home http://michiganradio.org en Tips for your next successful garage sale http://michiganradio.org/post/tips-your-next-successful-garage-sale <p></p><p>​If you get the sense that your house is becoming increasingly crammed with "stuff", it might be time to declutter.</p><p>And that could mean a garage sale.</p><p>If you do it right, a garage sale can be a total win-win: You get rid of stuff you really don't need anymore. And you get money!</p><p>Writer Micki Maynard not only trolls her way through garage and estate sales around the country, she holds garage sales at her Ann Arbor home two or three times a year.</p><p>She joined us today with some tips for a successful sale.</p><p></p><div> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:28:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17958 at http://michiganradio.org Tips for your next successful garage sale Michigan builder provides tips on keeping your basement dry http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-builder-provides-tips-keeping-your-basement-dry <p></p><p>Now that spring is here, and the warmer temps are chasing away the last traces of the heavy snowfall, homeowners around the state are keeping wary eyes on their basements, worried about flooding.</p><p>Ronald Gay knows a thing or two about flooding and Michigan basements.</p><p>He's a builder, a former home inspector in Oakland County, and his new book is "5 Steps to a Dry Basement or Crawl Space.”</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with him above.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:03:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17299 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan builder provides tips on keeping your basement dry Fights shut down low-income housing voucher event http://michiganradio.org/post/fights-shut-down-low-income-housing-voucher-event <p>TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - Fights in a line of several thousand people seeking applications to get on a waiting list for housing vouchers in a Detroit area community forced police to cancel the event.<br><br>The Taylor Housing Commission says Saturday in a release that upward of 4,000 people arrived ahead of the 9 a.m. start to get Section 8 voucher applications.<br><br>Some people began lining up Friday evening at the Taylor Human Services Building, southwest of Detroit.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press reports that four people were arrested for disorderly conduct.<br> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:44:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10741 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit church builds homes to build community http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-church-builds-homes-build-community <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">A church on Detroit&#39;s west side has become a community developer by building 90 homes over four years and injecting pride and optimism in the neighborhood.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The last batch of new tenants moved in this month. The Rev. Oscar King III says stable housing is crucial if Detroit wants to recover. The homes are near his Northwest Unity Baptist Church.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111231/NEWS01/112310338/Detroit-church-helps-rebuild-neighborhood-with-90-new-homes">Detroit Free Press&nbsp;</a>says there were more than 800 applicants for the homes, mostly two-story colonials. The renters include professionals, low-income families and even the homeless. Jack Bostic Jr. says homes are more important than a church having a fancy place to worship. He says his neighborhood looks like any suburb.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Janet Norfleet says her children pick up trash on their block, a habit that others are following.</span> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:16:07 +0000 The Associated Press 5599 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit church builds homes to build community Home foreclosures inched higher in Michigan last month http://michiganradio.org/post/home-foreclosures-inched-higher-michigan-last-month <p>The number of home foreclosures in Michigan inched higher last month. One in every 311 homes in Michigan received a foreclosure noticed in March. The number of foreclosures was up about 4 percent from February.</p><p>Michigan had the nation&rsquo;s fifth highest home foreclosure rate in March, behind Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Daren Bloomquist with <a href="http://www.realtytrac.com/home/">Realty Trac</a> says mortgage holders are starting to send more initial foreclosure notices and repossess more homes in Michigan. Bloomquist says an improving economy is the only way to reduce future foreclosure notices in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The more the economy improves and jobs improve during the next couple months the less we&rsquo;ll see that huge spike in foreclosure numbers down the road.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>While March&rsquo;s foreclosure numbers rose slightly, overall Michigan&rsquo;s home foreclosure numbers declined during the first three months of the year. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 05:00:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 2074 at http://michiganradio.org Home foreclosures inched higher in Michigan last month Oldest Net-Zero House in America http://michiganradio.org/post/oldest-net-zero-house-america <p><a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/">The Environment Report</a> has been following an effort to make a Michigan house the oldest net-zero house in America. That means in a year the home will produce as much energy or more than it uses. <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=492">Lester Graham reports</a>... the owners are at the point where they can reach that goal.</p><p>Matt and Kelly Grocoff bought an old house in a historic neighborhood in Ann Arbor a few years ago. Matt wanted to show that making an older home an energy efficient showcase made more sense than building new.&nbsp; Kelly was just a little skeptical.</p><blockquote><p>“When we first bought the house and Matt was talking about what he wanted to do and what some goals might be, part of me was sort of like yeah, yeah, you know. Matt’s a dreamer. He likes to think big. And it’s really happening.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted">Find out how to assess your own home's energy efficiency.</a></p><p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:40:50 +0000 Rebecca Williams 662 at http://michiganradio.org Oldest Net-Zero House in America