Project

Provided By Handy American

Stretch your living space out into the backyard with a deck. An ideal spot for relaxing, dining al fresco and enjoying the warmth of the season, a deck project adds a lot of value to your home and lifestyle. The perfect deck design contains certain essential elements that come together in a customized space.

Tip 1 – Build Around What You Have

While it is possible to alter the grading in your yard (most often with heavy machinery and a big budget), you’re better off to design a deck that works with and compliments the existing lay of the land. Some minor excavation is usually required, but you can avoid major changes and end up with a more flowing landscape.

Tip 2 – Minimal Spaces

There is a general rule for deck and patio sizing that will provide enough room to be comfortable in and still allow you to appreciate your surroundings. In a seating area you will need to design for 10 feet by 10 feet at a minimum. That size will hold a standard sized patio set while still providing for traffic space around the table. For every area (or room) you should have at least that space.

Tip 3 – Counter Drainage Issues With Solutions

If there are drainage problems or potential issues building a deck provides a good time to apply solutions. At the very least, be sure not to add to any drainage issues. Consider laying landscape fabric and a layer of “A” gravel to help with water flow under your deck.

Tip 4 – Find Out Your Outdoor Personality

Not everyone enjoys the same atmosphere outside their home and your deck design should incorporate that. If you enjoy the order of a Japanese garden or the diversity of a more relaxed layout the best style of deck will reflect that. Play off the natural elements found in the surrounding area and watch the deck become a pat of your backyard instead of something that stands alone.

Tip 5 – Always Design for Traffic Flow

Not just a location to sit back and relax on, your deck often serves as a pathway into the backyard or onto the lawn. In your mind go over the paths of traffic and make sure the deck you build will cater to these. Add railings for better stability or wider steps to make traveling up and down easier.

Tip 6 – Cooking Outside is Heating Up

Consider the benefits of preparing meals outside. Not only does grilling save on cooling costs by keeping the heat out of the kitchen, it also allows you to create delicious taste sensations in your own backyard. Install an outdoor kitchen complete with built in stainless steel bbq, warming trays and even sinks with plumbing. The entire culinary experience tastes better on a well designed deck.

Tip 7 – Keep It Shady

Always be sure to provide a decent amount of shade on your deck. If that’s not possible from a construction and location standpoint, plan to purchase an awning, gazebo or large patio umbrella. Mature trees can provide only a dappled shade. Keeping sun off part of the deck or for a certain time of day will also protect the decking material from fading and drying.

Deck design is a matter of considering your priorities and the lay of the existing property. Be sure to include essential elements like shade, good traffic flow, an outdoor kitchen and plenty of room. Take the time to think about the design and you’re sure to end up with the ideal outdoor living space for your family.

Mar 20, 2012

Recycling with Tires

Some Ideas by: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1939312598898.2101945.1124906215&type=3#!/ecologiarutaalparaiso

Mar 6, 2012

2012 Concert by The Lake Series All concerts are FREE and begin at 7:30 pm at The Harbor! Bring a blanket on your lawn chairs and enjoy great music and a great view of beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard at Sunset! Concerts are held at The Harbor Amphitheatre located directly behind the Hilton Hotel!
2012 Concert by The Lake Series Lineup May 10 - Hunter Sullivan - Big Band May 17 - Clay McClinton - Texas Blues May 24 - Railhead - Classic Rock May 31 - Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi Tribute June 7 - Professor D - Variety June 14 -Walkin' The Line - Johnny Cash Tribute June 21 - 4 Way Street - CSNY Tribute June 28 - Escape - Journey Tribute July 5 - Random Axis - Variety July 12 - Live 80 - 80's July 19 - The Rub - Urban Blues July 26 - Voodoo Blue - Steve Ray Vaughn Tribute Information provided by: Rockwall Parks & Recreation 108 E. Washington Rockwall, TX 75087 972.771.7740 And don't forget to sail with Scott: www.sailwithscott.com

Feb 3, 2012

Porto Rico

We can't thank you enough Jeane Ann and Highland-Horizon Homes for a wonderful trip to Porto Rico!... Was short and sweet...what a great group of new friends!... Looking forward to do it again!

