Save Money on Household Expenses
1. Refinance Your Mortgage
2. Consider Cutting the Cord
4. Wash Laundry in Cold Water
5. Use a Programmable Thermostat
6. Unplug Small Appliances and Devices
7. Use Energy-Saving Lightbulbs
8. Check Your Home’s Insulation
9. Compare Your Cellular Service
10. Watch the Water
11. Pay Your Bills On Time
Stretch of 210 Freeway in Pasadena to be named for Jackie Robinson
A stretch of the 210 Freeway near where Jackie Robinson grew up has been renamed for the Brooklyn Dodgers legend and civil-rights pioneer.
Robinson, who grew up in Pasadena and attended UCLA, broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and had his number, 42, retired by MLB for every team in the league.
The 4.2-mile stretch of the 210 from Gould Avenue to Orange Grove Boulevard will be renamed the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway.”
“Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, who coauthored the bill to honor Robinson. “His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.”
Please wary homeowners.
The PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program for homeowners to update and upgrade their home with energy efficient items such as newer AC and Heating units, Solar Panels, insulation, and water efficient and drought tolerant landscaping. Riverside CA just approved the CaliforniaFIRST program, which is the PACE program in CA. To read the complete article “Riverside approves leading CaliforniaFIRST PACE clean energy financing program for local homeowners”
These programs are great for homeowners that wish to update their homes, plan on living in them for the next 10 years or more and need financial help to do so. However it needs to known that they charge high interest rates and these go on your property taxes. Going onto your property taxes makes it so you can have a buyer assume your debt when you sell the home, however that is if you find a buyer that wishes to take on your debt. Because the interest rates are high and sometimes involve prepayment penalties a lot of homeowners are stuck when the need to sell their home arises and they have they loans on their homes.
Bottom line, do your research and do what’s right for you in all aspects of your homeownership.
Few foods are more comforting, more decadent, and more delicious than a plate of fried chicken, served fresh from the skillet alongside crisp waffles, fluffy biscuits, or creamy sides. Many poultry purists argue that the world’s best fried chicken is dished out down South—but with the sheer number of talented chefs across the nation, we’re calling fowl on this claim. Here are the best fried chicken joints in all 50 states, both near and far away from the Mason-Dixon line. And since everything’s better when it’s coated in flour, battered, and browned in oil, consider using this list as a restaurant field guide the next time you’re taking a cross-country road trip.
US new homes sales jumped in July to their fastest rate in nearly nine years, according to Commerce Department figures.
Low interest rates on mortgages and an improving jobs market have helped boost the US real estate market.
New home sales increased by 12.4% in July month-on-month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 654,000 annual units.
But construction of new single-family homes has slipped, meaning supply might be falling behind demand.
Last month, the US housing market had 4.3 months’ supply of homes for sale. That is down from a 5.2 months supply in July 2015.
With central bank interest rates at between 0.25% and 0.5%, the cost of mortgage borrowing has been low for house buyers. Combined with a strengthening jobs market and a slight uptick in wages over the last year, housing demand has been boosted.
Dips in the supply of housing can lead to stagnation in the market because families are unable to upgrade to larger houses and put their homes on the market. First-time buyers, in turn, are left with fewer options for starter homes.
Construction of single-family homes has picked up this year and investors believe that trend will continue.
Shares of building companies such as Toll Brother and Lennar Corp have risen over the last few quarters and both were up more than 1% in early trading on Tuesday.
“We see tremendous growth potential in new home sales as housing demand continues to grow and the continued supply shortage of newer vintage homes,” said Tian Liu, chief economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance.
Sales in Northeast US were up 40% in July, while sales in the South rose by 18%. Sales in the West and Midwest were flat.
The median home price fell by 0.5%, potentially reflecting the regional mix of where homes were sold.
Or not just dorm walls 😉