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We like to be creeped out, don’t we? To kick off Halloween, Zillow.com has chosen 10 homes in the U.S. notorious for their haunted history and spirits who like to visit. Some are privately owned homes, some are now bed-and-breakfasts, some have historic designations, and one is even the seat of our government. Take a deep breath, trick and treat yourself to some of the most notable haunt...
Read Post [Posted on 10/31/2014 By John Askins]
Based on a Realtor.com poll, nearly a third of prospective home buyers would not rule out buying a "haunted house" or a property where some sort of paranormal activity is said to have to occurred. However, 29 percent of those house-hunters said they would expect a discount of at least 20 percent for stigmatized property. Warm or cold spots in a house, possibly from a supernatural source, are dea...
Read Post [Posted on 10/31/2014 By John Askins]
A new sign that the foreclosure crisis may largely be in the rearview mirror, new filings in the third quarter of this year were down 16 percent from a year ago — bringing overall foreclosure activity down to its level before the housing crisis, according to RealtyTrac's Foreclosure Market Report. What's more, default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions in September dropp...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By John Askins]
If the walls of Chris Bencal’s apartment could talk, they might actually scream. That’s because the 1878 building was the longtime home of the Danvers State Hospital — formerly called the State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers — infamous for allegations of abuse and neglect that prompted its closing in 1992.But that image changed for the good with the arrival of AvalonBay Communities, a developer that ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By John Askins]
The date of Halloween has always been one of the easy ones to remember: Oct. 31, plain and simple. No first Tuesday-after-the-first-Monday-of-November nonsense (that's Election Day), no fourth-Thursday-in-November (Thanksgiving), no second-Monday-in-October (if you don't know, ask a Canadian). Just the last day of October.But for the past two years, matters were not quite so simple. Across th...
Read Post [Posted on 10/29/2014 By John Askins]
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is on a mission to end housing discrimination and arm local communities with tools to better enforce the Fair Housing Act. To do that, it's offering $38.3 million in grants to more than 100 fair housing organizations and nonprofit agencies in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia.The agencies will use the grants to conduct inves...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By John Askins]
 MONTGOMERY COUNTY,  Texas -- All  southbound main lanes of I-45N will be closed starting  Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm through Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am. Southbound traffic will  be diverted onto the frontage road just south of Windsor Lake Blvd. through the SH 242 intersection. All traffic  will be allowed to re-enter IH 45 main lanes at ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Don Arsenault]
Young, first-time buyers are struggling to purchase a home. Young first-timers are finding themselves competing against other bidders who are willing to pay cash. Meanwhile, many young buyers are having trouble qualifying for a loan, often due to high student loan debt.  Overall, young buyers have been left out of the housing recovery more than any other age group, according to a USA...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By John Askins]
Neighbors wage war every day over blocked views, loud noise, big and small annoyances. Do you have a good neighbor policy? How’s it working out?If you live in a neighborhood, you’ll have to interact with your neighbors at some point. How do you keep the peace? Image: JJRD/iStockphotoFile this under No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Buffalo home owner sued her neighbors for cleaning up her littered&n...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When it comes to mortgages and home improvement, many consumers have some complaints, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America, which reveals the top consumer complaints. Among its list of top “worst” consumer gripes: mortgage-related problems, home improvement, timeshare sales and resales, Internet sales, and fraud. Many of the mortgage complaints have stemmed from the fore...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Holly Smith]
With another tax filing deadline passing, some people never throw tax records away. Others do not keep them long enough.Knowing what to hang on to, why certain records are needed and how long they should be saved can save storage space and prevent problems should you be audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).“There are tax and nontax reasons for keeping records,” says Dr. Jerrold Stern, pro...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
If you’re first-time homeowner, you’ll probably experience some trial and error before you know how to properly care for your new place. But you can avoid some costly mistakes by doing routine home maintenance that protects your investment. Here’s a basic home-maintenance checklist to help you get started.Check gutters regularly to make sure they’re properly attached and clear of sticks and leaves...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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]
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]
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