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Outdoor Appliance Guide: Gas Grills - 05/27/11 12:44 PM
With models priced from $29 to $5,000 and up, outdoor gas grills offer convenience and ease-of-use to fit any budget.There may be no home cooking appliance with a wider price range than the outdoor gas grill. With models starting as low as $29 and climbing to $5,000 and higher, it is an understatement to say there’s is a model for every budget. When shopping for a gas grill, the motto “You get what you pay for” is especially fitting, explains Dan Marguerite, owner of Backyard Barbecue Store in Wilmette, Ill. Basement models, he says, offer poor performance, are cheaply constructed, and (0 comments)
Evansville Walkway Moves Forward - 05/25/11 04:47 PM
The Evansville Redevelopment Commission has approved a $3 million walkway connecting a downtown casino and hotel. The walkway would let people visit Casino Aztar and Le Merigot Hotel without having to go outside. According to our partners at the Evansville Courier-Press, the lease between the city and casino required that a walkway be built by 2012, but casino leaders have decided to start the project early. The casino’s general manager says the project would also create a safer walk to nearby restaurants. Source: Evansville Courier-Press & InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=47756 (0 comments)
How to Appeal the Property Tax Assessment On Your Home - 05/24/11 02:31 PM
With the housing market having taken a serious hit in the recent past, I am sure you all know that home values have been plummeting. Well, one thing that did not plummet along with that is the property taxes most people are paying on those homes. The taxes some of us have been paying on our homes have been inaccurate (or unfair) to say the least. Several months after the housing market was in a full-fledged decline, I started seeing a good bit of coverage on this topic. And at the top of the list was what could the average homeowner (0 comments)
Most Americans Believe Their Home is a Good Investment - 05/23/11 03:42 PM
Americans expressed cautious optimism about the housing market and the value of home ownership in Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2011 National Housing Survey. The survey uncovered newfound optimism about home prices, the economy, and personal finances balanced by concerns about rising household expenses, which may require Americans to remain cautions about the recovery. Despite consumer caution, 57% of Americans still believe that buying a home has a lot of potential as an investment—ranking higher than other investments, such as buying stocks or putting money into an IRA or 401(k) plan. “Despite moderate signs of improvement in the housing market and the (0 comments)
A Monthly Newsletter from TheTrentiniTeam with F.C.TuckerEmge Realtors - 05/20/11 03:00 PM
BRING ON THE MAY FLOWERS Did you know that, on average, quality landscaping adds 5 to 11 percent value to your home? Even if you’re not looking to sell landscaping is an improvement that appreciates over time. Here are some ideas to get a head start: If you’re selling in a year or less If you’re looking to buy a new home and sell your current one, you’re likely on a budget and short on time. Consider these simple enhancements: · Edge the beds and nourish the grass – a clean, well-kept lawn gives a great first impression. · Add some (0 comments)
Market Watch News Letter for May 2011 - 05/19/11 04:12 PM
Market Watch Residential closed transactions in April declined slightly from March but pended transactions increased from March to April. I expect closed transactions to increase slightly over the next few months and still believe that the second half of 2011 will be significantly better than the second half of 2010. The primary factors influencing sales over the next few months will be interest rates, shadow inventory and general economic conditions with particular emphasis on employment. Although I still believe interest rates will increase, I do not expect any significant increase for several months, maybe not until 2012. Shadow inventory, which consists (0 comments)
Four Types of Insurance You MUST Have At All Times - 05/19/11 02:43 PM
Today, I was reading an article in USA Today about homeowners that lost a court case contesting the policy language of their homeowner’s policy about storm surge/flood waters regarding the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The judge upheld the ruling that the policy language is clear about not covering damages caused by storm surge or flood waters whether it is caused by actual flooding or wind. Obviously, none of these people had flood insurance, because they believed they would never need it. It’s a tragic story, because now we’ll definitely be seeing the true fallout of the Katrina damages when foreclosures and (2 comments)
May 2011 Do-It Yourself Home Maintenance List - 05/16/11 02:16 PM
Spring is here, and it's time to truly make your landscape shine! After all, one of the joys in owning your own home is attending to and personalizing your own yard! Since the focal point of most landscaping is the lawn (also one of the trickiest things to maintain), we are including a special list of tips and tricks to help you whip your lawn into perfect shape. Giving special attention to the lawn now will help to keep it healthy throughout the summer; we hope you find this list to be as helpful as we have! Please remember that if you have (0 comments)
