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Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker
Apple is going to pay to renovate the shoddy red line stop as they are building their second Chicago location where an old gas station was located. The money-stricken CTA has discussed and proposed naming rights since 2005 but they might be breaking the threshold with an Apple deal as budget issu...
The national housing supply fell to a 2-year low last month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. At the current sales pace, existing home inventories would sell out in 7.8 months -- 30 percent faster versus November 2008. For a 10-month window, that's a major housing supply reduct...
  Tired of "wire clutter" where your mobile phones, MP3 players and gaming devices compete for outlet space? The Powermat may be your solution. The Powermat is a 12-inch long wireless battery charger that's conspicuously missing  "plugs".  Instead, it uses magnetic induction to safely recharge u...
With crude oil at its highest levels since October 2008, retail gas is up 8 cents per gallon this week. It's bad news for home buyers and mortgage rate shoppers.  The same force that's driving oil higher is linked to rising mortgage rates. We're talking about the weakening U.S. Dollar which is no...
DIY : How Do I Fix A Towel Rack That's "Loose"   Over time, towel racks tend to come loose from sheetrock walls.  And, sometimes, they separate completely.  The good news is that making repairs is easy -- it's something you can do yourself with a little instruction. In this 2-minute video from Ex...
Pending Homes Sales Gain For The 7th Straight Month   Buoyed by a generous tax credit, affordable homes, and low mortgage rates, the Pending Home Sales Index posted its seventh consecutive monthly gain in August. It's the longest winning streak in the index's history and the highest reading in 2-...
The Sellers' Deadly Sins : How To Keep Your Home From Selling At Maximum Dollar     It's a sensational headline -- "The Sellers' Deadly Sins" -- but the message is clear.  Home sellers make mistakes that not only cost themselves thousands, but sometimes cost the sale, too. NBC's The Today Show la...
You've Got 15 More Days To Use The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit   The government's First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program expires November 30, 2009 -- a scant 60 days from today. Considering it can take up to 60 days to close on a home, first-time buyers have 2 weeks at most to find a home....
Fannie Mae Passes New, Tougher Mortgage Guidelines   Getting approved for a mortgage is about to get harder. For the second time in less than 3 months, Fannie Mae announced changes to its mortgage guidelines.  In its official announcement, Fannie Mae details the updates, meant to reduce the mortg...
The Extension Cord Idea You've Been Waiting For   The traditional, 6-socket surge protector is a ubiquitous product in American homes.  It also happens to be rife with design flaws, the most glaring of which is the socket layout.  Traditional surge protectors are built for skinny-plugged devices ...

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