I know what I'm going to be doing this weekend: Poring over my telephone and cable TV bills looking for ways to cut them down to size. I just got a notice that our FIOS bundle would be rising by about 10 bucks. Also, since we recently beefed-up mobile-phone service for the family, we just don't need some of the old land-line services such as voice mail. At least with all the expensive wireless technology around our house, I can do my cost-cutting from the comfort of the patio.
I want to direct you to a valuable package of work produced by a team of writers and editors at the Post. They've produced an interactive map of residential foreclosures by Zip code from January 2007 to June 2009 for the Washington metro area. Hardest hit, they say, is Woodbridge's 2011 Zip code, which had 3,041 homes lost.
Talk about perfect reading for the Dog Days of summer! I ran across a post at the L.A. at Home blog about a kinda-cool, kinda-creepy use for all that pet fur wafting around the house. There are people who will take your bags of fur that your cat, rabbit or dog has shed and spin it into yarn. They'll even hook you up with someone who will knit that yarn into an afghan or shawl.
For the first time since the summer of 2006, the analysts at S&P/Case-Shiller have detected price increases from April to May in 17 of the 20 metro areas they follow.
Burke, Va.: What's really going on out there with prices? I know a few people in NoVA who are looking at single family homes in the $400k range who have been outbid on several properties. And since hearing these stories, I have been keeping an eye on Zillow, and that website has reported a value increase of almost $50k in my home over the last six weeks. Now, those Zillow numbers seem pretty fishy, but it is the trend that I find intriguing. What's going on here?