Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1821
Posts tagged ‘homes’
Posted: March 27th, 2014

handsYou knew it was coming.

An article in Time Magazine yesterday reported a very real ailment characterized by numbness and pain in both wrists. Time and countless other media outlets referenced the case of  a woman who had spent six hours responding to text messages — six hours. Holy texting, Batman. Read it here. The prescription: Abstain from texting and take anti-inflammatory meds.

This follows other high-tech diseases that included Nintendinitis in the 1990s.

Share this with the kids. Message delivered.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 9th, 2014

NAHB21. Those who are building are building bigger – The National Association of Home Builders says new homes most often have four bedrooms, three full baths and three-car garages.  The average size  in 2013 was 2,679 square feet — a steady climb from the 2,362 square-foot average in 2009. Read the full NAHB story here.

2. Mortgages are still low. For me, the memory of double-digit mortgages of the 80s is still fresh, so single digits below 5 percent — lower than my parents paid — are a good deal in my mind. Realtor.com says the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.38 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate was at 3.39 percent — both higher than  2013. Read the latest from Realtor.com here.

3. Younger house hunters expect nice digs when they buy. We all need to pay attention to this one. 20-somethings with good careers are enjoying the luxuries of some pretty nice rentals. Apartment buildings – new or completely renovated in Erie and elsewhere often include stainless steel appliances and much more.  When this group looks for housing — they expect similar features. Sellers: If you put your house on the market with 20-year-old appliances and decor, beware. Especially if your neighbors are selling and have updated — guess which house the 20-somethings will buy?

4. The rental market is picking  up —  I wrote a story about Lovell Place last year. It’s about 95 to 98 percent rented. While I was there, a steady stream of folks were walking in and renting. So what’s up?  All age groups want nice places to live. Home ownership is the American Dream, but a nice place to live often trumps that. If you want to sell your house, clean it up, spruce it up and make it sparkle.

And just in time to add sparkle to your home — the Home and Garden Expo starts ThursdayIt’s time to see the trends in home and garden updates up close and personal. Show times are Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See you there!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She has written about homes and real estate for more than 20 years. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 8th, 2014

Cochran StretCute. Charming. Architectural beauty. That’s the lure of the Glenwood area. And it’s close to everything. The Glenwood YMCA is within walking distance along with the ice rink, the Zoo, shopping at Liberty Plaza and Tops. And much more.

If you’re not busy Sunday from 1 to 3, it would be a perfect time to peek in on five homes for sale in that region — all listed under $200,000. More are for sale up there. Ride from Wood Street to State Street, and ask your Realtor — a lot of homes are for sale. Homes are minutes from the Millcreek Mall and downtown. When I looked for my first house, the Glenwood area was my first choice.

To read my article in House to Home click here.  Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Other articles in House to Home include: 

Blue Abiqua Drinking Gourd hosta of the year – Sue Scholz shares the beautiful hosta of the year and all the garden news.
5 essentials of fruit tree selection
How to arrange living room furniture
Quiz reveals color preference
Revving up design from the scrap heap
Ask Angie: When should air ducts be cleaned?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 15th, 2014
Whispering Woods
Breaking news in real estate: This past week, Whispering Woods Golf Club/Course went up for sale — the 7-year-old course is an award winner. Its beautiful rolling hills offer a terrific view year round to the many homes and condominiums hat surround the course. Listing agnet Connie Britton, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, said there is interest already — the asking price is $2.7 million. Two homes with a lot of land are also for sale. Read my article Surprising finds in Erie real estate.
Other stories in House to Home this week include:
» Design yourself into a corner
» More suburbs are growing sweet on bees
» Wool covers stools, chairs and benchesPam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 8th, 2014
house
Want your house to sell in a hurry? Then take the objective advice of a professional Realtor or expert in interior design staging.  In this week’s House to Home, I share some of the tips we all forget when we put a house up for sale because — well — it’s our house, and we just don’t see anything wrong with it. Here’s the article.
Some of the suggestions hurt a little. I remember one couple told me their Realtor strongly recommended getting rid of  clutter. The homeowners thought they had, but they hadn’t. In another home, the owner insisted on leaving heavy (read ugly) draperies closed 24/7 in a room that had a wall of patio doors that looked out on the yard. People want to see the windows and doors — not the drapes.  If you want to sell your home, it has to have less of your personality and more of a model home appearance.

We got you covered on color this week, too. Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, tells us not to be afraid to use the Pantone Color of the Year — it’s purple — well, radiant orchid. A few of the other articles this week include:

If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 4th, 2014

lipsSo what’s the best lip color for you?

Seems that any color goes right now with lipstick. In fact, matching your lips to your dress was the latest craze at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, according to InStyle Magazine. Read it here.

Ombre lips are also trendy, according to Huffington Post. I don’t understand ombre anything, but here’s a link to the Huffington Post article. The idea is to make your lips look fuller, and it’s an art that started with stage makeup.

