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In Search of an Honest Man It’s very scary to hire someone to come into your home to do repairs. Do you want a stranger taking your money or maybe not completing the job, taking something out of your home or worse yet doing a substandard job and you still have to pay for it? Will they showup on time and cleanup after they have finished the job?Similar to Diogenes’ search for an honest man, homeowners want someone to do quality repairs at a fair price. The task appears reasonably easy but if you’ve ever (0 comments)
This all brick side by side duplex has 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. One of the units has a full finished basement and the other unit has no basement.Total square footage is approximately 2814.Currently both units are rented and the tenants are happy. There has been some updating in both units.There is off street parking as well as on street parking. Terms are FHa, Va, Cash and Conventional financing.
Using Your Best Judgement When Viewing An Aurora House For Sale - 01/25/12 08:40 PM
It is easy to get distracted when viewing an Aurora house for sale. There is so much to take in and it can seem quite overwhelming. Here are a couple of tips to help you stay focused when walking around a home so that you can use your best judgement and see the house as it really is. Look don't listen Use your eyes to judge for yourself what is actually wrong with the home you are viewing. The homeowner may tell you stories about the problems with the house that you shouldn't necessarily always believe. See for yourself what the (2 comments)
Vegetables Leap to Culinary Forefront Aurora Farmers Market Coming Soon - 01/24/12 02:20 PM
Add increased selection and tasty preparations to the good nutrition and overall wholesomeness long associated with vegetables, and you have a food group that's claiming an ever bigger portion of the dinner plate. Farmers are growing new, colorful varieties, creative chefs are whipping up flavorful vegetable dishes in restaurants and prepared food counters, and glossy magazines feature tempting vegetable recipes that exploit seasonal bounty.Vegetables and the side dishes they grace have moved into the culinary forefront, according to the Vegetables & Sides: Culinary Trend Mapping Report recently released by leading market research publisher Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development (0 comments)
Deductible is the Point - 01/24/12 01:38 PM
Points refer to prepaid interest on a home mortgage and can be fully deductible by the buyer in the year paid if the right conditions exist. The points must be used to buy, build or improve a taxpayer's principal residence but not all fees charged by the lender are necessarily deductible. According toIRS Publication 936, "The term 'points' is used to describe certain charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower to obtain a home mortgage. Points may also be called loan origination fees, maximum loan charges, loan discount, or discount points. A borrower is treated as paying any points (2 comments)
AAA Offers Test Driving Tips for Car-Buying for Aurora Consumers - 01/23/12 03:17 AM
AAA Offers Test Driving Tips for Car-Buying ConsumersIt is easy for car buying consumers to fall in love at first sight with the sleek styling and attractive exterior of their dream machine. In most American households today, a vehicle purchase is a major financial expense, so a second look and an extensive test drive is time well invested.AAA Automotive experts recommend that consumers start that test drive at the computer keyboard. Valuable information about vehicle safety features, performance data, and purchase pricing and resale value can be researched online. AAA can assist consumers shopping for a vehicle by providing information they (0 comments)
Echo Lake-Mt. Evans Colorado - 01/23/12 02:38 AM
Echo Lake is located at the foot of Mt. Evans in Colorado.Mt Evans is 14,240 feet to the summit. Along the way up you will see mountain goats and Bighorn sheep. In the fall you will be surprised at the beautiful fall colors of the Aspen trees. Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America. It is 33.5 miles west of Denver. The road to the summit is closed now for the season but will reopen May 25th 2012. If you are visiting our mile high city of Denver be sure you adjust to the altitude for a couple (0 comments)
Converting a Home to a Rental - 01/19/12 08:39 PM
Converting a Home to a RentalWhat's keeping you from taking advantage of the low prices and mortgage rates available today? Concerned that you may need to sell in a few years and won't be able to get your equity out of your home?The price of homes and low interest rates combined with a very strong rental market in most areas has attracted a lot of investors. Non-owner occupied mortgages generally require 20-30% down payment compared to a 3.5% down payment for a FHA owner occupant.The following example looks at a home that might have been (4 comments)
