Homes for Our Troops delivers keys in Georgia
Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie received the keys to their brand new home, completed in June and built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), in Hawkinsville, Ga., and then helped to break ground next door on Tony’s friend and fellow Marine, Cpl Michael Boucher’s specially adapted home.
Built at no cost to severely wounded veterans by HFOT, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization, these projects depend on labor donated by contractors and skilled workers and from donated materials.
More than 200 people came out to congratulate these two real-life heroes and to help Homes For Our Troops break ground where Cpl Boucher’s new home will be built — right next door to his buddy. “The courage these American heroes display is inspiring,” said Joseph Patterson, distribution manager, Armstrong, a partner distributor for Homes for our Troops.
The specially adapted homes built by HFOT include many products that help the veterans participate in and enjoy daily life with their families. Each home is designed to provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently after returning injured from service. “Homes for Our Troops will help me be able to get around in my own home with no troubles," said Cpl Mullis. "They will provide me with the house that will become the foundation of the home my wife and I will be able to live in as a normal family.”
Seventy percent of HFOT funds raised are through individual contributions from across the country.
Jenn-Air unveils under-counter refrigerators
Jenn-Air is highlighting the advantages of having an additional under-counter refigerator with a new collection of said appliances.
The refrigerators aim to promote an upscale, flush design for any range of applications, up to and including wine cellars, beverage centers, under-counter refrigerators, double refrigerator drawers and refrigerator/freezer drawers.
All refrigerators come in 24-inch width sizing with a soft-close feature. Customers can choose from styles ranging from stainless steel to custom finish.
"An additional refrigerator offers several advantages when cooking or entertaining and it’s a category that we think will continue to grow in the high-end market," says Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air. "Whether placed in the kitchen, media room or master suite, our latest built-in under counter collection of refrigerators keep items within easy reach and can be seamlessly blended into their surroundings."
Homes.com index adds to signs of housing recovery
Homes.com has made its contribution to the growing body of evidence pointing to a housing recovery with its Local Market Index, which uses home pricing data for the period ending May 2013, and corresponding Rebound Report.
Single-family properties were up in 83 of the top 100 markets, with New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. showing the largest month-over-month gains at +6.09 index points.
Though all 100 markets posted gains last month, the company says these month-over-month changes were negligible compared to progress on a year-ago basis. Compared to last year’s figures, all 100 markets improved, with three of the top five concentrated in California. The most notable year-over-year forerunner is Honolulu, Hawaii.
Meanwhile, the Rebound Report data for May 2013 pointed to a full recovery in 19 U.S. markets, compared to last month’s 14. Approximately 39% of markets have recovered halfway or more.