Imagine The Utility Bills…

The world’s largest residential palace is the Istana Nurul Iman, palace of the Sultan of Brunei.  It has 2,152,782 square feet, 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms and a 110-car garage.  Read more »

Should Buyers Try to Beat the Tax Credit?

Some potential home buyers say they’re holding out until the tax credits expire on the theory that prices will decline once the buying incentive is gone. One person who commented on the dilemma on Zillow.com wrote: “I’ve seen prices in my neighborhood jump up over $30k since the credit started.” In some markets, waiting is clearly the wrong move. A renter in Las Vegas told the Wall Street Journal that he’s been outbid eight times trying to buy a house. He doesn’t believe the expiration... Read more »

Should You Rent Or Buy?

I read yet another article today that stated “Well, if you ask a Realtor, then it’s always a good time to buy.”  Not so with us.  It’s not always a good time to buy, and buying isn’t for everyone.  We’ll tell you that. There are many things to consider before buying a home, rather than just “the home will appreciate” vs “why pay for someone else’s property.” There are a number of good rent vs buy calculators (just Google it) on... Read more »

Happy 278th Birthday, George Washington!

Edward Kennedy was born on February 22 as well. This is also the day that Andy Warhol died in 1987 at age 58. What else, you ask? Well… in 1934 “It Happened One Night” starring Claudette Colbert & Clark Gable premiered at Radio City Music Hall, Woolworth’s opened its first store (1879), Tennessee made slavery illegal (1865), and Spain sold Florida to the U.S. for 5 milion bucks. Oh, and one more – in 1956 on 2/22, Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the 1st... Read more »

Top 9 Scams Of 2009

  The National Consumers League released their top 9 scams of 2009 findings, based on the scams that get reported to their fraud center. An interesting trend is that business opportunity and fake scholarships scams made the list this year, no doubt capitalizing on the recession. 1. Fake Checks 42.01% 2. Internet: General Merchandise 24.87% 3. Prizes/Sweepstakes/Free Gifts 9.57% 4. Phishing/Spoofing 7.17% 5. Nigerian Money Offers (not prizes) 2.88% 6. Business Opportunities/Franchises/Distributorships... Read more »

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