This is what I will describe as a who-does-what and what-to-do column. Among the roughly 1,350 homeowners surveyed nationally in late December and early January for TD Bank's first Home Equity Sentiment Index, 56 percent of the respondents said they believed that their home's value had increased, and 60 percent said they would tap that rising equity to finance renovations.
Our question of the day is this: Why are there so many turkey vultures running around South Jersey? These actually are turkey vultures, Cathartes aura, not the black vultures that have reportedly been moving up to these parts from areas farther south recently.
Alan J. Heavens has been writing about real estate and home improvement for 27 of his 36 years at the Inquirer and for most of his 49 years as a reporter. Author of three books, he was "The Gadgeteer" on the Discovery Channel's Home Matters and president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.