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A survey suggests that financial compatibility is a must for many of today’s couples. One-third of people said they’d wait to marry someone until that person’s credit score improved, according to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, commissioned by PayPal. More than one-third of those who were surveyed said they would consider not marrying or moving in with someone unless he ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By John Askins]
When it comes to the tax benefits of renting vs. buying a home, the benefits of buying are many, while there are few or no tax benefits for renting. This simple fact motivates many to take the plunge into homeownership. Below are six quick tax benefits of buying a home: 1.  Home mortgage interest deduction: The interest paid on a mortgage or mortgages of up to $1 million for a...
Read Post [Posted on 03/01/2015 By John Askins]
I am always amazed when I go to list someone's property (to sell) to find that after living in their home for years, they have never filed for a TEXAS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION.  This benefit is 1 of the main reasons owning a home (instead of renting) is such a benefit, because of the big tax savings$.  This week we will benefit even further.  The following press release explains it a...
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2015 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
The drought may have receded in much of Texas, but reservoir levels are, if anything, worse in many areas than they were a year ago, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "If we look at the major urban cities, particularly from the Metroplex down the Interstate 35 corridor, on down to San Antonio, it’s pretty dire," said Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extensio...
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2015 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]
Water heaters aren’t the types of thing that get ogled on Pinterest. But when yours goes kaput, a new water heater quickly becomes your most coveted major appliance. We tell you what you need to know before buying an electric or gas storage tank water heater so you can pick the best option for your home. First Things First: Types of Storage Water Heaters and Costs Heating water is the ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/25/2015 By Nicole Pantalion]
From a dusty parking lot along Texas 16 near Tilden, Texas, Jose Rodriguez sees what's not yet obvious in the numbers. The Eagle Ford Shale oil field is a shadow of its former self, fading at the edges as the energy industry slashes spending. Plenty of trucks rumble past Rodriguez - but not as many as before. Workers pull over to browse the merchandise folded on wooden tables - piles of...
Read Post [Posted on 02/25/2015 By John Askins]
Professionals are tackling more mobile outreach markets in an effort to reach clients — making sure their Web site is easy to view and use from a phone, adopting QR codes in marketing, and even creating apps that potential clients can use to access company information while on-the-go. The adoption of more mobile tools seems to be warranted: A study shows that nearly half of all U.S. mobil...
Read Post [Posted on 02/23/2015 By John Askins]
Your mortgage application was denied. These words sound harsh, but they don't always mean you can't get a mortgage. Lenders reject about 1 in every 2 applications they receive to refinance a mortgage, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. About 30 percent of purchasers who apply for a mortgage are turned down. Despite the tight lending environment, borrowers shouldn't al...
Read Post [Posted on 02/21/2015 By John Askins]
The small business sector represents 65% of the U.S. economy — and owners of these businesses are wise to the importance social media can play in promoting their businesses. Radius, a company providing sales intelligence for the small business market, has released a report ranking cities based on the social media usage of its small business owners. San Francisco tops the list of places...
Read Post [Posted on 02/21/2015 By John Askins]
Today I completed the third day of "HAR Realtor Launch: Your Path to Success" I cannot say enough about this course, I have gained new knowledge and feel very confident to go even stronger in my real estate career.  The experience was great and networking with other realtors was a bonus. Awesome course, instructor and staff!  ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/20/2015 By Claudia Flores]
A Manhattan Housing Court judge has ruled that rent-stabilized tenants can’t double-dip—or get a financial break and turn around and make money peddling their pads to tourists on websites such as Airbnb. The ruling is the first to outright evict a tenant under rent controls without giving him a second chance, said Frank Ricci of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents m...
Read Post [Posted on 02/20/2015 By Michelle Cannon]
I know at times life throws you a curve ball and either we hit it or not. Like my mom states, "Roll with the punch or get knocked out". Your home is one of your biggest investments you will ever make. If you have experienced a transition in your life that has now resulted in a change in income and now has caused your mortgage to fall behind, take a deep breath. Let's explore you...
Read Post [Posted on 02/20/2015 By LaWanda Lendsey]
Mortgage payment often makes up a person’s largest monthly expense – yet more than a third of borrowers have no clue what interest rate they’re paying, according to a new survey of 1,000 adults by Bankrate.com. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed did not know their mortgage interest rate, and one in seven borrowers were either “not too confident,” “not at a...
Read Post [Posted on 02/20/2015 By John Askins]
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