When searching for your dream house a lot of emphasis is typically placed on the location, size, and style of the house; ensuring everything you desire is perfectly in place.  When buying a home you can’t let your emotions cloud your sense of reason.  You need to carefully examine all factors closely and perform the due diligence necessary to ensure you are making the right decision.

Read Through Recent Newspapers and Archived Articles:

Local news papers and other publications are a great resource for the most current information.  Archived news articles on the other hand may alert you to past issues or on going controversy in the area.  A little extra time spent reading will pay off in a long run when compiling your pros and cons list.

Talk To The neighbors:

The residents of the neighborhood are the best source of first hand information.  Getting a feel for the neighborhood’s demographic will help determine if it is the correct environment for your family. Confirm there is a neighborhood association or alternative platform to discuss the welfare of the neighborhood.

Get Details On Recent Home Improvements:

Home inspections will provide you with information on where improvements may be needed.  Determining the quality of the improvements that have already been completed is also important.  Ask to review receipts from previous renovations to help gauge the quality of the materials used and the longevity of the improvement.  For example, if the house was painted a year ago, and the receipt reveals a lesser quality paint was used, you can expect to re-paint in a year or so.

Review Tax Records:

A review of the past and present real estate tax records will provide you with a better understanding of the area’s tax rate, and property evaluation.  It’s good to know how regularly homes are evaluated and how often property taxes are increased.

There is so much to consider when buying a home.  Be certain to take all factors into consideration when making your decision.

Jade Plants

Tough and hardy, succulents are some of the easiest houseplants to grow indoors. While there are hundreds of different varieties of succulents, a tried, and true favorite is the Jade plant (Crassula ovate) which can survive for decades on loving neglect.

Native to South Africa, the Jade plant thrives in arid conditions, developing thick fleshy leaves that trap the moisture the plant requires. The Jade plant prefers full filtered sun or semi-shade. The leaves overheat and become brown along the edges when the plant receives hot, direct sunlight

A Lucky Plant

Individuals applying Feng Shui principles in their home organization and décor, embrace the hardy succulent. The full, round leaves of the Jade plant symbolize health and vitality. The easy care plant is known as a “lucky” or “wealth-attracting” greenery.

Grow outdoors on the patio in the summer months and move indoors before the first frost. Jade plants cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.

Watering Your Jade Plant

Do not overwater or have your Jade plant standing in a dish or tray that traps water. Water only once a month during the dry summer season and every six to eight weeks during the winter months. Jade plants “rest” during the winter and prefer parched soil during this period.

Excellent drainage is required, and plants do best in a sandy, gravel soil mixture. If you are transplanting a Jade plant, use a cactus potting soil mixture. If water is allowed to collect around the roots, root rot will occur and kill the plant. If a stem or a few leaves drop off your Jade plant, it is sure sign that it is receiving too much water. Keep an eye on your plant and if leaves start to appear to wilt, it’s time for a bit of water.


Jade plants enjoy the sunshine but will tolerate a low light location, Avoid exposing your plant to full noonday sun as leaves can become sunburned and will turn brown on the edge of leaves.


Because the stems and leaves of the Jade plant store water, they can become top heavy, To keep your plant from becoming lopsided or top-heavy, trim back occasionally, Keep your plant from becoming “leggy” by pinching off new buds.


Thriving on neglect, Jade plants are easy to grow as well as to propagate and share. Start new plants by snipping off the tip of a branch. Cut off a piece that is two to three inches long and place it in a container with moist sand or cactus potting soil. Some gardeners cut off a section of stem and leaves and place it on a dry surface to let the cut “heal” and seal over before placing in damp sand to root.

Water infrequently and do not disturb the cutting to check for root growth for at least six weeks or more.

Repotting Your Jade Plant

Jade plants prefer to be somewhat root bound. Do not repot unless you notice roots growing out of the bottom of the container. Jade plants are slow growers, producing small white flowers when grown outdoors but typically does not bloom when cultivated indoors.

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