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Holiday lighting safety tips

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 29, 2011

Safety in your home is always important, and the Holiday time is no exception.

Many of us are decorating with electric lights for the holidays and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recently published these safety tips and links for additional information.  We want to encourage everyone to enjoy the holidays while keeping safe.

Electrical Safety Tips:

 

To ensure that your holiday season is safe from electrical hazards, follow these safety tips:

  • Before decorating, read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions for installation and maintenance of all decorative electrical products.
  • Indoors and out, use lights and other electrical decorations certified by a recognized independent testing laboratory, such as CSA, UL, or ETL.
  • Outdoors, use lights and other electrical decorations certified for outdoor use.
  • Carefully inspect each decoration before plugging into an outlet.
  • Cracked, frayed, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious electrical shock or start a fire.  Replace damaged items.
  • Do not connect more than three light strings together.
  • Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have no more than 50 bulbs connected together.

Konter Quality Homes wishes you a safe and wonderful Holiday season.

Encouraging home sales report

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 10, 2011

September produced an encouraging new home sales report as single family home sales rose 5.7%.

 

“Today’s report highlights the gradual improvement in housing market conditions that is becoming evident in certain pockets of the country, as consumers who can surmount very restrictive lending standards to qualify for a favorable mortgage rate seize on this opportunity to buy,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev. “The latest numbers also reveal that first-time buyers are driving the new-homes market right now, as evidenced by the volume of lower-priced, entry-level homes under contract. It’s worth noting that these consumers are very dependent upon federal policies and programs that support home ownership, such as the mortgage interest deduction and low-down payment mortgage options that have been threatened by recent government proposals.”

 

This is encouraging data when viewed along side the estimate that there were only 163,000 units for sale in September. Based on the current rate of new home sales this represents only a 6.2 month supply of new homes nationwide.

 

Konter Quality Homes is prepared to be the Savannah area’s continuing voice for quality and service in this continually improving housing market.