The ABC’s of Real Estate

From Trulia.com 11/11/15 Home-buying and selling is stressful — and with industry acronyms and real estate terms flying at you from all directions, you may feel overwhelmed navigating your new real estate reality. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer sifting through homes for sale in Chicago, or a seasoned investor, there’s always more to learn. Trulia’s … Continue reading The ABC’s of Real Estate

7 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save Money This Winter

From Credit.com 11/6/15 With the temperatures dropping, you may be worried about a soon-to-come snowy commute or potential holiday season stress. No matter what is on your mind, before you know it, your winter energy bills will be pouring in. For many of us, these are higher than what we got in the summertime, throwing your … Continue reading 7 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save Money This Winter

Toxic Dust From a Dying California Lake

From The Atlantic 11/9/15 Anyone in the Inland Empire and Low Desert Communities can attest to the unfortunate stench that has become commonplace the last few years as this problem has increased. It is sad seeing what the Salton Sea once was. I have never in my lifetime experienced this though. Enjoy this article.

The 20 Hottest U.S. Housing Markets in October 2015

From Realtor.com 11/2/15 It was a rather ordinary month for the residential housing market in October, based on a preliminary analysis of realtor.com® data. But after we saw sales declines in both August and September, we don’t see any reason to complain. Yes, boring can be good. “October saw little change in the for-sale housing market … Continue reading The 20 Hottest U.S. Housing Markets in October 2015

I Inherited a Mortgage. What Can I Do?

From Credit.com 11/9/15 Most homeowners have mortgages, and all homeowners die eventually. And, if a homeowner dies with an outstanding mortgage loan, the mortgage company still expects to be paid. Whether the balance owed will be due all at once or can be paid off over time depends on who inherits the home and the … Continue reading I Inherited a Mortgage. What Can I Do?

How to Shave Years Off a 30-Year Mortgage

From Credit.com 11/2/15 Most strategies to pay off your mortgage faster involve making radical principal prepayments or moving to a shorter-term debt structure. But here’s a way to pay your loan off faster by refinancing your home … using your lender’s money. Here’s a quick finance lesson: Lenders generate more revenue on higher interest rate … Continue reading How to Shave Years Off a 30-Year Mortgage

Want to Refinance to a Shorter Mortgage? Here’s What You Need to Ask Yourself

From Credit.com 11/4/15 Has your financial situation improved greatly since you first took on your mortgage? That’s great! You have some options, including paying off your current mortgage ahead of time or refinancing to a shorter term. When it comes to the former option, it’s important to make sure there isn’t a prepayment penalty and … Continue reading Want to Refinance to a Shorter Mortgage? Here’s What You Need to Ask Yourself

Fall Cleaning Checklist

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Fall is upon us and what a great time to get some quick cleaning done that we often forget. Getting this tasks completed can easily be done every couple of weekends when the weather starts getting cooler and we are stuck inside. Use this checklist to get you started on your fall cleaning schedule.

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Bet You Didn’t Know These Quick Tape Measure Tricks…So Helpful!

From JustDIY.com 11/7/15   These tips are all pretty handy even if you have been using a tape measure for years.