Monthly Archives: August 2013

Does your Facebook Page Determine Whether you can be Approved for a Loan?

I watched the news the other day and they were saying that some lenders actually look at a borrower’s Facebook Page and use what they see to determine whether or not to lend money to the borrower. I have never heard of this…..does it really happen? Has anyone had any experience with this happening to […]

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Apps help with time management

http://www.azcentral.com/home/articles/20130806apps-time-management-help.html Do you ever have the feeling that time is flying by and you never seem to get anything done. There are so many apps for our IPhones & IPads that can help you manage your time. Here are three recommended by Sue Doefler of the Arizona Republic.

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10 Home Trends of 2013

http://www.azcentral.com/home/articles/20130801home-trends-energy-efficiency-big-kitchens-cool-colors.html If there’s one theme for this year’s home trends, it’s green. Emerald is Pantone’s color of the year, and green trends such as energy-efficient appliances, well-insulated homes and money-saving technologies continue to gain momentum in 2013. Emerald is also a popular gem tone that works well in fall decor — especially paired with antique […]

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Mortgage Interest Tax Benefit – Is It Going Away?

This year Congress is exploring tax reforms to try to address the staggering deficits the country is facing and a $17 trillion in dept owed by the federal government.  The mortgage interest deduction that permits a homeowner to deduct up to $1 million each year in mortgage interest (presently available for buyers of owner occupant […]

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Another “Best” for Scottsdale…

Scottsdale has always been known as a mecca for retirees, but it is now sporting a new title…..best place for young families.  A July 23 report by the finance website NerdWallet said Scottsdale is the 2nd best place in Arizona (after Oro Valley in Tucson) for young families. With its gorgeous golf courses, excellent school […]

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Closing Costs Rise 6% Over Last Year

According to a report by BankRate.com, closing costs have risen about 6% over the past year.  The average closing cost (exclusing taxes, title fees, insurance & JOA fees and other prepaid items) across the US rose about $2,402.  Origination fees increased 8% to $1,730, accounting for the bulk of the increase overall.  Third party fees […]

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New Homebuilder submits plans for Scottsdale Subdivision

A homebuilder is seeking approval from the city’s Development Review Board for a 42-lot residential community on nearly 15 acres southeast of 60th St. & Carefree Highway.  The community, called Carefree 60, would be located by and similar to the character of the nearby Terravita Community.  Homes would be one story and a maximum of […]

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Scottsdale Named One of the Nation’s Safest Cities

According to the Business Insider annual list and report, Scottsdale was the sixth safest city in 2012 among American cities with populations exceeding 200,000.  The city earned this ranking because it had fewer of the most violent crimes per capita than comparable municipalities…..almost 71% below the average murder rate, 26% below the average rape rate, […]

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