Jumpstart Your Garden: Seedstarting Tips for Success - 01/19/12 08:23 PM
Jumpstart Your Garden: Seedstarting Tips for SuccessEven as midwinter snow and cold are hitting every state, more consumers than ever are trying to start plants from seed according to Gardener's Supply, a national online gardening retailer. The company has seen an increase in seedstarting among beginner and avid gardeners."Seedstarting is a great way to save money in the garden and for the past few years, we continue to see a significant increase in consumers wanting to either start seedstarting or elevate their capability with new equipment and lights," says Maree Gaetani, director of gardening relations. "The calls and questions to our (1 comments)
Market Analysis for Smoky Ridge Homes in Aurora, Co December 2011 - 01/18/12 12:50 PM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Smoky Ridge Homes in Aurora, Co This is a monthly real estate market analysis for Smoky Ridge homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of December 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Smoky Ridge the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Smoky Ridge, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Smoky Ridge and many other important market factors regarding homes in Smoky Ridge. The monthly Smoky Ridge real estate market analysis (2 comments)
Market Analysis for Piney Creek Homes in Aurora, Co December 2011 - 01/18/12 12:37 PM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Piney Creek Homes in Aurora, Co This is a monthly real estate market analysis for Piney Creek homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of December 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Piney Creek the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Piney Creek, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Piney Creek and many other important market factors regarding homes in Piney Creek. The monthly Piney Creek real estate market (0 comments)
Market Analysis for Tuscany Homes in Aurora, Co December 2011 - 01/18/12 12:27 PM
This is a monthly real estate market analysis for Tuscany homes in Aurora, Co for the month of December 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Tuscany the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Tuscany, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Tuscany and many other important market factors regarding homes in Tuscany. The monthly Tuscany real estate market analysis is also a great tool for home owners looking to sell their house. It’s always important (0 comments)
Market Analysis for Woodgate Homes in Aurora, Co December 2011 - 01/18/12 12:12 PM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Woodgate Homes in Aurora, Co This is a monthly real estate market analysis for Woodgate homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of December 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Woodgate the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Woodgate, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Woodgate and many other important market factors regarding homes in Woodgate. The monthly Woodgate real estate market analysis is also a great tool for home (0 comments)
December Market Analysis for Saddle Rock Homes in Aurora, Co - 01/18/12 01:39 AM
Real Estate Market Analysis for Saddle Rock Homes in Aurora, CoThis is a monthly real estate market analysis for Saddle Rock homes in Aurora, Cofor the month of December 2011. If you are looking to purchase a home in Saddle Rock the real estate market analysis can be a useful tool. The report will help you determine how many listings are in Saddle Rock, how many homes sold in the last month, the average price of a home in Saddle Rock and many other important market factors regarding homes in Saddle Rock. The monthly Saddle Rock real estate market analysis (2 comments)
Choose Your Deduction One third of all U.S. households, 75% of households with more than $75,000 income and most homeowners itemize their deduction on their federal income tax returns. It makes sense because the interest paid on their mortgage and their property taxes probably exceeds the allowable standard deduction.However, with interest rates as low as they have been in the last two years and the price of homes having come down considerably, it is possible that the standard deduction may be the better choice. Each year, the taxpayer can compare the total of the itemized deductions to (0 comments)
Rent or Buy...You Pay for the House You Occupy - - 01/15/12 02:54 AM
Whether you rent or buy, you pay for the house you occupy. You must live somewhere and there's a price to pay for it. A simple analysis will show you whether it's cheaper to rent or buy.
