16. February 2010 10:20
What do you think is the most common neighbor dispute? Well, if you guessed “noise,” you’d be right. Whether it’s barking dogs, loud music, noisy cars…even wild birds, most cities have laws that protect you from noise above a certain level. And if you live in a community governed by CC&Rs there are restrictions on noise levels.
Trees are the second big problem that causes neighbor disputes. Generally, if the tree’s trunk is on your property, you own it and you’re the responsible party. Some states have laws that require that you trim a tree that grows on your neighbor’s property.
Another common homeowner dispute —“views.” Trees can impact views, but new buildings can block views. Make sure there are zoning or building rules on the books to protect you. If not, your neighbor or a developer can build an addition or a new building even if it blocks your sunlight and/or your views. Know your legal rights before you purchase a house with views, otherwise one day those gorgeous views could vanish!
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19. January 2010 06:10
Saving money is easier than you think. In fact, you can find “66 Ways You Can Save” (from transportation, mortgages, banking, housing, energy, to insurance and more) at www.ftc.gov - Facts for Consumers. Here are a few simple ideas you’ll find:
- Skip the ATM. It’s amazing how many people burn up cash in a short time using the ATM.
- Track Your Monthly Spending. When you know where you’re spending your money, you can make adjustments where necessary.
- Pay Cash. You’ll save money by not paying interest on credit cards, and when you’re out of cash…you’ll stop spending.
- Reduce Your Debt. Pay off your smallest balance first, then move to the next smallest debt, double the payment, and continue on until you’ve paid off your debt.
- Lower Household Expenses. Combine trips to save on fuel, and eat more meals at home. Turn the thermostat down in the winter to save on home heating bills and you can save a bundle.
- Look for the Deals. Shop discounts and closeout sales, and keep an eye out for coupons and rebates on items you plan to purchase.
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30. November 2009 16:14
The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” in a casual manner, think about whether you want the “politicians” spending your tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
Yikes! Certainly makes you think!