Chimneys are one of the most common locations of residential structure fires, and almost all fires originating in the chimney are preventable with regular servicing and cleaning.
The dollar amount itself underscores the significance of housing to the U.S. economy. In the third quarter of 2015, the U.S. gross domestic product was $18.1 trillion, $10 trillion less than the total value of the housing stock.
Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home.
Nationally, appraised values were an average of 1.87% lower than homeowner expectations.
"In general, paying a mortgage is more affordable than renting, and has been for some time. Unfortunately, many current renters aren't able to realize the savings that come with homeownership because as home values and rents keep rising, it's getting increasingly difficult to clear the down payment hurdle."
Tutoring by Engineers is holding two seminars this December in Southampton for real estate brokers, developers, builders, appraisers and others.
A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price.