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Do you have a fear of being apart from your cellphone? If so, you may suffer from "nomophobia" or "no mobile phone phobia," MSNBC.com reports. It's on the rise. And in careers like the real estate industry, where smartphones are dominant, you may be at risk.  Do you never turn off your phone?  Obsessively check it?  Constantly worry about losing i...
Read Post [Posted on 03/05/2015 By John Askins]
Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen, according to FBI crime data. However, violent crime increased in more than half of the cities that have among the highest crime rates in the nation, according to a review of crime data by 24/7 Wall St. “The cities with the highest crime rates tend to have particularly high poverty rates, high unemployment, and low median income,” according to it...
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2015 By John Askins]
Newton, Mass., has been crowned as this year’s best U.S. city to live in, according to rankings from 24/7 Wall St. The publication narrowed its list to 550 cities (all of which have more than 65,000 residents) and ranked the cities based on seven major categories: crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure. The labor market was one of the key measures use...
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2015 By John Askins]
When the economy slid into recession last decade, many companies slashed payrolls and had remaining workers pick up the duties from vacant positions. But when the economy showed signs of reviving, employers weren't eager to send their payroll back to the good old days before the recession hit, many times because companies were now enjoying record profits even while joblessness hovered ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/24/2015 By John Askins]
Crime Rate in Sugar Land Hits Historic Low Sugar Land, TX - Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land decreased 12.75 percent last year while the City’s five-year trend shows an overall decrease of more than 26 percent. The results were included in the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report and placed Sugar Land’s crime rate at a 20-year historic low. Last year, Sugar Land was...
Read Post [Posted on 02/19/2015 By Stanley Poscovsky]
Though buyer's remorse is never fun, there's usually something we'd change if we could go back and make a big purchasing decision again. In a new survey, Chase Bank found out what some of the most common things are that recent home buyers would change about their real estate purchase if given a second chance. Chase's survey, "What I Wish I Knew About the Homebuying Process,...
Read Post [Posted on 02/19/2015 By John Askins]
A survey by AARP has found that 33 percent of adults older than 45 have modified their homes to allow them to age comfortably in place. Aging-in-place modifications can include: · Decorative grab bars in showers · Step-free entrances · Levered door handles · Raised electrical outlets · Bathrooms that can accommodate wheelchairs · Widen...
Read Post [Posted on 02/19/2015 By John Askins]
Since I've experienced a frozen pipe in our second home before, I can offer first-hand advice about the need for still securing your home during the next few weeks of Texas winter. Yes, that's right I said weeks, not months, as by mid-March spring will begin arriving and spreading North from our semi-tropical South Texas locales. But until then it's wor...
Read Post [Posted on 02/18/2015 By John Askins]
Thieves are continuing to prey on foreclosed and bank-owned properties, removing copper, appliances, and other fixtures, and leaving behind a mess for those who have to sell it. Foreclosures often become prime targets since they are vacant. The Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® recently warned its members of scams involving thieves who remove “For Sale” signs from yards and ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/16/2015 By John Askins]
A Keller Williams Realty firm in North Texas wasn’t happy with an anonymous negative review it received on the business review site Yelp, and it’s suing the reviewer and trying to get Yelp to reveal the reviewer’s actual identity. But Yelp officials fought back in court last week, arguing the Rhodes Team real estate firm has no justification for compelling it to review the i...
Read Post [Posted on 02/15/2015 By John Askins]
Accessible home design is more than just grab bars; it’s about catering to easier living. Karen Kassik, residential designer, remodeling design specialist, and president and owner of Home Accessibilities, says that accessible is better for every buyer, from young families to aging-in-place empty-nesters. “Ninety percent of us have a personal story – either we or someone in our f...
Read Post [Posted on 02/15/2015 By John Askins]
Homeowner insurance policies can vary greatly, and if home owners aren’t careful, they may find their claims denied when disaster strikes, according to a study by the University of Chicago Law Review.  While home insurers once used standard policy forms by the Insurance Services Office, now some are coming up with their own policies and a few tweaks in the wording can mean troub...
Read Post [Posted on 02/14/2015 By John Askins]
Two ladies came to our office and presented a wearable safety alarm that they design and distribute.  They are small and easy to carry and can attach to a purse or backpack or belt, etc.  They are simple to use.  If you feel threatened or are threatened, you simply squeeze the alarm and it emits a loud noise designed to startle the person threatening you and to alert others in the a...
Read Post [Posted on 02/12/2015 By Jean Risha]
You can help save the planet while also saving cash, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.  The average U.S. household spends about $3,425 to power a car and $2,175 on home energy costs--in other words, about $5,600 on energy costs per year. That number is likely even greater with rising fuel and utility costs. The Alliance is offering up some pointers on how to trim those yearly ex...
Read Post [Posted on 02/10/2015 By John Askins]
A good credit score is crucial for getting approved for a mortgage. So how can your customers improve their credit score? Here are a few tips recently featured in an article at RISMedia:  Check reports to ensure accuracy. First, your customers want to make sure they aren’t getting penalized by a low score that is a mistake. They can get a free copy of their three major credit re...
Read Post [Posted on 02/07/2015 By John Askins]
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