Following a violent storm or tornado, home owners are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to put their homes back together. And as we enter the traditional spring storm season, insurance executives and legislators are warning storm victims to beware of contractors who try to get home owners to sign costly contracts before the insurance adjusters arrive. These shady contractors are dubbed “sto...
Rental costs have continued to rise, outpacing stagnant salaries and
widening the affordability gap, according to a new study by DePaul
"After the housing crisis, households shifted to renting for a number
of reasons," says Geoff Smith, co-author of a study on the
affordability gap and executive director of DePaul University’s
Institute for Housing Studies. "The weak ...
Home contractor scams are often on the rise in the spring, and home owners should take steps to make sure they aren’t duped.
The scams often target the elderly, with scammers offering to
complete yard or household work for money up-front and then never
completing the work after the payment is collected. Or, contractors may
complete the work but then attach a higher price than was originally...
In Southeast Texas, Homeowners Associations perform many important functions. Depending on the city and county, the most important roles of the Association may vary. For instance, in Houston, which has no zoning, the most important role is defining what can be built and the appearance of homes within the Association’s area. In many subdivisions, additional security patrols are also provided throug...
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 it? If so, you may be among the 66 perc...
The amount of water flowing into Central Texas' Highland Lakes Travis and Buchanan remained
near all-time lows in March as the severe drought has reduced many of
the lakes' tributaries to trickles. Only 8,102 acre-feet of water
flowed into the lakes in March, about 9 percent of average for the
month. Inflows for January through March 2014 were lower than the same
three months in 2011, a ...
Tech firms are ramping up offerings for businesses and consumers on mobile security, responding to the growing threat from hackers and viruses hitting mobile devices.
Mobile devices are "uniquely more sensitive than PCs," because "the device is with you all the time," says Tarek Alawdeen with Trend Micro.
And the mobile threat is not about just about protecting against viruses, Kevin Maha...
Prescription drug abusers reportedly are posing as home buyers and
using open houses to raid medicine cabinets and night stands in search
A group of real estate agents, organizations, and businesses have
teamed up to form the Safe Homes Coalition to raise awareness. The
group’s initial focus is in San Diego County, but it hopes the message
will spread across the country.
Young, first-time buyers are struggling to purchase a home. With low
inventories of homes for sale, 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
FIGHT OFF THE POLLEN THIS SPRING! Tired of that stuffy feeling that Spring brings along? Steer clear of the pollen so that your allergies don't wreck this beautiful season! There are many ways to let pollen into your home but are you taking the right precautions to prevent the mess from entering your home? Try these ten ways to fight off the pollen at your home. 1. Keep the car in the ga...
Are you in a happy place? Healthways and Gallup wanted to find out the well-being of cities across the country.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures Americans’
perceptions of physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work
environment, social and community factors, financial security, and
access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Gallup
When reviewing their credit reports, one in five consumers are likely to receive a different credit score from what a creditor will use to price a loan, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The discrepancy has the agency concerned. Lenders use credit scores to help determine the interest rate they’ll charge customers—with higher credit scores often receiving the best rates. “Many...
Energy industry representatives are increasingly making an offer to home owners across the country: Let us drill for your natural gas on your land, and we’ll pay you for the lease.
The offer is increasingly being made to home owners in Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York. Drilling officials say home owners can earn extra income that can be used to pay off their mortgages and that the gas roya...
A massive security flaw exposed on websites could put at risk your
private information, such as credit card numbers and other data. The bug
is known as Heartbleed, and security experts are warning Internet users
to change their passwords on sites they use — and then be prepared to
change them again soon.
Researchers uncovered the vulnerability in a Web security measure
known as OpenSSL....
If and when Congress shuts down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, borrowers likely
will end up paying slightly higher mortgage rates. Proposed House and
Senate bills would wind down the two firms over five years and scale
back the government intervention in guaranteeing mortgage securities.The House GOP bill would virtually privatize the mortgage market,
while the Senate's bipartisan plan ...