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Krissy Schwab

From gardening and green cleaning products to sustainable home improvement projects, Krissy’s got you covered. Learn more about how your environmentally friendly home not only helps Mother Earth but also saves you money.
Building an Energy-Efficient Home from the Ground Up - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Building an Energy-Efficient Home from the Ground Up

Building a new home is an exciting process, and incorporating or making a completely energy-efficient home offers you a ton of great benefits. With real estate trends pointing to more demand for these types of homes, you can put yourself in a good selling position later in the future and enjoy saving money while you live there.

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5 Tips for Donating Items to Charity - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

5 Tips for Donating Items to Charity

Every few months, I find myself cleaning rooms and shelves around my house in an effort to declutter. It feels like I can never keep up, but that’s not the point. What is the point is that when I gather things together I usually end up donating them to local charities or thrift stores. After you’ve gone through your home and gathered up what you want to donate, you probably stuff it all in a bag or box and drop it off at the thrift shop. Before throwing it into the box, you should consider the following points when donating used things to charity.

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Beneficial Garden Bugs - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Beneficial Garden Insects: Don’t Squash These Bugs!

The other day, while working in my garden, I saw the grossest looking thing I’d seen in a long time. Hiding under a leaf on my Hungarian Wax pepper was a caterpillar, which doesn’t sounds bad, but it was covered in these tiny pods that looked just like white rice. Don’t believe me? Look at this!

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Easy Ways to Extend Your Gardening Season - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Easy Ways to Extend Your Gardening Season

It seemed like only yesterday when I put my little tomato and pepper sprouts outside to grow. With a few warm weeks left in the growing season, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your garden for cooler weather – particularly if you’d like to extend your gardening season.

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FOMC Minutes to Be Released Tomorrow – Market Update

Today is a slow economic news day with the Chicago Fed Index out at 8:30 a.m. and the Redbook out at 8:55 a.m. Most investors are waiting for the FOMC minutes to be released tomorrow.

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Anticipation Builds for New Home Sales Report Due Out Friday – Market Update

This week FOMC minutes are due out on Wednesday, Jobless claims in Thursday, and we will close the week with New Homes Sales on Friday. The chance for volatility is high this week with many key speakers and economic data due out.

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Treasuries Advanced for the First Time in Three Days – Market Update

Remember when the market cared about the Trade Deficit? The once important report failed to move the needle yesterday.

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Stronger Than Expected ISM Manufacturing Today – Market Update

Stronger-than-expected ISM manufacturing data started a sell off that continued until the closing bell. Several dealers put out revised NFP forecasts and big block trades with less than 20 minutes before the Treasury close.

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Transformers 4 Movie Set Takes Over Downtown Detroit

Transformers 4 Movie Set Takes Over Downtown Detroit

Transformers 4 is filming right just a stone’s throw away from Comerica Park. Head downtown today to get a little taste of Hollywood right here in the D! For those of you who think you missed out, you actually have a few weeks to catch the action.

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Sunrooms Increasing Home Value - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Tips for Getting the Most ROI When Adding a Sunroom

From family rooms to entertaining spaces or even just a place to put plants during the winter, the additional space sunrooms provide is a huge benefit. Learn how sunrooms can increase your home value and how to get the most bang for your buck if this is on your home improvement list.

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