The article did have a funny addition — one historical perspective on lipstick that included everything from George Washington’s use of lipstick to Queen Elizabeth II — who matched her lip color to her royal sash in the 1950s. She was way ahead of the curve on the current trend to match lips and dresses. There’s more fun — lipstick wasn’t rationed during World War II like other cosmetics. Read it all here — scroll down the page to see  the 9 things you didn’t know about lipstick. We’ve come a long way, baby — lipstick was also illegal and frowned upon over the ages.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-gramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 1st, 2014

HtoH_02012014_H01

This week’s issue of House to Home takes us to a lot of different places. I discovered that more than 200 ranches are for sale in the region.  Here’s the story.  We have a lot more:

Gardeners prepare for spring events – Sue Scholz shares the great news of what’s coming this month and next for local gardeners.
Keep your fires burning safely all winter long – Fireplaces — buy one, build one, but be safe.
Hot tips for frozen pipes  — What to do to prevent freezing, and how to thaw them out if they do freeze.
Enjoy your bathroom upgrade before selling – Live a little — upgrade before you sell.
‘Rehab Addict’ battles to save old houses – It’s a great TV show, and the star shares her life’s mission in a story.
Neighbor should replace removed hedge  — What to do if your neighbor mows down the hedge without permission.
Natural water issue springs up – How to deal with well-water stains.
If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet! And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor ofLake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 25th, 2014

TAB_HtoH_01252014_H01

This week’s House to Home is all about getting more color in your house. Thanks to Marie Feltz. Read her story Refresh with blues, reds.

Sue Scholz shares some great news from Grandview Elementary School about third graders trying to win a national contest. Click here to read the story.

We have much more than that in this week’s House to Home with some great remodeling examples thanks to homeowners with purrfect ideas … And lots more renovations to love. Check out:

If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here.And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design and real estate for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 18th, 2014

VolkmanI can’t tell you how many times I’ve ridden past the marvelous homes on Volkman Road, and said, “Wow.”

These majestic homes don’t go up for sale very often. The last home I saw belonged to John and Marianne Kanzius. It was awesome, and now we  get a peek at another one in this week’s House to Home.

The home at 6113 Volkman Road sits on 1.72 acres and offers more than 4,400 square feet of living space. Every inch of it speaks of elegance, and you can read the entire article here.   It’s listed at just under $700,000 by Loretta Dwyer Schaal and Nedra Dwyer Lehrian of RE/MAX Real Estate.

We have much more than that in this week’s House to Home:

» Greenhouse interest continues to rise – I’ve always wanted a greenhouse — well a conservatory maybe, but greenhouse gardeners are on the rise, and so is the production of greenhouses — from DIY to budget packages to big, fancy buildings.

» The art of buying art – This is a fun story — who doesn’t want to buy art? I’ve gotten great stuff — even at the Dollar Store.
» ‘Downton Abbey’ influences home, garden design – Always wanted the Downton dining room in your home? You’re not alone — the style is entering homes all over America.
» Special trees add pretty backyard color - Sue Scholz reminds us to bundle up and visit the backyard where colorful berries could be growing on branches — it’s worth a look.
» When woodpeckers come knocking  — Great insight into woodpeckers. I had one at my old home on Oakmont Avenue. He visited for years, or maybe it was more than one woodpecker. Oddly enough, he chose the attic window to peck — same time everyday — the sun glinted just right on that window and we think he saw his reflection. Not sure if it attracted a mate.
» Toilet duel between dual- and single-flush – The single flush is as complicated as we can get here at Chez Parker, but this is an interesting take on plumbing.
» Ventless fireplaces get mixed reviews  — Love ‘em or leave ‘em, but if you want a fireplace, these are a great idea.

» ‘Dollond’ telescope research offers curious history lesson – We all get a valuable lesson from an old telescope.
The real estate market is jumping, locally. Realtors report a lot of activity in that warm spell after the polar vortex. If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!
Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design and real estate for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 4th, 2014
dec trends
I was on vacation a good portion of the past few weeks, but when I returned, I found a host of great ideas for 2014′s House to Home articles.
First off, gray is the newest neutral to bump white off the charts. While varying shades of beige have been popular interior design colors for years, gray is making a return.
Gray is a background color that makes everything else pop. I have interviewed artists and architects who paint all the walls in their homes gray in order to give the accents a chance to shine. It really works. Read the article For furniture, gray is the new beige. Another notable trend is the return of gold fixtures — edged out by pewter, chrome and brushed nickel over the years, gold is reclaiming its glory in interior design.
Some of the terrific articles in this week’s House to Home include: 
What’s new in kitchen makeovers – Blend different countertops and cabinetry for an upscale look.
Huffman honored as Realtor of the Year – Mary Huffman was honored as Realtor of the Year at the recent Greater Erie Board of Realtors’ luncheon.
Gardeners planted great ideas in 2013 – Erie columnist Sue Scholz revisits the amazing accomplishments of local gardeners in the Erie region.
Check out decorating trends for 2014 – Minimalism has a place in every home — it’s a year where less is more.
‘Newspaper sidewalk’ is pressman’s legacy – This is a terrific story about a newspaper employee who turned historic news headlines and stories into a stunning sidewalk and patio at his home — now owned by appreciative younger homeowners.
Hardwood floors can be refinished 1 or 2 times – Hardwood floors can have many lives in older and newer homes with a new finish.

Deer and Dog’ glassware is from 1870s – Fascinatingly artsty glassware has some true value, and you might just find it at garage sales and in Grandma’s cupboard.

It’s a new year and time to freshen up our homes with great design ideas. Or if you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here.

Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design and real estate for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
Posted in: Uncategorized

Switch to our mobile site