Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Safety

Halloween is fun. Candy corn, kids in costumes and carved pumpkins set the scene. Follow these simple tips provided by the Home Safety Council to make sure your Cinderella or Frankenstein does not get spooked by holiday dangers:

~ Make sure walkways and porches are well lighted to help prevent falls.
~ Make sure your lawn is clear of things that could be tripped over, such as pumpkins, ladders, garden hoses, flowerpots, bikes and animal leashes.
~ Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
~ Keep all exit doors clear.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Tax Credit Extension Update

The National Association of REALTORS is stepping up pressure on Congress to extend the $8,000 home buyer tax credit. Their strategy includes a nation-wide call-for-action which more than 450,000 REALTORS® have answered by either calling or emailing their elected officials. NAR is also placing ads in Washington D.C. newspapers and on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Google websites.

Finally, NAR officials are meeting directly with congressional leaders. Earlier this week NARs First VP Ron Phipps testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee about the impact the Tax Credit has had on home buying activity in 2009.