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Not sure if your upcoming DIY project requires a permit? Check with your local building authority and let them know what you're planning. Image: Leonard Nevarez ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Marla Lewis]
The newspapers are awash with accounts of booming sales, records being set and commentary from area agents to support it all. The market is "hot"!! It seems that home sellers can name their price. Buyer's, on the other hand, better act quickly or be left behind. True? What to do? Well, the market may be very good but there is always more than a little hype in the reported stories. So, cal...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Christian Flakes]
Know a fixed rate from a floating rate? Homeowners in 13 states now have the freedom to pick their energy supplier. But before you sign that new contract, do some research to make sure you're really getting the best deal. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
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 have old debts, collectors may not be able to sue you to collect on them. That's because debt collectors have a limited number of years — known as the statute of limitations — to sue you to collect. After that, your unpaid debts are considered "time-barred." According to the law, a debt collector cannot sue you for not paying a debt that's time-barred.This gets tricky for consumers because ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
(BPT) - No one ever said "trendy" translates to "cheap." Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don't have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer's dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish. Home website Houzz polled users and asked what bathroom upgrades they most...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and private mortgage lenders are nearing an agreement that may lower restrictions on borrowers with poor credit, in an effort to boost lending amid a tepid housing recovery, according to published reports.The two mortgage giants are considering programs that would make it easier for lenders to offer mortgages with down payments of as little as 3% for some borrowers, accordi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Hard to believe. This is my 50th blog. Whether this is a cause for celebration or not I guess depends on whether you still derive any pleasure from their receipt each week ... I'm sure some of you just endure them out of sympathy for this old curmudgeon of an Englishman. Through doing them I have definitely been kept more observant and aware of the little differences in day to day life of liv...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Paulus]
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]
(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]
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]
A series of mid-September rainstorms added about 20,000 acre-feet to the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis, the region's water reservoirs. Lake Travis rose more than 2 feet, while Lake Buchanan rose a little more than half an inch. The increase was welcome but relatively small, and it was not enough to make much difference in the severe drought gripping the region around the ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
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