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  • Refinancing: Take the Low Road

    01/10/2005 4:14:54 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 2 replies · 646+ views ^ | January 10, 2005
    THINKING OF REFINANCING your mortgage? Welcome to the club. With mortgage rates so low over the past few years, the question hasn't been "should you refinance?" but "when"? While conventional wisdom once said you had to shave at least 2% off your loan in order for refinancing to make sense, these days it could be worthwhile with an interest reduction of just 0.75%, says Doug Perry of Countrywide's consumer-markets division. That's because soaring home values, increased competition and automated underwriting (which can approve or reject your refi application in a matter of minutes) have made refinancing quicker, easier and potentially...
  • Property rites (Thomas Sowell)

    12/30/2004 9:19:55 AM PST · by The Great Yazoo · 91 replies · 1,586+ views ^ | December 29, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    When I was house-hunting, one of the things that struck me about the house that I eventually settled on was the fact that there were no curtains or shades on the bathroom window in the back. The reason was that there was no one living on the steep hillside in back, which was covered with trees. Since I don't own that hillside, someday someone may decide to build houses there, which means that the bathroom would then require curtains or shades and our back porch would no longer be as private. Fortunately for me, local restrictive laws currently prevent houses...
  • Couple lose their home over $120 debt

    01/25/2004 5:49:41 AM PST · by DelaWhere · 398 replies · 644+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 24, 2004 | Michael Kolber -- Bee Staff Writer
    <p>Couple lose their home over $120 debt By Michael Kolber -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 a.m. PST Saturday, January 24, 2004 Get weekday updates of Sacramento Bee headlines and breaking news. Sign up here.</p> <p>COPPEROPOLIS -- A retired couple's dispute with their homeowners association has spiraled out of control in this Calaveras County community -- and now they have lost their home less than a year after failing to pay $120 in annual dues.</p>
  • I'm a home-owner!

    12/10/2003 5:13:46 PM PST · by Tennessee_Bob · 11 replies · 197+ views
    Me, myself, and I | 12/10/2003 | Tennessee_Bob
    YAY! I closed on my home today - a major stress load has been lifted. Anticipate moving in a few days before Christmas after getting some sanding and painting done. Built in 1948, expanded in 1963, it's an old Manhattan Project cement block home. Built as a three bedroom, one bath, the expansion added a family room and a master bedroom and bath. The original section has heated floors (and in homes costing $150,000 and up, it's called "radiant heating") and window AC units. The add-on has central heat and air. We're (we being my ten year old daughter and...
  • Jupiter homeowner faces foreclosure for flying U.S. flag

    09/12/2003 6:32:56 AM PDT · by Rick.Donaldson · 44 replies · 554+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 11 Sep 2003 | Peter Franceschina
    Defiant flag flier George Andres once again is facing the prospect of losing his Jupiter home after a Palm Beach County judge ruled Wednesday that his homeowners association could go forward with a foreclosure sale next month to collect legal fees. Andres, a Marine veteran, said he was worried about losing his home, but he vowed to appeal the latest ruling in a legal saga that has spanned more than two years.
  • Martin's dog is moved for protection (Crooks have "contract" out on it)

    07/31/2003 1:38:19 PM PDT · by David Hunter · 36 replies · 311+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | 31/07/2003 | David Sapsted
    Tony Martin's most precious possession, his dog Otto, was moved to a secret location yesterday hours after it was claimed that travellers planned to kill it. A newspaper reported that a £5,000 "contract" had been put out on Otto, the only one of Martin's three Rottweilers to survive since he was jailed. The dog had been moved from Worcestershire to kennels in Lincolnshire shortly after Christmas. Yesterday morning, it was taken to another, secret address. "Mr Martin was tremendously upset by the suggestion people were out to kill his dog," said Malcolm Starr, the farmer's closest friend. "They haven't been...
  • MEMPHIS: Killer of robber not to be charged Was rightfully defending himself

    07/15/2003 5:42:39 AM PDT · by GailA · 15 replies · 213+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/15/03 | Chris Conley
    Killer of robber not to be charged Was rightfully defending himself By Chris Conley July 15, 2003 State prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against a 22-year-old East Memphis man who killed one home invader and wounded a second. But Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons cautioned Monday against taking the law into one's own hands. Ricky Ricardo Wilborn, 21, was fatally shot Friday night at 4555 Dunn. An alleged accomplice, Ali R. Ford, 24, was critically wounded. On Monday, police charged Ford with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping of Jason Filippelli, 22. About 10:45 p.m. Friday, Filippelli was at...
  • Memphis: Home invasion leads to a deadly shootout (2 criminals in 1 day get eliminated)

    06/14/2003 5:45:31 AM PDT · by GailA · 13 replies · 213+ views
    WMC TV Memphis ^ | 6/13/03 | Renee Malone Renee Malone Home invasion leads to a deadly shootout Another homeowner fought back overnight. The homeowner got into a shootout with two robbery suspects on Lark Avenue. That's in North Memphis. One of those robbers is dead, the other is in critical condition. The homeowner also got shot during the gun battle. Police say he's fighting for his life. It all happened in this house on Lark Street in North Memphis. Neighbors say they're can't believe no one heard any gunshots. They just saw the end result, two wounded robbers fleeing the house. One of the men fell to...
  • Homeowner shoots, kills man believed to be East Memphis 'cat burglar'

    06/13/2003 3:42:34 PM PDT · by GailA · 46 replies · 246+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/13/03 | Maria Bibbs
    Homeowner shoots, kills man believed to be East Memphis 'cat burglar' By Maria Bibbs June 13, 2003 Memphis police said Friday that a homeowner shot and killed a man suspected of being the "cat burglar" responsible for more than 60 burglaries in East Memphis and Hickory Hill this spring. David Washington, 44, was shot early Friday inside a home at 3980 Wildwind near Kirby High School. Washington was being sought by police, who had charged him last month with an aggravated burglary following an April 6 break-in in the 800 block of Vaughn in East Memphis. Convicted of aggravated...
  • Knoxville, (TN) Homeowner Fatally Shoots Suspected Robber

    09/17/2002 8:44:58 PM PDT · by GailA · 3 replies · 205+ views
    WATE TV Knoxville ^ | 9/17/02 | staff
    Knoxville Homeowner Fatally Shoots Suspected Robber September 17, 2002 KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A Knoxville homeowner shot and killed a man trying to break into his home Tuesday. Knoxville police say the homeowner heard four men, got his gun and started shooting. One suspect who was shot, 19-year-old Raphael Satterwhite, died at UT Medical Center. Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect. Two more suspects got away.