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A new Federal Trade Commission rule bans providers of mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until home owners have a written offer from their lender or servicer that they decide is acceptable. "At a time when many Americans are struggling to pay their m...
Great video of the general public commenting on how they chose their Realtor.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT9zzA0biic The individual agent is what really matters
Trees When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with r...
The perception of a two-story addition is that of a complex and expensive project filled with "hidden costs" that will bust your budget. In truth, most of those costs are in plain sight if you identify and manage them early in the planning process. Others, such as surprise (but necessary) repairs...
When setting a budget for your two-story addition, take the design fees into consideration along with building costs. The perception of a two-story addition is that of a complex and expensive project filled with “hidden costs” that will bust your budget. In truth, most of those costs are in plain...
A typical family spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget-roughly $350-on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and cracks. With the money you waste in just one year, you can plug many of those leaks yourself. It's among the most cost-effective thing...
I know you're thinking to yourself.... I'm going to do that, I really need to do that! WELL, DO IT! Being in the real estate business, let me tell you that things DO happen. I have had clients go away for a trip and their house caught fire due to an electrical malfunction, or a water main bro...
Don't file away that unopened real estate assessment letter you just received! This is the driving force behind how much you pay in Property Taxes! The tax assessors generally use one of two methods to calculate your properties value. Most commonly are the recent sales of comparable homes in y...