Some people don't have any choice but to rent because they don't have the means to qualify for a loan. But for those who do have a down payment and good credit, they actually have a choice of whether to rent or buy. In some cases, owning will cost significantly less than renting. Rentals are in high demand in many (6 comments)
Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Food-borne Illness - 01/15/12 02:22 AM
Safeguarding your home against food-borne illnesses begins not at home, but at the supermarket, grocery store, or any other place where you buy food that you plan to store and serve.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne ailments cause about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,200 deaths nationwide each year.You as a consumer can play a key role in preventing these illnesses. While shopping for food, you should: 1. Check for cleanlinessBuying from a retailer who follows proper food handling practices helps assure that the food is safe. Ask yourself: What is the general impression of this (0 comments)
1350 S. Argonne Circle Aurora, Co. $164,500 3 Bed, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage - 01/14/12 09:42 PM
This home is perfect for the first time home buyer or for those that want to downsize.As you walk into the home you will enjoy the new interior designer paint, Pergo flooring and family room with floor to ceiling fireplace. All appliances are included with the purchase.. The 2 car garage is attached and the large deck in the fenced back yard will be great for summer entertaining.
Aurora, Co 9th Safest Place to Live in the U.S. - 01/13/12 12:50 AM
A study conducted by Forbes Magazine of 72 cities with populations over 250,000,Aurora, Co came in 9th place as the safest place to live. In 2009 Aurora was voted the best “ All American City”These studies were conducted from reports from the FBI and only cities that submitted complete reports were studied.The formula used is as follows:Violent crimesNumber of murdersForcible rapesRobberiesAggravated assaultsAurora car fatality’s came in number 18Violent crimes came in number 12Aurora Police said there have been 38.9% decline in homicides as of the 3rd quarter of 2011. Aurora is seeing a decline in sexual assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle (4 comments)
How To Find The Perfect Aurora Real Estate Agent Using An Interview - 01/11/12 06:42 PM
How To Find The Perfect Aurora Real Estate Agent Using An InterviewIf you are having a problem finding an Aurora real estate agent there are some key points you should go over during your first interview. These are some of the most critical things that you should be looking for in an agent before hiring one.Experience -When was the last time you sold a property?This will give you a basic understanding of what that agent can offer in terms of getting your property sold quickly.Have you ever sold a property similar to mine or within the same location?If the Aurora real (0 comments)
This Year, Drink to Your Health - 01/11/12 02:52 AM
This Year, Drink to Your HealthFitness goals are a common trend in New Year’s resolutions. Between gym memberships, the latest diet fads and miracle-promising supplements, billions of dollars get spent each year on achieving fitness goals.Many people don’t realize that one of the best things you can do for your body is not found at the gym, or in a pill. Believe it or not, being properly hydrated is one of the healthiest things you can do. That means being in balance—the water your body loses from perspiration, breathing and other body processes is replaced by the water you consume.Based on (2 comments)
Forced Savings...Really? - 01/10/12 05:18 PM
Forced Savings...Really? Part of the American Dream is to own a home. A home is a place to call your own; a place to raise your family and share with your friends. A home is a place to feel safe and secure. A home is a good investment? In a recent report* by Beracha and Johnson, it is suggested that buying a home is the right thing to do but not necessarily for the reason that people expect. A home is, in many instances, the largest investment that homeowners have and it accounts for the (0 comments)
Fix Your Counter tops Before Selling Your Aurora House! - 01/09/12 03:08 PM
Do you have cracked or broken counter tops and plan on selling your Aurora house? It's best to get them fixed beforehand. The kitchen and bathroom both act as major selling features for your home and you should do everything possible to keep them looking great.How visible is the problem?If your counter top is obviously damaged you're going to have to repair or replace it. If, however, you have a hard time seeing the problem, you really don't need to worry about it. Everything doesn't have to be absolutely perfect before selling your Aurora house, it is just the major things (4 comments)
Tips on Closing Your Credit Cards: The Real Consequences - 01/09/12 02:43 PM
When someone is considering paying off debt, they are often under the misconception that closing a credit card will damage their credit score. While this may be true in some circumstances, there are many instances in which it will not cause a score to drop. When helping people decide whether to close a credit card account, there are two important factors to consider.First, consider whether you still owe a balance on the credit card. If you do, this is probably not the time to close the card. By electing to close a credit card before it is paid off, you effectively (0 comments)