Landscape S.O.S. .....Surviving the Drought

Register online at www.cityofforney.org or register with Public Works at publicworks@cityofforney.org or 972-564-7340 RSVP by Friday February 17, 2012 AGENDA 8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. - Registration 8:30 A.M. - 9:20 A.M. - Composting Nelida Spurrel - Environmental Co-op 9:20 A.M. - 10:10 A.M. - Rainwater Harvesting Brad Ackerman – Kaufman County Master Gardener 10:10 A.M. - 10:20 A.M. - Break 10:20 A.M. - 11:10 A.M. - Container Gardening Lynn Ackerman – Kaufman County Master Gardener 11:10 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Texas Smartscape Karen Sanders – Kaufman County Master Gardener 12:00 P.M. - 12:45 P.M. - Lunch on your own 12:45 P.M. - 1:35 P.M. - Trees & Drought Pam Corder – Kaufman County Urban Forester 1:35 P.M. – 2:25 P.M. - Square Foot Gardening Jeanie Allen Davis – Kaufman County Master Gardener 2:25 P.M. - 2:35 P.M. - Break 2:35 P.M. - 3:25 P.M. - Landscape Care During Drought Karen Sanders – Kaufman County Master Gardener

Heath Eletronic Recycling Event

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Noon – 3:00 pm Rockwall-Heath High School (South side student parking lot) 801 Lawrence Heath, TX 75032
Sponsors: Environmental Co-op Rockwall-Heath HS and the City of Heath

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles Who can resist cognac-kissed truffles are the ultimate Valentine's Day indulgence?
Ingredients: 3/4 cup whipping cream 12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 tablespoon cognac or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla About 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa Directions In a 1- to 2-quart pan over high heat, bring cream to a boil. Meanwhile, place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Pour cream over chocolate and stir gently with a flexible spatula until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and stir until melted and smooth.) Stir in cognac. Chill mixture until firm, at least 3 hours; if desired, cover and chill up to 1 week. Line a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper. With a spoon, scoop out 1-tablespoon portions of chocolate mixture; place on waxed paper. If mixture is too firm to scoop, let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes. Place 1/4 cup cocoa on a rimmed plate. Dust hands lightly with cocoa. With your hands, roll each scoop of chocolate mixture into a ball, then roll in cocoa to coat. Place each truffle in a small paper candy cup (see notes). To store, place truffles between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container and chill. Advise recipient to chill as well, then bring to room temperature just before serving.

Jan 18, 2012

Tips to Sale or Buy an Home

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to sell your home, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Although the traditional home-buying season starts in the spring, here are some reasons why listing your home now, rather than waiting, could prove to be a smart decision.

On average, the number of home sales in January drops almost by half from the previous year's peak. A house that is priced right and staged well will stand out even more with less competition.

Lenders, home inspectors, movers, and other vendors also see a seasonal dip in transactions. This could mean a quicker, easier, and possibly cheaper time to buy, sell, and move.

Even if you're not ready quite yet, now is a great time to start the conversation with your local real estate agent....ME!!! I can give you pointers on which repairs and preparations to tackle first, and which ones may not be necessary, saving you time and money. Starting now can help you capture the most buyers by busy season.

Jan 17, 2012

Learn 2 live green Fair


Learn 2 Live Green (L2LG) is a FREE, fun, family event featuring exhibits, presentations on a variety of environmental topics, workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, green art and children's activities. Green topics include:

- Fair Trade Shopping - Energy

- Alternative Transportation - Food & Agriculture

- Green Building & Remodeling - Indoor Air Quality

- Lifestyle & Recreation - Urban Gardening

- Waste Reduction - Water Conservation

L2LG helps people:

- Learn about environmentally friendly day-to-day living.

- Explore information about renewable energy sources.

- Integrate environmental values with individual purchasing power.

- Support healthy ecosystems & sustainable neighborhoods.

- Adopt & model green living practices for others.

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