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You might want to take a closer look at your home's curb appeal: Upgrading your landscaping from average to excellent can help raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by addi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Thousands of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure years ago may have finally moved on, rebuilt their finances, and even considered home ownership again. But first, they may have to face a rising number of debt collectors who are chasing them down for money they still owe from the foreclosure they thought they had left in the past.More banks are getting aggressive in pursuing deficiency ju...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Many retirees have been struggling to qualify for a mortgage, finding their post-retirement monthly incomes aren’t sufficient enough to get a loan under today’s tough underwriting standards. The problem was particularly pronounced for retirees who were still making payments on car loans, credit cards, or home equity lines of credit and who found they were unable to qualify under today’s low “debt-...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
The population is getting older, and those who are 65 and up now make up the biggest part of the nation’s population in size and percentage, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Older residents comprise over 40.3 million people.  The older adult population has increased by 15.1 percent since 2000, while the combined remaining age groups saw 9.7 percent growth.  The state...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
All roads lead to real estate “With Proposition 1, Texans have the unique opportunity to have more money in transportation funding with no new taxes, no new fees, or no funding for toll roads,” said Scott Haywood, president of Move Texas Forward, speaking at the Public Policy Forum. Haywood explained that the statewide proposition on the November ballot gives voters the chance to improve Texa...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Marti Pattinson]
(BPT) - The military gives individuals and families the opportunity to explore the world, but that exploration often requires frequent moving. Rarely is this a smooth process. Service members can receive assistance through Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Personally Procured Moves (PPM) programs to help handle the process.No matter how quickly the move happens or what kind of moving assistanc...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Q: We signed a contract to purchase a house. When we finished the inspections, we amended the contract to provide that the seller perform certain repairs. During our walk-through on the day of closing, we discovered nothing had been repaired. The seller refused to delay the closing or perform the repairs. What is our next step? A: This is a people-problem. You appear to have done everything rig...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
You might want to avoid talking to Siri while in your car. The iPhone voice assistant was found to be one of the most dangerous among various voice-controlled car systems recently studied by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety.In the study, 45 participant drivers were asked to use hands-free commands while driving in vehicle simulators on residential streets. Researchers monitored response times, ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
In the recent past, low appraisals have been blamed on delaying—or even canceling—many real estate transactions over the last few years. While real estate professionals are limited in how much involvement they can have in the appraisal process, they can do a few important things to help ensure their sellers receive a fair valuation. Be there. Appraisers and other real estate agents say that being ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
How much should you charge for a rental property? The Wall Street Journal’s real estate columnist June Fletcher suggests 1.1 percent of the home’s value up to about $100,000 or about $1,100 a month. After that demand and what the market will bear will affect values.She points to rental sites as a good clue for someone setting prices, particularly VRBO.com, Flipkey.com and Craigslist. She also...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
As home owners look to rebuild from any powerful storm system, they may find a shortfall in adequate home insurance coverage to cover all of the damages, the USA Today reports. Most home owner insurance polices provide coverage for tornadoes, and home owners do not have to buy extra coverage like they do for earthquakes or floods. However, research has shown that despite 96 percent of people ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By John Askins]
Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, all homebuyers have one thing in common: they don't want to get ripped off. But how do you know if you're getting a fair deal on the home you're prepared to place an offer on? Read on to find out how to evaluate the price of any home so you can make a sound investment decision. Tutorial: How To Buy Your First Home Research Recently So...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
Houston's 77005 ZIP code — which includes West University Place and Rice University and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center — is one of the "Best ZIP Codes in America," according to Movoto.  In yet another ranking of neighborhoods nationwide, Houston has one of the “Best ZIP Codes in America,” according to Movoto Real Estate Blog. Houston’s 77005 — which includes West ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
We take driving for granted as we climb into the car or pick-up truck and go. Most Texans don't know how much they pay in state gas tax when they fill up — or that the gas tax has not increased in 23 years. Most Texans don't realize borrowed money ($20 billion) has financed most of our highway construction during the past decade. Unless we act, money for new highway construction runs out...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
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