Electric: Wiring 101 - 01/07/12 06:23 PM
Electric: Wiring 101Taking the necessary safety precautions and understanding your electric system is crucial—it can help you understand what to look for in your new home, guarantee the approval of home owner’s insurance and provide you with the confidence and know-how to stay safe in an emergency situation.While all major electrical repairs should be done by a professional electrician, understanding your electrical system is an essential part of buying, owning and selling a home.Know Your PanelsKnowing how your electric panel functions is an essential safety precaution. Your electric panel is the direct connection point between your home’s wiring and your incoming (2 comments)
There are five things that you cannot recover in life: - 01/07/12 05:46 PM
There are five things that you cannot recover in life:(1) The Stone...after it's thrown(2) The Word...after it's said,(3) The Occasion...after it's missed, (4) The Time...after it's gone.(5) A person...after they die
One Size Doesn't Fit All - 01/05/12 06:01 PM
One Size Doesn't Fit AllRarely, does one size fit everyone and the same goes for advice. The following suggestion is not right for everyone. However, for people with job security and who don't own a home; for people with good credit and enough savings for a down payment, there may never be a better time to buy a home.Homes have had a significant price correction but in many markets, they have started to rise again. The lower prices combined with historically low interest rates make this an opportune time to buy a home if you can afford it.One of (1 comments)
The housing market has been in a downward trend for four years. There is some speculation that inventories will not reduce any time soon which will be necessary for prices to rise.However, there are other factors that can increase the cost of housing, specifically mortgages. FHA accounts for a large percentage of the current housing loans and is expected to be even more prominent when the Qualified Residential Mortgage Guidelines go into effect this year. Rising rates are almost certain, due to looming inflation fueled (0 comments)
Who would have known such simple things can be so helpful. I especially like the bread tags to label the massive amount of computer wires behind my desk.
Via: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw).
Via: apartmenttherapy.com Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.
Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).
Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.
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How to Make New Year's Fitness Resolutions Stick - 01/04/12 12:11 PM
The time to make New Year’s resolutions is fast approaching, and upping the fitness ante can be one of the hardest to keep. After months of being relatively sedentary, jumping into an ambitious workout program often results in muscle pains and strains that can squelch enthusiasm and quickly derail fitness goals.Here are some tips for meeting fitness goals and keeping health and fitness a top priority throughout the year:-Walk or bike to work, or get off a stop or two early on a bus/subway trip to help jump start your metabolism and engage in a bit of functional fitness.-Take the steps (0 comments)
Does Size Matter? - 01/03/12 03:01 PM
Work hard, buy a home, start a family and continue to upgrade your home until everyone has enough room. This has been the blueprint for lots of homeowners for the last fifty years but there is certainly a shift in thinking that could change all of that. Once the children are grown and have moved out, homeowners are finding they have too much room. Even if their home is paid for, they have higher property taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance on the larger home than they'd have if they were living in the "right size" home. Some homeowners state that they're (0 comments)
The Best Way Home - 01/02/12 11:41 PM
The Best Way Home "It's not far, if you know the way." Maybe it is an obvious statement but there are some definite steps that will improve your success in buying a home in today's market. Know you credit score - the best mortgage rates are available to borrowers with the highest scores. Unless you know what your credit score is at all three major bureaus, you don't really know what rate you'll have to pay. Clean up your credit - it is estimated that about 90% of credit reports have errors. Some are not serious but (0 comments)
10 Ways to Feed Birds, Not Squirrels This Winter - 01/02/12 11:14 PM
10 Ways to Feed Birds, Not Squirrels This WinterSquirrel-proof feeders and baffles are the easiest way to deter squirrels, but it takes a coordinated effort to be successful. Even then, success is dependent on how resourceful the squirrels are.It is costly and frustrating to feed squirrels that play havoc on bird feeders. As we all know, squirrels have this amazing way to get into and trash feeders due to persistence and ingenuity. Don't let your bird feeder become a squirrel feeder. To prevent this, try the following:1. Locate bird feeders so squirrels can’t leap on the feeder. For example, away from (8 comments)
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