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The percentage of Americans struggling below the poverty line is the highest it has been in 16 years, and interviews with poverty experts and aid groups said the increase appears to be continuing.One way embattled Americans have gotten by is sharing homes with siblings, parents or even nonrelatives, sometimes resulting in overused couches and frayed nerves but holding down the rise in the national...
Read Post [Posted on 12/21/2014 By John Askins]
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to its lowest point of the year as 10-year Treasury yields closed at their lowest level since May 2013, according to Freddie Mac.This week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.80%, down from 3.93% last week. A year ago this time, it was 4.47%, according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey.“The temporary decline in rates will likely be short-lived,” s...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Car insurance premiums rose on average 18 percent if you had one moving violation on your record, according to a report by insurance.com of 397,000 insurance quotes it generated last year. Two moving violations on your record? Your average rate increases 34 percent compared to drivers with no violations. And at three violations, annual premiums jump to 53 percent higher. In addition, wha...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By John Askins]
Here some tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner:- Decide on a theme or color to give the room a festive look.- Go natural. Twigs, leaves, branches, pines cone will add a beautiful touch.- Add a treat to each plate. And don't forget that handmade place cards will make your guests feel special.- Pay attention to details. Something as simple as background -very subtle instrumental music- will set t...
Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By Carolina James]
Looking to buy a new house as the new year rolls around? There are so many open house's going on this weekend! Check out our open house finder to find your dream home this December: http://rem.ax/1zXUwXbWe are always here for your real estate needs!-Mary and Kelly...
Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
It is indeed a material world. When it comes to spending, the U.S. is a culture of consumption. The result: rising levels of consumer debt and declining household savings rates. For those who had been living beyond their means for years, it suddenly got a lot harder to make ends meet. And, although the government tends to encourage spending during economic downturn and statistics may lead us...
Read Post [Posted on 12/17/2014 By Christian Flakes]
According to Olivia Pulsinelli, Web producer- http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/10/22/houston-named-no-1-real-estate-market-to-watch-in.html?page=allHouston Business Journal, The "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report ranked Houston the country's No. 1 market to watch next year. That's up from No. 2 in 2014 and No. 5 in 2013.Houston ranked No. 1 in both investm...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Cynthia Guest]
My children attended Spring Branch ISD schools.  They both went to Memorial High School and my son was a senior the same time Andrew Luck was a senior.  So even though I'm a Texans fan, I feel a connection to the Colts when they play.  It's always great to see a hometown boy do well.  Below is an article from The Wall Street Journal about Andrew Luck's Trash Talk on the field....
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Jean Risha]
New Year's Eve Celebration Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Sugar Land Town Square 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. — Children’s Celebration (with fireworks finale) 10 p.m. — 1 a.m. — Adults’ Celebration (with 3D Midnight Show)  Enchantment, wo...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Hemanti Patel]
Another GORGEOUS home is now being listed by me for lease $1,650 per month 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bathroom in Richmond, TX 77407 PERFECT for a family! This listing will hit the MLS today.....I can get someone approved and moved in rather quickly....Contact me ASAP if you're interested!! ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Morad Fiki]
The standard mileage rate for federal income taxes is rising next year. The IRS issued its 2015 optional standard mileage rates, and beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be the following: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (an increase from 56 cents in 2014) 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving re...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By John Askins]
Even as the housing market gets back on track, the numbers of first-time buyers continue to disappoint. This is strongly associated with the tight credit requirements facing would-be buyers. Recent important government policy changes and the introduction of new low down-payment programs, however, should set the stage for increased first-time buyer activity in 2015.Clarity on Mortgage Qualification...
Read Post [Posted on 12/15/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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