Builders Rethink Housing Designs - 05/11/11 02:19 PM
With new-home sales down drastically the last few years, builders are scrambling to re-evaluate what buyers today want in new homes. Changing demographics and tighter lending standards are influencing buyers' purchasing decisions when home-shopping and changing their priorities, industry experts say. "There is a lot of pressure today to retool," says Steve Brooks, CEO of Grand Homes. "We have to redesign houses and figure out what kind of product people would want to buy."For example, more younger buyers are bypassing the typical suburban tract of homes and showing a stronger preference for urban-style homes closer to the city."Trying to keep doing (0 comments)
Where Property Taxes Are the Highest - 05/10/11 03:15 PM
Home owners who live in New York and New Jersey should expect to pay some of the highest property taxes in the country, according to a new survey released by Tax Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C. Tax Foundation recently released findings of its analysis of the median home property taxes imposed between 2007 and 2009 in counties with populations of 20,000 or more.Coming in at No. 1 for highest property taxes? Nassau County, N.Y., where the median amount paid on a Nassau house was $8,478. Nassau County officials and its residents aren't happy about claiming the No. 1 (0 comments)
4 Signals It Might be Time to Buy (vs. Rent) Your Home - 05/09/11 02:45 PM
To rent or to buy: what used to be a given - that you would buy a home as soon as you could afford to - has become an agonizing conundrum for many a would-be homebuyer, in the face of the housing market's big bust and super-slow recovery. Low prices seem to create a wide-open window of opportunity, but they also create the concern that prices will keep falling after closing. And that Catch-22 has hundreds of thousands of buyers-to-be stuck on the fence. Fortunately, there are handful of life, mortgage and local market signals which indicate that the time *might* be (0 comments)
An Inside Look at New North High School in Evansville - 05/05/11 03:04 PM
Even though EVSC Superintendent Dr. Vince Bertram is stepping down, one of his biggest initiatives is on its way up. The brand new North Junior High and High School is just months away from completion. Fox 7's took an exclusive tour around the school on Friday. Next year, it won't just be new classes for these North High school students. It'll be a brand new school altogether. Project Manager George Link was our personal tour guide around the 85 million dollar facility. We walked with him for an hour...and couldn't cover everything. That's because this school is designed to handle 3,000 (1 comments)
What Home Buyers Really Want - 05/04/11 12:01 PM
If your house is on the market then you might be at the point of tearing your hair out. After all, some sellers have had their home up for sale for years at this point. It can be maddening, and the competition is only getting more intense as prices continue to fall and more foreclosure homes flood the market. So what, exactly, are buyers looking for this spring? In short, they're looking for homes that are going to save them money. And when you think about it, it just makes sense. Mortgage loans are harder to come by, and thanks to (1 comments)
6 Ways to Save Money in Your Home, Car - 05/03/11 11:25 AM
We hope the article below will be of interest. In today's economic climate all savings can add up so that we can stretch our dollars further. I have started to combine trips so that I can save somewhat with the current high gas prices. We hope you will enjoy reading this article. -RT You can help save the planet while also saving cash, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. The average U.S. household spends about $3,425 to power a car and $2,175 on home energy costs--in other words, about $5,600 on energy costs per year. That number is likely (1 comments)
Vanderburgh County Electronics Recycling Days - 05/02/11 03:13 PM
The Vanderburgh County Solid Waste Management District will hold its 2011 Electronics Recycling Days on Saturday, May 14, and Saturday, September 24, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Civic Center parking lot. Vanderburgh County residents can bring a variety of electronic materials including but not limited to computers and computer related equipment, TVs, DVD players, DVR/TiVo devices, digital cameras and fax machines. Copy machines and appliances, including microwaves, will not be accepted.This program is for households only. Items from businesses will not be accepted.For more information, call the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District at 436-7800. # OF ITEMS (0 comments)
Landlords In Evansville Learn How To Look For Meth Labs - 05/02/11 12:21 PM
Unfortunately the cases of meth labs are on the increase, and Evansville has its fair share of them. Meth labs are a nuisance to the community and law enforcement does all they can to stay on top of this situation. The article below shows how a community can work together to lessen the possibilities of individuals to start new meth labs. We commend law enforcement and landlords working together to overcome this problem. -RT
Fire fighters and police deal with the aftermath of meth lab explosions.But who's left to clean up the mess afterward?In many cases-- it's the landlord who's (0 comments)
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